Nestled beneath flowering trees, this cozy dining spot is one I would have trouble leaving. Pulling the mirror outside brings an unexpected indoor element and the gravel clearing gives the dining nook a sturdy landing pad.
If trees don't hover overhead, introduce another element, like this birdcage, to give the essence of a light fixture and ground the dining area. Layering lacy tablecloths completes the shabby-chic look.
Curtains lend a breezy feel to any outdoor space. In this image, the trellis overhead mitigates the sun a bit while providing a structure from which to hang other accessories, such as the Moroccan pendant. The mixed-and-matched chairs give the dining area a casual, impromptu feel, although we know a lot of work went into creating it.
Gorgeous architecture makes it easy to create a romantic alfresco dining area. The simplicity of the table setting allows the surrounding walls to shine, while tall candles, wood and metal chairs and a dash of green running down the table warm up the rustic setting.
Rugs work the same outside as they do inside, providing a focal point and a base upon which to add layers and warm up a space. The well-coordinated rug, tablecloth and pillows paired with durable (and comfortable!) teak chairs work beautifully with the bushy green surroundings and simple votives spread about.
I love how this designer made use of the tall wall for additional lighting. The pillows along the bench side of the table soften the concrete wall and the tall candelabra centered on the table provides light without getting in the way of what I imagine will be enthusiastic conversations.
Houzz contributor Brian Patrick Flynn transformed his own decidedly uneventful carport into a fabulous party hot spot with a little elbow grease.
This designer cleverly rigged up a nice, big light fixture over the table with a pulley system. Hanging the chandelier low over the table makes the sky feel a little closer, and the setting a little more romantic.
Factory-style pendants mixed with Japanese-style lanterns, a giant wood farm table and well-worn French industrial metal chairs all surrounded by trees and plants — this is outdoor dining perfection.
This scene combines open air dining with indoor pieces like upholstered chairs. The foliage "walls" and "ceiling" make for a lovely overgrown, forest-like setting for a fanciful alfresco dining experience.
Add a pop of color by painting wood or metal furniture. The purple picnic table and benches pair perfectly with the bright yellow–green glasses and multi-colored napkins. A bouquet with flowers that looked like they were plucked from the garden add to the sophisticated bohemian result.