Posts filed under ‘Outdoor living’


AAhhh………..dining alfresco! One of summer’s great pleasures and a great way to enjoy the soothing sights and sounds of nature. Communing with nature always gives my spirits a lift and what better way than dining in an outdoor setting; on a boat dock, under a large tree, in a secluded garden, on the loggia or a poolside deck.

For dinner at dusk, my friend Suzanne used to set a formal table under a large oak in her Alabama backyard complete with a beautiful tablecloth, fine china and silverware, crystal goblets and silver candlesticks. She would hang an old candle chandelier  from a tree branch to complete the setting. It was a very special and unforgettable experience!

Food just seems to taste better alfresco and I always have so much fun coming up with creative and unique table settings. Mix and match china, flatware and unexpected object d’ art to create exotic, whimsical, formal or country casual themes. Fresh flowers are a must and of course candles for those special evening dinners.

So give your imagination some free rein and create your own enchanted space for dining alfresco!

Dennis and I hope you and yours have a fabulous summer!


May 31, 2016 at 5:15 pm 2 comments

Easy Summer Living; Enjoying the Outdoors!

Outdoor chaiseIt’s time for easy summer living, enjoying the outdoors and the soothing sights and sounds of nature! Garden Living spaces are a great place to celebrate the season with family and friends.

An enchanted outdoor room becomes a peaceful retreat with shimmering water features, the music of wind chimes, the allure of the fire pit and the magic of fireflies. We placed these fabulous lights,, in our shrubbery in the back yard and felt like kids again chasing fireflies with a mason jar!

Outdoor furnishings are available to create your own special rooms for living, dining, entertaining and even sleeping. No longer the old boring outdoor fabric fare of the past; we now have a banquet of new fabrics in colors and patterns that define traditional, exotic, Zen, modern and just about any style your imagination can invent!

I remember my grandmother’s sleeping porch when I was growing up in South Georgia. What a special treat to spend the night and be lulled to sleep with the soft music of the night and the fragrance of Night Blooming Jasmine wafting on the warm summer breeze!

Dress out your favorite outdoor rooms with fabrics, furnishings and accessories that reflect the colors of summer. Chartreuse, mint, shades of blue and coral are right in style these days and you are limited only by your imagination and daring! Let nature inspire you……………………………..

Have a fabulous summer and remember to “live life with joy, wonder and style!” 

Clay and Dennis

Outdoor Dining Group

Outdoor Dining Group

June 3, 2015 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

Revitalize Your Home for Spring, Indoors and Out, with These Design Tips and Ideas!

Outdoor DiningSpring, one of my favorite times of the year in the South! Mother nature puts on such a spectacular display just for us!Luscious Azaleas, Cardinals darting among the Dogwood blossoms, fresh asparagus and yummy strawberries. A time for long, leisurely walks in the park, followed by a picnic and dreams of watermelon to come! A beautiful time of awakening and renewal, this is the perfect season to refresh and revitalize your home ,indoors and out. Outdoor living and dining is at it’s best with NATURE INSPIRED COLOR PALETTES  that provide an oasis of peace and comfort. 

 Beautifully designed garden rooms with SOOTHING WATER FEATURES and stylish , comfortable furnishings create the PERFECT AMBIENCE for reveling and relaxing with those dear to you. Patios, balconies, verandas,boat docks and poolside decks are a few candidates for planning your own SPECIAL PLACE of serenity and enchantment for alfresco dining and entertaining. Scented candles, wind chimes, Moroccan lanterns and floatingcandles in a garden pond, scattered with flower petals ,imbue the balmy evenings with a sense of ease and well-being. 


Dress out your SPECIAL RETREAT with accents and accessories that reflect the COLORS OF SPRING coral/ orange tones, sea blues/aqua and purple. The combinations are limited only by your imagination and daring, let NATURE INSPIRE  you to be your creative best!!

To awaken your interiors, add some seasonal color with ACCENT PILLOWS, new ACCESSORIES , FRESH  FLOWERS (Daffodils and Narcissus, ahhhhh! the fragrance!), AREA RUGS  or some SLIP COVERS.

Rearrange your art and object d’art to enjoy them from a new perspective.

So have fun with this glorious season of hope and new beginnings and enjoy outdoor living in style! DIY or hire a professional to help your outdoor living dreams come true!

Clay Stephens-“Live Life with Joy, Wonder and Style!”

February 13, 2014 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

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