Couleur Nature – Take It Out!

Out of the house that is.  We’re so in love with the idea of summer that we can hardly bear the thought of eating a meal in the dining room.

So we’ve gathered a stack of gorgeous images of very casual outdoor dining ideas – how about a picnic table with benches?  A French bistro set that easily folds up for storage?  Dress them up with French linens or cloth napkins and you have a perfect recipe for outdoor elegance.

Los Angeles decorator Joe Nye, featured in the May 2011 issue of Elle Decor, has great tips for outdoor entertaining.  One of our favorites?  “Do it simply, have a good time, and get a recipe or a routine down and keep repeating it. No one is going to remember if you served meatloaf at the last party. And if they do, who cares?”

Love this galvanized metal rolling ice and drink wagon from Pottery Barn. . .


Photo credits:  Sunset Magazine, Pottery Barn and Elle Decor.

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