I love to make the most of the long days at this time of year. There is nothing better than sitting outdoors with good friends, eating good food and drinking good wine until the sun goes down. . . and even after. My outdoor space changed quite dramatically recently when I had a gorgeous wooden studio built there for photo shoots and filming. I will give you a full tour of that space very soon. Since then I have been rethinking the space and planning how I want update it for the summer. The decked area, alongside the studio, is spacious enough to accommodate a couple seating areas so I began by choosing an outdoor table and chairs that would comfortably seat 6 for dinner. Made from eucalyptus wood the Callaway Rectangular Table from Birch Lane shows the knots and natural imperfections in the wood – a look that I just adore. The matching side chairs and arm chairs just look beautiful and are super comfortable – I know – I spent a good few hours on them this weekend…..! Here I dressed my table with stoneware dinner plates from Birch Lane and a floral arrangement of peonies, lamb’s ear and lilies by my dear flower artist friend Kyla Beutler, who joined me from Idaho to celebrate the long weekend. Just look at those yellow peonies. Incredible! Above the outdoor dining set I have hung this adorable vintage Edison string light set. The glow that comes from these lights is a wonderful warm tone that is just perfect for outdoor dining. The gorgeous paper medallions and Celebrate banner in a palette of pinks and metallic compliment the set perfectly. Both are from on of my favorite paper party decor company, My Minds Eye. See more of the outdoor range at Birch Lane and buy now to take advantage of their FREE shipping offer on all orders over $49. I love to treat my outdoor dining area with the same love, attention and detail as my indoor spaces and I hope that I have inspired you to do the same. Like me, I want you to love where you live! Enjoy! ~ Lia

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