Sheila Rich Interiors: Design Blog

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Hot Summer Design Tips - Outdoor Entertaining

Remember the days when your guests enjoyed relaxing in your backyard while you sweated over a hot stove in the kitchen, totally isolated from the outdoor fun? Well, that no longer needs to be the scenario at your next summertime gathering – an outdoor kitchen allows you be part of the party even while you’re preparing the goodies.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Outdoor-Entertaining-Grill-900.jpgAn outdoor kitchen puts everything you need at your fingertips, including a grill, stove top, oven, granite counter top, refrigerator and even storage areas for tableware. If you’re into sports or just want a little more entertainment, you can add flat-screen televisions like the ones you see here that can swivel, turn, and flip up for safety from the weather. A separate serving cart gives you the added convenience of locating the food and drinks near your guests so everyone can help themselves to seconds.

This outdoor kitchen also has a color-coordinated counter top where I placed stools that match the lounge and table chairs. Well-placed landscaping gives natural screening from the street and neighboring yards, so you can enjoy privacy without feeling closed in.

By bringing indoor kitchen conveniences outside, you keep guests with wet bathing suits as well as cooking heat and mess out of your home while putting you back in the center of the fun.

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