Trend Alert – Bring The Inside, Out!

You know the term, “bring the outside in” when it comes to interior decorating…large open windows, lush greenery and flowers, even garden-style furniture pieces.  This trend is doing the opposite and bringing indoor pieces, outside for entertaining.  I love this idea because it really helps create a cozy atmosphere when you’re in the midst of wide open space.  Here are some beautiful examples:
Desk tables and decor mark the spot for writing well-wishes to the guest of honor, viewing photos, housing a welcome book, etc.  Chests (oh, how I love the open moss-filled drawers) can act as the dessert table or drink station.  You can even pull out some old drawers and display treats inside.
You can use shabby chic furniture styles, or sleek modern styles to incorporate this look.  It’s unexpected and very cool!

desk 1, desk 2,
chest 1, chest 2,
drawers, desk

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  1. Genevieve Le Bel says

    I'm dying here! Have you ever seen anything so flippin awe-inspiring?! AWESOME post Chris. My fav has to be the drawers being used as serving vessels… HOT! FAB new trend!

  2. Christi Bennett @ pisforparty says

    Such a great roundup of pics and I just love this trend! I would love to create something like this soon. Thanks for all of the inspiration!

  3. Jen says

    This is a great look – I've also been noticing it around the blogosphere. Beautiful examples!

  4. Courtney @ Pizzazzerie says

    I'm loving this trend too, Chris! It's such a neat look. I love couches outside, who says outside can't be comfy!

  5. Chris @ Celebrations At Home says

    I'm glad you all love this as much as I do! I'm hoping…no,praying for no rain, so I can incorporate this idea SOON! ;D

  6. jess @ pen n' paperflowers says

    LOVE the use of the drawers…it's my FAVORITE! thanks SO much for sharing these fabulous ideas.

  7. Susan @ Entertain Exchange says

    I have seen a few of these and they are beautiful! I love the drawers with cookies in them – amazing.

  8. Ana Rosas says

    Your blog is really inspiring!!! I love making parties too, come to visit some day (

  9. Bird says


    What a fun and fab idea!! Love all of them! So innovative, has a wow factor and can be quite inexpensive!!


    Oh, thank you for your visit and for sharing my Graduation Flags with the world hehe

    You rock!

  10. Paula Rosenthal {Just A Bite Desserts} says

    The dessert drawers are really clever! I love the whole vintage/antique vibe and creativity of all of these looks. This will go in my idea file! Thanks, Chris!