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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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  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. Tati Alberti says:

    I never tire of saying that I LOVE your blog, which transmits it too … All very PERFECT!
    OURCE posted some photos of my daughter's birthday, go there,

  3. Whatever Dee-Dee wants says:

    love this look!

  4. 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!

  5. I love this!! My favorite is the cookies in all the drawers!

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

  7. 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!

  8. Susan Crabtree says:

    I am in AWE of this trend too-love the drawers as serving pieces!

  9. Save the Date for Cupcakes says:

    I love this trend too!

  10. 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

  11. jess @ pen n' paperflowers says:

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

  12. Susan @ Entertain Exchange says:

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

  13. Ana Rosas says:

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

  14. Chris,

    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!

  15. Collections from my Heart says:

    I LOVE the idea of dressers outside!

  16. 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!

  17. Great idea! love all the pictures ñ_ñ

    Eye Candy Events

  18. Enchanted Expectations says:

    Love this. So pretty

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