Create An Outdoor Dining Room

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Perhaps because the June gloom here in LA has been so...well...gloomy, we immediately honed in on this image from wide open spaces. It's an easy DIY that can be set up for a party and left up for the summer...A few poles shoved into the ground (try Cost Plus or Home Depot), a light bright sheet or bedspread (Govind on Venice Boulevard carries those Indian block print bedspreads we used in college in bright colours) and a simple spread of what's been making our mouth water on our sister site, the kitchen and you've created a welcoming refuge from the sun that'll soon be shining too brightly. Add colourful streamers and a few bright pillows and we could easily imagine spending a lot of time here, can't you? And no, you don't need a wide expanse of lawn, just enough space to tuck a tiny table under. No lawn? Plant your poles in flower pots and you can create the same effect on a balcony or patio.

[image via: wide open spaces

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