As the mercury climbs higher and the sun lingers in the sky a little longer, ‘tis once again the season for some quality time with family and friends!

You can set the stage for the perfect summer get-together with fabulous furnishings that transform your home into an enchanting retreat where lighthearted banter, food and fun reign supreme — even when Mother Nature decides it’s time to bring the barbecue inside.

From small, intimate rooms to large multifunctional living and dining spaces, we’ve put together a few ideas for designing a welcoming summer destination for your guests!

Sociable Seating Areas

The living room offers a relaxing spot for conversation, keeping an eye on the kiddos or simply gazing through the window at a breathtaking sunset at the close of a long day.

Invite your guests to unwind with comfy chairs and sofas built of solid woods, clean, contemporary metals, or the classic, laid-back charm of a slipcover sofa.

Keep the casual elegance flowing with cozy cushions and colorful throw pillows made from luxurious, stain-resistant fabric that can take whatever a magic-marker-wielding youngster, or the occasional wine spill, dishes out.

More seating favorites include chic indoor chaise lounges, quaint benches along the hallway or beautiful accent chairs throughout the home.

Got a colorful floral centerpiece fresh from the garden? Show it off atop a graceful coffee table. Options include sturdy woods, round metal drum tables or exotic basket-weave designs. Built-in shelves or storage compartments offer added convenience.

Delightful Dining Sets

When it’s time to put your grill skills to the test, fix a refreshing summer salad or whip up a sweet-tooth-satisfying dessert, your favorite summer recipes will taste even more delicious amidst the splendor of a stylish dining room.

From traditional wooden tables, to beautiful glass-top tables and chairs, there’s no shortage of options for serving up a memorable dining experience your guests will love.

Powder-coated stainlesssteel tables come in a wide variety of colors for a splash of fun, while wicker tables and chairs exude a coastal energy. Switch out different fun tablecloth designs to fit the theme of any occasion.

A coordinated dining set with matching table and chairs will give your dining room a formal atmosphere, while mix-and-match seating adds a creative personal flair.

Comfy Bedrooms

If you have guests spending the night after a long road trip, make them feel at home with a cozy bedroom.

  • Road-weary guests will enjoy refreshing sleep in a bed outfitted with soft sheets and pillows and a snuggly throw blanket in case the room cools off a little at night. Be a helpful host by providing an extra robe and slippers.
  • Empty a few dresser drawers and clear a little space on the bedside table so your guests can stay organized. A lovely bedside lamp is great for those who want to catch up on a little reading before nodding off. Other nice touches include extra personal care items, pens and paper.
  • Complete your guest bedroom decor with a few favorite photos, prints and plants, and leave some games and magazines on hand for a little light entertainment.

Accessories to Personalize Your Decor

Complete the look and feel of your home with a few well-placed accessories.

A rug adds personality, texture and a little barefoot comfort to any room in the house. Look for traditional woven patterns, bright colorful shapes and exotic tropical themes.

Planning an evening event? Provide a soothing ambience with table and floor lamps or other great lighting options.

Looking for more inspiration for your furniture design? Schedule a free consultation with Lifestyles Furniture today!