Crafting the Perfect Outdoor Haven in East Bend, NC

Crafting the Perfect Outdoor Haven in East Bend, NC

Design Team


Nestled in the charming town of East Bend, NC, lies a newly transformed outdoor space, meticulously designed to accommodate large gatherings of family and friends. This project, a labor of love, focused on creating a comfortable and durable environment, ideal for relaxing around the fireplace and enjoying the great outdoors. The space now beautifully combines functionality and style, ready to host countless memorable moments.

Understanding the Client's Vision

A Space for Family and Friends

When I first met with the clients, their love for family and friends was immediately evident. They envisioned a space that could comfortably host their children, grandchildren, and a wide circle of friends. This meant creating an environment that was not only welcoming and cozy but also robust enough to withstand the wear and tear that comes with frequent use.

Durable and Low Maintenance

The clients made it clear that while they desired comfort, durability was equally important. Since the area was entirely outdoors, we needed furniture that could withstand the elements with minimal upkeep. This meant selecting materials and pieces that were easy to clean and maintain, allowing the family to focus more on enjoying their space rather than maintaining it.

Multifunctional Entertaining Area

In addition to comfort and durability, the clients wanted the space to be versatile. They needed a focal point for their TV but also desired an area that could be used for entertaining. To meet this need, we decided to incorporate a teak bar with ample storage, seamlessly blending practicality with style.

Design Strategy

Choosing the Right Furniture

For this project, I chose the Berlin Gardens Classic Terrace collection in black. This collection is renowned for its comfort and durability, making it an ideal choice for an outdoor setting. The sleek black frames provided a modern and neutral base, which could easily be dressed up with colorful accents.

Complementary Pieces

To add a touch of elegance and functionality, we included a Polywood chinoiserie side table. This piece not only serves as a practical surface for drinks and snacks but also adds a hint of sophistication to the space. The inclusion of teak lanterns further enhanced the ambiance, providing a warm and inviting glow for evening gatherings.

Comfort and Style

Comfort was paramount in this design, so we opted for Sunbrella cushions. Known for their durability and resistance to the elements, these cushions are perfect for an outdoor setting. To add an extra layer of style and comfort, we incorporated Elaine Smith toss pillows. These pillows are not only incredibly comfortable but also offer a pop of color and personality to the neutral furniture.

Versatile Entertainment

To anchor the TV and create a multifunctional entertaining area, we placed a teak bar table under the TV. This setup not only serves as a practical space for drinks and snacks but also ensures that the TV is a focal point without overwhelming the space. The bar provides ample storage, making it a perfect solution for entertaining guests.

The Outcome: A Perfect Outdoor Haven in East Bend, NC


A Family-Centered Retreat

The final result is a stunning outdoor haven that perfectly encapsulates the client's vision. The space is now a family-centered retreat, ideal for hosting large gatherings. The combination of comfortable seating, durable materials, and versatile pieces ensures that this area will be enjoyed for years to come.

Stylish and Functional

The neutral color scheme of the frames and cushions allows the clients to easily switch up the look with different toss pillows and flowers, keeping the space fresh and inviting. The teak bar table and lanterns add a touch of sophistication, making the area not only functional but also stylish.

Low Maintenance Bliss

One of the most significant achievements of this project is the low maintenance aspect. The chosen materials are all weather-resistant and easy to clean, which means the clients can spend more time enjoying their beautiful outdoor space and less time worrying about upkeep.


Designing this outdoor space in East Bend, NC, was an incredibly rewarding experience. Seeing the joy it brings to the clients and their loved ones is the ultimate reward. If you're looking to transform your outdoor area into a perfect haven, don't hesitate to reach out. Let's create a space that you'll love and enjoy for years to come.