I’ve joined a talented group of bloggers to bring you the Summer Outdoor Living Tour. If you’re coming from Gather in Grace, welcome! Here in the San Francisco Bay Area we get a lot of microclimates. Where I live just outside the city we get similar weather as San Francisco. That means beautiful winters and sometimes chilly and windy summers. If you’ve ever heard the saying “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco” that’s often true. So as everyone else around the U.S. is breaking out shorts and iced drinks we are using heat lamps and wearing layers. On this beautiful day I was able to get outside to show you what I have going on in my backyard. We live in an area where the land is basically rock. So every single plant planted had to have a hole jackhammered or dirt replaced with soil that can actually grow things. We hired landscapers to put in all the hardscaping like the retaining wall and bluestone pavers. Here’s a post I did with the befores and the design plan. We put in hardy plants like geranium and lavender. And in dry California we skipped the grass and went with drought tolerant plants like succulents. We put in a succulent and rock bed around each deck. Once the yard was completed I got this outdoor dining set* (They had green cushions when I got it.) It’s outdoor friendly eucalyptus wood. We do have to keep it covered when not in use because we get the ocean fog every night. In the morning it looks like it rained over night even though it didn’t! The great thing about outdoor dining is you can go really casual and pretty much set the table any way you please. It’s about the company and enjoying the outdoors! For large parties I don’t have a problem using paper plates. For smaller parties I’m happy to break out my regular dishware which is white and goes with everything. To create a simple centerpiece I used two different lanterns: a large black rattan one* and a small gold one*. Doing things in multiples makes a bigger impact. And if you want really low maintenance try airplants instead of flowers! I had these around my house and just brought them outside and plopped them down. For more tips on easy and affordable ways to set a dining table, indoors or out, check out this post. I also kept the color palette simple with black and green. It feels modern and natural and allows the surrounding as well as your food standout. Hope you enjoyed a look at my outdoor living space! Your next stop on this outdoor living tour is Pillow Thought Home. Below are all the other participants. Enjoyed this post? For more, follow on Instagram @eggshell_home, Facebook, and Pinterest at eggshellhome. Or subscribe to get new posts delivered straight to your inbox. *Starred are affiliate links. Thank you for your support!