Creating Cozy Outdoor Seating For Fall in the Coastal Bend

Styling a comfy outdoor lounge fit for stargazing

By: Terrie Moore  Photos by: Rachel Benavides

Humidity has lowered and temperatures have dipped. It’s fall, y’all, and our South Texas party’s just beginning. While our northern neighbors might be putting away their patio furniture, we’re bringing ours out. Make the commitment to enjoy the crisper air by finding a shady spot in your yard and christening it your new hangout. Deep, comfy outdoor chairs make lounging enjoyable because there’s no worrying about the occasional downpour. A large coffee table will encourage you to have a meal or two out there. 

 

While our fall season can be a little warm and a full fire pit can generate way too much heat, the need for melted marshmallows and gooey chocolate is still strong. So, try a mini s’more station. Place several cans of Sterno in a cement bowl filled with rocks and let the giggles begin. Years ago, my family ordered tableside s’mores at a restaurant, and we’ve been duplicating this campfire treat ever since. Don’t forget to add extra pillows for seating—there’s something about flaming confectionery that brings the crowds.   

TIPS

  •  Look up! Clocks go back in October and nights become one hour longer. Astronomers refer to this as “observing season,” and stargazing is at its best. Just one extra reason to set up a cozy scene in your backyard this fall! 

  • Keep a soft, cotton throw nearby so you won’t be tempted to run indoors when it hits 60 degrees (you know who you are).

  • The first published recipe for “some mores” was in a 1927 publication titled “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.” This tasty treat is the perfect companion to a fall gathering outdoors. 

  • Remember to relax and slow down. Notice the longer shadows produced by the lowering position of the sun. The rush of the holidays will be here soon enough, and taking a moment to appreciate your surroundings and be present is crucial. 

Get the Look:

Metal Outdoor Lanterns Restoration Hardware

Outdoor Pillows World Market

Ceramic Mugs Nathaneal Huffman Pottery

Potted Pine and Cement Bowl Wildflowers

Outdoor Lounge Chairs, Drum Side Table Lee Industries*

Coffee Table, antique find from Round Top, Texas*

*personal collection of The Braughs