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July 10, 2017 / Nicole Villeneuve

How to Create an Outdoor Kitchen Feel

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Our guest post today is from Havenly, which pairs you with interior designers and decorators that match your unique space + style. Read on for ways to create your own summer outdoor kitchen! 

We’re going to start this post by saying: an outdoor kitchen is can be a total luxury. But! There are things you can do to your outdoor space to make them more outdoor kitchen-like. The last thing you want to do is spend a ton of time cooking inside in the summer. It’s too darn hot.

Usually, when you hear “outdoor kitchen,” beautiful imagery from catalogues and Pinterest pop into your mind. We pulled together some tips so you can have an outdoor kitchen without breaking the bank.

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Create an area next to your grill for food prep. Add stools for additional seating and even more of a “kitchen counter” feel.

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Make sure you have the right lighting–for ambiance and for safety.

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Outdoor Kitchen - Lighting
Invest in the right grilling tools to make you feel fancy. If you make the space feel right, you’ll be spending most of your cooking time outside, so using the right tools will make a difference.

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Outdoor Kitchen - Utensils

If you want to dish out a little extra, and expand your outdoor dinner party menu, get a pizza oven.

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Outdoor Kitchen - Pizza Oven
Use a cool cooler to store drinks.

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Outdoor Kitchen - Cooler
And last but not least, arrange flowers in a vase, just like you would in your indoor kitchen. It makes a difference!

Need more ideas specific to your own outdoor space? Visit Havenly and use the code HAVENLYPJ20 for 20% off a Full Design!

Nicole Villeneuve

Nicole Villeneuve is a certified Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach. A graduate of Yale University, she previously worked in book publishing, with a focus on cookbooks and health, and ran the food blog Paper and Salt. Her writing has been featured in Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and The Daily Beast. Nicole lives in San Francisco and loves cooking, reading, exploring new restaurants, and running by the ocean. You can (very occasionally) find her on Twitter.

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