START WITH STYLISH SEATING - Look for chairs and sofas with attractive lines, something with personality that speaks to your exterior.
LAYER IN THE TEXTILES - Gone are the days of scratchy outdoor fabrics. There are so many soft, chic outdoor fabrics perfect for your cushions and pillows. Just make sure to use a mold-resistant fill.
ADD SURFACES FOR FOOD OR DRINKS - Think coffee tables, garden stools, and side tables. Every seat should have a close spot to set down a plate or glass.
PEPPER IN FLOWERS AND PLANTS - A plant is the final ingredient for creating a charming outdoor grouping. A plant's organic lines keep the space feeling fresh and lively. Look for a kicky planter to keep things interesting.
[photos from Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Flickr, and cococozy]