It finally is officially summer! a great time to entertain outdoors with family and friends. So the question is where are you setting those pitchers of lemonade, platters of grilled veggies, or just lounging and relaxing amongst friends and family? Many years ago the main place for family and friends to congregate was in the courtyard. Throughout Italy and France, courtyards became a crucial part of outdoor living and a common area to eat, talk and relax. Its an oasis right in your home that has so many design options. Whether you are looking for floor pillows, or luxury sitting, strung lights or a high end fountain, the beauty of a courtyard is it is so versatile.