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Unexpected guests on way? Here’s a half-hour to-do list

This porch was designed by Brian Patrick Flynn/Decor Demon for HGTV.com. Flynn used colorful indoor/outdoor area rugs to introduce color and pattern and delineate space on porches and decks. Simple touches like a vase filled with a fresh cutting from your garden shown here can bring a party atmosphere to your deck or patio in minutes.
This porch was designed by Brian Patrick Flynn/Decor Demon for HGTV.com. Flynn used colorful indoor/outdoor area rugs to introduce color and pattern and delineate space on porches and decks. Simple touches like a vase filled with a fresh cutting from your garden shown here can bring a party atmosphere to your deck or patio in minutes.
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Summer is the season of inviting friends over for impromptu barbecues and last-minute, casual get-togethers. That means it’s also the season of cringing when you realize your house is in no condition to be seen by the guests who will be arriving any minute. On summer evenings, “my husband will invite people over after golf,” says interior designer Mallory Mathison. “He’ll call and say, ‘We’ll all be there in 30 minutes.’ ” That’s when she begins ...


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