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What Type of Furniture is Best For Your Climate

What Type of Outdoor Patio Furniture is Best for Your Climate?

As we enter the fall season, a common concern for homeowners is outdoor patio furniture that can sustains in various year round climates.

In Front Range Colorado, high winds coming off the mountains is common for local homeowners. But in the U.S. and overseas, All Backyard Fun often has customers asking questions like, “I live in a pretty windy area, is this chair going to blow away?” or “I live on the east coast and the summers are brutally humid, how will this material hold up in such a climate?” It’s true, different types of outdoor furniture will hold up in certain climates better than others. Here’s the best type of furniture to buy based on your climate.


If you live in a hot and humid area, a great option to go with is cast aluminum patio furniture. This type of material is rust proof which won’t let the humidity take a toll, leaving you with years and years of use. In addition, cast aluminum furniture is best known for its elaborate and intricate styles, so you can have a quite an eloquent design. One of our favorite cast aluminum products is the Sonata High Back Dining Chair from Windward. The Sonata features a sophisticated rolled arm design, and has extra padding for extreme comfort!

Sonata Swivel Gliders

Sonata Swivel Gliders from Windward


If you live in a windy area, and you’re worried about your patio furniture blowing away, fear not! A good option for windy city dwellers is wrought iron furniture. This material is the heaviest type of patio furniture, so your wrought iron club chair will still be on your patio after the harsh spring summer, and winter storms. Wrought Iron makes for a very heavy and sturdy type of furniture, creating a durable and strong piece of furniture. The only caveat when choosing wrought iron furniture is you may need two people to move around the furniture. It’s heavy, which is why it won’t blow away in a serious storm. If you’re looking for a club chair to stand up against a storm while maintain a classy look take a look at the Venetia Club Chair by Paragon Casual. Its durable, has a beautiful design, and the deep seating allows for great relaxation!

Paragon Casual Venetia Spring Chair

Paragon Casual Venetia Spring Chair


Don’t think we forgot about you pool lovers! If you like to relax pool side, a great furniture option is sling aluminum. With sling aluminum, you get all the comfort and cushion of a normal fabric, but the sling aluminum dry’s much faster. When you get out of the pool and sit on a sling aluminum piece of furniture, you won’t have to worry about waiting hours for it to dry. It’s rust proof too! One of our popular items in this category is the Marine Grade Polymer High Back Swivel Rocker. It is padded for some serious comfort after swimming laps in the pool.

Marine Grade Polymer High Back Swivel Chair

Marine Grade Polymer High Back Swivel Chair


If none of these options fit your needs, there is always the choice to go with a wood or wicker furniture set. Wicker and wood are appealing for its warm and timeless styles. What’s great about wood or wicker, is it will hold up nicely in any and all climates.  Wicker is always a classic choice that offers a beautiful modern look when it comes to outdoor furniture.

Though, if you’re in very dry areas like Arizona, wood furniture will require a bit more maintenance. Wood is very well known for its’ longevity and durability – just look at your grandma’s picnic table she’s probably had around since you were a baby! One of our favorite wicker collections is the Terrace Curved Sectional. It’s a fun, affordable design that differs from your basic L-sectional set.

Terrace Curved Sectional

Terrace Curved Sectional

Christmas Ideas for Your Patio

Christmas Patio Gift Ideas Pt. 2

Here is part two of our Christmas Patio Gift Ideas for 2014, and this time of year is always exciting to wrap up another year for All Backyard Fun, and to plan for next year. We are in the midst of getting everything ready for the holidays and the end of the year and we want to give you ideas of great Christmas gifts! If you didn’t ready part one, you can find those blog here. Below are the rest of the top 10 Christmas gifts this year.

6) Oriflamme Tuscan Stone Gas Fire Pit Table

Oriflamme Tuscan Gas Fire Pit Table

The Oriflamme Gas Fire Pit Tables are internationally known for their design, beauty, and function and as one of the largest Oriflamme dealers in the nation we known fire tables well. The Tuscan features a beautiful textured finish that is made of quartz concrete, and features an aluminum based that has been powder-coated in copper vein color. The base even features a bottle opener if you are ever stuck with a cold beverage in hand and no way to open it! This table comes in 4 sizes and 2 shapes; 38″ round, 42″ round, 48″ round, and 36″ square. Click the photo to learn more about this gorgeous table today.

7) Terra Flame Elements Outdoor TorchTerraflame-Elements-42-torch

The Elements Outdoor Torch features contemporary lines and organic materials inspired by the earth’s resources in their purest forms. Naturally finished in rust by the elements of your unique climate and accented with real river rock, each Elements Fire piece is a one-of-a-kind and will blend seamlessly in to any landscape or patio environment. Included with the Elements Oudoor Torch is a mounting bracket and a mounting plate for support. Click above to be taken to our Amazon store listing.

*Note: Sunjel fuel canisters are not included with the Elements Torch.

8) Terra Flame Fire Table Ipe

Terra Flame Fire Table Ipe

This beautiful table by Terra Flame is constructed from solid South American Ipe wood accents and features a base made with stainless steel. These carefully selected materials make our firetables the only products of their kind that are beautiful enough to be featured in the most sophisticated living area but durable enough to withstand the harshest outdoor environments.

9) 303 Multi-Surface Cleaner

303 Multi-Surface Cleaner

303 Multi-Surface Cleaner is a specially formulated product that is designed to remove a numerous number of stains, spills, or spots from your outdoor patio furniture. In fact, its the only cleaner product endorsed by Sunbrella fabrics! We use this cleaner on our own Sunbrella fabrics too!

10) Terrace Collection Slider Table with Glass

Terrace Collection Slider Table

Featuring a sturdy, stable base that allows this table to slide under a sofa, love seat, or club chair; our Terrace Collection Slider Table is the perfect perch for your laptop, a cup of tea, or even a game of cards. Enjoy this table indoors or outdoors as a dinner tray with friends and family. The wicker is 100% high-density polyethylene resin has many attributes of the quality you come to expect from All Backyard Fun.

That’s our list for this year! We have some exciting products and innovations in the pipeline that we can’t wait to tell you about, so watch this space!

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Christmas Ideas for Your Patio

Christmas Patio Gift Ideas Pt. 1

As we enter into the holidays and people are doing their Christmas shopping, we get phone calls and e-mails asking if there are gift ideas for the patio this Christmas. We love getting these calls, as our talented customer service and sales team knows our products very well and can recommend a number of products for a patio or deck. I asked them what are some of the more common ideas and what is one or two unique gift ideas. If you have suggestions, please add them in the comments. By no means is this an exhaustive list either, but rather a few suggestions from everyone here at All Backyard Fun.

1. Alfesca Fornetto Wood Fired Oven and Smoker


What’s better than smoked meats? How about the ability to also bake pizzas? This Alfresca Fornetto Wood Fired Oven and Smokers is designed to warm quickly, so this outdoor oven reaches optimal baking temperature in minutes. Adjustable ventilation controls allow precision cooking. Ample shelving and a detachable smoker chip box expand the oven’s versatility, letting you smoke, roast, or bake everything from cookies to pizza, meats to pies.

2. Soundcast Outcast Jr. Wireless Outdoor Speaker

Soundcast Outcast Jr.


We’ve all been there, you’re outside and the sun is shining and you decide to have a party. Finding a speaker or system with great sound quality and rugged enough to be outside is hard, so the good folks at Soundcast engineered the Outcast Jr. speaker for all your outdoor music needs. This system is shipped without transmitter so that if you wish to use the UAT or later add a second OutCast Jr. for left and right channel configurations which the system is capable, of you can do so. There is an alternative system that includes the iCast transmitter.

3. Terraflame Georgian Lanterns 

Terraflame Georgian Lantern from All Backyard Fun

These beautiful lanterns by Terraflame are a popular outdoor accessory for any patio or deck. Accent the outdoor patio or even an indoor table or mantel area. The fluid lines topped by an architectural metal lid completes this amazing indoor outdoor lantern. These lanterns need Sunjel canisters for fuel, which is sold separately.

4. Hampton Marine Grade Polymer High Back Chair



The Hampton Marine Grade Polymer High Back Chair is made using prime HDPE, a durable material that will not rot, swell, blister, fade or chemically break down when exposed to humidity, water or sunlight. The material is 100% recyclable as well as environmentally friendly. MGP is easy to clean and is proudly made in the USA. Not to mention, this chair is very comfortable! There is a padded sling option, and I would definitely recommend that option as the padded fabric is much more comfortable than the standard sling fabric.

5. Polywood South Beach Adirondack Lounge Chair


The South Beach Adirondack chair is the perfect recycled plastic Adirondack chair because not only is it stylish, it’s also designed to last for years of comfort! With 13 difference colors to choose from, you can relax in it knowing that you’ve matched it to complement your patio decor. A curved seat-back allows for a more ergonomic feel and additional comfort compared to other Adirondack chairs with straight seat-backs.

Part Two

As a reminder, if you are placing orders for Christmas be sure to give us 3 weeks from order to delivery. If you are wanting suggestions, please give us a call at 800-451-2550


Introducing the Tisdale Patio Furniture Collection

New from All Backyard Fun

With the end of fall rapidly approaching, many people are starting to “winterize” their patios in anticipation for winter. It may seem odd to introduce a new patio furniture collection like the Tisdale Collection then during this “off season” but its actually the perfect time to introduce this collection. Why is that you might ask.

Beginning immediately, we are offering the lowest prices on this great collection of patio furniture and we are inviting you to take advantage of these savings. The Tisdale Collection features everything you would want in patio furniture; made from durable materials, built to resist the weather, luxuriously comfortable, and very easy on the eyes!

With pricing that cannot be beaten, you’ll want to outfit your patio with this beautiful and durable line of patio furniture. Additionally, call us for a free design consultation with one of our patio experts!

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Click here to browse the Tisdale Collection!





Unique Patio and Backyard Ideas

One of the most common requests we get at All Backyard Fun is, “how can make my patio/backyard look unique?”. There are a variety of ways that can transform you backyard into a inviting place with lots of personality, which are the best backyards I feel. We have a variety of unique and artisan products that will add personality your backyard or patio and we want to highlight a few of those here.

Desert Steel Blue Agave Torch

_DSC5036-EditDesert Steel makes all of their sculptures from galvanized, weathered or powder coated steel and is made to be outside in the elements. Their website says that they can handle virtually any environment too. These durable products are built to last, look beautiful, and definitely add to the personality of a backyard. If you have a southwest themed house/backyard, you’ll want to check these Blue Agave Torches out and have it be the next conversation piece at your next gathering.

Find it on our Amazon storefront 

Sangria Luster Fire Beads

sangria luster firebead fire glass_-3If you have an outdoor fire place or just want to add some color to vases, you have to check out our line of Sangria Luster fire beads. These 1/2″ beads are almost disc shaped and add a very vibrant maroon color to any environment. Use them in the bottom of flower vases or in an outdoor fireplace or fire bowl. You can find these fire beads here on our Amazon storefront. 

 All Backyard Fun Elements 42″ Torch


The new Elements 42″ Torch (furthest right) is a brand new product that we are offering and now is your chance to get this beautiful and unique torch for your patio or backyard. These torches have a beautiful natural rust finish and feature smokeless & odorless Sunjel fuel canisters for fuel. You’ll love the reaction you’ll get with one or two of these lining your deck or walk way! Order through our Amazon storefront today. 

Fun New Trends for your Backyard in 2014

This morning I woke up to the most beautiful sound that only comes at the very first days of spring. The birds were singing along to a truly beautiful, orange and violet, sunrise that started at 5:45 AM, yes the sun is finally back and joining the party.  Spring is almost here, and if you are anything like me, you are already playing in the garden, and anxiously awaiting the endless summer days spent in your backyard retreat. Here is a fun list of way to make your backyard more than a space for the family to play and relax. This spring and summer transform your yard into a magical retreat full of imagination, discovery, and memories that will last a life time.

1.    Catch a Fire

Fire is hot, obviously, but for real, fire is really hot right now! Everyone from Vanilla Ice to Grandma Helen is bringing fire elements to their outdoor space. Fire pits are increasingly popular each year.  Fire pits, tables, and torches are easy to install, add amazing ambience to your outdoor space and also will provide warmth, allowing you and your family to use you outdoor space well past the heat of summer and into the chilly evenings of fall

  • Fire Pits
Giallo Fiorito Granite Fire Table

Giallo Fiorito Granite Fire Table

How do I decide which fire pit is appropriate for me? Well, this will really depend on your time commitment to the fire pit. Building your own fire pit can be costly, time-consuming, and has huge room for error. Unless a professional is overseeing the entire process, it is easy to miss a step, causing a fire disaster, the opposite of ambience.  Another thing to consider is maintenance. Are you willing to clean soot, ash, and burnt particles after each use? If no, then you should consider a propane or natural gas fueled fire pit. Not only will these burn cleaner, they will not create smoke, or embers which are dangerous and can cause wildfires.

There is an easy solution to fire pit nightmares with the Oriflamme Fire Pit Tables. Everything is included with this simple, yet elegance fire table. The propane fueled fire table comes in a variety of sizes, ranging from 40” to 48”, and shapes, square, round, and octagon.  The table will come with a propane tank, fire glass, a unique double pan burner, and a base that keeps the table at 19” high – perfect coffee table height, or cocktail, which ever you prefer.

  • Tiki Torches

A classic go to for adding elements of fire to you backyard. From simple tiki torches you can find at any home improvement store, to the artistic steel sculptures from Desert Steel. These hand-crafted steel garden sculptures double as multi-torch tikis! Collect a variety of iconic desert plants from Birds of Paradise to a 6.5 foot Saguaro Cactus. Sure to be a conversation piece at your next garden party.

Desert Steel Birds of Paradise

Desert Steel Birds of Paradise

2.    Cool Down

We can’t all live within walking distance to a Rita’s Water Ice, yes my eastern sea-board friends, I am jealous of your amazing ability to play host to most of my favorite American chains, Wawa, Five Guys, and Ritas, I digress.  Add ice to you backyard! Haven’t you seen the cool new trend? Turn your table into an ice bucket to keep you beers or wine chilled throughout the heat of summer days. Several ways to do this, for the handy ones, you can build your own table with a depressed cutout in the middle for an ice area.

Own an Oriflamme Fire Table already? Then look into this one of a kind accessory made especially for Oriflamme tables, Ice Bucket insert is easy to order, and is always a quick ship items. As always, any order over $99 has free shipping.

3.    Relaxation Station

Dedicate a place in your yard where there are no phones, no interruptions, no stress, no loud noises, just a special place for you and your thoughts. Before selecting a piece of furniture, evaluate what kind of space you need and will utilize the most. Some questions to ponder: do you need a space for one to lounge or for many people to enjoy? Would you prefer to lounge or o be in an overstuff seat that will rock, swivel, and glide? Depending on your answers will you need to look into different pieces, from sectionals designed to fit around your fire pit, to overstuffed chairs that will give you hours of comfort to get lost in your favorite summer read. Really, the furniture possibilities are endless!

So, what should you be thinking about the most with your outdoor furniture? Fabric of course! The world of outdoor fabric is beautiful, luxurious, and technologically advanced. Yes, this isn’t your grandmother’s fabric anymore! When selecting furniture, make sure the fabric is Sunbrella fabric, a strain resistant, fade resistant, fast-drying fabric that should be the common place for all outdoor furniture.

Lane Venture offers the highest quality and the most stylish looks for your patio furniture.

Lane Venture offers the highest quality and the most stylish looks for your patio furniture.

For popular trends in fabric, it is always wise to look at causal furniture industry leader, Lane Venture. Top designers always look to the team of designers at Lane Venture for current trends in fabric styles for outdoor furniture. Counting on Lane Venture’s stylish and sophistication furniture is always a sure thing. So, what’s big for summer 2014? Spa colors! Bring home the tranquility of the spa with soft teal, lavender, and accents of beige. No other color combination will be as relaxing and tranquil as this classic spa color scheme.

Comfort, tranquility, relaxation, the recipe for a mind-easy summer.

4.    Life Sized Games

Spray paint a Twister game in your yard.

Spray paint a Twister game in your yard.



Don’t we all remember the classic scene of Tom Hanks in Big playing the life sized piano at FAO Schwarz? Still one of my favorites! Why not give your kids, and yourself, the pleasure of being a BIG as you can get in your own yard? Excited and wondering how? Simple, cheap, and so easy, the kids can even take this on as their own summer project!

Spray paint a twister board onto the lawn! No more slip on a twisted mat, not the whole family can easily play this game, add more rows of colored dots to allow for even bigger groups to play. Get the whole family involved this summer, and you will have the best reunion that everyone will remember forever!

Want to play a more tradition, mindful game? Make your own giant scrabble board for outside! Start with 1”x1” pavers, lay down a square of the tiles 16 x 16. Make up your own rules and placements for double word points and so on. By making your own scrabble board you can really personalize it to math your family’s personality. This is another fun project that can keep you and the kids busy during the first few days of summer break, and once completed you have hours of playtime ahead of you. Bonus: scrabble is a great way for kids for practice spelling and vocabulary skills all winter ling!

Make your own outdoor scrabble board for the whole family to enjoy. (Ken Love/Akron Beacon Journal)

Make your own outdoor scrabble board for the whole family to enjoy. (Ken Love/Akron Beacon Journal)

5.    It’s a Jungle out there!

Do you have a green thumb to be envied by all? Well, if so, you are a lucky soul! For the rest of the world, challenge yourself this summer! Y personal challenge? I am going to become a backyard farmer! I am planning to build my own raised veggie gardens, begin my plants from seeds, and then reap the benefits come harvest season.

Raised garden beds are an easy day project that requires little to no construction knowledge. Take it from me, I was able to easily pump out three of these 4’x8’ beds in a 12-hour period.  Use redwood or cedar because both are beautiful and rot-resistant. Also, you’ll need a table or power saw to cut the wood. An electric drill is helpful, but not required

Looking for more a splash of color and fresh fragrant flowers from May until early September? Wildflower seeds packs are fun, and easy for the whole family to get involved in gardening. When I was a child, my mother would always buy my sister and I our own pack of wildflower seed to plant to places of our choosing. A wonderful memory that I have long cherished, and it is guaranteed that your little ones will love this project too!

Giant Allium's make your yard turn into Dr. Seuss land!

Giant Allium’s make your yard turn into Dr. Seuss land!

The little guys too little to join the garden force? Try plating a few giant Allium flowers. These early summer bloomers grown to the height of 4 to 6 feet, creating an imaginative land for you toddlers to play in.


The above ideas are just the beginning. It’s your outdoor space, go out there and make it your dream place to spend lazy summer days. Creating a special place for all the family to enjoy will bring you closer together, build family bonds, and create memories of backyard parties that will last forever. Join the outdoor revolution today!



Fun Ideas for Your Backyard Makeover

Congratulations- we all made it through the holidays! Now let old man winter really settle in and start dreaming of warm summer nights. It’s time to start working on those plans to rework your outdoor space.  As a new homeowner myself, I cannot wait to begin updating and renovating my plain-Jane square backyard into the relaxing retreat I have always dreamed about. If you are like myself, you will most likely be spending as much time outdoors as possible, enjoying your outdoor area. Here is a good beginning list of renovation ideas for your backyard oasis, from the basics to a complete remodel.

1.       Create a Cozy Space

That lonely corner of the yard that is rarely used can be easily turned into a quite oasis for relaxing with your favorite book next to the fire table.  Place a few all-weather recycled plastic benches around a 19” high fire table to create a space for a large gathering. The octagon shaped fire tables are best for large groups, enough room for you and seven guest!


Or keep it intimate with a wicker loveseat, and a cozy 38” round Savanna Stone fire table. This smaller table has the same sized burn, puts of the same amount of heat, but is suited to fit into smaller spaces such as a downtown condo or loft.


Keep the fire table burning all year, regardless of local fire regulations and fire bans. Since the fire tables run off of a controlled valve propane tank, the flame is under control, does not emit ambers or smoke, and can be easily approved by most Home Owners Associations.

2.       A Space Fit for A King

Play around with elegant wicker furniture this summer. Add a touch of Queen Anne elegance with the Royal Plantation Glider Chair, bringing a piece of the British Empire home to your patio. Or for a more casual, beach keep posted and look into the new line of wicker sectionals from All Backyard Fun.  The new line of furniture is made from beautiful rattan wicker. More to be announced in early 2014.

Wicker not exactly your thing? Then rule your outdoor space form the comfort of a stately Jefferson Woven Back Rocking Chair. Made from recycled plastic, these amazingly durable, all-weather chairs are perfect for any porch or patio.

3.       No Adults Allowed!

Make a special get-away form the kids! Children love to escape to their own magic land of imagination and creativity.  Design a space that is just for them with outdoor furniture that is children sized! All Backyard Fun offers several just-for –them sized picnic tables and Adirondack chairs. All made form recycled plastic, these chairs and tables come in 13 vibrant colors that will honor the request of any prince or princess.

4.       Update your dazzle!

Already own a fabulous fire table? No worry, you can still update your backyard’s look! Did you know we offer seven unique burner designs? A fan of the New Orleans Saints? Try the Fluer de Lis burner in 2014 to show your loyalty to your team? Dallas Cowboys? Well for you there is a beautiful star burner to let all your neighbors know you are a fan of the Lone-Star state. From the meditative Yin-Yang to the festive martini glass, there is a burner that will match your personality.


Still love your burner? Update the colors! It takes 12 pounds of glass to fill the elegance burner for the Oriflamme fire table, why not add a few pounds of beautiful Azuria Blue Reflective Fire Glass to make your table sparkle at your summer parties.

5.        Improve Indoor-Outdoor Flow

Double the size of your indoor space by installing large sliding doors that open up to your outdoor living space. Using a similar tile from indoors to outdoors will help keep the same design throughout the space. The sliding doors will be an easy way to open up the area for one large great room, or to shut off the outdoor party form the inside.

Make sure you create a fire pit area for your guests to keep warm next to during all the BBQs you will be having in your backyard!

 6.       An Area for Fido

Plan a special area for your special friend to romp around in. Keep him away from your prized vegetables with an entreating area complete with a an outdoor dog bed, plenty of outdoor toys, and a special dirt zone for all his digging needs.


7.       Plan a Complete Remodel

There is nothing like long winter nights to stay warm inside while drafting plans for your summer time haven. Planning each detail to the finest point will fill those dark and cold nights. Come March you can break ground, and be sipping Mia Thais’ at your 4th of July BBQ.


If it is a large area that you plan to redo be sure to write down a plan! Using old fashioned pencil, yes pencil, remember the eraser? And paper will work just fine. Starting drawing away!


Some key trends in patio remodels include a bar and seating area complete with a fire table to set the ambiance and keep you and your party guests warm. Designing around key elements such as a fire table can allow for you to run a natural gas line to the fire table’s location. The Oriflamme Fire Table is easily converted for natural gas making a fire table a permanent feature of your outdoor sanctuary.


After you have planned out the key areas and feature of the backyard, you can start designing your space. All Backyard Fun’s line of wicker sectional sofas are designed to fit around round, square, or octagon fire tables. Choose form a variety of fabric choices to complete your patio renovation.



I am thrilled to begin my backyard makeover, and I hope that all of you follow along in my adventures as a novice gardener, landscape architect, and homeowner.   But until then I will be catching snowflakes on my tongue and counting down the days until the first day of spring. Happy 2014 everyone!


Worldly and sophisticated look by Lane Venture.

Worldly and sophisticated look by Lane Venture.

Cozy up next to your fire table this summer!

Cozy up next to your fire table this summer!

Mix and match fire glass to match and style of patio furniture!

Mix and match fire glass to match and style of patio furniture!

Flower Power with this special designed flower burner for your Oriflamme Fire Table.

Flower Power with this special designed flower burner for your Oriflamme Fire Table.

Jefferson Woven Rocker for your front porch or backyard, make a statement with this classic rocker!

Jefferson Woven Rocker for your front porch or backyard, make a statement with this classic rocker!

Use this durable, recycled plastic picnic table for children's crafts. Its easy to clean and the perfect size for your kids!

Use this durable, recycled plastic picnic table for children’s crafts. Its easy to clean and the perfect size for your kids!












Style and Elegance for Small Spaces


Do you live in a small townhome or condo with limited outdoor space? Still want to glam up your outdoor space with the elegance of a fire table? Small places are now big problem with the 38” Round Savannah Stone Fire Table. This new table from Designing Fire is the perfect solution to a small space. Available in both the round style with a 38” Diameter and in a 35” Square, it is easy to transform your patio into a warm, enjoyable space to enjoy for years to come.  Visit All Backyard Fun for more inspiring ideas for your patio.


Adding Color To Your Patio This Spring

Spring is officially here! As much of the country thaws from a long, cold winter, many people are anxious to start to enjoy their deck or patio again. While the temperatures might not be at their highest peak just yet, there is a very simple thing to draw you outside sooner; adding some color to your patio. Brighter colors can bring up the mood and make a space feel warm, so adding a some color will help change your mood. Here are three ideas on how to add color to your patio.

1. Plant Some Flowersflower
Planting flowers in your backyard or around your patio is not only a great way to bring in some color, but it also adds value to the area. Even if you’re not ready to plant an entire garden, putting potted flowers around the areas outside you spend time can really add color. The best part about flowers are that they can come in any color! Mix and match whatever colors you want, and if you don’t like how they turn out, try some different colors. There are even flowers and plants that are hearty enough to withstand kids, pets and harsh weather for years.

2. Use Bright Pillows or ChairsBrightly Colored Chairs
Your eyes are naturally drawn to color, especially when it it’s incorporated into an area that is lacking in color. Now, bright colors don’t always need to mean Orange, Red and Yellow or some drastic pattern. It could be a Green, Blue, or Gold instead. Tying the colors into the natural look of your patio is key for the right look.

3. Outdoor Rug
Quickly, look at your patio or deck and ask, “What area has the most neutral, bland look?” Chances are that it’s actually your flooring or decking. Unless you’ve paid to have beautiful pavers or stamped concrete in, it’s likely the biggest area of need for some color. A simple solution is an outdoor rug. It doesn’t have to be a large rug, but anything that offsets the color will add color to your patio.


These are just three ideas that you can do to bring color to your deck or patio, but there are many, many more. What ways do you like to add color to your patio?

The Cost of Tranquility: How to Save on Outdoor Renovations

Building, remodeling and starting in on renovations can be haphazard to your sanity and your budget if not done correctly. When planning your renovations, think of what the overall budget is that you are working with and stick to it! The key is planning ahead, putting money aside and even afterwards, having an extra stash of money just in case things really get out of hand. You will thank yourself afterwards if you end up with more money in your pocket than what you had originally planned for.

One of the main things that should be thought of is the overall cost of the elements that you are choosing to put in your outdoor space. Elements such as fire pits or fire pit tables, for example, have a gigantic price range and finding one that fits your budget is important.

Most gas fire pits tend to be a better choice if you are budget conscience. Plus they also are less upkeep than traditional wood burning fire pits. That being said, if you aren’t planning on using your fire pit every week to every other week and only want to use it for special occasions, a wood burning fire pit might be a better choice. You only have to use wood once in a while and this can be a major cost saver in the long run.

Other elements such as fountains and small ponds also have a broad price range, but like the fire pits each model or kind is also going to have a set up keep that needs to be performed in order to maintain a good overall water quality, fish life period and more.

A good tip is to keep a list when shopping of all the prices that you see, whether it be in store or online. That way you can reflect on the pros and cons of each model and type of element. Taking these factors into consideration will nearly guarantee that the price will always be in balance with the quality and lifespan of your outdoor space’s elements and features.