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Updated: Jun 15, 2020

Give your patio new life by blending cushy indoor elements with practical outdoor ones. Style, comfort, and durability: That's what you get with the right combination of contemporary ingredients. See how easy it is to create an enticing and inviting extension of your home for entertaining friends and family.

Choose the Right Furniture and Furnishings Picking the right furniture for your space is essential for modern outdoor living. Take your particular entertaining needs and the size of your patio into account when deciding on the best option. Large families or those who regularly entertain larger groups of friends and family should emphasize seating options that meet those requirements. Also, decide on a focus for your patio entertaining. Are you interested in creating more of a dining space or a place for social gatherings around a fire pit, for example? Large patios may meet both of these requirements when executed properly. A multi-piece dining set is great for hosting outdoor dinner parties, while comfortable seating sets work well for casual chats and outdoor entertaining. If you lack space, versatile bistro sets are perfect for entertaining on the fly. Incorporate soft cushions and colorful throw pillows that complement your décor. This will add to the impression of an outdoor living room. Don’t forget to include touches like indoor/outdoor rugs that coordinate with your furniture and décor to continue the illusion of interior space blending into the exterior one.

Light Up Your Patio Mood lighting isn’t just for the indoors. Set the scene on your patio with a combination of decorative and landscape lighting to illuminate it. Use solar path lighting to accent and brighten up areas around your patio and along walkways. Path lighting can consist of either stake lights planted directly into the ground, or light fixtures and lanterns installed on decorative posts. Use outdoor wall lanterns combined with string lights to create a warm, atmospheric glow to welcome and comfort guests. Helpful Tips Strategically placed patio lanterns can be attractive centerpieces and accent items that illuminate at night and add charm to the space during the day. Use candles and torches to provide extra patio ambiance. Citronella candles can help keep insects away during summer evening get-togethers.

Accent with Landscape Features Blend your patio area into your landscape to further the impression of a natural flow from your home’s interior to its exterior areas. You can incorporate landscape foliage and mulched flowerbeds, as well as well-placed planters with eye-catching plants to form a cohesive, natural feel. Use outdoor yard accents to complement your patio design. Items such as fountains, birdbaths, and statuary provide visual interest, and fountains and other water features, in particular, can add a soothing ambiance to your yard. Add a small bridge or arbor to act as a gateway from your lawn, garden, or secluded water garden to your patio area.

Add a Fire Pit or Patio Heater Consider purchasing or building a fire pit, or adding a chimenea or patio heater. Any of these options are great additions that extend the enjoyment of your patio into the cooler months. Fire pits are becoming more and more popular backyard additions because many people enjoy sitting around a blazing fire on a cold evening. Some models can even be used as a grill. Safety Alert! Remember to follow all safety guidelines when using a fire pit to ensure safe enjoyment. Gas fire pits and fire pit tables are a convenient and relatively hassle-free way to add ambiance to your patio area. They provide the warm glow of flames as well as a decorative element. Gas patio heaters are a great option to help you enjoy your patio even when it’s cold outside.

Save Room for Your Grill

Everyone loves a cookout, so be sure to include a grill in your patio revamp to create an outdoor kitchen. Cook your guests’ favorites—as well as your own—using one of the many types of grills available. Choose from gas or charcoal cooking, ceramic grills, or smokers. Incorporating your grill with outdoor countertop space completes the open-air kitchen feel. Combine it with an outside wet bar for full-service entertainment.

For tips on how to clean and prepare your grill, check out our blog on BBQ-PREP.

All right then! Now you have some ideas on how to bring the indoors outside to create a get-together destination for all your guests.

Here is an unrelated tip: Dunsmuir Hardware is for Sale! The present owners have operated the store for over 40 years and are ready to pass it on to a new owner who appreciates how special it is. Want to learn more about this amazing business opportunity? What we can offer is a “turn-key” business opportunity. A buyer can step into an established and professionally managed business and take off with it. New owners and new ideas would grow the business into new areas. We want to sell the business with its established reputation and customer base, the building, all the fixtures and equipment (computers, pipe threading equipment, custom paint tinting, tools, and supplies), and all of the antiques that are part of the image of the business. Our antique collection is legendary and without exaggeration, there are thousands of dollars’ worth of antique tools, hardware, housewares, documents, pictures, cans, and bottles. They belong to the store and will go with it.

We are open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Saturday and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sundays. Come and see us we are at 5836 Dunsmuir Avenue Dunsmuir, California, or call

(530) 235 - 4539.

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