Next time you enjoy your backyard oasis, look down – that is,
look at the bottom of your outdoor umbrellas. Do you like what you see? Or
could your umbrella bases use an upgrade? Here is what you need to know about
this important – but often overlooked – part of your outdoor décor.
What are Umbrella Bases Made of?
There are several different types of materials available in contemporary
umbrella bases. Which you choose depends largely on the type of umbrella you
have, where it is placed and how strong of a foundation your umbrella requires.
For applications where you need to protect your umbrella
from toppling over due to strong winds or perhaps a large, weighty umbrella, bases
made of cast stone and concrete are preferable. A concrete umbrella base is the
workhorse of umbrella stands, built to last and withstand all types of weather.
Powder coated cast iron is another good option when you require a very stable
umbrella stand capable of handling a large shade feature.
One of the more common types of patio umbrella base is one
made from polymer or plastic. These are the styles that are filled with water
or sand to give them more weight. While they do the job, they aren’t the most
aesthetic choice, nor do they last very long, but they are often used as a
commercial umbrella base at many a hotel’s poolside.
Finally, an aluminum umbrella base is gaining in popularity
due to its durability and good looks. Aluminum umbrella bases can be crafted to
resemble everything from cast iron to mosaic tiles yet last much longer and keep
its integrity and gorgeous design details.
Umbrella Bases for Specific Uses
Another option available when shopping for umbrella bases are
those made for specific uses and those for specific types of outdoor umbrellas.
Perhaps you have only a single umbrella in your outdoor
living space. That means you may want to move it around, depending on where you
wish to sit and where you need shade. In this case, an umbrella base with
wheels is preferable. It allows you to take a rather large and ungainly shade
feature and make it mobile. There is even an umbrella base with wheels that
features a planter incorporated in the design, so the umbrella stand becomes a
piece of colorful décor all on its own.
Another type of umbrella stand is made precisely for
cantilever or offset umbrellas. These umbrella bases are usually larger in area,
providing a broader foundation for an umbrella shade that is off center. These
are available in various materials and often include four base plates for added
stability. Often, they can be bolted into a pool deck or concrete patio.
When it’s time to replace your patio umbrella bases, consider the type of material you need, the design you want and the features required to make a stable foundation for your outdoor umbrellas. At Hauser’s Patio, we offer a patio umbrella base of the highest quality to finish off the beautiful décor in your backyard oasis.
With a fresh new year barely begun, you may peruse your
outdoor living room and find it full of rusty furniture after years or even
months of being pelted with rain and saltwater spray. Luckily, this does not
mean that you must throw it all away and start over from scratch. There are plenty
of trusty solutions to make your rusty furniture look brand new again.
Do It Yourself Rusty Furniture Fixes
When you have invested a lot into the outdoor furnishings in
your backyard oasis, you may be motivated to take what is now rusty furniture
and restore it yourself. It will require a bit of elbow grease and the right
Start by removing all the visible rust. A wire brush is your first line of defense, followed by a good scrub with 80-grit sandpaper to remove all last traces of rust and paint. In some cases, naval jelly or a commercial rust remover may be necessary. You do want to be thorough as any leftover spots can result in “flash rusting” or rust making an unwelcome future appearance.
After the rust is removed, sand the rusty furniture lightly with fine-grit sandpaper and then thoroughly clean the pieces to prepare for priming.
A commercial spray primer made specifically for metal pieces
is the next step. Apply it in at least two or three thin, even layers.
After drying completely, apply spray paint in your choice of color. The final step is the application of a clear sealer for metal furniture that will keep the new paint job looking fresh and resistant to UV rays.
Or…Let Us Do the Hard Work
If going through all the steps to make your rusty furniture look new again sounds like a lot of hard work, it is. And that’s why Hauser’s Patio offers you a better option: allow us to refurbish and refinish your patio furniture to restore it to its former good looks.
We start by refinishing your rusty furniture. In addition to rust, the frames of your outdoor furnishings may be showing their age with peeling and flaking paint. This type of damage requires extensive preparation before your pieces can be repainted. We have commercial sandblasters and cleaners necessary to remove all the rust and old paint and take the frames down to the bare metal. Our professional restoring team then cleans each outdoor furnishing and applies a powder coat primer.
Finally, we apply an OEM finish in your choice of gorgeous color and then top it off with a spray of clear protectant. Our proprietary protectant works on most types of outdoor furnishing and exquisitely prevents damage from UV rays, smog, dirt, rain and sea spray.
Now You’ve Got a Choice to Restore Rusty Furniture
Whether you decide to go the DIY route or allow Hauser’s Patio to do the heavy work for you (we’ll even pick it up! – look for outdoor furniture refinishing details here), rusty furniture in your backyard oasis is no reason to fret. Now is the perfect time to restore that rusty furniture and make it look better than new, just in time for spring entertaining.
San Diego residents are some of the luckiest in the country. We can easily enjoy al fresco dining nearly all year round due to temperate weather and lack of ice and snow. So why not plan now to upgrade your outdoor dining area so you can start using it right away? Here are a handful of ideas to transform your backyard into a great place for entertaining with a new outdoor dining set.
Fire Pit Table
One of the most unique and useful outdoor dining sets is one
that includes a propane fire table. A fire table can be configured in many
different ways. Pick from one that is counter height or a regular dining room
table height. It can be round, square, rectangular or octagonal. The fire pit
itself is available as an outdoor grill, where you can cook delicious meals
tableside, or it can simply function as a decorative source of warmth,
especially with a Plexiglass guard. Make it even more of a statement piece by
using beautiful pieces of fire glass or rocks as the medium.
One of the hottest trends this year is to add a small bistro set to your patio. While it may not be a good size for entertaining, it is the perfect way for you and your significant to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning or a cocktail at night. This type of intimate outdoor dining set can easily tuck into a corner of your patio or grace a corner poolside. You could also place a cute bistro set on your front porch since it requires only a bit of space.
Mix and Match
Many homeowners are married to the idea of a matching outdoor dining set. But why not take your table and chairs to the next level by mixing and matching? Start with the table of your choice, selecting a size and shape that fit nicely in your outdoor living room. Then choose chairs that complement the style of the table and feel free to browse through the options offered by other manufacturers. You can also mix and match the chairs, using a pair of side chairs and perhaps a couple rockers or sling chairs. The process is a bit easier if you visit our showroom so you can see how the pieces all look together in person.
Make it Super Comfortable
Who says an outdoor dining set must consist of straight-backed chairs and traditional tables? Rockers, recliners, benches, settees and sectionals can all easily stand in for conventional dining chairs. Just be sure that they are the right height to slide beneath your dining table. You will also want to be sure that the upholstery is treated to prevent stains.
Colorful Outdoor Dining Set
There’s no reason you can’t use your outdoor dining set to
add a splash of bright color in the backyard. Pick chairs with frames in hues
of red, blue or green and further embellish them with brightly patterned cushions.
The dining table can be ordered to match the chair frames or go bold by using a
Ensure that you can enjoy dining outdoors in your backyard with one of these 5 fresh outdoor dining set ideas.
January is not only special because it is the start of a new year but also because it heralds the beginning of a new decade. And with fresh resolve to move confidently into the future, it just stands to reason that your luxury outdoor living room should be transformed along with the rest of your plans. Here are our suggestions for renewing and refreshing your backyard oasis with a fresh outdoor look in 2020 and beyond.
Add a Pop of New Color
Pantone Color Institute has released their color of the year for 2020 as they have done since December 1999. This year the much-anticipate announcement revealed the color “Classic Blue” as their latest pick. Blue is always a soothing color which is a perfect fit to bring a sense of calm to our hectic, technology-filled world. Classic Blue is a deep and rich shade that can easily function as a contemporary neutral.
Introduce Classic Blue into your backyard either through accessories that add a pop of color, such as pillows or tablecloths, or a complete revamp of your patio furniture, including cushion and sling replacement. Go ahead and mix and match patterns using Classic Blue, as well, which is a way to make your backyard look very contemporary. Either way, this timeless hue will be a welcome addition to any outdoor living room, no matter the style and is sure to give it a fresh outdoor look.
Add Furnishings and Accessories That Make It More Livable
Take a moment and think about all the ways you enjoy using your outdoor living room. Do the existing furnishings and accessories allow you to do everything you wish to do, no matter the time of day or night or season? If not, make 2020 the year that you finally upgrade the furnishings to reflect your entertainment style and provide a fresh outdoor look.
One of the items you may want to incorporate this year is a
new fire feature. Think outside the box and consider something other than an
ordinary fire pit. With so many options for propane fire features, you can fit a
festive and warm fire pit, fire urn, fire bowl or fire column nearly anywhere. Or,
consider adding a fire table with or without a grill for cooking tableside. A
fire table is a great way to take your entertaining to the next level.
Small accessories can make a big difference. Occasional
tables placed next to lounge chairs provide a perfect spot for your favorite book,
beverage and perhaps an outdoor lamp or candle. If you wish to add a new lounge
chair, add a matching ottoman so you have a place to prop your feet at the end
of a long day. A small outdoor refrigerator placed nearby can keep all your adult
beverages cold and handy. A row of planters with showy shrubs not only provides
a pop of natural color, it can be used as a screen between you and neighbors.
We hope these ideas will inspire you to make 2020 the year that you finally give the luxury backyard oasis you have always to create a fresh outdoor look. For more ideas, browse through the rest of our blog posts and online inventory or simply give us a call – we’d be happy to help you plan your outdoor living room for maximum beauty and usefulness.
It is officially winter in San Diego. While that does not
mean we are likely to see snow or subzero temperatures anytime soon, it does
mean tis the season to add a hint of cozy warmth and flickering flames
throughout your backyard living room.
Perhaps the most popular option for many San Diego homeowners, modern fire pits come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and styles. Most of them are portable, which makes them the ideal solution if you are not yet in your forever home. You can also choose from fire pits that moonlight as a grill, fire pits with cook tops, or those that function as decorative pieces of art in the backyard but also exude heat, such as fire urns, fire bowls and fire columns. Fire pits are the ideal way to add warmth and the mesmerizing dance of flames just where you need it.
For a larger and more permanent solution to adding a source of heat to your backyard oasis, consider installing a gas fireplace. While these hearth products are a more extensive project that will require installation of gas lines to the fireplace and permanent installation, it provides your luxury outdoor living room with an ambience that can’t be beat. And because it becomes part of your backyard oasis, a gas fireplace adds to the value of your home.
There are many choices when it comes to shopping for gas fireplaces and other hearth products. Size is one; even if your backyard is not very spacious, you will find options that perfectly fit the square footage available. Material and style are two more ways you can customize a gas fireplace for your backyard. Another decision is whether you would like – or have availability for – natural gas or propane fuel for the fireplace. You may need to check with your local municipality to determine what regulations are in place in regard to allowed fuel types.
Finally, another option to make your luxury backyard oasis cozy and warm is the addition of outdoor heaters. From a traditional patio heater that stands tall and is fueled by a propane tank to small heaters on brackets to infrared heaters that can be installed more permanently, there are plenty of ways to use outdoor heaters. They can be placed in any location that could benefit from a soothing source of warmth, such as along the eaves of a porch or deck, along the bottom edge of built-in seating, or located along the periphery of seating areas and walkways.
No matter where you need heat or desire a display of mesmerizing flames, Hauser’s Patio can easily provide the right hearth products – and do so with epic Southern California style sure to become the focal point of your luxury outdoor living room.
There is, perhaps, one thing that solidly defines how Southern Californians enjoy holiday entertaining throughout the winter season and that is to take things outdoors. After all, we live in one of the most beautiful and temperate areas in the United States and, well, we just love to spend time surrounded by gorgeous views while enjoying temps that are the envy of our far-flung relatives and friends. With these tips, you will be ready to host a holiday fete that will be remembered for years to come.
Start with Drinks and Appetizers
Of course, the best way to get any party started is with a variety of tempting beverages and delicious appetizers. When your guests arrive be sure to have an array of choices available. We recommend having a bar cart at the ready, fully stocked with all the traditional liquors as well as a good variety of red and white wines. Incorporate some of this year’s hottest alcoholic beverage trends, such as fruit-infused beers, spiked seltzers, canned wines (surprisingly good) and single barrel bourbons.
Trendy appetizers are also a good choice. Be sure to have a sizable outdoor buffet filled with trays of this year’s most popular food such as street tacos and sliders. No holiday party would be complete without a charcuterie board to include a nice variety of unusual cheeses (this year burrata rules), cured meats, brined olives and a scattering of fruits such as figs, berries and citrus slices. Several different types of mustards, crackers and crusty bread complete the board and allow your guests to comfortably nosh throughout the night.
Provide Comfortable Seating
While you may want your guests to roam through your luxury
backyard patio and mingle with others, it’s always a good idea to make sure you
have enough seating for everyone – especially when it comes to dinner time. Now
may be the perfect time to invest a new outdoor dining set with chairs for 10
guests or more.
In addition to your outdoor dining set, seating arrangements sprinkled throughout the space encourage guests to form intimate groups while enjoying drinks and appetizers. An outdoor sofa or two is always a good choice for holiday entertaining; surround it with lounge chairs and end tables so everyone has a place to set their drink. Ottomans are another way to provide extra seating; many outdoor ottomans function as a table or storage space when not in use as a seat, allowing them to serve double or triple duty.
Make It Warm and Cozy
Finally, ensure that your guests have access to warmth on a breezy winter night in southern California. An outdoor gas fireplace as the centerpiece of the outdoor living room is the choice of many San Diegans for holiday entertaining. There’s just something about a roaring fire that draws people with mesmerizing, dancing flames and the promise of cozy heat. Another option is outdoor heaters, standup or installed along the underside of eaves. In addition to an outdoor gas fireplace or heaters, toss knitted throws and blankets into a basket near the hearth, or drape them across outdoor sofas and chairs.
This holiday season do things San Diego style by serving trendy drinks and appetizers. For the best holiday entertaining, always include plenty of comfortable seating and a source of heat to ensure everyone is invited to stay and relax.
It’s that time of year again. Are you ready to entertain
guests and family for the holidays? Or, more to the point, is your outdoor
furniture ready to be used during the most wonderful time of the year? If you
look at your luxury backyard and find that your chairs, dining set, outdoor
sofas and tables don’t look quite as fresh as they once did, Hauser’s Patio has
the perfect solution: let us do your patio furniture repair. You’ve got so many
other things to accomplish, why not let us do your outdoor furniture
Hauser’s Outdoor Furniture Repair Services
You may not realize it, but Hauser’s Patio is able to perform a number of repair and refinishing services. We have a full in-house outdoor furniture repair service performed by our professional and experienced staff. We can refinish your powder-coated aluminum furniture frames. We can also replace the upholstery on your pieces, including fabric sling replacement and vinyl straps. Finally, our staff can repair those little items that keep your patio furniture from functioning at its best, such as worn end caps, glides, rocker spring plates and more.
How Our Repair and Refinishing Service Works
When it comes to the frame of your aluminum outdoor
furniture, a new finish makes it look fresh and beautiful again. We take your patio
furniture and strip it down, removing all the plastic and non-metallic parts,
as well as any fabric or upholstery. Once it has been stripped, we sandblast
each piece to SP10 level. This ensures that every bit of the old finish, as
well as oxides and scale from weather and dirt, are completely removed. We then
give everything a good wash and dry. Next is the addition of a primer, which is
either anti-gas out or zinc anti-corrosion, depending on the metal we are
working with. The primer is baked at 400 degrees and then allowed to cool. Finally,
we apply a TGIG polyester color coating, bake it and cool it one more time. When
the powder coating is finished, we can then replace all those worn out or
broken parts and components and add new fabric upholstery.
Your Choice of Colors for Repair and Refinishing
If you love the style of your outdoor furniture but have
never been particularly fond of the color or fabric, this is your time to make
all the pieces look exactly as you’ve always envisioned. You get to choose from
a selection of colors for the powder coating on the frame. If you are replacing
slings or upholstery fabric, we offer a wide selection of hues, both bold and
pastel, as well as modern patterns and textures. Your luxury backyard is sure
to get a complete facelift just by choosing new colors and patterns to update your
With the holiday season and lots of opportunities for
entertaining outdoors, now is the perfect time to let Hauser’s Patio repair
outdoor furniture so you can focus on all the other things you need to get done.
Repair and refinishing are what we do best to ensure you get the most enjoyment
out of your luxury backyard oasis.
The holiday season is officially in full swing and that
means lots of upcoming entertainment opportunities. Be sure that your luxury
backyard oasis is ready for guests by sprucing up your existing pieces with
patio furniture reupholstery. At Hauser’s Patio, we make it easy to do so by
offering sling replacement for your outdoor seating. By simply replacing the torn,
worn or soiled fabric of your sling patio chairs your outdoor living room will
look clean, refreshed and set for entertaining over the Thanksgiving, Christmas
and Hanukkah holidays.
How Patio Furniture Replacement Slings Work
The process of ordering patio furniture reupholstery is
really quite simple. Start by measuring your outdoor patio furniture to
determine the width and length of sling fabric. We provide a guide that helps
you accurately measure your patio furniture replacement slings. If you are not
comfortable with the process, you can remove the existing sling fabric, mail
the pieces to us, and we’ll take it from there. Patio furniture reupholstery for
pieces made by Brown Jordan or Tropitone is even easier as we keep templates
for those luxury outdoor furniture collections on file so no measurements are
Once we receive your order, we’ll get to work making your custom
patio furniture replacement slings. When finished, your beautiful new sling replacement
is shipped directly to your address. We can manufacture and deliver replacement
slings right to your door, no matter where you live – even outside the greater
San Diego area. And they all come with a full two-year warranty.
Customizing Your Patio Furniture Reupholstery
It’s easy to customize your replacement sling selections, no
matter if you have pieces with a single piece of sling fabric or two-pieces. Either
way, sling replacement fabric includes a retainer/spline in your choice of three
standard sizes. Even if your patio furniture doesn’t fit into a standard size
option, we can customize the replacement slings to fit perfectly.
The most creative option when ordering patio furniture
replacement slings is choosing from all the gorgeous colors and styles of available
fabric – everything from bright, bold solids to jacquards and earth-toned textures.
You also get to choose the type of fabric. We offer both
Sunbrella and Phifertex. These two types of outdoor fabrics are specifically
designed to withstand anything Mother Nature throws at it, from mold-inducing
moisture to fading rays of sunshine to the damaging effects of wind and blowing
dust. We keep some fabrics in stock and offer them as “quick ship” options
which means your patio furniture replacement slings can be manufactured in as
little as three or four days.
Get Your Patio Furniture Ready for Holiday Entertaining
Now that you know how easy it is to order patio furniture reupholstery, why not get started right away? Remember that we can take the measurements of your replacement slings for you – and even replace the fabric on the furniture, as well – to ensure a simple, foolproof process. Get your backyard oasis ready for holiday entertaining with gorgeous new patio furniture reupholstery.
Nothing compares to the warmth and ambience of a gas fire pit in your luxury outdoor living space. Not only does the right type of fire pit create a soft glow at night, it sparks conversation and creates an atmosphere that draws people to the dancing flames. But out of all the designs available today which type of fire pit is right for your backyard oasis? Take a look at these options.
Fire Urns, Bowls and Towers
Perfect for a smaller outdoor living room or for a dramatic effect in a larger backyard, fire bowls, urns and towers come with a small footprint while providing a dramatic accent to walkways, seating arrangements or pool decks.
Consider their height when deciding where to place them; fire columns and towers provide a vertical point of interest so they look best surrounded by shrubbery or next to a short chair with ottoman and table. Fire urns and fire bowls can be placed on a riser or directly on the pool deck or patio pavers. Another unique idea is to group three of these small fire features together in a dark corner of your outdoor living room.
If you do a lot of entertaining outdoors, consider adding a
fire table. This is the perfect option for those who enjoy dining al fresco. It
also creates a fun option at outdoor parties so guests can cook their own
skewers of meat and vegetables or grilled cake and fruit. Even when not in use
as a cooktop, fire tables present the perfect place to gather for informal
get-togethers. The fire table creates a subtle glow and warmth that are always
welcome no matter the occasion.
Styles for your Gas Fire Pit
Consider your own sense of style and the type of mood you wish to create in your backyard oasis when determining an appropriate style of gas fire pit. If you prefer rustic, opt for stones or rusty metal accents in a propane or gas fire pit that uses realistic looking logs. A casual backyard style melds nicely with a fire pit of rough texture, such as faux wicker or wood. For a more formal space, consider classic lines and materials; natural-looking fire “stones” are the perfect media for the flames. In a modern backyard, glass and stainless steel are an ideal combination, especially when paired with gorgeous fire glass media. Add a clear Plexiglas windscreen to keep the flames going even in windy weather.
Round or rectangular? Long and narrow or square and squat?
The size of your gas fire pit is largely determined by the size of your outdoor
space. Of course, smaller and mobile fire pits are best suited for a backyard
oasis of limited square footage. Opt for models that are tall and narrow as
opposed to short and squat. If your luxury outdoor living room has ample space,
you may want to anchor it with a built-in gas fireplace and scatter a couple
fire pits along the perimeter or in different zones.
Whether you choose a traditional gas fire pit, a fire urn,
column, tower or table, Hauser’s Patio has all the latest styles and sizes from
which to choose. Be sure to upgrade your backyard oasis today so you can enjoy
the soothing warmth and mesmerizing glow of a fire pit this fall and winter.
Ah, rest and relaxation! That’s exactly what you are looking
forward to when you get home at the end of a long day. But does your outdoor
living room resemble more of a hazard zone than the perfect backyard retreat?
Use these tips to transform your backyard into the oasis you deserve to enjoy
each and every day.
Start to create the perfect backyard retreat by dividing the space into zones. For instance, one zone might include your swimming pool and the area around it as a place to refresh your body; include a pool cabana for ease of changing clothes and storing towels.
The next zone might be for cooking and eating and include an
outdoor kitchen, mobile bar cart and dining table.
Another zone might be a small nook in a corner of your yard
filled with a comfy lounge chair with piles of fluffy pillows, an occasional
table and pots of lush foliage; a small water fountain creates a backdrop of
Different materials, such as the pool deck, patio tiles and
outdoor area rugs can help to define each space. Outdoor artwork, such as this
piece, is another way to indicate a zone change.
Heat and Cool
In addition to the zones in your perfect backyard retreat,
consider temperature controls as part of your comfort. That means installing
misters and fans around the back patio and making sure there are enough shade
features to adequately cover seating areas.
Place a gas or propane fireplace, fire pit or other fire features throughout the space to provide instant heat. With so many options for fire features available today, there are plenty of ways to add a hint of warmth on those chilly fall and winter nights. Include a basket of throws next to the fireplace or fire pit so they are handy when you feel the need to snuggle into cozy softness.
The Light Stuff
Another factor involved in the perfect backyard retreat is
lighting. String lights spanning seating areas create a romantic glow at night.
You will need something with a bit more illumination for your cozy nook if you
wish to read a book, such as a table lamp. In the cooking and dining zone,
consider adding an overhead fan with light fixture. Small pathway markers along
walkways help keep you safe at night; if you’d like to keep things
eco-friendly, make them solar lights.
Comfort Above All
But perhaps the main thing to remember when you set out to create the perfect backyard retreat is comfort. Be sure the seating pieces you select are ergonomically designed and covered in deep cushions, such as this outdoor sofa from Tommy Bahama Outdoor.
Include ottomans with chairs that don’t recline so you have a place to prop up your tired feet.
Keep the textures on pillows, rugs and throws soft and
fluffy. The idea is to create a perfect backyard retreat with items that you
want to sink into and wrap around your shoulders as you relax in comfort.
Now is the perfect time to create the perfect backyard
retreat. We invite you to shop our large selection of luxury outdoor
furnishings today so you can enjoy the ultimate in rest and relaxation in your
own backyard tomorrow.
When is a backyard oasis truly a place to relax and enjoy?
When it most resembles one you might find at a luxury, high-end resort. This is
not the place to skimp on the quality of furnishings and furniture. Instead,
find the most luxurious styles and gorgeous designs that reflect the true
nature of your indulgent preferences. These little luxuries are sure to make
the difference between a ho-hum backyard and a resort-like oasis where you can
relax amid surroundings fit for a king or queen. Here are our choices for
luxury outdoor furnishings in four different categories.
The Luxury: Stingray Shade Structure from TUUCI
There are few, if any, shade structures that come close to the beautiful style of the Stingray umbrella. TUUCI calls it a “shade innovation” that exemplifies “design in motion,” much like a stingray gliding sinuously through the water. But this umbrella does more than just look good. It is made with marine-grade, polished aluminum and tensile fabric to make the Stingray a most durable shade structure. Another great feature is its ability to rotate a full 360 degrees so it can easily follow the sun and provide protection from its damaging rays.
The Luxury: Marimba Swivel Fan Chair by Tommy Bahama
When you want both a unique and comfortable option for seating, it is hard to resist the pull of the gorgeous Marimba chair. Its overall style is regal – perfect for the king or queen of the house. Unlike the “peacock chair” popular in the 1980s, the Marimba Swivel Fan Chair has taken the classic silhouette and updated it with modern colors and materials. It is finely crafted from durable aluminum with all-weather wicker and accented in gold designs forming an intersecting ring pattern. The chair back uses graceful curves atop a deep seat that fits even the most robust of occupants. You are sure to feel as if you are reigning over your own home in luxury outdoor furnishings such as this magnificent chair.
Luxury Fire Feature
The Luxury: Firefall with Artisan Glass from American Fyre Designs
When is a fire pit not a fire pit? When it’s a firefall complete with subtle LED lights. Your luxury outdoor living room would not be complete without the mesmerizing draw of live flames dancing against a backdrop of glass mosaic pieces. Each piece is hand laid and formed into an artist-inspired design, then grouted by hand. Available in both large and small sizes, the Firefall with Artisan Glass is fueled by either propane or natural gas. This unique fire feature is made of sturdy, fiberglass reinforced concrete and includes a wind guard to keep the flames alive even on a blustery night. You have a choice of several colors and textures to match the existing décor in your backyard oasis.
Luxury Chaise Lounge
The Luxury: Bazza Contour Armless Double Chaise by Telescope Casual
Lastly, what backyard oasis would be complete without a chaise lounge? Our top pick in this category is the Bazza Contour chaise which is a sleekly styled sling made for two. Finely crafted from a weather- and rust-resistant frame, each side of the chaise adjusts autonomously to allow a couple ultimate comfort while lounging poolside. The armrests are made from a polymer that doesn’t heat up when exposed to the sun and your Bazza chaise lounge can be ordered with armrests in a contrasting color to the frame, which is available in nearly a dozen different hues. There are plenty of fabric choices for the sling material, as well.
Luxury outdoor furnishings such as these are sure to enhance
your backyard oasis.
Have you always wanted a backyard where everyone in your family and surrounding neighborhood gather to have a good time? If you current outdoor living area isn’t quite up to snuff in terms of style, comfort and usability, then use these tips to create a party friendly backyard sure to be the hub for fun.
Design an Outdoor Kitchen and Dining Room
Take a cue from the interior of your home and design similar rooms outdoors. At the heart of any good party is food and beverage so an outdoor kitchen is de rigeur. Make sure the kitchen is well-equipped with a spacious, built-in barbecue, refrigerator and a sink for washing hands and veggies. In close proximity, set up a dining area with a table large enough to handle a crowd and lots of comfortable dining chairs.
If you don’t plan on entertaining a large group of people, you may want to consider using a dining table with a gas or propane fire pit in the middle. Some “fire tables” are set up specifically to cook food; having each guest cook their own kebabs and s’mores tableside makes for a very fun evening.
Another option is to extend the countertop around your outdoor barbecue and add a row of barstools. This permanent seating is located where most of your guests will hang out anyway – in the middle of the cooking action. It is a more informal arrangement and best suited for smaller parties.
No matter the configuration of your kitchen and dining area, be sure to top it all off with a shade structure that adequately covers the entire area. You may opt to use a cantilever umbrella such as the Vineyard Shade Pod for your party friendly backyard. With up to four separate, yet conjoined, umbrellas, this unique design is sure to provide all the shade necessary to cover a large area.
Design a Poolside Entertaining Area
Another popular place for outdoor parties is poolside. Who doesn’t enjoy cooling off in crystal clear water on a hot day and enjoying an ice cold beverage afterward?
The key to designing a poolside entertaining area is to ensure you provide lots of comfortable lounge seating, shade structures and perhaps a cabana or two.
Cabanas such as the Mercury Lounger by TUUCI shown here make the ideal place for guests to change in and out of their swimwear. Plus, it’s such a cozy spot!
Attach a cantilever umbrella to the pool deck and you can easily create a shady spot for swimmers to refresh. The Bay Master swim under cantilever umbrella from TUUCI is the perfect choice for the pool. Simply adjust the positioning as the sun crosses the sky. An added bonus is that this umbrella looks as good as it performs.
If you wish your party friendly backyard to resemble a resort, opt for a line of lounge chairs, such as these from Seaside Casual, on the pool deck. Loungers with deep cushions in bright colors look oh-so-inviting to guests. Be sure to include a variety of occasional tables scattered between the chairs to make it convenient for guests to keep their cold beverages and snacks close at hand.
If your goal is to do more entertaining in the upcoming months, then use these tips to create a party friendly backyard that friends and family will love to visit.
Every San Diego homeowner needs an eco friendly fire pit in their backyard oasis – at least that’s our contention. There is nothing quite as mesmerizing, romantic and comfort-inducing as a fire pit putting out a warm glow. Here is everything you need to know about adding a fire pit to your luxury outdoor living room and making it the environmentally friendly choice.
Skip the Wood and Opt
Here in San Diego, wood burning fire pits are permitted as long as there are not hazardous conditions in place which would prevent their use. However, homeowners’ associations and the CC&Rs in your specific community might prohibit fire pits that use wood.
Although they are allowed, a wood-burning fire pit is not
the eco-friendly choice since it produces air pollution – and adds to an
existing problem. Instead of using a fire pit fueled by wood, consider adding
one that uses natural gas or propane. These models burn much cleaner and they
can still be used if the city is under a wood burning ban.
Advantages of Gas
In addition to the fact that gas fire pits are more eco friendly, they are also much easier to use and maintain. Many of our fire pits come with a remote control. All of them are very easy to turn off and on with a simple flick of the switch. There is no need to buy and stack wood, nor do you need to clean up the mess that comes from piles of kindling and the ashes left behind after a fire.
Plenty of Styles and
There are plenty of different styles and designs available,
too. Whether you’d like a fire pit in the middle of a dining table or one
surrounded by rustic tiles, there is certain to be at least one that perfectly
meets your needs. They are made from various, durable materials including
metal, concrete and manufactured substances made to resemble their natural
counterparts. Choose from a wide variety of shapes and sizes, too.
One big advantage in terms of aesthetics is the ability to use various media on top of the gas lines. For instance, bits of colored glass can really change the look of your eco friendly fire pit. Protect the environment even more by opting for post-industrial glass which has been melted down and repurposed. You can also choose the more traditional lava rock or even river stones specifically treated for use in a fire pit. A windscreen made of Plexiglas not only protects the flames but also adds a subtle design element.
Using Natural Gas
One thing to be aware of is that, when using natural gas to fuel your eco friendly fire pit, the unit needs to be safely and securely installed as well as immobile (if you choose propane, that is not an issue). You may need to hire a professional to run the gas line to the fire pit. Do be aware of regulations that determine how far away from your home the fire pit needs to be.
When you are ready to add an eco friendly fire pit to your backyard oasis, just give us a call and we will help you find the best model in your preferred style and design.
With the end of summer in sight, you may think you will be
using your luxury outdoor living room less. But, with a bit cooler weather on
the way, the opposite should be true. In fact, this fall is the perfect time to
plan a staycation in your backyard resort. Here are a few suggestions for
turning your outdoor space into a staycation resort made for soothing R&R.
Start with Seating
What differentiates a typical backyard from the luxury
outdoor space at a high-end resort? Start with seating. Vacation resorts get
seating just right by offering two main differences: the types of seats and how
they are arranged.
In your backyard staycation resort, opt for the unexpected and make sure each seating piece is designed with good looks and plump, plush, oh-so-comfortable cushions. For example, this Curve Chaise Lounge by Tropitone provides an interesting and sexy profile sure to draw the eye to its simple, yet sensuous lines. This is exactly the type of seat you would expect to find at a luxury resort.
The Kantan Brass Rocker is another excellent choice. It is just as gorgeous as it is ergonomically designed. A pair of these brass rockers is sure to become the focal point of your backyard landscape.
The Right Position
Once you’ve got ultra-comfortable seats in place, be sure to
position them to best take advantage of the scenery. In your luxury backyard
staycation resort, that might mean creating a seating arrangement that faces
the pool. If you have a view of the ocean, that would be the obvious choice,
but even if you can see killer sunrises or sunsets, then your chairs and
lounges should at least be movable to take advantage of the colorful display.
Speaking of Pools…
Where do you most enjoy hanging out in your luxury outdoor
living room? Chances are it’s the swimming pool. What most resorts get right
about designing the space around the pool is adding both visual interest and
lots of accessories.
The number one furnishing necessary for a resort-style pool
is a cabana. This is the one addition to the area around your swimming pool
that really sets the space apart. Available in several different styles, each
of our cabanas features durable fabric that lends itself to sensuous draping
and provides intimate privacy. Furnish the cabana with an expansive lounge
chair and lots of pillows that invite leaning back and relaxing with an icy
beverage and a good book.
Just Add Shade
Decorative shade structures are another must-have around your staycation resort. When it comes to an umbrella that is a real show-stopper in terms of designs, it is hard to beat the gorgeous TUUCI Ocean Master MAX Manta Cantilever. It combines a unique design reminiscent of the span of a manta ray gliding through the ocean with ultimate shade coverage.
Don’t forget about the big impact small accessories can
make, as well. A basket of rolled-up towels poolside, potted flowers, outdoor
lanterns and a stack of fluffy throws next to the fire pit are all welcome
additions that are sure to remind you of a resort. As the weather gets cooler,
consider adding colorful throw rugs to keep your toes toasty.
Your backyard can easily become a staycation resort by
adding the right furnishings and accessories then sitting back and enjoying the
fruits of your labor.
Not everyone in the San Diego area is blessed with a large
space for a backyard oasis. If you have limited square footage outdoors you can
still turn the space into an area that rivals a high-end resort. Here are our
small yard design tips to maximize and transform your backyard into a
destination made for fun and entertaining.
Separate the Space
One trick to make your backyard look bigger and make it more functional is to separate it into zones. You may want one area dedicated to cooking, one for dining, another for lounging and a zone that encourages mingling at your next outdoor get-together. As discussed in a recent post about your San Diego side yard, consider reclaiming that space as a place for your barbecue and perhaps an outdoor refrigerator. Food can be prepared in that small, narrow space and then brought to the dining area.
Consider using furnishings and landscaping to separate
backyard zones. Trellises, waterfalls, trees, rugs and even curtains can be
used to create divisions within the space.
Light It Up
Smart lighting is an important part of small yard design. You
will need a source of bright light next to the grill so you can easily see what
you are cooking at night. Around seating and lounging areas, try scattering end
tables with outdoor lamps. Strings of lights criss-crossed throughout the
largest area of your backyard provides a subtle and playful form of
illumination. Low-to-the-ground pathway lights help forge a brief trail through
Gain Square Footage
by Extending the Indoors
One way to gain a bit of extra square footage in your small
yard is by opening an indoor wall to the outdoors. This is a really popular
option this year. Many San Diego area homeowners are taking a dining room wall
and opening it up with a sliding door or a roll up window that exposes a long
bar with stools outside. You could even do away with a permanent wall that
separates your dining or great room from the backyard and simply rely on sturdy
blinds or shutters to close when the weather is inclement.
Use the Proper Scale
Our small yard design tips include a very important
consideration: scale. In a small outdoor space, you don’t want to overwhelm it
with large pieces such as bulky sectional sofas or broad outdoor fireplaces.
Everything needs to be scaled down to look appropriate. Consider a cluster of
chairs rather than a sofa for seating and occasional tables rather than a long
coffee table. A couple scattered market umbrellas work well to provide shade,
as opposed to a large shade structure. Remember scale when it comes to plants
and trees, as well. A tree that will grow taller than your home will dwarf the surrounding
space so stick with shrubs and bushes instead.
Create a Focal Point
Our final small yard design tip involves one focal point to
draw the eye and minimize the fact that your outdoor space is lacking in square
footage. The easiest way to create a focal point is by adding a water feature
in the middle of the yard. Not only is this a mesmerizing focal point, it helps
mask the noise from neighbors and street sounds.
We hope you find these small yard design tips useful for
transforming your outdoor space. If you have any suggestions for features that
you have incorporated in your own backyard oasis, please leave a comment below.
For most of us, having a luxury backyard oasis equipped for
relaxing, swimming and entertaining is the dream. But sometimes our backyard
just isn’t enough space for doing it all – or it doesn’t quite fit our goals.
Why not use all the outdoor square footage around your house? There’s no reason
to keep all the fun stuff and gorgeous furnishings on the back patio or front
porch. Use these ideas for styling your San Diego side yard in a way you and
your guests can truly enjoy.
Turn It into a Dining
Depending on the configuration of your backyard or patio, it
might not be an adequate size to handle a large dining table and chairs. Turn
the corner and your side yard may be a better fit, since typically this area is
long and narrow. To save space, consider placing a banquette along the
fence/wall between your property and the neighbor’s. This way you can easily
push the table up against the wall when not in use and still have room for a
walkway. You might even consider placing your grill in the corner to make it
easier to serve a meal.
Side Yard Seating
Another idea for styling your San Diego side yard is to turn
it into an intimate seating area. An outdoor sofa might be a perfect fit, or
you could opt for benches and side tables. Be sure to cover the seating with a
canopy or umbrella to make it dry and safe from the rain and sun. Add a small
garden or flower pots and you’ve got a cozy little hideaway to enjoy a good
book and a glass of wine.
Add a Water Feature
Whether you decide to turn your San Diego side yard into a dining, seating area or something else, a water feature is always a welcome addition. This is an especially useful item if you live in a noisy neighborhood or you wish to mask the sound of an air conditioning unit. While ponds and waterfalls are always popular, have you considered a fire and ice table? This mesmerizing accessory creates just the right ambience for a small gathering in your upscale side yard.
Out of all our ideas for styling your San Diego side yard,
this one is our favorite. Combining several of the elements already mentioned,
a lounge fitted into an expansive side yard makes it the perfect place for
entertaining. Use shade structures and greens to create privacy and include
lots of plush seating pieces. The centerpiece is a bar cart where you can store
all your drinkware and bottles. Your side yard lounge becomes an intimate area
for entertaining away from your main backyard oasis, perfect for small gatherings
and festive events.
Why not use all the outdoor living space available at your
home? These ideas for styling your San Diego side yard give you additional
space to have fun and enjoy the beautiful landscape that is such a big part of
our southern California lifestyle.
In our summer grilling recipes series we have focused mainly on how to best prepare barbecued meats. But second only in popularity are chicken wings. We hope you enjoy these tips and recipes for having the best wing ding of a barbecue with chicken wings prepared to perfection, courtesy of Kingsford.com.
Best Practices for
Perfectly Cooked Wings
Our friends at Kingsford.com have outlined the perfect way to make perfectly cooked chicken wings. They suggest first preparing the wings by separating the flat pieces from the drumettes (remove the pointed wing tip first as there is not enough meat there to be worthwhile). Next, season them with your choice of dry rub or marinade. If using a wet marinade, let the chicken sit in the liquid for at least one hour, or up to overnight. When prepped, get your grill heated on one side only. Sear the wings on the hot side, then move to the cooler side of your barbecue to finish cooking. Make sure they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees by using a meat thermometer. Finally, brush them with a sauce or glaze of your choice and heat just enough to slightly caramelize before removing from the grill and serving.
Now that you know the steps, here a couple recipes for
grilled chicken wings to serve at your next backyard barbecue.
KC Masterpiece Grilled
Teriyaki Chicken Wings
- Yields: 8 Servings
- Cook time: 15
- Prep time: 1 h 45 m
- 1 16-ounce bottle KC Masterpiece® Honey Teriyaki Marinade
- 1 bottle KC Masterpiece® Barbecue Seasoning
- 1 cup apricot preserves
- 1 package King’s Hawaiian® Dinner Rolls (12 per package)
- 4 lbs. chicken wings
- Kingsford® Charcoal with Hickory
For the apricot teriyaki marinade, mix 1 cup apricot
preserves with 2 cups KC Masterpiece® Honey Teriyaki
Place chicken wing sections into a food
storage bag. Pour the apricot teriyaki marinade over the wings so they are
completely covered. Marinate in the refrigerator for a minimum of an hour and a
Heat grill as directed above, with a hot and cool zone.
While the grill heats, remove the chicken from
the marinade and lightly sprinkle with KC Masterpiece® Barbecue Seasoning.
Once the grill has reached 450°F, place the
wings on the cool side of the grill. Close the lid on the grill and cook the
chicken for 10 to 15 minutes, until it reaches an internal temperature of 180
Remove from grill and serve with King’s
Hawaiian® Sweet Dinner Rolls.
Fire Walker Wings
- Yields: 4 Servings
- Cook time: 25 minutes
- Prep time: 10 minutes
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon
sambal oelek chile sauce
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 2 tablespoons soy
- 2 tablespoons rice
- 2 tablespoons brown
- 2 tablespoons mirin
- 2½ pounds chicken
- 1/4 cup Sriracha
- 2 tablespoons unsalted
Combine ¼ cup sambal oelek, oil, soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar and mirin in a bowl and whisk together. Place wings in a large resealable bag and add the marinade. Close the bag and refrigerate the wings for a minimum of two hours.
Prepare a smoker as instructed above, with two
zones (hot and cool). Aim for a smoker temperature of approximately 275 degrees.
Remove wings from the marinade and pat dry.
Place them on the cool side of the grill and close the lid. Let the wings smoke
for about 20 minutes, until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
Place a small saucepan on the grill and combine the remaining 1 tbsp. of sambal
oelek, ¼ cup Sriracha, and butter. Allow the sauce to heat through, until the
butter has melted.
Remove the wings and sauce from the grill and place wings in a container with tight lid, along with the sauce. Seal the container and shake to fully coat the wings. Serve immediately.
Now you have all the information you need to enjoy a wing ding of a barbecue with chicken wings.
Summer is the perfect time of year for entertaining. That
often means you will be grilling for a crowd. Here are our picks for the beat
meats that will satisfy your guests while you show off your cooking chops.
Easy Options: Burgers
If your guest list numbers over a dozen people in addition
to you and your family, you may want to go the easy route out and serve meats
that are easy to cook and practically fail safe. That means burgers and brats