As we swing into the most popular time of year here in
beautiful San Diego, it may be time to take a fresh look at your front porch.
As the first area that most people notice about your home, a spiffed-up front
porch is a vivid representation of you and your family. You will surely start
to entertain outdoors more often, so why not make a great first impression as
guests pull into your driveway? Here are a few tips to jazz up your San Diego
front porch for the summer season.
Begin with a Clean
If you haven’t already done so, take the time to remove
everything currently residing on your front porch: outdoor furniture, wreaths,
potted plants, mats, signs and anything else that is movable. Then hit the
floor and walls with a good spray of water. Scrub away stains and sweep away
cobwebs, if necessary. Wipe the dust from chair cushions and tables. Now is a
perfect time to decide whether or not you wish to replace or just get rid of
any of those items that have found a place on your front porch.
You can’t truly enjoy the view from your San Diego front
porch unless you add a couple of cushioned chairs, rockers or perhaps a swing
(just make sure it is securely anchored) or loveseat. Because the porch is
usually an area that is protected, feel free to shop for seating made from a
slightly less durable material than metal or resin outdoor furnishings, such as
rattan or wicker. Select upholstery fabric that enhances the color of siding on
your home. Why not opt for a splash of color with a big floral print that draws
the eye to your front porch? Select a pattern that includes the same hue as
your front door.
Of course, if you are going to sit on the front porch, you
need a small table or tables. What type of table you opt for depends on the
seating. For a pair of outdoor chairs, an ottoman with storage or an occasional
table placed in between the two is a perfect fit. For a loveseat, a small
coffee table works well. If you opt for a porch swing, you may want a taller
table placed alongside which makes tabletop items easy to reach from the
Are You a Fan?
Another useful addition to your front porch is a ceiling or
table fan. This is a good way to better circulate air and keep the bugs away.
Have a ceiling fan securely installed if you have enough room to accommodate
both it and a porch light.
Light Things Up
Finally, if you wish to enjoy your San Diego front porch
both day and night and in any type of weather, you will certainly need extra
lighting. A table lamp in addition to the outdoor porch light is handy for
reading and crafting. Experts recommend at least three sources of light for the
best illumination. In addition to the porch light and table lamp, you may want
to add a pair of sconces on either side of the front door or add a light kit to
a ceiling fan.
Are you ready to jazz up your San Diego front porch and get
it ready to fully enjoy summer? Let our professional team help you pick out
just the right components to make a statement with your choice of front porch décor.
It is officially May and that means one of our favorite holidays is here: Cinco de Mayo. For San Diego residents, this “start of summer” holiday is one that can’t be missed. Here is what you need to know about Cinco de Mayo in San Diego and tips for celebrating in style.
The Origin of Cinco de Mayo in the US
As you may already know, Cinco de Mayo represents a famous day in Mexico’s history. The year was 1861 and Benito Juarez was president. After years of borrowing money from European nations, the time had come for payback. President Juarez resisted the efforts of France to take over his country and gathered a troop of 2,000 Mexican citizens to fight the 6,000 French troops attacking Puebla de Los Angeles, in central Mexico. In the feel-good story of the century, Juarez and his men managed to defeat the larger and more powerful French troops on May 5th.
Although the holiday was originally just observed in the Mexican state of Puebla, it soon spread across the country and then into the United States. This movement was fueled largely by the widespread migration of Mexican-American citizens who wished to celebrate their heritage by observing Cinco de Mayo. Today’s American celebrations of the Battle of Pueblo include a repast of Mexican foods, mariachi music, parties and even parades.
Cinco de Mayo in San Diego
Here in San Diego, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo.
Balboa Park has plans for a full-blown event that includes music, dance, strolling mariachis, kids’ activities, arts and crafts vendors and plenty of food trucks for your taco and margarita fix. For more information about Cinco de Mayo in Balboa Park follow this link.
Head to historic Old Town for a full weekend of fun, starting this Friday. Billed as the “largest Cinco de Mayo celebration on the West Coast,” you can expect to find lots of Mexican goodies at the Mercado while enjoying live entertainment, such as lucha libre wrestling, a lowrider auto show and plenty of Mexican bands.
,” you can expect to find lots of Mexican goodies at the Mercado while enjoying live entertainment, such as lucha libre wrestling, a lowrider auto show and plenty of Mexican bands.
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo at Home
If you would rather stay home and entertain family and friends, there are lots of simple ways to get your luxury backyard oasis ready to fiesta.
Start with the décor. Gather up Mexican blankets, serapes and other colorful textiles to drape across chairs, outdoor sofas and benches. Ceramic pottery filled with plants, flowers and even things like maracas, castanets and other fun items are right at home in your outdoor entertaining area. Sombreros and piñatas, while kitschy, are a great way to infuse the space with Mexican-inspired ornamentation.
Of course, a Cinco de Mayo party is the perfect occasion for which to fire up the grill and please guests with an impressive display of Mexican-inspired food. Go beyond the usual tacos and burritos and try your hand at making ceviche with grilled prawns, rice salad, chicken sopa, fruit salad and fried ice cream for dessert. Of course, you can’t go wrong with freshly made guacamole and salsa; instead of tortilla chips provide fried plantains, pork rinds and veggie sticks for dippers.
Cinco de Mayo in San Diego is cause for celebration. Whether you decide to stay home and entertain or head to one of our City’s grand fiestas, be sure to enjoy the weekend.
As we wind down our fabulous spring in San Diego activity posts, we want to remind you that at the end of every day, you can wind down and enjoy the best of this season right in your San Diego backyard oasis. It’s always a good idea to get out and find new things to do in this dynamic city in which we live, but what makes it all worthwhile is having a luxurious living space available through your back door. With this in mind, consider these fabulous trends for 2019 to incorporate in your San Diego backyard oasis.
That Boho Vibe
Much of what we are seeing in decorations and fabrics for the outdoors this year focuses on a bohemian style. Lots of layers of pillows, blankets and scarves with different textures and patterns are popular for upholstered seating and pavilion interiors. But instead of the bright hues you may associate with vintage boho, opt for muted tones based on this year’s Pantone Color of the Year, Living Coral. Ethnic and geometric patterns that incorporate soft but lively golds, oranges and earthy tones are everywhere.
When selecting new furnishings that best show off boho style, opt for wicker and rattan seating pieces with contrasting upholstery. This summer, we are seeing a lot of natural materials that ground backyard furnishings while providing a link between city dwellers and the forms of nature just beyond our urban borders. Organic elements crafted from stone and wood, especially teak, bring nature right into our outdoor living rooms while providing a sense of calm at the end of a hectic, technology-centric day.
No Trouble With the Curve
Another big trend this year for your San Diego backyard oasis involves shapely curves. While fabric patterns may focus on geometric shapes, outdoor furnishings and shade structures are curvaceous. These rounded lines incorporated in lounge chairs, umbrellas, and loveseats provide a softness and the perfect vehicle for mixing vintage and modern pieces. Curvy shapes are also a great foundation for layering textiles in the warm, spicy hues mentioned above.
Cook for a Crowd
Perhaps more than any other feature popular in 2019 for a San Diego backyard oasis is the outdoor kitchen. Although we’ve seen lots of homeowners adding a kitchen to the back patio, this is the year when it becomes de rigeur for the well-equipped outdoor living area. In addition to built-in grills with all the extras (panini press, infrared sear, griddles, etc.), you will certainly want to add a little bit of everything you would find in an indoor culinary center. We’re talking compact refrigerators, trash compactors, pantries, pizza ovens and, of course, an adult beverage station with ice, glasses, condiments and more.
If you need help getting your San Diego backyard oasis ready for spring entertaining, we invite you to stop into our showroom, give us a call or do your shopping right here online. Hauser’s Patio has everything you need to get the most out of this lovely season right in the comfort of your own backyard.
If you are looking for activities in San Diego this spring with more of an “adult” theme, you will find plenty to do. As we mentioned in a previous post about San Diego craft beers, we have a vibrant brewery industry right here in our own backyard. But there are even more ways to enjoy an adult-themed day or night in our bustling city. Try these ideas on for size.
San Diego Beer, Wine & Spirits Tours
What better way to enjoy tastes and sips of the City than with a tour guide who does all the driving and takes you from location to location? You can also book a La Jolla walking tour, coastal train tour or tasting party with the innovative San Diego Beer, Wine & Spirits Tours Company. There are plenty of local wineries as well as craft breweries and distilleries where these tours stop. Even locals are sure to find new favorites when they take a tour that includes the best food and beverage San Diego has to offer. What’s even better is the fact that they will pick you up from your home so you don’t have to worry about driving back after a day of imbibing. Feel free to book a tour any day of the year, but spring, with its fabulous weather, is the best season, in our opinion.
San Diego Wine & Culinary Center
If wine is your preference over beer, than a trip to the San Diego Wine & Culinary Center is a must for any local. The place is modeled after a wine cellar and includes a kitchen for demonstrations, reception space for events and a patio lined with a variety of colorful flowers. The Center features tastings of local and international craft wines as well as cocktails and spirits. Your booked tasting event also includes a custom menu using local ingredients. While the Wine & Culinary Center is meant as a venue for your catered event, you will certainly want to stroll through and see firsthand everything offered here.
Orfila Vineyards & Winery
How about a tour of a working winery and vineyard? Just a half-hour from downtown San Diego, Orfila Vineyards & Winery is located in the San Pasqual Valley. It features a tasting room with lovely outdoor patio that overlooks acres of picturesque vineyards. During a visit to the winery, you can expect to taste wines made from locally grown grapes, as well as vintages crafted from grapes grown in other areas of California. Their second tasting room, Orfila Oceanside, features small plates with artisanal dishes developed specifically to complement their wines and is located conveniently in Oceanside. A third location is also open in Escondido. If you are seeking award-winning local vintages, Orfila Vineyards gives you plenty of choice locations from which to imbibe throughout the San Diego area.
With so many world-class options for an outing that includes adult beverages, why settle for the same old bar and restaurant scene? Enjoy the best wine and spirits San Diego has to offer this spring and re-experience the lovely weather and scenic views that made you fall in love with the city all over again.
Last fall, we shared a post about the incredible hiking opportunities at Point Loma. But there are plenty more activities to enjoy and things to do in Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma than just traversing the varied terrain. Here are a few more suggestions for getting out and enjoying spring in San Diego, and specifically, this grand park right in our own backyard.
Tour the Area with GoCar
GoCar San Diego is a company that came up with the incredible idea of offering rental cars with GPS-guided storytelling. All you have to do is start driving and your GoCar “guide” will let help you navigate the sights and streets of San Diego while leading you to attractions such as the Gaslamp Quarter, the zoo, Balboa Park and, of course, Point Loma at the Cabrillo National Monument.
Speed Through the Waters in a Boat
If driving through traffic doesn’t sound like much fun, how about taking a speed boat tour? With San Diego Speed Boat Adventures, Inc., you get to drive your own boat and take a two-hour guided and narrated tour through San Diego Harbor. You get the best of both worlds: the fun of driving your own boat coupled with a knowledgeable and witty narration about the historical sights around the harbor.
Brunch or Dinner on the Harbor
Here’s another idea perfect for a romantic date. With Hornblower Dining Cruises, you can either book a relaxing tour of San Diego Bay while enjoying a delicious dinner or full-blown (pun intended) weekend champagne brunch. Even if you live in Southern California, you are sure to enjoy a new view from the water of The Star of India, Seaport Village, Coronado Bay Bridge, shipbuilding, Shelter Island and Point Loma, along with a scrumptious meal and the best view of the San Diego skyline.
This May: Cabrillo Under the Stars
Here is an adventure that you only get to experience once a year. This May 18th Cabrillo National Monument is hosting their “Cabrillo Under the Stars” fundraising event. This popular event features great food from local restaurants as well as sips of local craft beers and wines. This is a rare opportunity to visit the park after dark and enjoy an amazing view of the sunset and the San Diego city lights. It will also include a silent auction, live music and the opportunity to win gift cards and sponsor a needy child. The best news is that the funds raised on this special night will benefit special education programs at fund more things to do in Cabrillo National Monument. You will certainly want to make plans to attend this fabulous and fun, fundraising event.
For more information and the location of Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma, please visit their website.
As always, we encourage you to get out and enjoy spring by seeing the majestic sights of San Diego and, in particular, things to do in Cabrillo National Monument and Point Loma.
It’s our favorite time of year in San Diego and undoubtedly, spring is the favorite season for many of you, as well. But for those of us year-round residents, we tend to take for granted the beautiful surroundings and lovely weather of the season. Perhaps it is time for you to get out and enjoy spring in San Diego like a tourist and find some new favorite activities and destinations to enjoy in the next couple months.
When was the last time you saw a whale up close and personal? Did you know that April is prime whale watching season?
What you’ll see: pods or single gray whales on their journey from the Baja peninsula up to Alaska for the summer. At this time of year, young whales and their families tend to travel together at a speed of about six miles per hour. San Diego’s coastline is the perfect place to watch them go by on their journey north and best seen from Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Torrey Pines State Reserve or Cabrillo National Monument. You could also book a whale watching boat excursion, where you will learn all about these gentle giants.
Kayak the Sea Caves
of La Jolla
Speaking of water activities, how about traveling along the
coastline in a kayak? Start from the city of La Jolla, where you can find
several different kayak tours, complete with guide to show you the majestic
cliffs and natural caves along the shoreline. There is an abundance of sea life
to observe from your kayak, including undulating kelp forests, rainbow-hued
garibaldi fish and small leopard sharks, which are harmless. You get a nice
little workout while enjoying the best marine sights our area has to offer.
Spring is the perfect time to revisit one of San Diego’s biggest attractions: Balboa Park. When was the last time you strolled through our city’s magnificent, 1,200-acre park which, by the way, is the largest urban cultural park on the continent? Undoubtedly you know that Balboa Park houses a zoo, museums, an art center, restaurants, gardens and shops. But if you have not visited Balboa Park lately, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Visit Balboa Parks’ website to check for events occurring on the days you plan to visit.
The Food &
We’ve previously highlighted the vibrant craft brew scene
here, but did you know you can also taste a variety of wines at places such as Hungry
Hawk Vineyards & Winery and the Forgotten Barrel Winery?
Indulge in an evening of Asian tastes by visiting Convoy Street’s Asian Restaurant Row, where you will find a handful of authentic restaurants, markets and even a brewery with Asian-themed beers.
Another great option for a lovely spring night is dining al fresco on a rooftop. San Diego’s tourism website lists seven rooftop restaurants where you can enjoy lunch or dinner with a great view of the ocean.
Isn’t it time you for you to get out and enjoy spring in San Diego like a tourist? Our area is packed chock-full of fun things to do and events to attend. We encourage you to enjoy this lovely season while it lasts.
Now that you have read through our March blog tips for
cleaning your patio and outdoor furnishings, you may want to give a bit of
attention to the little details that will take your outdoor entertaining to the
next level this season. Consider these small ways to spruce up your deck for
spring that will produce big benefits.
Nothing makes your backyard oasis look cluttered and dirty
like having tools, supplies and toys scattered throughout. Not only is this not
visually appealing, it makes your backyard disorganized. The old adage of “a
place for everything, everything in its place” is applicable to the indoors as
well as the out.
The ideal backyard has a roomy storage shed, garage or
gardening shed with plenty of hooks, shelves and cubbies. If there isn’t enough
room in your backyard oasis for a dedicated structure, you can always add
outdoor furniture that doubles as storage space. Furnishings such as ottomans,
benches and even side or coffee tables are all available with hidden
compartments ideal for stowing things like pool toys, gardening tools and more.
If you do a lot of entertaining in the spring and summer, a dedicated bar and buffet/console table helps keep all your beverage vessels, accessories and bottles neatly corralled.
Add Toss Pillows
Nothing says comfort more than a large array of fluffy
pillows and cushions. Beyond the usual upholstery on seating pieces, add
outdoor throw pillows that invite lounging. Cabanas are an ideal place to
scatter pillows in order to give a sumptuous, palatial feel. Opt for
fade-resistant and mold-resistant outdoor fabric, such as Sunbrella, to get the
most durability from your toss pillows. Choosing bright hues and colorful
prints is also an excellent way to add a bit of pizzazz and fresh interest to
your backyard oasis and spruce up your deck for spring.
Beyond the obvious additions of shade umbrellas throughout your outdoor living room, consider adding other, more subtle ways to get in out of the sun. Fabric-walled outdoor cabanas are a very popular option, particularly next to a swimming pool, where they can function as a changing room. Even if you don’t have a pool, a cabana is a lovely place to read a book and sip on a cool beverage during those hot summer months.
Another out-of-the-box choice is a roomy, two-person lounge chair. This one is crafted from a sturdy, all-weather woven material and roomy enough to easily seat two. Many of our two-person love seats feature a canopy, which can be raised and lowered dependent on your preference and mood. This seating piece is built for comfy lounging.
Add a Fire Element
One more feature that will spruce up your deck for spring is a fire element. Placed in the midst of or to the side of a conversation area, a visually stunning fire urn, fire table or fire bowl is the piece de resistance. These eye-catching displays of flame add both a touch of warmth on chilly spring nights and a muted glow perfect for a relaxing evening outdoors. Make your fire element unique by adding fire glass, crystals or gems in the color of your choice.
With all these great
additions to your backyard oasis, you will find it easy to spruce up your deck
for spring and enjoy entertaining outdoors for months to come.
In continuing with our theme of spring cleaning this month,
we’ve got more valuable tips to help you get your outdoor living room ready for
entertaining and relaxation this summer.
These tips for cleaning your backyard oasis involve items such as the
siding on your house, wrought iron furniture, and outdoor furnishings that are
textured as well as made from teak wood.
One area of our outdoor living rooms that is often overlooked is the siding on our house. This forms the backdrop of recreational and entertainment areas when guests are not enjoying the landscape view available from your backyard. As such, it needs a bit of TLC, usually in the form of a power wash, to get it spruced up for the summer season. This should be sufficient for most types of siding in order to get rid of surface dirt and mold stains. Use a solution of water and vinegar to eliminate mildew. While you are cleaning your backyard oasis and concentrating on the siding, use the power washer on concrete or stone steps and pathways throughout your backyard, too.
When it comes to outdoor furniture made from wrought iron,
this material is so hardy and durable that it does not require a gentle
cleaning. A good hosing down is usually sufficient. The only instance where you
may need to use a bit more elbow grease is if your wrought iron furnishings
have been affected by algae from sea spray, which often produces rust. In this
case, a commercial disinfectant and stiff brush are required to remove the
algae and prevent future rust spots. Often, using a wad of aluminum foil when
cleaning wrought iron whisks the rust away due to a chemical reaction. If there
are lots of rust spots, consider painting the furniture or replacing it with
Teak is a very popular material for outdoor furniture in the
San Diego area since it is naturally resistant to mold, mildew and rot. Use a
gentle hand with teak wood furnishings. A mild soap and water solution along
with a soft-bristled brush is your best bet for getting it sparkling clean and
free of any stains. Add a bit of vinegar to your mild cleaning solution to
gently scrub away stains. After you are finished cleaning it, let it dry
thoroughly and apply a sealer to the teak wood.
Items with a Coarse
Some furnishings, such as outdoor lamps, portable heaters
and outdoor fireplace surrounds are difficult to clean due to their textured
surfaces. Try using a cheap paintbrush dipped in a mild cleaning solution to
reach into the cracks and crevices, then spray with a gentle stream of water.
If this cleaning method is not sufficient to get rid of stains and spots, you
may be able to paint the surfaces to give them a fresh lease on life.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about properly cleaning your backyard oasis and the furnishings in it, feel free to call and ask any of our associates. Even if you did not purchase your outdoor furnishings from Hauser’s Patio, we are happy to help you preserve what you have so you can spend more time enjoying the outdoors and less maintaining it.
The concept of spring cleaning applies to more than just the
inside of your home. How about undertaking some outdoor spring cleaning
projects that will get your backyard living room ready for lots of fun this
summer? Here are our suggestions for spruce-ups that will bring your backyard
oasis back to life.
Start With a Clean
Step one of your outdoor cleaning projects is to put away and secure any items that aren’t permanently in place (if you haven’t already done so getting ready for winter). We are referring to things like outdoor lamps, candles, magazines, ashtrays, toys, potted plants, etc. Secure them safely away before you start in on the general cleaning process. If necessary, wipe these items down with a damp cloth or wash them in the sink with a mild detergent solution. While you are at it, pick up any trash that may have blown onto your lawn.
Brush Away the Dirt
More than likely your outdoor furniture, umbrellas and barbecue grill cover are coated in a layer of dust. The best way to (literally) make a clean sweep of your entire backyard living room is to take a stiff brush to any fabric surfaces. This will dislodge loose dirt. It’s important to brush away excess dust and dirt first. Take a moment to sweep pathways, pavers, stone walls and the pool deck, with an outdoor broom, too. Otherwise, you will simply create a muddy mess when you move onto the next step.
Get It Wet
Now it’s time to break out a garden hose. Your patio pavers may be stained and there are likely dead leaves and insects accumulated in the cracks and crevices of furnishings and landscaping areas. A good spray with the hose will remove the majority of built-up dirt and debris. Don’t forget to hit your window frames, screens and shutters, too.
After the initial spray, identify any deeply soiled or
stained areas. Whatever dirty spots are left after the spray down will need to
be tackled with stronger cleaning tools. For upholstery on your outdoor
furniture, start with a mild detergent solution and gently dab at the stain or
use a soft nail brush, then rinse thoroughly with clean water. You could also
try rubbing a bit of Fels-Naptha bar soap over the spots.
Any items made out of metal or resin can take a stronger
cleaning solution, such as one with hydrogen peroxide. For natural paving
stones, rock walls and concrete, a sturdy scrub brush and undiluted bleach (use
rubber gloves to protect your hands) will help you get to the root of the
stain. Baking soda makes a safe, effective and easy-to-use scrub.
Post Outdoor Spring Cleaning
When your backyard living room is tidy and clean, it is the perfect time to assess what new outdoor furniture and accessories you could use. This is a great time to shop for new sofa pillows, chair cushions, umbrella cover, outdoor lamps and more. You may even be tempted to add outdoor artwork on a bare wall.
Now is the perfect time of year to start these outdoor spring
cleaning projects in your backyard oasis. With a bit of time and elbow grease,
your space will be ready for relaxing and entertaining this spring and summer.
As the seasons change, it’s time to take go outside and take
a good, long look at your outdoor patio furniture and assess its condition. Yes,
it’s time to clean, refresh and restore the furnishings in your backyard oasis
so you can plan lots of fun festivities without worry. We offer several tips
for bringing your patio furniture back to life with minimal cost and labor.
Simple Cleaning Ingredients
There is no need to purchase special products to clean your
patio furniture unless you have very specific and stubborn stains or marks.
A watered-down bleach or vinegar spray solution (1/2 cup to
one gallon water) works very well for cleaning the surface of resin, plastic
and fabric pieces. For mold and mildew on decks and wooden furniture, add a bit
of ammonia, dish soap and baking soda to the diluted vinegar solution and use
an old toothbrush to work it into the wood, then rinse. A simple solution of
dish soap and water can also be used to spot clean upholstery fabric.
For plastic furniture, use that old standby, WD-40. Spray it
on and wipe it off. This conditions the pieces and brings back the vibrant
color and shine.
Patio Furniture Materials
Perhaps the most delicate of patio furniture are those made
from wicker and rattan. Again, a mild soap and water solution is your best
choice. Be sure not to saturate the material. Try using a soft cloth to wipe
off the surface and an old toothbrush to get into the grooves. When finished
with a gentle cleaning, be sure that wicker and rattan furniture is allowed to
dry naturally in the sun.
Hardwoods, such as teak or ipe, can take a bit more elbow
grease. The same type of solution, using dish soap or laundry soap diluted in
water, is ideal for giving these pieces a good scrubbing with a soft cloth or
sponge. Refrain from using teak oil to condition hardwood patio furniture as it
tends to encourage the growth of mildew.
Fabric cushions and umbrellas are perhaps the most difficult of your pieces to spot clean. Start by brushing loose dirt from the piece. Once again, a very mild, soapy solution is your best bet, especially when you don’t know the exact type of upholstery fabric used. After gently scrubbing, rinse the fabric well and allow it to air dry. To avoid stains in the future, treat it with a water repellant protectant spray before use.
If you have aluminum furniture, congratulations! This is a very durable and easy to clean material. After cleaning, simply buff it with a soft cloth to remove water stains.
Time to Replace Your
Sometimes, cleaning your patio furniture just isn’t enough.
Stains that won’t disappear, faded and worn upholstery, splits in wood and bent
aluminum frames are all reasons to toss the old and look for new. You may not need
to replace all of last season’s patio furniture, but do ensure that major
pieces, such as sofas, dining tables and lounge chairs are fresh and safe.
If you have any questions about cleaning and refreshing your patio furniture, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to provide you with extra support for any furnishings in your backyard oasis – not just the pieces you purchased from Hauser’s Patio.
One of the biggest advantages of living in the San Diego area is our weather. We enjoy very temperate conditions year round in southern California, which make it the perfect location to enjoy outdoor activities every month. As spring approaches, we are looking forward to some of the best temperatures of the year. Why not really celebrate this gorgeous place we live by setting up an outdoor office? Here are our tips for doing just that.
Add Some Shade
Although the sun’s rays feel warm and welcoming once the morning fog has lifted, it doesn’t take long for bright sunshine to prohibit getting any work done outdoors. Luckily, you have plenty of options to add shade features for an outdoor office in any area of your backyard oasis.
There are cantilever shade umbrellas specifically made to cover up to four zones at once. Smaller market umbrellas are perfect for covering smaller work spaces, and they are easy to move if you wish to change up your environment a bit.
A patio table with a center hole for adding an umbrella is a popular solution and always provides a good place for setting up your laptop and other office equipment. We recommend opting for vented umbrella fabric covers which allow the wind to freely sail through.
Outdoor Table and Chair
Although a patio table is one option for setting up your outdoor workstation, it doesn’t always fit your ergonomic needs. Take a cue from your indoor desk and office chair. Measure their heights and find an outdoor version that is similar. A table of adjustable height is perfect since you can use it with a variety of different seats. A bar height table might work well since it offers a place to support your feet.
Just be sure that the chair you select offers proper back support and the seat isn’t so wide that you are straining to reach your keyboard on the table. You may want to try adding a lumbar pillow to the chair so that your body is placed in the right position.
An outdoor console might be a welcome addition to your outdoor office, as well. These pieces offer a great place to keep your computer accessories and paperwork out of the weather.
Other Outdoor Office Accessories
Of course, you will want to ensure that you always have proper lighting for your outdoor office. An outdoor lamp, which is specifically designed to hold up well in response to weather conditions such as sun and wind, is a handy accessory to place on your outdoor office desk.
Another helpful accessory is a portable outdoor gas heater. This is especially useful if you want to work outdoors on a chilly, cloudy day or after the sun goes down. Place the heater next to your outdoor office setup and you will be sure to stay toasty warm.
Finally, if you are planning on hosting clients in your outdoor office, consider adding a sectional sofa where your clients can relax in comfort. Add a splash of color with brightly hued outdoor pillows.
San Diego’s temperate climate is the perfect match for your outdoor office. Get it set up today so you can enjoy working outside tomorrow.
There are lots of options when it comes to the type of outdoor furnishings you can add to your luxury outdoor living room – everything from aluminum frames to woven details to deeply cushioned upholstery. Today, we’d like to showcase one of our premier vendors and their products, Patio Renaissance woven furniture, which features all of these and more. Here’s what you need to know about these gorgeous pieces for your backyard, patio or cabana.
About Patio Renaissance
Since 1992 Patio Renaissance has been manufacturing outdoor furniture made from all-weather wicker, aluminum and even tubular slings along with cushions made from care-free Sunbrella fabric. They maintain an active Research & Development department with more than 20 engineers and draftsmen to keep their manufacturing methods up-to-date. The designs are classic and most pieces feature woven details along the bottoms and sides. With a wide array of timeless, transitional styles it is both easy and affordable to furnish your luxury outdoor living room with seating, dining and table pieces from Patio Renaissance woven furniture.
High Quality Manufacturing
Patio Renaissance woven furniture starts with an aluminum frame. This material is sturdy and durable while resistant to elements that tend to degrade other materials, such as sea spray, sun, rain and pollution. The high-gauge aluminum used in Patio Renaissance woven furniture is extruded into tubes and strips, then shaped and powder coated.
When it comes to the woven elements in their furniture, Patio Renaissance uses what they call “Weather Wicker.” This material is made from polyethylene pellets and mixed with UV stabilizers as well as an anti-aging compound to make it extremely durable. Manufactured wicker helps make their products last longer, look better and it provides creative license in terms of adding various colors and textures. Weaving Weather Wicker is actually done by hand at the Patio Renaissance plant, lending it an air of old-fashioned craftsmanship hard to find these days.
Finally, all of the Patio Renaissance woven furniture undergoes inspections at each stage of production. This applies both to the aluminum frame and the wicker weaving process.
Beautiful Patio Renaissance Woven Furniture
At Hauser’s Patio, we carry several of Patio Renaissance’s most popular lines of outdoor woven furniture, such as the Monterey, Firenze, Catalina, Ventura, Newport and Naples collections. These lovely transitional pieces feature classic lines that will never go out of style. By pairing sensuous aluminum frame shapes with eye-catching woven accents and topping each seating piece with gorgeous upholstery, Patio Renaissance hits all the right notes in terms of luxury outdoor furnishings that are perfect for the San Diego environment and Southern California style.
Adding classic designs, a pop of color and a bit of pizzazz to your luxury backyard oasis is easy with the laid-back designs and multitude of collections offered by Patio Renaissance woven furniture.
Homeowners in the San Diego area know that we live in one of the most beautiful areas in the country. We enjoy abundant sunshine, a temperate climate and incredible views of the ocean. But that also means that our backyard oasis is subject to battering from winds, rain, sun and sea spray. And that’s why many of us opt for stainless steel outdoor furniture. Here are further reasons why you should consider choosing stainless steel frames when you next buy furnishings for your luxury outdoor living room.
About Stainless Steel
Stainless steel, as a medium for furniture, is a heavy metal. The only metal used in outdoor furnishings heavier than stainless steel is wrought iron. This metal alloy of steel, chromium, nickel, silicon, aluminum, molybdenum and carbon also has chromium added in order to resist rust.
Stainless Steel Outdoor Furniture is Durable and Strong
One of the reasons stainless steel outdoor furniture is more durable than most other materials is that it is both heavy and strong. Of course, all types of metal will be more durable than media such as wicker, resin or wood. In the midst of a storm rolling in from the Pacific, stainless steel furnishings won’t blow away. Stainless steel furniture will not dent easily. As a bonus, these pieces can stay out on your patio year-round because weather will not adversely affect them. When you buy stainless steel outdoor furniture, you are making an investment for the long run. The only thing you will need to replace are the cushions – it will literally almost never wear out.
How to Care for Stainless Steel
Perhaps one of the best features of stainless steel outdoor furniture is that it is very easy to care for. You can easily wipe it off with a damp rag to whisk away dust and dirt. For a buildup of dirt, add a drop or two of dish detergent to water and spray down the frame of your outdoor furniture and let it sit for a few minutes. After rinsing, apply a thin coat of liquid auto wax in order to keep the finish protected. If a piece of your powder-coated stainless steel outdoor furniture does get chipped, be sure to use a touch-up product so that it is not exposed to the weather. Remember that the powder coating finish helps prevent rusting.
Stainless Steel Looks Good
When it comes to the style of your stainless steel outdoor furniture, this material lends itself nicely to contemporary designs. The stainless steel itself is sleek and fairly easy to mold into sensuous shapes. When it is powder coated, stainless steel outdoor furniture frames can take on a completely different look via lots of color and texture choices.
For strong, durable, good-looking pieces, it is hard to beat stainless steel outdoor furniture. Let’s take a look at the possibilities by stopping in to browse through our extensive showroom or take a look at all the inventory we have posted here online. Isn’t it time you upgraded your luxury backyard oasis with stainless steel outdoor furniture made to last?
If you are in the market to add luxury outdoor furnishings of timeless style with ultra-comfortable seating and superior durability to your backyard oasis, then you need to take a look at pieces from the Brown Jordan Connexion and Wave Collection. These sleek and sensuous designs are perfect for your contemporary San Diego outdoor living room.
Brown Jordan Connexion Collection
Brown Jordan came up with the most innovative concepts in luxury outdoor furnishings when they designed the Connexion Collection. Each gorgeously styled piece in this collection connects to another so that you can form seating arrangements that work perfectly in your space. Available pieces are chairs, loveseats, sectional sofas and chaise lounges. There are also ancillary pieces, such as ottomans, occasional tables and coffee tables. When it comes to versatile and attractive seating, Brown Jordan Connexion is the collection to shop.
But this handsome, contemporary collection is more than just a pretty face. It is crafted with cutting edge technology to form sturdy aluminum frames that easily stand up to any weather our coastal climate brings. The upholstery is made from Suncloth material, which is specifically designed to resist rot, water damage and fading from the sun. Suncloth upholstery is available in many different vivid hues and interesting patterns that complement your beautiful patio or pool deck.
Brown Jordan Wave Collection
Another extremely popular collection from Brown Jordan is the Wave. So named because the style of each piece mimics the flowing shapes found naturally in the ocean, these seats and tables provide a striking addition to any San Diego backyard oasis. The extruded aluminum frames are designed with broad proportions and graceful silhouettes. The contoured seats of Wave chairs, lounges, stools, ottomans and rockers are made for ultimate comfort. Even people of larger size will find these seating pieces accommodate them more than adequately.
There are plenty of tables in various sizes and shapes to enhance those comfy seats, too. The Wave Collection is perfect for an outdoor dining area. Add Wave end, coffee or occasional tables to a seating group in front of an outdoor gas fireplace. No matter where you put these pieces, the tables and chairs are sure to cause a stir with their sinuous shapes and ergonomically designed seats. When your backyard oasis overlooks the ocean, the Brown Jordan Wave Collection is a natural addition.
This year, why not take your luxury outdoor living room to the next level with some of the finest outdoor furnishings money can buy? Add pieces from the Brown Jordan Connexion and Wave Collection to your backyard oasis and then sit back – in ultimate comfort – and wait for the compliments to roll in.
Bar stools, balcony stools, pub stools, bar chairs, patio stools – whatever you call them, these higher-than-standard seats are a popular addition to many San Diego luxury outdoor living rooms. There are many special places in your backyard where stools fit right in. Here are our tips for buying the right bar stools and balcony stools for your space.
What is the Difference in These Types of Stools
Let’s start out by saying that the biggest difference you are likely to find when shopping for stools is whether they are made to cozy up to a counter in your outdoor kitchen or an outdoor bar. Your counter is more than likely shorter than a bar you have out on your patio and the stools for each application are a different height, as well.
As for balcony stools, many people refer to them as such because a balcony is the perfect place for a tall table and chairs. The extra height allows you to see over the wall while enjoying a meal or beverage al fresco.
To be sure you are getting the right stools for your outdoor living room, start by measuring your bar or table. Of course, this is not necessary if you are planning to purchase a complete set. But if you have an existing table or bar, you will want a stool that is 10 inches less than the height of the tabletop. This is typically 30 to 36 inches from the ground.
How Many Do You Need?
Here’s another to think about – how many barstools will fit at your table. You want everyone to have adequate elbow room and be comfortable sitting next to each other. The size of your table determines how many stools can be arranged around it. The rule of thumb is to allow 26 to 30 inches between each stool, measuring from the center of one seat to the next. If your table buts up against a wall, you should leave 14 inches from the center of that stool to the wall itself.
What’s Your Style?
Now that you know the size and the number of balcony stools you need, it’s time to go over the fun part: choosing the style. At Hauser’s Patio, we offer a broad range of styles in barstools, everything from very traditional to contemporary and plenty of styles that are considered transitional. Whether you are trying to create a luxury backyard oasis that resembles an island resort or you prefer classic good looks, we have plenty of bar stools and balcony stools to fit your style.
Wrap It Up With Perfect Details
Finally, decide on which details will work best for your space, your needs and the level of comfort you desire. For us adults, cushioned stools are the softest for our bodies, but if you have kids, count on the cushions getting soiled. Other details to consider include armrests (best if you have a lot of room), swivel (to add another level of comfort) and type of upholstery (we recommend beautiful and durable Sunbrella fabric for the outdoors).
We hope this guide has helped you understand the various features and differences between bar stools and balcony stools and how to fit them into your backyard oasis.
As you plan to renovate or just revamp your backyard oasis this year, it’s important to select outdoor products carefully. There are certain factors you need to take into account, such as durability, sustainability and style. Turning your backyard into a luxury oasis is an investment in your lifestyle, and that’s why we recommend teak outdoor furniture as one of the best investments you can make in high quality outdoor furnishings for your home.
Durability of Teak Outdoor Furniture
When you invest in classically styled outdoor furniture for your backyard oasis, you want to be sure the pieces will last for years, or even decades, to come. And you want them to keep their good looks with minimal care and upkeep.
Thanks to teak outdoor furniture being made from close-grained hardwood with high oil content, these pieces are naturally resistant to rot, insects, acidic and alkaline substances as well as the ill effects of water, sun and frost. Teak wood is both strong and heavy. Teak wood’s density contributes to the furniture’s sturdiness. Teak outdoor furniture is far superior to any made with particle board, which is easily damaged by water. A light sanding and polish every couple years or so keeps it beautiful. Because these pieces are so durable, they could easily last for a century or more and be considered treasures to hand down to your grandchildren.
Sustainability of Teak Wood
While there is much demand for teak outdoor furniture due to its superior qualities, many manufacturers now turn to teak plantations to supply this wood. This leaves old-growth teak wood to flourish in forests. Because the trees are resistant to termites and insects, the wood continues to grow for a much longer time than other species, allowing West African and Indonesian forests, where teak grows as a native plant, to thrive.
Perfect for Warm, Wet Climates
Did you know? Teak outdoor furniture actually moderates heat. In the middle of a hot summer, the wood still feels cool to the touch; on a cold day the opposite is true. This makes teak furniture pleasant to touch, in addition to its naturally silky wood feel.
Teak wood is also resistant to water and moisture – a big bonus here in the San Diego area. This is due to its high oil content and a reason why craftsmen have been using teak to build decks and flooring for ships over centuries.
Teak Outdoor Furniture is Beautiful
And finally, a big advantage of teak outdoor furniture is its aesthetic appeal. The straight grain combined with its richly toned gold color makes it easy to turn teak into a gorgeous piece for your backyard oasis. It pairs nicely with gold-toned metals and doesn’t cause an adverse contact reaction due to moisture leakage, as many other woods do. Teak outdoor furniture looks lovely combined with nearly any color or pattern of upholstery.
When it’s time to upgrade your backyard oasis with lovely and durable teak outdoor furniture, we urge you to contact us so we can show you the many styles and options.
How long has it been since you’ve taken a good, long look at your backyard oasis and found ways to make it more comfortable, more efficient and more livable? With the advent of the new year, now is an ideal time to perfect your perfect outdoor living room. Try these tips for enhancing the outdoor space you have.
The Right Furniture in the Right Place
You will never truly relax in your perfect outdoor living room unless you have the right furniture arranged in the proper places. Think about where you spend the most amount of time. If it’s poolside, then a set of chaise lounges on the pool deck is perfect. If you prefer to bask in the warmth of a fireplace or fire pit, then plush armchairs, which can be moved to take best advantage of the flames, are appropriate. Wooden benches placed in the garden allow you to enjoy the sight and smell of your favorite blooms. On a covered back patio, a sprawling sectional sofa allows a maximal number of people to enjoy the outdoors.
Many people don’t consider the “floor” part of their perfect outdoor living room. Outside of pavers, concrete and pebbles, you may also want to scatter throw rugs to make the ground more comfortable for your feet. Rugs are the ultimate in low maintenance outdoor flooring and are easily replaced when they are worn or faded.
Outdoor Dining Room
Design your perfect outdoor living room for more than just relaxing, gardening or swimming. A dining area is a must-have, especially if you enjoy entertaining. Be sure the area is covered by an overhang or shade structure. Choose the type of outdoor dining set you prefer, anything from the classic wooden picnic table to a full-sized dining table plus chairs. You may also want a small bistro set outside the doors to your patio for a convenient place to enjoy your morning coffee or an afternoon cocktail.
A hot trend this year is to open your kitchen and dining area to the outdoors, creating a seamless transition between indoors and out. In this case, a smaller dining set or a grouping of pub height table and barstools would be appropriate.
Focus on the Garden
A cozy little nook nestled in amongst the flora of your outdoor garden is a welcome respite from the stress of the day. While wooden or concrete benches are the traditional choice to place along a garden pathway, they are not the most comfortable of seats. Mix things by up by placing a deeply cushioned rocker or glider along with a handy end table near a particularly pretty setting. Add an ottoman for your feet and a colorful shade covering for ultimate relaxation.
Take Cues from Resort Design
Who knows how best to make people feel comfy, cozy and pampered but high-end resort personnel? Next time you take a vacation, take note of how they group seating pieces and where they put things like fire pits, standing propane heaters, greenery, lighting and even artwork. Take lots of pictures so you can emulate the same effect at home in your backyard oasis.
The perfect outdoor living room is yours to be had with a bit of forethought, planning and a nod to what makes you feel most at ease.
Amidst all the New Year’s resolutions we tend to make, here’s one that is far easier than losing weight, quitting smoking, getting in shape or any of the other popular promises we make to ourselves. We’re talking about taking your San Diego backyard and patio and turning these spaces into an ultra-comfy place for entertaining, playing or just kicking back. The place to start is with seating arrangements. Take a look at the innovative furnishings we’ve outlined below and decide which ones would look best in your luxury outdoor oasis to upgrade your outdoor seating.
Chaise Away the Blues
If your backyard oasis includes a pool (or even if it doesn’t), several chaise lounges provide a perfect place to perch before or after your swim. This is a practical starting piece to upgrade your outdoor seating.
For a comfortable lounger the perfect size for you and your significant other, think about adding a double chaise. The Classico Adjustable Double Chaise by O.W. Lee is, just as its name promotes, a classic design that fits into any style of outdoor décor. It is characterized by gracefully arching wrought iron frame details. Choose the upholstery fabric from dozens of gorgeous colors and patterns.
For a truly unique and oh-so-stylish option in chaise lounges, the Tres Chic model from Tommy Bahama Outdoor is at the top of our list. With a stunning design that incorporates ergonomic curves to fit your body, this outdoor lounge chair is both piece of art and ultra-comfortable seat. Opt for at least a pair poolside as everyone will want to give this chaise lounge a try.
Rockers and Gliders
There are few more cozy and relaxing seating options than an outdoor rocking or gliding chair. The soothing motion is perfect for a lazy afternoon or an evening spent in front of the outdoor propane fireplace or fire pit.
Your outdoor glider gets even comfier when it is a Veranda Cushion Swivel Glider from Castelle. This seat features deep upholstery in your choice of color (isn’t the rust pattern shown a real show-stopper?) along with two softly supportive bolster pillows.
The front porch rocker is a ubiquitous part of many a childhood home memory. But there’s no need to settle for Granny’s old wooden model; today’s outdoor furniture manufacturers have updated the style and durability of this classic seating icon. Take a look at this beauty crafted rocking chair of natural brass. This is the Kantan Brass Rocker from Brown Jordan and it’s nothing like the rockers you are probably used to see on the front porch. Although you may want to display this gorgeous piece there, you will certainly want a pair in your luxury backyard oasis, too.
Finally, there is one more seating piece we wish to showcase to upgrade your outdoor seating in 2019: a tree seat. Although this style may have been around for some time, the sheer genius of its design and the ability to take advantage of a natural shade source make this Glenham Semi Circle Seat by Barlow Tyrie a perpetual favorite.
Now is the perfect time to start planning on renovating your backyard oasis for the new year. Upgrade your outdoor seating with unique and stylish options as a great way to jump start the process.
Do you have a she-shed or man cave in your backyard? These nifty spaces are often treated as an extension of your luxury outdoor living room, bringing some of its elements indoors while sharing space with the outdoors. As such, it should be richly appointed and contain all the furnishings and accessories necessary to be a comfortable retreat.
Add a Touch of Warmth
When the outside temps cool down, you are sure to want a heat source within your she-shed or man cave. The easiest solution is to add an electric Infratech heater. This compact heater is safe to operate inside or out. It is 90 percent efficient, so a great source of heat for a small space. You can also augment the heater with a switch that allows you to simply flip it to turn the single or double element heater off and on.
Of course, the most important feature in a comfortable space to call your own is the furniture. We recommend a deeply cushioned sofa and side tables. If you don’t have enough space for a full-sized seating piece, a two-person glider or pair of rockers or recliners nicely fit the bill for comfortable seating. A beautifully designed Curve chaise lounge is another option. A café table and barstools make for a lovely place to enjoy a cup of coffee while looking out the window (which is adorned with a curtain or shade, of course).
Extend the Comfort Outside
Every great man cave or she-shed needs a front porch, so you can easily move between the indoors and out. Equip the porch – which probably has a small footprint – with no more than a couple of Adirondack chairs so it isn’t too crowded. Provide shade with a market umbrella, rather than a permanent porch covering, since you can easily replace the fabric portion and change up the looks as you wish. Include a small table for drinks and space for a cooler to keep your beverages handy and cold.
Include a Soft Touch
While you may be using your she-shed or man cave as an additional work space, it should include lots of soft elements for the utmost in comfortable lounging, as well. Think lots of deeply cushioned recliners or chairs and stacks of durable outdoor pillows. A plush rug keeps your feet warm and clean.
All the Accessories
While you may be concerned mainly with the furnishings in your fun shed, don’t forget that appropriate outdoor accessories are necessary to finish it off. You will need adequate lighting if you are using the space for working on projects. Besides overhead lights, consider adding some artful lamps to occasional tables scattered throughout. Artwork in the style of your choice on the walls helps make it feel more homey. Things like a bar cart, stocked with plenty of beverage options, or lazy Susan gives your she-shed or man cave a sophisticated touch.
Isn’t it time you treated yourself and upgraded your she-shed or man cave to a wonderfully furnished and comfortable place to hang out and de-stress?
What better time to showcase one of our fabulous manufacturers, American Fyre Designs, than mere days before the official start of winter? Our inventory would not be complete without the variety of fire tables, fire pits, fire urns and other stylish outdoor furnishings that bring warmth and mesmerizing beauty to any luxury backyard oasis.
About American Fyre Designs
At Hauser’s Patio & Rattan, we take the process of vetting the manufacturers with whom we do business seriously. Making the decision to bring American Fyre Designs onboard was a simple one. Their products are composed mainly of GFRC (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete), a modern material that adds strength and durability to outdoor décor. With more than 30 years’ experience crafting high quality outdoor fire pieces, American Fyre Designs is a company that stays on top of manufacturing innovations while providing cutting edge engineering and design expertise. They produce some of the most unique, yet practical, pieces for staying warm on a chilly San Diego night.
Specializing in Unique Designs
One thing we love about the products from American Fyre Designs is their vast array of fire features in all shapes and sizes. Think beyond the standard fire pit or outdoor fireplace for pieces that are real showstoppers as features in your luxury outdoor living room. They produce everything from fire tables to fire urns, fire falls and pieces that combine both fire and water for a very mesmerizing and fantastical take on this unlikely combination of elements.
What American Fyre Fire Features Do You Need?
With so many gorgeous and useful fire features available from American Fyre Designs, you may have a hard time deciding which you need in your luxury backyard oasis. Fortunately, we can help with that.
For those of you with a spacious backyard, an outdoor fireplace is a must-have. Even if you have a fire pit or other fire features, a fireplace is the anchor to your outdoor décor and the place where guests will congregate during parties. Its large size means that it has the ability to heat large outdoor spaces, which is essential for a Christmas, New Year’s or Valentine’s Eve party.
Fire Pit and/or Fire Table
If your backyard is on the smaller size, then a fire pit or fire table might be just the right option – and you can use these all year long. Because they are available in so many shapes, sizes and heights, an American Fyre Designs fire pit or fire table fits perfectly in any outdoor living room.
With either style, you can use the edges of the top for placing drinks and plates, which makes them very handy, especially during parties.
Fire Urn, Fire Bowl or Firefall
For a truly dramatic effect in your backyard oasis, add several unique fire features, such as a fire urn, fire bowl, or firefall (which is similar to a waterfall). These gorgeous pieces help light pathways and corners while also providing warmth. They look great in any size backyard or patio. These are the American Fyre Designs fire features that add a very dramatic element to your outdoor living room. Think of them as the accessories that finish off your outdoor décor.
Now is the perfect time of year to shop for beautiful and practical fire features from American Fyre Designs – just in time for all your holiday parties and beyond.
For all the people on your holiday gift list who live locally, why not give the gift of outdoor décor this year? Most of us spend a lot of time outdoors enjoying the temperate San Diego weather so gifts that enhance our luxury backyard experience are always welcome. Here’s a short guide filled with lovely gift ideas for everyone on your list.
Although historical records vary, the name of this nifty item will forever be associated with an inventor’s (Thomas Edison or Thomas Jefferson, take your pick) daughter by the name of Susan. Regardless of your gift recipient’s moniker, they are sure to appreciate this item which always comes in handy when entertaining outdoors. Choose from a selection of natural materials – wood, stone, aluminum and more – and even a square, as opposed to round, shape. Include a nice bottle of Scotch and perhaps a set of barware to make this an even more appreciated gift.
Who would love a lazy Susan? Bosses, coworkers, clients, newlyweds, neighbors.
Here’s another handy outdoor décor item: a serving cart. Anyone who entertains often knows the value of this piece of furniture for making rounds with an array of drinks, glasses and condiments. There are many styles to choose from, everything from a classic, metal cart to one with a more sophisticated, midcentury modern vibe. Include a bottle of your favorite wine and perhaps a package of cocktail napkins and swizzle sticks to help your gift recipient get their new bar cart stocked.
Who would love a serving cart? Family members, clients, friends, neighbors.
No backyard oasis in San Diego is truly complete without decorating the walls. While everyone thinks about the furnishings they need for patios, pool sides and cabanas, they rarely stop to consider embellishing bare walls. Outdoor artwork is made specifically to withstand weather conditions and resist sun fade. There are literally hundreds of pictures from which to choose. Surely there is at least one or more that perfectly suits the taste of everyone on your gift list.
Who would love outdoor artwork? Bosses, coworkers, clients, family members, friends, neighbors.
A small, mobile fire feature, such as a fire urn, fire bowl, fire table or even a patio heater is a practical and gorgeous gift. There are plenty of ways to customize these mesmerizing outdoor décor accessories, such as using fire glass media, adding a windscreen or including a grill cover. Who couldn’t use a fire feature in their luxury outdoor living room? With all the unique and modern styles, the hardest part will be deciding who gets what.
Who would love a fire feature? New homeowners, newlyweds, neighbors, friends, family.
These are just a few of our suggestions for fantastic holiday gifts that anyone on your list would be happy to receive. We invite you to come in and visit our showroom for even more ideas on useful, practical, yet beautiful gifts to enhance anyone’s backyard oasis with exquisite outdoor décor.
In the spirit of the season, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the things for which we are most thankful. Although we’ve only listed eight here, there are so many more. We hope that you will take the time to reflect on the personal blessings in your life throughout this holiday season.
The Place We Live
It’s hard to beat the beautiful views, lovely weather, delicious food and gracious people in this great city of San Diego. We are very thankful that the moderate climate allows us to enjoy as much time outdoors as possible – especially in our own backyard.
The People We Serve
Hauser’s Patio & Rattan is a family-owned business and we strive to treat each person who walks through the front door or contacts us via our website as members of our extended family. As part of our family – and friends – you are the most important people in our lives. Thank you!
In our luxury backyard – just as yours – we are grateful for the outdoor furniture and accessories we have to make life more comfortable and enjoyable. And because it is nestled within a majestic landscape, our backyard oasis is even more appealing and the place we most want to spend time. Our selection of outdoor artwork adds additional beauty.
Our Needs Perfectly Met
Another thing for which we are very thankful is that all our needs are perfectly met: we have plenty of food, a comfortable place to live and the accoutrements to make each season exceedingly pleasant. We’re talking about a pool to cool off in the summertime and a grand outdoor fireplace to keep us toasty throughout the winter, among others.
The Ability to Give Back
Because we have been so richly blessed, we are happy to give back to our community. We give thanks that we are able to help those in need through various charities, particularly here in the San Diego area.
Soft and Cozy Things
Who doesn’t enjoy being coddled and cuddled in warmth and plush comfort? We’re talking big toss pillows on every outdoor sofa and chair, fire urns and fire tables to gather around, outdoor rugs to keep our toes warm and plenty of soft blankets to stave off the coastal chill.
Truly, if not for our business, we would not have so many friends and the opportunity to help others create their own beautiful backyard oasis – and even offer assistance with products bought from other companies. We are so thankful that we have invested ourselves, our time and our efforts into this business that we love.
Lastly, we can’t forget about the many joyful San Diego Thanksgiving gatherings we have hosted in our gorgeous and comfortable home, especially our outdoor entertaining space. Friends and family have gathered with us over the years to create unforgettable memories. That is truly something for which to be thankful.
From all of us to all of you, Happy San Diego Thanksgiving and many blessings to you and yours!
The forecast for San Diego – as always! – is calling for lovely weather over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Why not take advantage of it and host your dinner outdoors? At Hauser’s Patio & Rattan, we’ve got all your al fresco dining needs covered. Start with seasonal décor – pots of fresh herbs, pumpkins and mums are de rigeur – and then peruse these tips to make this year’s outdoor Thanksgiving a celebration to remember.
Add Extra Seating
One thing you can never have enough of is seating for everyone in your party. Do you have more guests coming than chairs? If a new outdoor dining set is not in your plans, there are other options.
Consider creating intimate groupings throughout the expanse of your backyard oasis. In addition to three or four chairs or barstools, be sure to include enough table space to comfortably accommodate multiple plates, glasses and things such as salt and pepper shakers. A small vase of flowers or even branches with attached leaves make a simple but lovely centerpiece.
Sofas work, as well, to provide seating for all your dinner guests. Coffee tables and occasional tables stand in as the dining table, so make sure they are plentiful and strategically placed.
Pro tip: have a stack of blankets at the ready near seating arrangements so guests can stay warm and cozy.
Include a Bar
Next to the magnificent meal, your guests are sure to want a variety of beverages. A bar cart makes it easy to provide all the drinks, ice, glasses and accompaniments everyone wants. There is no need to limit the bar cart to alcoholic drinks; it can easily be used as a coffee or hot chocolate bar, too. Because it is mobile, you can easily wheel it through the pathways in your backyard and around the seating arrangements.
For a more permanent solution, opt for a bar that is meant to stay in place. These larger pieces are the ideal addition to bigger parties, since they hold more.
Pro tip: use fall-colored glasses for this special occasion and include swizzle sticks and/or straws tied with raffia. Tie garnishes in with the Thanksgiving theme, such as a cinnamon and sugar dip for tumbler rims, maple leaf-shaped sugar cubes and apple slices in places of limes.
Of course, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without watching the big game. If you don’t already have one, consider setting up an area, under cover, for a large screen TV plus lots of comfy seating. Outdoor sofas and coffee tables are a good choice. Swivel rockers and recliners provide the ultimate in relaxing seating. Add an outdoor rug for a hint of cozy. Infrared heaters placed overhead along the edge of rafters help keep everyone warm when the sun goes down and temperatures dip. Fire bowls, fire urns and fire tables are another great source of heat where you need it and they can be easily moved as the party moves.
Pro tip: make sure you accommodate friends and family members who do not wish to watch the game, too, by giving them a quieter space to congregate – perhaps a screened porch?
An outdoor Thanksgiving is a wonderful way to celebrate what we are most thankful for: our favorite people (our customers!) and the beautiful weather we enjoy here in Southern California.