When it comes to barbecue, it’s all about the meat. Yes, you can certainly grill all sorts of vegetables and side dishes and even desserts on your BBQ, but let’s face – we all want perfectly grilled meat to shine as the star on our summertime dinner plates. And with these expert BBQ tips from Bobby Flay and the Food Network, you will be a real pro next time you grill meat at home.
It All Starts with
the Best Meat
No matter what tips and tools you use to grill meat, it just
won’t taste as good as it could if you are using a poor quality or low grade of
meat. Bobby Flay recommends that you always purchase your steaks, fish and
burgers fresh from the butcher’s counter and avoid anything pre-wrapped and
sitting in your grocery’s meat case. For the best quality, opt for Certified
Black Angus or USDA Prime cuts. Lots of marbling, indicated by white streaks of
fat throughout the meat, makes a steak tender, juicy and flavorful.
Treat Meat Gently
The number one tip that Bobby Flay shares for perfectly grilled meat is to leave meat alone until it is done on the bottom side. If you move it too soon, it will stick to the grates. That means no squeezing or flattening burgers with your spatula. Every time you do, fat squeezes out and that means your burgers will be dry.
Allow steaks to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes to a
half an hour or so before slapping it on the grill. This helps the meat cook
more evenly. The only exception to this rule is a tuna steak. It needs to be
chilled when it hits the grill in order to achieve a nice, rare sear on the
The same principle holds true after the meat has been
cooked. Steaks need to rest for a minimum of five minutes (and up to 15
minutes) before slicing into them, giving those tasty juices time to reabsorb
back into the meat. The thicker the cut of steak, the longer it needs to rest.
When it comes to determining whether or not your meat is
done, it’s better to err on the side of caution and take it off the grill when
just slightly undercooked. Use a good meat thermometer. The meat will continue
to cook for a few minutes after removing it from the barbecue (see the tip on
resting, above). The internal temperature will often rise by about five degrees
If you are cooking bone-in meat, such as chicken quarters, you
can get a nice crust on the skin by putting the pieces directly over high heat.
But do move them to indirect heat before they develop a burnt char.
Alternatively, you can par-roast chicken in the oven for about 15 or 20 minutes
before adding it to a hot grill.
Grilled Two Cheese Burgers Recipe
Now that you know the secrets to perfectly grilled meat, you may want to try your hand at this recipe from The Food Network website, courtesy of Melissa D’Arabian.
For the sauce:
- 1/2 cup
- 3 tablespoons
- 3 tablespoons
roughly chopped fresh basil (or chives, parsley, mint)
- 1 scallion (white
and green parts), trimmed and roughly chopped
- 1 garlic clove,
- 1/2 teaspoon
- 1/4 teaspoon
- 1/4 teaspoon
ground black pepper
For the burgers:
- 1 1/4 pounds 80%
lean ground beef
- 1 tablespoon
- 3/4 teaspoon
- 1/2 teaspoon
ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup shredded
- 4 hamburger buns
- 1 tomato, cored, thinly
sliced, and lightly salted
- 2 tablespoons
grated Parmesan cheese
To make the sauce: Place the mayonnaise, sour
cream, basil, scallion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in the
bowl of a food processor and puree until creamy and pale green. Transfer to a
small bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until you are ready to use
To make the burgers: Heat a charcoal or gas
grill to medium-high. Divide the ground beef into 4 equal pieces and gently
form into patties. Use your thumb to make a small indentation in the middle of
each burger (this is so the burger grills flat and doesn’t contract and puff up
on the grill). Brush both sides of the burgers with the oil and then season
with salt and pepper.
Place the burgers on the grill and cook until
they have grill marks, about 4 minutes. Flip the burgers, cook 2 minutes
longer, and then top each with about 1 tablespoon of the mozzarella. Cook the
burgers 2 more minutes for medium-rare doneness and remove from the grill. Place
the buns on the grill, cut side down, and lightly toast, 30 seconds to 1
Set a burger on
each bottom bun half. Top with a salted tomato slice. Spread 1 tablespoon of
the garlic-herb sauce on the top bun half, sprinkle with Parmesan, cover the
burger, and serve with more sauce on the side for dipping.
The summer season is in full swing and that means it is time to fire up the grill! To help you make your next backyard BBQ a big hit, take these grilling tips from The Food Network and Bobby Flay.
- Clean Your Grill
The most important part of producing good-tasting food at a perfect holiday barbecue is starting with a clean grill. Use a powerful hose spray to loosen burnt bits of food, then use a scrubber to remove them completely. Vacuum up the pieces of gunk with a shop vac. Before you use the grill each time, be sure to heat it up properly and brush off the grates before putting new food on to cook.
- Tame the Flare-Ups
Keep a bottle with water handy next to the grill. That way
you can tame flare-ups from grease quickly, before your food gets charred and gets
that burnt flavor.
- Use a Thermometer
Many of us have been taught how to test for doneness by
pressing a finger to meat (which, according to Bobby Flay, goes like this: If
it’s soft like the flesh between your index finger and thumb, it’s rare. If
it’s soft like your cheek, it’s medium-rare, and if it’s firm like your
forehead it’s well-done). Unfortunately, that is not the most accurate method.
Invest in a good meat thermometer and use it. Keep it next to or hanging from the
grill in a closed case for ease of use.
- Keep It Steady
We all know a home BBQ enthusiast who constantly opens the
lid of the grill and picks up the food with tongs, moving it about from one
spot to the next. Resist the temptation! Leave food, especially meat, in one
spot until thoroughly browned on one side. This will prevent the food from
sticking to the grate and produce nice char marks.
- Keep It Simple
Finally, here is one last piece of advice from Bobby Flay: keep things simple when you are serving a crowd at your perfect holiday barbecue. If you have several dishes that require different cook times, it is hard to keep track of what is done and what isn’t and keep moving food around to accommodate that. Stick with just burgers or dogs plus veggie skewers, perhaps. Your guests will be well fed and you can focus on cooking just a couple items just right.
An Unexpected BBQ
And here is a recipe for those of you still looking for something special for your 4th of July barbecue, courtesy of Melissa D’Arabian and the Food Network. This recipe will be sure to wow guests at your perfect holiday barbecue.
Grilled Potato Salad
- 7 small to medium red potatoes, scrubbed and
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Bacon-Green Onion Vinaigrette, recipe follows
Preheat the grill.
Place the red potatoes in a large saucepan and fill with cold
water, covering the potatoes by 2 inches. Bring the water to a boil
over high heat. Once the water begins to boil, about 8 minutes, add the
sweet potatoes. Return to boil and cook for 8 more minutes. Drain the
potatoes and set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the
mayonnaise, mustard, onion and garlic powders, cayenne and some salt and
pepper. When the potatoes are cool to the touch, toss them in the
mayonnaise mixture and stir gently to coat.
Using tongs, place the potato pieces on the hot grill,
and cook on all sides long enough to make grill marks, 1 to 2 minutes per
side. Handle gently so they don’t fall apart.
In a large bowl, place the Bacon-Green Onion Vinaigrette.
As the potatoes are cooked through, remove them from the grill and place
the hot potatoes in the bowl with the dressing. Gently toss the potatoes
in the dressing to coat completely and serve, warm or cold.
Bacon-Green Onion Vinaigrette
In a small saute pan, cook the bacon until crisp. Then set aside
to cool. Once cooled, pour the bacon and fat into a small bowl along with the
In another small bowl, whisk together the vinegar and mustard.
Slowly drizzle in the olive oil-bacon mixture, whisking to emulsify. Add the
parsley, green onions and salt and pepper to taste, and whisk to blend.
Bacon-Green Onion Vinaigrette
- 1 slice bacon, cut into lardons
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 2 green onions, chopped
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Is your luxury patio in need of a new shade feature? Perhaps
it just needs some freshening up. With all the Treasure Garden umbrella
options, it is easy to find a beautiful shade feature that fits perfectly with
the style, colors and existing décor in your outdoor living room. Take a look.
Market Umbrellas and Shade Umbrellas
Treasure Market is a company best known for its shade
features. They offer both market umbrellas and shade umbrellas with wood or
aluminum frames (choose black, bronze, white or silver colors), straight or
cantilever. They come with push button tilt, collar tilt, auto tilt and crank lift
as options. Their umbrellas are available in an octagonal, rectangular or
Shanghai (round) shape and lots of different sizes which makes them the ideal solution
for providing shade in small, large or oddly configured spaces.
Select a Fabric
Once you have decided on a style and frame material, it’s
time to select a fabric for the canopy. Treasure Garden umbrella options
include Bella-Dura, O’bravia, Solefin and acrylic. Most of our customers opt
for the latter material, since acrylic is quite colorfast and durable. One of
the choices for acrylic canopy fabrics is the famous Sunbrella, best known for
the way it stands up to weather, wind, sun and sea spray. It also repels mold,
mildew and degradation from outdoor exposure.
Pick a Pattern
Next up is picking a pattern or solid color for your
Treasure Garden umbrella canopy. With over 50 different solid hues and exciting
patterns, there is sure to be one or more that catch your eye. There are even
stripes, florals and various textures that each gives a different look to your
shade feature. Treasure Garden umbrella options for canopy fabrics are so wide
that you may have a difficult time choosing just one – but why limit yourself?
Umbrella Options – All the Rest
Here are a few more things to consider when ordering your
custom Treasure Garden umbrella.
Where will your shade feature be placed? Does it need to be
secured in the ground (concrete, wood or ground) or will it be mobile (with
casters)? This will determine the type of base you need. Bases for the
umbrellas are available in square or round shapes and in various colors and
finishes, so that is another consideration for the overall look of your custom
Another option is whether or not you include a lighting kit
with your Treasure Garden umbrella. All of our umbrella lights use long-lasting
LED bulbs. Some of them even include Bluetooth speakers, which make it really
convenient to pump up the jams at your next outdoor gala.
Garden Umbrellas Fit Your San Diego Lifestyle
No matter what Treasure Garden umbrella options you choose, you can rest assured that you are purchasing one of the finest shade features on the market today. These umbrellas combine good looks with superior durability and an excellent warranty. You can’t go wrong with Treasure Garden umbrellas providing the shade and style you need and want in your luxury backyard space.
When you are looking for something extraordinary to make
your backyard oasis stand out from the crowd, look no further than a TUUCI
shade structure. With unusual shapes and quality that is beyond what you will
find in any other manufacturer, adding a TUUCI shade sculpture or two or three
is the best way to bring artisanal style along with cooling shade to your luxury
outdoor living room. Here is what you need to know about the company and its
Why TUUCI is the Best
of the Best
At Hauser’s Patio, we only offer shade structures of the highest
quality. And when it comes to superior technology, eco-friendly manufacturing,
marine grade components and artisanal design, TUUCI is at the top of the list.
TUUCI is well-known across the globe for engineering
innovation used in shade architecture. They combine thoughtful design with durability
in products meant to withstand extreme temperatures and all types of weather. They
do so using a sustainable and renewable facility that conserves energy,
recycles material and supports environmental causes. All of the parts used to
make their shade structures are replaceable, thus adding to their lifespan and
Their shade structures are designed to complement your San
Diego lifestyle and environment. With gorgeous shapes that provide shade exactly
where you need it, TUUCI umbrellas and parasols comfortably connect you to the
A Gallery of
Beautiful TUUCI Shade Structures
TUUCI makes shade sculptures, umbrellas and parasols for the
Ocean Master, Vineyard and Bay Master collections. We’d like to highlight a few
of the TUUCI shade structure models we feel exemplify the design and style
aspects most desired by our San Diego clientele.
First up is the Manta, which belongs to the Ocean Master
collection. Crafted into a shape that resembles a manta ray’s expansive span as
it flows through the water, the unusual design provides a plethora of shade
right where you need it. Not only is it useful, but the graceful design set
against a backdrop of ocean and sky makes a profound aesthetic statement in
your backyard oasis. The Manta is available as a cantilever or vertical umbrella.
Here is another interesting shade structure from TUUCI: the
Vineyard Shade Pod. Composed of one to four canopies all connected by a shared frame,
this shade structure provides maximum coverage in a backyard. It is ideal for a
large outdoor space, such as a wide deck around a swimming pool. Since each
canopy moves independently, the TUUCI Vineyard Shade Pod provides the ultimatum
solution to several family members or guests who wish different coverage from
Lastly, we present a TUUCI shade structure from the Bay Master collection. Highlighted here is the swim under, poolside cantilever umbrella. It is specifically made for the canopy to hang over the edge of your pool, with a shorter mast and in-ground mounting system. An auto-lift system allows the Bay Master Poolside Cantilever to be easily manipulated from the pool deck.
When you want your luxury backyard oasis to go beyond the ordinary and delve into the area of extraordinary design and functionality, a TUUCI shade sculpture is the number one choice.
Summertime is often the time of year when we think first about
shade features in our luxury outdoor living room. Whether you need to add new
outdoor umbrellas or simply order replacement fabric for your existing shade
features, you should always consider using Sunbrella fabric. Here are all the
reasons why Sunbrella fabric is the ideal choice for shade features and
The special Sunbrella fabric for umbrellas and used in outdoor furnishings is manufactured by Glen Raven. The company itself was founded in 1880 but started out making garments. Then WWII happened and Glen Raven recognized an opportunity for making parachute fabric capable of handling heavy military equipment. Next up for the company was the invention of pantyhose, saving women from having to don silk stockings and garter belts. Glen Raven further entered the history books by providing the fabric for the first American flag planted on the moon in the 1969.
It was 1961 when the amazing Sunbrella fabric was developed for awnings. It was made then and still made today to resist stains, mold, mildew and fading. The UV-stable fibers are not coated, but saturated with color so they retain their good looks even after repeated exposure to weather. Sunbrella fabric for umbrellas can be cleaned with a bleach solution and not lose any of its integrity. In addition to all these benefits, Sunbrella is made to block 97% of UV rays and thus endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation since 2005.
Sunbrella Fabric for Umbrellas
With all the advantages of Sunbrella fabric, it’s the natural choice for an outdoor umbrella that is sure to be exposed to wind, salt spray, sun and rain. And that’s why Hauser’s Patio is proud to offer a multitude of brands and furnishings that feature fabulous Sunbrella fabric.
Treasure Garden umbrellas, which are available in customized configurations, all feature Sunbrella as a choice of fabric. It is a very popular option, not only due to its amazing durability, but its wide array of colors, patterns and woven styles. You can rest assured your Treasure Garden umbrella with Sunbrella fabric canopy will retain its good looks since the threads are saturated with dye and colorfast.
las, which are available in customized configurations, all feature Sunbrella as a choice of fabric. It is a very popular option, not only due to its amazing durability, but its wide array of colors, patterns and woven styles. You can rest assured your Treasure Garden umbrella with Sunbrella fabric canopy will retain its good looks since the threads are saturated with dye and colorfast.
No matter what style of outdoor umbrella you desire, a Sunbrella canopy will make it more beautiful, more durable and more protective in regard to the amount of damaging UV rays it blocks. Choose from one of the Quick Ship options of Sunbrella fabric for umbrellas and you can receive your custom shade structure in a matter of weeks.
That UV resistance, combined with superior stain and mildew resistance and easy care and cleaning, makes Sunrella fabrics the ideal selection for your next outdoor umbrellas. The furnishings in your luxury backyard oasis are an investment and outdoor shade features with Sunbrella canopies will retain their beauty and viability for many years, no matter what our San Diego weather dishes out.
Welcome June! As we head into this month and the official
start of summer, it is just the right time to think about adding shade features
to your backyard oasis. There are plenty of options for creating a shade
umbrella that is perfect for your outdoor surroundings. At Hauser’s Patio, we
make it easy to order a customized umbrella online. Here is what you need to
know about this convenient option.
How Do You Want Your
Customized Umbrella to Look?
Take a moment and consider how an umbrella fits into your
luxury outdoor living room. Where will it be situated and what will you need to
secure it? Will it be freestanding or anchored to a pool deck or patio floor?
What type of upholstery fabric is used throughout your outdoor furnishings?
What is your style – modern, traditional, transitional, classic? Answering
these questions will help you decide on an appropriate type, style, color and
Select the Frame
Each of our customizable umbrellas is available with a
choice of different frame finishes. Choose from a classic aluminum or opt for a
popular bronze finish. Another choice is a very traditional wood frame; with
some models, you can even select from various colored wood finishes. The type
of frame finish you choose will subtly enhance the overall look of your
customized umbrella. An additional option is to include a frame with collar
tilt that enables you to move the shade along with the sun’s trajectory.
Canopy Size &
Another feature available when you order a customizable
umbrella online is the type of canopy. The canopies for our customizable
umbrellas vary by both shape and size.
Treasure Garden makes a very versatile model called “Shanghai.” These shade umbrellas feature a scalloped edge and a round shape with a draped vent cover. Available in a wide variety of bright hues and patterned fabric, the Shanghai model of customizable umbrella online is a colorful addition to your backyard oasis.
Also from Treasure Garden is a market umbrella in an octagonal shape. You have a choice of a single or double wind vent in the canopy. A designer canopy is another option for this very popular, ready-to-order, customizable umbrella online.
Yet one more option from Treasure Garden is the Sirius
series of tilting cantilever shade umbrellas. The canopies on these beauties
come in a octagonal or square shape and either 9’, 10’ or 11’ spans. A Sirius
model umbrella is a very versatile shade piece that looks right at home in any
outdoor living room.
Canopy Fabric Choices
Finally, one last option when you order a customizable
umbrella online is the fabric on the canopy. This is arguably the most
important choice you have as the color of the canopy makes a huge impact on the
looks of your umbrella. Our custom shade umbrellas are available in over 60
different hues and patterns. All canopies are made from Sunbrella outdoor
fabric, which is manufactured to withstand the effects of mold, mildew, sun,
wind and weather that can degrade other fabrics.
Now that you know how easy it is to order a customized umbrella online from Hauser’s Patio, why not choose one, or several, for your luxury outdoor living room today? Once you have made your selection and ordered, it will take just a few weeks to receive your gorgeous new shade umbrella.
How does your home look when viewed from the front? Even if you do not plan on sticking a “for sale” sign in the front yard anytime soon, a guest’s or new neighbor’s first impression of your home starts with what they see out front. It won’t hurt that you’ll be thrilled by new changes to amp up the curb appeal of San Diego homes such as yours when you pull into the driveway, as well. There is no need to plan a major renovation for your front porch and yard this summer. In fact, just a few little added details will make a big difference.
Add a Front Porch Swing
Nothing looks more homey or natural than a porch swing. In days past, this is where most homeowners spent their time in the lazy summer months, sipping a beverage and waving to passers-by. Although our society has changed immensely since those simpler days, a front porch swing is still an iconic furnishing that is sure to get used. Plus, adding a swing with lots of colorful pillows and a deep, comfy seat cushion is an invitation for neighbors – even those you haven’t yet met – to stop by and sit for a spell.
Add Front Porch Accessories
A front porch is just an extension of your home’s interior, when it comes right down to it. Just like your backyard oasis, think about decorating your front yard with many of the accessories and furnishings you enjoy inside your home. We’re talking about adding a piece of artwork to the wall(s), placing an occasional table with table lamp next to the swing (or chairs) and laying down a colorful rug. If you plan on spending a lot of time on the front porch, you may want to add a small fire pit or even a fire and ice element to add to the curb appeal of San Diego homes; just be sure that it is safely and properly installed.
Spiff Up the Front
Go beyond the confines of your front porch and continue your refurbishing efforts in the yard. Solar lights lining the pathway to the front door not only increase curb appeal of San Diego homes , they serve a real function by lighting a guest’s way at night. Add a bird bath so you can enjoy watching local bird species splash about. Wind chimes and other decorative hanging elements are perfect to dress up the eaves of your home. A water sculpture both soothes with the sound of running water and provides an additional visual point of interest.
Move Items From the
Backyard to the Front
There is no law that says certain outdoor furnishings have to remain in the backyard. We’re referring to items such as a shade umbrella, outdoor sofa, outdoor heater and bar set with stools, to name just a few. As long as these items have a natural setting in which to reside, why not create outdoor seating or dining areas in the front yard? Especially if your view is better from the front, wrap luxurious furnishings all the way around the house for best use of all your outdoor space.
The curb appeal of San Diego homes is easy to enhance with the right furnishings, accessories and all the little items that provide maximum comfort.
With the Memorial Day weekend – and the unofficial start of summer – fast approaching, we would like to take the opportunity to remind you that this holiday is about more than a day off, barbecues and picnics in the park. It is an excellent time to pause in remembrance of the brave men and women who have sacrificed their time and their lives to make our country free and our citizens safe. Here are a few events that you may wish to participate in this Memorial Day weekend in San Diego, California’s Beach City.
Mount Soledad National Veterans Memorial
This memorial site’s tagline is “Honoring Veterans by Preserving Their Legacy.” What better place to honor area veterans, both deceased and living, on Memorial day? The Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial site is filled with plaques of black granite, each one memorializing a military vet with their photograph and a brief description of their military service. The plaques on the walls honor more than 3,500 veterans from all walks of life (including past US Presidents and celebrities) involved in conflicts from the Revolutionary War to today’s War on Terror. Visit the National Veterans Memorial and pause for a few moments in front of the plaques, giving thanks for the bravery, courage and service of these important men and women.
Veterans Museum and Memorial Center
Another popular venue at which to pay homage to past and present military personnel is the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center at Balboa Park. The Center specifically honors veterans who served in the Coast Guard, the Wartime Merchant Marine and the US Armed Forces. The Memorial is housed in an old Navy chapel that dates from the WWII era. It also includes a garden with a memorial to the famed B-24 bomber and the San Diego Vietnam Peace memorial, which lists all citizens of San Diego who were involved in the Vietnam War.
Other Military Museums and Memorials
There are plenty of other places to celebrate Memorial Day in San Diego and the surrounding areas that are appropriate to visit to honor our military veterans. You can plan a tour of the USS Midway aircraft carrier or walk through the Embarcadero, which is hosting a Greatest Generation artwork collection featuring pieces that depict “victories, tragedies and sacrifices of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, past and present.”
As always, the Hodges and the rest of the Hauser’s Patio family enjoy taking this opportunity to give thanks to all of our wonderful clientele. We appreciate each and every one of you and hope that you are as richly blessed as we have been through our association. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to continue to serve you and your family and help you create a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere in your own home’s backyard.
Happy Memorial Day in San Diego!
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.