Do you ever wonder what outdoor decoration experts buy for their own homes? So do we! We asked the bloggers at Outdoor Living Blog to answer a few questions about their favorite products and personal style so that we could share their tips with you. Read their answers below to learn about their recommendations for cleaning patio furniture, eco-friendly products, and DIY patio decorations.
Texas Custom Patios (TCP): What are your favorite new patio products this year?
Outdoor Living Blog (OLB): I love the growing availability of outdoor kitchen products. The number of grilling options alone has increased a lot over the past few years. There are charcoal, electric, and gas grills to fit almost any budget now – and lots of appliances. Another fantastic new patio trend is the patio day bed. They are so comfy, and a great, relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors.
TCP: Your blog has a lot of tips for being more eco-friendly. If someone wants to start making their yard more eco-friendly, what’s the first thing they should do?
OLB: Go solar! I think this is by far the easiest step to becoming more eco-friendly. There are so many great solar products now; there are solar fountains, solar lighting and even solar wind chimes. The best part is that these eco-friendly products will save you money on your electricity bills!
TCP: It’s spring cleaning time. Do you have any tips for keeping patio furniture clean?
OLB: The great thing about patio furniture is that most of it can be easily cleaned with a wet rag and a little soap. To keep your furniture protected from the harshest elements, patio furniture covers are a great option. To keep your cushions and pillows looking like new, be sure to put them away when they are not in use. Outdoor storage benches or chests are a great place to hide and protect them.
TCP: What’s the most useful item you’ve ever bought for your patio/backyard?
OLB: The best investment I made for my yard was the grill. There is nothing worse then having to heat up the oven on a warm summer day. It’s great to just fire up the grill and enjoy the outdoors. Some people find the menu options for a grill limiting, but the possibilities really are endless. You can grill vegetables, fruit, pizza, and even desserts! (Read about their favorites here.)
TCP: You have a lot of DIY projects on your blog. What’s the best beginner project for someone who wants to make patio decorations?
OLB: I think the easiest, most fabulous DIY project I have found is from In My Own Style. Using a tuna can, old paint stick and a glass vase, you can create an amazing (and cheap) outdoor torch.
TCP: How have you decorated your own backyard/patio? What’s your personal style like?
OLB: My backyard is still a work in progress. But my ultimate goal is to create a tranquil sanctuary.
I absolutely love the outdoors. That being said, I’m not what you call an “outdoorsy” person. I want my backyard to feel like an extension of my home, not like a campground. I want casual, relaxing furniture like patio sofas and chaise lounges. I would also love to have overstuffed cushions, toss pillows and a large, colorful outdoor rug. My dream yard would also have a large, wood pergola with soft, flowing outdoor curtains on all sides.