patio-Optimized.jpgAs I’m writing this, we’ve had a few amazing sunny days here on the West Coast and I am craving spring and summer so badly. I actually smelt my first BBQ of the season while out for my run the other day and thought how amazing it would be if I could set up my patio. Having a family dinner or a BBQ party with friends is one of the best things about spring.

One of the best ways to keep your patio furniture looking good for years is to store it properly at the end of patio season. It’s a bit of a chore every fall to clean it up and either pack it away somewhere or invest in some good quality furniture covers, but trust me it’s worth it.

What makes a great patio set

patio set.jpgThere’s nothing better than the perfect patio set for Spring and Summer. For me, it means dinners with the family and lots of evenings entertaining.

If you’re looking for a set where you can relax, read a good book, take a nap or spend time with friends, then I love this CorLiving Seattle 6-Piece Deep Seating Patio Conversation Set. There’s plenty of seats for entertaining and comes with a glass coffee table to put your drinks and snacks on. The foam cushions will make relaxing outside comfortable and they are easily removable with a zipper in case they need washing.

Another great patio set option is a table and chairs set. I like to have a table ouside that works as an outdoor dinner table for family dinners, and this Walker Edison 6-Piece Patio Dining Set is both beautiful and functional.

Swing into spring

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One of the best ways to start your mornings on a sunny spring day is sitting outside on a swing with a coffee or tea. Actually I love a swing at any time of day, especially if the sun is shinning right on that spot. I have been wanting to get a swing like this CorLiving Nantucket Patio Swing for the past couple of summers, and I’m thinking this might be the year to invest.

I love that this swing also has the attached canopy that’s water resistant so you have some protection from the sun, or even the rain since here in B.C. we usually get a little summer rainfall. The 3” cushions will make sure you’re nice and comfy and the best part about this swing is that the back folds down to make the swing into a daybed. I can see myself right now swinging on it with a good book.

The perfect umbrella

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Every patio set needs a great umbrella. I love sitting outside for meals when the weather’s nice, but it’s always nice to have some shade, not just for the people at the table, but so your food isn’t getting direct sunlight either. This CorLiving 6.5 ft. Square Patio Umbrella is the perfect size and comes in some beautiful colours. I especially love this red wine colour to make your patio decor pop. It’s also super user friendly with a crank and pulley system for opening and closing.

Fun and functional accessories

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Nothing makes me feel more nostalgic for my childhood than roasting marshmallows. While I still love to roast them, I find I can only eat about two before I start to feel ill and need to drink a litre of water. Having a fire pit in the backyard means you can fulfill your childood memories whenever you want and they’re also great for keeping the bugs away while you’re enjoying an evening outside.

This Paramount Rectangular Cast Aluminum Propane Fire Table is not only stunning to look at but it’s functional too. I love that it has the firepit in the middle with a table surround. I also think the table surround makes it a little safer when there’s kids around. It gives a little barrier between the flames and small hands, especially if they’re holding their marshmallow sticks.

If you’re looking to stay warm in the evenings but don’t want the flames of a fire, then a patio heater like this Paramount Cylindrical Patio Heater would work perfectly.
With patio season just around the corner, now is the time to take a look at your patio set and accessories and see if there’s anything needing an update. Maybe you don’t really need an update but there’s something you’ve been wanting to buy, like that beautiful patio swing, then I say go ahead and treat yourself, I’m sure you deserve it.

You can find everything you’ll need for a beautiful patio at bestbuy.ca.

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