Written by DAN WOLOWICZ
Grownups have been telling kids to go outside and play ever since the indoors were invented. It’s good advice, especially here, where we enjoy perennially sunny weather cooled by coastal breezes.
Adults, though, find it more relaxing to enjoy a comfy seat by the pool or beneath a cantilevered umbrella than to play freeze tag on the lawn.
With all the stylish, comfortable and built-to-last options in patio furniture, it’s never been easier to turn your backyard into a great outdoor living space. David Marks, manager of Pacific Patio Furniture in Agoura Hills, says new synthetic wicker is a popular choice that brings state-of-the-art technology to the familiar woven frame.
Made to withstand even the harshest weather conditions, synthetic wicker offers classic styles popular for Mediterranean- and Tuscan-style homes and contemporary designs for homes with a more modern look.
Furniture made of teak hardwood, both durable and elegant, offers a more natural look.
And you don’t need acres of backyard to accommodate your outside living area. With the wide variety of lounge chairs, sectionals, love seats and couches available, you can comfortably furnish any outdoor space. And you can include a bar, where guests can enjoy summertime drinks as they stay cool under a choice of fade-resistant umbrellas.
Pillows and seat cushions add vibrant pops of color to outdoor spaces, while accent pieces, such as sconces and clocks, add interest and functionality.
Outdoor rugs are a popular, low-maintenance way to tie things together. No need to vacuum. Simply grab the hose and give these highly durable and fade-resistant rugs a quick spray.
When the sun goes down, portable propane fireplaces, a hot new trend in outdoor design, keep guests comfortable beneath a starry sky.
The next time someone says, “The weather’s great. Go out and play,” you won’t hesitate to take their advice and escape to your stylish outdoor living space.