Want to make your outdoor living space more, well, livable without spending a fortune? My top three finds this month will add a touch of ambience to your patio, deck or gazebo without breaking the bank.
If your seat’s too far from the fire pit on a chilly evening, you might need an extra shield between you and the cool breeze. The problem is, toting a blanket down to your lakeside deck can be kind of a pain. Adirondack Blanket Works’ fleece pillow blankets that fold into a portable, zippered pouch are the perfect solution. They’re available in a wide range of colors and patterns, but I’m partial to the summer-camp style or the appliqued moose version. $44. Call 888-844-2388, or visit adirondackblanketworks.com.
No one can deny the pleasure of enjoying a meal outdoors, but by the time you’ve carted plates, bowls and silverware from your kitchen to your patio, it can sometimes feel like more trouble than it’s worth. Take a cue from the cafeteria, then, and dish out your family’s grub on Pottery Barn Kids’ brightly colored plastic trays. The stackable, compartmentalized trays will hold all your summer-supper necessities and save you a few back-and-forth trips to boot. $36 for set of four. Call 800-430-7373, or visit potterybarnkids.com.
The Right Light
Mood lighting? Check. Insect repellant? Check. Crate & Barrel’s bronze-finished Umbrella Centerpiece combines the practicality of citronella candles with an ingenious design that slips right over the umbrella stand on your patio table. The eight candles that come in a reusable holder will burn for 10 to 12 hours—as if you need an excuse to linger outside a little longer. $21.95. Call 800-323-5461, or visit crateandbarrel.com.
Read the original story in the June 2007 issue of Log Home Living