Expand your living space … outdoors!


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Outdoor living in Colorado? Of course!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Most of us probably know that we can enjoy Colorado’s outdoor months are pretty much year-round. For example, a gentle snow falling in winter while you’re luxuriating in a hot tub is a favorite Colorado pastime not just reserved for mountain retreats.

If a hot tub is not your thing, though, your outdoor living space design could include fire pits, infrared heaters, awnings, foliage, fences or screens, and sliding doors as great ways to enjoy both the chill and the warmth seasons outdoors.

Here are some ideas we like best for Colorado outdoor living.

The whole family can enjoy firepits.

It’s easy to imagine cuddling around the fire pit, perhaps with a bottle of wine and some music, to enjoy a Colorado sunset. But did you know that fire pits and fire tables are perfect for family gathering time, too? Take your evening meal outside to the patio or deck, or snuggle under some plush and colorful blankets (you know how we love color!) while taking advantage of the beauty of open flames. Plus, some fire pits can actually convert to a grill for cooking or an ice bucket to chill beverages.

 
 
 
 
 

 

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Firepits that use wood for fuel are typically less expensive to operate than those using natural gas or propane, but you’ll need to clean out the ashes regularly. That why we like this gas firepit from Home Depot, especially for its natural stone finish and easy maintenance.

Fire tables, such as this one from Fireplace Warehouse, are not only great for family gatherings but also for entertaining. In the summer months, a burner cover even converts the unit to a cocktail table!

Because firepits and fire tables are often available in metals such as aluminum, bronze, and copper, as well as stone, you can choose a cozy, rustic, or sophisticated design to match your home … or to create a space that’s altogether different. Don’t forget about outdoor fireplaces, too!

Grills and kitchens make the most of your outdoor living experience.

What comes to mind when you think of summertime on the patio? If you’re like us, it’s grilling! Today’s grills can be simple, elegant, or both! Grills can be either free standing or built in, such as this 6-burner stainless steel grill from Lowe’s.

Of course, depending on the size and location of your space, you can create an actual outdoor kitchen, complete with mini-fridge, wine cooler, sink, and even a dishwasher! For inspiration and ideas (and to get you salivating), read this article from HGTV.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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Of course, we have outdoor living design concepts for any size, style, and budget … your dream space is within your reach!

Sit down and say ahhhhh.

Who says outdoor furniture has to be stiff and uncomfortable? Not us! And your furniture doesn’t have to look to fake or out of place, either. There really is such a thing as all-weather materials – not plastic – that are easy to take care of and look great. Wicker (yes, wicker!), metal, and wood are naturals for outdoor living.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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An all-weather wicker set such as this one from American Furniture Warehouse offers flexibility with a modular design that clusters around a firepit, opens up for entertaining, or simply offers a well-designed place to sit, relax, and enjoy the outdoors.

Bring in the clean lines of metal with this loveseat from Furniture Row, or texture up with pieces like this one from World Market, fashioned from nautical rope and acacia wood.

And speaking of texture …

You know how we love texture … and color! Texture adds depth and dimension to any living space, so don’t overlook natural fibers in your cushions and pillows, wall hangings, and rugs. Here’s one we like from World Market for its eye-catching pattern and earthy palette that reflect the natural world around us. Rugs are also great for defining space, such as a patio dining place, a cluster of chairs for enjoying family time, or an open area for entertaining.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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P.S. How about zero-maintenance for 100% enjoyment? Your outdoor living space can be much easier to maintain than your indoors! Weather-resistant cushions (put them away for snowy months), and artificial plants and flowers (no, artificial is not a bad word) keep your time free for all the enjoyment outdoor living can provide!

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