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Follow these ideas for decorating a patio and creating a comfortable, functional outdoor getaway.
Look for neutrals when buying big couches, rugs, or chairs. Add color and pattern with pillows and accessories to change or update the look. After a few seasons, if you tire of your accessories or they are starting to look a little faded, plan to stock up on new cushions, rugs, and more end-of-season sales. That way, when spring rolls around again, you'll be ready with a new look purchased on a bargain budget.
Umbrellas turn a patio into an any-time-of-day affair by providing shade and comfort.
No party is complete without the perfect playlist. A portable dock lets guests select their favorite tunes for the ultimate outdoor experience.
Define separate spaces for different uses. Keep the grill close enough to be able to enjoy the party while cooking but a safe distance away from the group.
Be prepared for any size group. Portable carts provide roll-away storage and organization and are perfect for accommodating large parties as well as lemonade breaks.
For quick meals or a quiet spot away from the party, create a separate space for smaller groups. Here, this bistro table allows room for two.