Quick Style Tip: Decorate With Colorful Towels

One of the quickest ways to update your patio for summer is to decorate with colorful towels. You don’t need a pool or even a lake house. Roll them up to add a pop of color to your outdoor seating group. Beach towels also double as blankets on a chilly evening.

how to decorate with colorful towels in back yard

Here are three ways to use colorful towels this summer
  1. Place them in a basket or on a tray as a colorful accent.
  2. Or use rolled-up towels as bolster pillows on your sofa or chairs.
  3. Drape or tuck one over your outdoor sofa, sectional or chaise to add pattern.

how to decorate with colorful towels in back yard

Towels are an easy, inexpensive way to enhance your outdoor space, and to add the latest color of the season. Plus they are handy in a pinch of you need to wipe up a spill.

How to Choose a Portable Firepit

Portable Firepit

Midwest summers can be downright sublime, but evenings often have a chill in the air. There’s no better way to enjoy your patio or deck than by using a portable firepit. Not only do they warm up your outdoor space; they add an ambiance that makes outdoor entertaining more inviting.

If you’re shopping for a portable firepit this season, it’s important to know how to select the right one. Here are some things to consider before you bring one home:

Portable Firepit

Pick a style

Firepits come in a variety of styles, including fire bowls, fire urns and firepit tables. You can also find tables and bars that include a firepit in the center, which combines the warming feature with a convenient surface for eating or drinking. Firepits can also enhance or set the tone for your décor. From rustic to modern, they are available in a variety of materials and finishes so choose one that complements the style of your outdoor design.

Firepit Fire Urn

Measure your space

Firepits also come in a variety of sizes. Determine how much space you have on your patio or deck. You will want to have enough room to move about and add chairs. And you don’t want to place the firepit too close to a wall or your home. If your area is small, consider a fire urn that can add the same warmth and ambiance.

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Choose a fuel

Firepits come in wood-burning or gas models, so you need to decide which is right for you. Wood firepits are usually less expensive and they give your back yard the feel of a campfire. Gas firepits use propane tanks, and they can be turned on and off at the push of a button, making them very convenient.

A firepit is an investment in friends and family. You’ll enjoy curling up near the flame throughout the summer and well into fall.

Broc’s Pick: Shane Outdoor Seating Collection

One of the best parts of Creative Director Broc Clark’s job is having a chance to see an outdoor seating collection before it’s shared on our website, catalogs and showroom floor. He also styles the furnishings to help our guests envision what their homes can become.

Shane Seating Collection

While it’s hard to pick just one, this summer Broc chose the Shane Seating Collection as his favorite outdoor collection. Made of a unique aged teak weave, the furnishings are strong and gorgeous. Extra wide arms and deep plush cushions ensure you will be comfortable for hours of entertaining or just lounging with your favorite book, and swivel chairs make conversation easy. You can dress the space up or down to enjoy summer in style.

Broc Says:

“While many outdoor collections scale down, the Shane Collection furniture is traditional sized and so comfortable. The frame looks like real wood, and the deep orange cushions are on trend for summer.”

Outdoor Storage Solutions That Are Also Stylish

It’s the season for backyard accessories, tools and toys, and that means you need storage. Give your garage a break this summer; today’s outdoor storage solutions become a part of your furniture arrangement.

From hidden drawers to organizers on wheels, you’ll find what you need to beautifully tuck away blankets, binoculars and bug spray. Take a look:


outdoor storage solutions

Hidden Drawers

An ottoman with a secret drawer. Need we say more? This is the perfect spot for storing sunscreen, sunglasses and magazines. And it doubles as a comfortable chair.


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Storage Ottoman

Need more space? The lid of this storage ottoman lifts to hold pool floats, pillows and citronella candles. It’s also sturdy enough to double as a table, providing a great place to set your snacks while you chat.


outdoor storage solutions

Wicker Chest

This beautiful wicker chest adds seating to your space, while the lid lifts to tuck away cushions, blankets and more. No one will guess it’s hiding a mess.

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Storage Caddy

Roll the party over here! This handy float caddy keeps everything for your pool tidy and contained. And it blends in with your outdoor décor.

Finding the Perfect Outdoor Sectional

Making summer memories is easy when you cozy up in an outdoor sectional. Perfect for the patio or deck, a sectional offers plenty of room to stretch out and relax or entertain a group of friends. A sectional offers a sleek, streamlined look to your seating group, giving your space an effortless, casual feel. And sectionals are an important trend for summer decor.

Before you shop, measure your space to see what size you can accommodate. Here are three types of outdoor sectionals and the kinds of spaces they best accommodate:


A Classic L-Shaped Sectional

Much like a sofa and loveseat, the classic L-shaped sectional seats three, four or five comfortably, depending on its size. Simple and sleek, it works well on any size patio or deck and provides a great spot for having conversations. The Lennox L-Shaped Sectional can also be used with a table to double as a dining space.


A Curved Sectional

A modern and hip option is the curved sectional, which is a great choice for a large patio. With no corners, this sectional can seat more people. And it gives everyone a great view of the focal point, such as your back yard or a fire pit. The Soho III Curved Sectional also makes a statement with its vibrant blue cushions.


A U-Shaped Sectional

Finally, a U-shaped sectional, like the Stannis Sectional, creates a cozy, intimate space that draws everyone into the conversation. It requires the most amount of room and is best for large patios. Use an ottoman as a cocktail table, which can double as more seating if your party grows.