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3 Wood Grills & Charcoal Grills You Should Be Looking At

Posted by Doug Sanicola on Thu, Feb 06, 2014 @ 06:25 PM

There is no mistaking the smokey flavor that comes from grilling with wood or charcoal.

Brands like the Big Green Egg, Fornetto, and Memphis have gained a reputation for being the best wood and charcoal grills in their class. But without getting to touch the metal or test how it cooks, it is hard to pick out which one is the best fit for you. 

So get your research done and check out the three best wood & charcoal grills on the market to see which one is the most deserving of a spot in your backyard.

1) The Big Green Egg

Big Green Egg

The Big Green Egg is a modern ceramic marvel known for producing amazing culinary results for novice and experts alike for over thirty years.

The Big Green Egg stands alone as the most versatile barbecue or outdoor cooking product on the market, with more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined.

It has the ability to be used as a grill, oven or a smoker. From appetizers to entrees to desserts, the Big Green Egg will exceed all of your expectations for culinary perfection… and with five sizes to choose from, there is a Big Green Egg to fit any lifestyle!

Large Green Egg

The biggest green egg of them all provides a cooking area that can easily accommodate meals for large families and cookouts with all your friends – and you can efficiently prepare several meals over the coals at once.

Ready to serve up fourteen rack of ribs, twenty-four burgers or a couple of holiday turkeys with all the trimmings? No problem!

This is definitly the grill you will want to take a closer look at to see what makes it the most saught after grill on the market right now.

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2) Fornetto


With features you'd expect to see on indoor oven, Fornetto products raise the bar on wood fired cooking and cooking outdoors.

Featuring solid cast iron doors, stainless steel oven interiors and separate fire chamber, the Fornetto ovens offer a safe and easy way of creating authentic pizzas, amazing roast meats, baked breads, pasta and deserts or smoking an endless variety of food in your own backyard on patio.

The Fornetto Oven & Smoker

The Fornetto has an oven capacity of 61.2 litres or 16.2 gallons. Fully lined in stainless steel, and with its ceramic pizza stone and adjustable sliding wire shelves you can cook an array of dishes easily.

There are no limits to what you can cook in your wood fired oven. Whatever you can cook in the oven in your kitchen you can do in your Fornetto. Truly! The difference is the amazing flavours that only authentic wood fired cooking brings to every dish.

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3) Memphis Wood Fire Grills

Memphis Grill

Memphis Grills continue to revolutionize outdoor cooking! Memphis Wood Fire Grills are 3-in-1 Outdoor Cooking Centers.

They combine the following wood-fired appliances: High-Temperature Grill, Low ‘n’ Slow Smoker, High Performance Convection Oven. Superior craftsmanship, versatile capabilities, and advanced Intelligent Temperature Control (ITC) truly put Memphis in a class of its own.

Memphis Elite

Big, bold, and made in the USA, the Memphis Elite wood pellet grill is the ultimate addition to any outdoor kitchen.

With a whopping 1252 sq. inches of cooking surface, a large 24 lb. pellet hopper, dual metal convection fans, and precise temperature control capable of anything from 180° to 700°, the Memphis Elite is truly a revolutionary cooking appliance.

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Try One Out

You can do hours of research online, but when it comes to grills, you really need to get your hands on it in order to decide if it's the right one for your backyard.

Come into Outdoor Elegance in La Verne and check out our entire inventory of outdoor kitchens. We carry all the names you trust including of course Big Green Egg, Fornetto, and Memphis.


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Top 5 Outdoor Professional Gas Grills

Posted by Doug Sanicola on Thu, Feb 06, 2014 @ 12:30 PM

Have you found your love for outdoor cooking? How often do you cook on your outdoor gas grill? The average American will use their grill 2-3 times a week, often more frequently in summer months.

Maybe you are starting to realize that your old barbecue just doesn't burn as hot or consistent as it used to. A grill is not just a cooking tool for your backyard. Your grill is the centerpiece of your outdoor kitchen, which shows you have dedication and pride in your home. Most importantly, your outdoor kitchen is a place to catch up and laugh with family or friends and enjoy cooking great BBQ.


Gas Grills

Gas grills are the top selling BBQ in America. They stand alone in consistency and convenience. For those last minute dinners we throw together after work, gas grills heat up in just a few minutes and many now include a push start lighter.

Clean up is a breeze too! Simply turn the heat on high to burn off any excess grease and scrape the grill with a metal brush.

The two options for fueling outdoor gas grills are propane and natural gas. Both natural gas and propane offer a consistent, hot and clean burn for an affordable price. 

The knock on gas grills is that you miss out on the smoke and flavors of a charcoal grill. However, gas grills now offer grill additions such as a smoke box, that creates the natural smoke and flavors of a charcoal or wood smoker. Other extensions include a warming drawer, stove burners, and rotisserie attachments. 

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Many brands offer storage carts with wheels making the grills mobile and easy to move around. 

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Now that you have have an understanding of gas grills, listed in Alphabetical order are the top grills gas has to offer.


Top 5 Gas Brands

1) Alfresco

Alfresco is a restaurant-inspired appliance and accessory collection. Prominent commercial client restaurants include chefs Jean George, Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck. 
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2) Fire Magic

Made right here in America and based out of Los Angeles, Fire Magic has 77 years of experience making professional grills. 
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3) Lynx

Lynx has been manufacturing quality stainless steel gas grills for 18 years. Lynx offers their Professional Grill in five models (built-in and free standing), ranging in size from 27 to 54 inches. 

Lynx Gas Grill & accessories

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4) Twin Eagles

In 2005, Twin Eagles introduced it's first line of grills and appliances. Twin Eagles has used their past experience in the professional cooking appliance industry to refine and perfect their grills and appliances to ensure exceptional design, construction and performance.

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5) Viking

Viking brought professional cooking appliances to the home. Viking was started and still manufactures in Greenwood, Mississippi. Today Viking is one of the premier manufactures of home appliances and outdoor kitchen products. 

Viking Outdoor Kitchen

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What did you learn?

  1. Gas BBQ's are the top selling grill in America. 
  2. Gas grills heat up in minutes and are easy to clean.
  3. Propane and natural gas burn clean.
  4. Gas grills offer many additions, like the smoke box to add extra flavors.

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The 7 Most Durable Outdoor Furniture Frames

Posted by Doug Sanicola on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 @ 06:50 PM

Have you been wanting to create your perfect outdoor space but don't know which outdoor furniture brands you can trust? 

Today inexperienced retailers are selling outdoor furniture with minimal information about the product. Even some grocery and hardware stores are selling outdoor furniture now. People with little knowledge of the product or outdoor furniture industry are telling you their product will, "last for years." 

This may be your second time around buying a furniture set in the last few years wondering, will my next set last? Am I wasting money on a product that I will have to replace in two or three years? What type of frame material is the most durable?

We are here to guide you and help you understand outdoor furniture better! Keep reading for a better understanding of the top outdoor furniture frames and brands!

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 7 Strongest Outdoor Furniture Frames


Choosing the right frame material is the most important thing to consider when buying outdoor furniture. It will determine how durable the furniture can be and how long it will last.

Think of outdoor furniture as an investment. Do you want your furniture set lasting two years or be the last set you'll purchase? Listed below are the strongest and most reliable frames outdoor furniture has to offer.

  1. Aluminum
  2. Cast Aluminum
  3. Wrought Aluminum
  4. Wood
  5. Stainless steel
  6. Wicker (Woven)
  7. Wrought Iron


Traditional Frames


Naturally beautiful, wood gives a comfortable feeling to any outdoor space. However, wood requires refinish and maintenance every two years minimum to maintain the color and protective finish. 

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Jensen Leisure, Ipe Wood Sunset Capri Hi DiningLifetime= 8-13 years.

 Wicker (Woven)

Wicker furniture is light weight and relatively durable. Woven from natural materials and PVC, these lightweight frames are also easy to move around. Woven frames offers the look and warmth of natural wicker and the durablity of an aluminum furniture. 

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Lane Venture, Wicker (Woven) Harbor Breeze, Lifetime= 10-15 years.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel offers a modern style to any outdoor space. Stainless steel offers a modern style to any outdoor space. Prov as a superior outdoor material, it has found its way into outdoor furniture with amazing results. With its resistance to corrosion and oxidation, it makes an excellent choice.

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Stainless Steel Furniture Set, Lifetime=20+ years.

Wrought Iron

Wrought Iron is one of the most durable and longest lasting type of outdoor furniture available, many times lasting decades. Truly an investment that keeps on giving, wrought iron furniture is also the heaviest frame. 

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O.W. Lee'sWrought Iron San CristobalLifetime= 25+ years.

Aluminum Frames 

Aluminum is the most common type of outdoor furniture frame material. Aluminum is a light weight and durable metal. Perfect for outdoor furniture and is the least expensive type of furniture frame to make because of an abundance of aluminum. There are three main types of aluminum outdoor furniture frames to consider, , cast and wrought aluminum. 



Aluminum provides comparable durablity to cast and wrought aluminum but usually with a more attractive price point.


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Brown Jordan, Aluminum Parkway, Lifetime= 20+ years.

Cast Aluminum

This frame material is heavier and more design oriented than aluminum. The only difference is that the molten aluminum is poured into a cast mold, allowing for intricate designs and shapes that would otherwise not be possible to make. Standard aluminum outdoor furniture is usually hollow, unlike cast aluminum that is slightly heavier but denser and more durable.

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Hanamint, Cast Aluminum Grand Tuscany Dining, Lifetime= 15+ years.

Wrought Aluminum

Wrought Aluminum is bent and manipulated into shape and reinforced over and over. Wrought aluminum offers similar design characteristics as it's wrought iron counterpart. This would be a great option if you want the iron look but live in a more coastal area.

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O.W. Lee, Wrought Aluminum Gios Collection, Lifetime= 20+ Years.

Choosing a furniture set can be overwhelming. Hopefully you now have a better understanding of outdoor furniture frames so you can ask you retailer, designer or self the right questions to create your dream backyard!
Before you take that next step, download our Free Outdoor Furniture Buying Guide below for more helpful furniture tips!
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Before You Entertain.. Decide What Modern Heater Fits Your Patio?

Posted by Doug Sanicola on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 @ 07:00 PM


Are you planning on opening up your doors to family and friends this New Year? Creating spaces for your guests to gather is important for a couple reasons. If you have snacks, drinks and a warm spot to sit down you have accomplished the first step to a great night. Setting the stage for a long night of conversation, laughing and story telling under the star filled California night. Outdoor heaters are designed to extend the life of your outdoor space or patio. How do you know what type of heater is best for your backyard? There are two modern outdoor heaters to consider when entertaining family, friends or guests. 

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Standing Heaters

Standing heaters are mobile and can be easily moved around which makes last minute changes to your big night simple. There are a variety of types of standing heaters, some with higher temperature outputs than others. Lava Heat heaters, like the three bellow with cylinder heat sources, give off minimal heat but are very popular in Los Angeles restaurants, homes and will be the hit of your party. Patio Comfort Heaters are not as mesmerizing to look at as Lava Heat but give off much more heat. 

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Patio Comfort Heaters

Quick Facts for Patio Comfort Standing Heaters
  • Heats 10-15 foot radius
  • Matchless ignition system
  • Natural gas or Propane tank (5 gallon)
  • Has wheels and moves around easily
  • Pre-assembled

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Hanging Heaters

One of the benefits of hanging heaters is that they do not take up floor space. Standing heaters have just about a foot in diameter base. While this is not much wasted area, the idea of hanging the heaters out of reach of any small children or animals is a plus. Hanging heaters radiate consistent heat and are powered electronically. 

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Major Brands of Hanging heaters

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I hope this will help your next night with family and friends one to remember. Find us local to Southern California areas, Orange County, Los Angeles, Pasadena and San Bernardino Valley area. Check out our Mobile Website Here! For more free backyard design ideas and inspiration download your free copy of 101 Examples of Outdoor Elegance. 


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4 Outdoor Heaters To Warm Up Your Backyard

Posted by Doug Sanicola on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 @ 08:52 PM


Tis the season for long nights outside with loved ones gathered around the fire.

Temperatures are dropping and gone are the days of sitting outside on long summer warm nights. Fire pits, heaters and fireplaces are great ways to extend the use of your patio by warming up your backyard this holiday season.

Whether you are entertaining or relaxing with friends and family, these additions not only provide a warm place to gather around, but serve as the focal point in your backyard design scheme

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Choose a Type of Heater

There are four main products to consider that will warm up your backyard. Having just one or all of these products depends on the amount of space you are trying to heat.

  • Free Standing Heaters
  • Hanging Heaters
  • Fireplace
  • Fire Pit


A fire pit or fireplace is always where you should start. The size of a fireplace or fire pit makes it something to build around. These two products naturally become the center piece of your backyarda place to gather aroundkeep warm and catch up with family or friends.

Heaters that can be moved easier like standing or hanging heaters, are more versatile in a sense that you can move them if the location does not end up working. These types of heaters both have key qualities to fit your any type of outdoor space. Keep reading to find out which fits you! 


Plan a Location

Do you want your outdoor heater to be the centerpiece of your backyard?

Will you use this spot to entertain year round?

Is it just a warm spot to spend time outdoors?

Choosing a location is all about fitting your lifestyle. For example, do you enjoy entertaining? If so, then you may want your outdoor heater to be the center piece of your backyard to gather guests around.

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Four Outdoor Heating Products


Free Standing Heaters

Free standing heaters are versatile and convenient because they are mobile.

No matter the size or shape, free standing heaters can all be moved. Some easier than others, but usually will include a portable wheel kit.

Another great quality most standing heaters have is an all weather top. So no matter where you live, the elements do not effect the heat output.

This enables you to use your patio space in any weather or any time of the year. 

Here are a few all weather and portable free standing heaters from Patio Comfort Heaters.


Lava Heat Italia

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Hanging Heaters 

Hanging Heaters are very popular in today's best designed restaurants and homes for a couple reasons. They give off great consistent heat and do not take up any space on your patio. Hanging heaters are great for people who do not want to clutter their space.

These heaters are fueled by gas or electricity, and are safe for indoor or outdoor spaces. There are many different sizes, styles and brands to choose from when it comes to hanging heaters.

Bromic and Twin Eagles heaters are a great place to start when trying to get an idea of what heater is right for your outdoor or indoor space. 


Bromic Heaters

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Fire Pits

No longer are home owners satisfied with a deck and barbecue. Today fire pits are preferred in majority of homes in Southern California.

Having family, friends or guests gather and make hours of memories in your backyard is what is so attractive about having a fire pit. Many of today's fire pits run off natural gas or propane. Both are very affordable and provide high temperature outputs. 

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Recommended Product

O.W. Lee Casual Fireside

O.W. Lee is the leader in designing and manufacturing luxury outdoor fire pits. O.W. Lee's continued dedication to design and innovation in the fire pit industry is recognized nation wide. O.W. Lee Casual Fireside Collection has many styles and designs to fit your backyard. 

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Fireplaces require a bit more of a commitment than a fire pit because fireplaces are not mobile. Once you build a fireplace there is no moving it somewhere else, it must become a focal point of your outdoor space. Fireplaces built by a experienced hardscaper are works of art and can add that Wow factor to your backyard.


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Fireplaces are a great way to make a statement when entertaining. The addition of a little fire in your backyard or patio creates a modern and adventurous feel to any outdoor space.

Take a look at some of my favorite fireplaces

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What did you learn? 

When considering these four products to heat up your outdoor space, you should group them into two categories.

Fireplace/Fire Pits and Hanging Heaters/Free Standing Heaters.

All have their advantages but depending on your outdoor space's desired style and size some outdoor heating products may be less effective than others.

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Gas or Charcoal Grill This Holiday Season?

Posted by Doug Sanicola on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 @ 06:53 PM

The Holidays are here and it is the perfect time to bring out your grill and barbecue great food for friends and family!

Traditional dishes like honey glazed ham, prime rib, pork loin, beef brisket, turkey or ribs make for great holiday entrées. Cooking these dishes properly is key to a successful holiday meal and the grill you use can make all the difference.

There are a couple pros and cons to consider when deciding between a gas or charcoal grill to cook your holiday feast.

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Gas Grills

Gas grills are the top selling grills in America for a couple reasons.

First, gas grills are convenient, efficient and heat up to cooking temperature in minutes. Second, natural gas or propane is very affordable and available.

Gas grills also have a quicker transition time from temperature to temperature giving you better control of your heat. The knock on gas grills is that they do not put out the same balance of heat as a charcoal grill. The radiant heat that comes off coals is a much hotter and balanced burn.

However, there are grill plate inserts you can install into your gas grill, that are heated by the gas flame and radiate just as much heat as coals. 

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Charcoal Grills

Cooking on a charcoal grill is all about the experience of fine grilling. Charcoal is wood that has been burned slowly in the absence of oxygen.

Wood produces high, steady temperatures that burn for long periods of time. Nothing compares to the flavors and tastes that are locked into your meat when cooking on a Charcoal grill or smoker. The high radiant heat given off by the charcoal encases the flavors and juices tenderizing your meat.

However, charcoal requires more attention to the temperature than a gas grill because of the high radiating heat. Cooking on a charcoal grill is about the quality of the finished product, not how fast it was prepared. 

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Here are four recipes for cooking your turkey on a Big Green Egg.


Nothing beats filling the neighborhood air with the unmistakeable mouthwatering aroma that says someone in the neighborhood is cooking something great.  

The majority of households own a gas grill, but more and more BBQ experts are choosing charcoal grills. Adding a Charcoal smoker like the Big Green Egg to your outdoor kitchen or patio gives you versatility in how your food tastes. 

Which grill do you prefer? Are you going to make the switch? Let us know in the comments below.

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5 Tips To Create Your Dream Backyard

Posted by Doug Sanicola on Wed, Nov 06, 2013 @ 05:10 PM

Do you dream about extending your home's style into your yard? I am here to show you how you can get started on your outdoor room today!

What is an outdoor room? It could be an entertainment spot for friends and family, outdoor kitchen and bar or even your own personal garden escape.

Whatever you decide to use your outdoor space for, this post will help ensure it matches your home's design and your family's lifestyle.

From project start to it's completion, here are five ideas to help you create your dream backyard!


1.Visualizing Your Backyard

Spend some time getting familiar with the all the available spaces available in your backyard.

Start by cleaning out your backyard; removing all plants, tools and unnecessary storage. Next, decide what you'd like to include and what you need in the space you have cleared.

Working with a small space? Something as simple as a corner fountain and bar set can create an inviting, relaxing outdoor space. 


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2. Decide What Is Important To You

Make a list of the outdoor products and accessories you'd like to include in your yard.

Ask yourself, "what is my backyard missing?" What do you enjoy doing in your home that would be more enjoyable outside? A couple of examples are cooking, reading, socializing, and exercising.

  • Outdoor Kitchen & Bar

  • Comfortable Furniture

  • Lighting & Candles

  • Entertainment (Music & TV)

  • Heaters, Fireplaces or Fire Pits

  • Fountains & Statuary

  • Landscaping

top outdoor space products

 Water fountain wall, deep seating furniture and fireplace

3. Use Hardscaping

Hardscaping can be anything from a brick pathway through your garden to a wood deck or concrete stained patio. Doing this can add structure and privacy to your outdoor space no matter what size backyard you have to work with.

Hardscaping and it's trade are considered to be works of art. Be sure to choose a experienced, highly-recommended hardscaper because their work will act an outline or skeleton for your outdoor space.

Here are a couple of beautiful hardscaping examples!


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Stone pathways and gazebos are very popular, adding a nice touch to any backyard! 


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A concrete path with a strip of bricks can add structure to your outdoor spaces.

4. Create Your Own Rules

This is your space, it can be anything you want it to be. You should forget conventional layouts or designs and start creating your own rules.

Who says your backyard can not be as comfortable as your living room? Don't be afraid of putting comfortable, deep seating furniture outside.

Some people believe the common misconception that this kind of furniture can quickly deteriorate outside. However, when you purchase quality outdoor furniture it is not difficult to find both comfort and durability.

Some less than practical ideas:

  • Water fountain wall

  • Outdoor wet bar

  • Unique lighting (tiki torches)

  • Creative lawn art and statues

  • Vegetable & fruit gardens

  • Rock or meditation garden

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 Relaxing afternoon bay side on a wicker deep seating patio furniture set.

5. Create A Covered Area

Stay shaded and protect your outdoor room from mother nature with a gazebo, umbrella or awning. Even hot sunny California weather needs some moderation. 

Covered areas can be a spot to entertain, read a book or even be the center piece of your backyard.

Four reasons covering your outdoor space is important:

  1. Covered areas will extend the life of your furniture's color and fabric.

  2. With the right color and style you can add to the appeal of your backyard.

  3. Save energy by shading your deck or windows in the summer. 

  4. It increases the time you can use your backyard. Rain or shine, use your covered outdoor space anytime of the year.

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I hope you've enjoyed these five ideas to help you create your dream backyard and have found some inspiration along the way!

Download a FREE copy of our latest idea book below and discover 101 beautiful outdoor spaces to inspire your own.

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20 Inspiring Outdoor Spaces

Posted by Doug Sanicola on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 @ 04:12 PM

Do you love spending time outside? Then your outdoor living space is probably your favorite "room" in your home. 

Our experts here at Outdoor Elegance Patio Design Center put together this collection of 20 outdoor spaces to help you visuzlize and create the outdoor space you have always dreamed about.

Want to download the entire collection? Get it right here >>



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Essential Guide To Buying Outdoor Furniture

Posted by Doug Sanicola on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 @ 11:44 AM

Have you been dreaming about creating your perfect outdoor space? Before you spend any more time or money it is important you understand all of your options. 

What type of frame fits your style? How comfortable should my furniture to be? How long will it last? And the questions go on...

In this essential guide to buying outdoor furniture we will answer those questions and more!


1) Choosing A Frame

The frame of your outdoor furniture is what holds everything together and provides support when your furniture is being used.

There are a couple of different options available: aluminum, cast aluminum, stainless steel, wood, woven and wrought iron. Different choices give you the freedom to choose a design that matches your home and your style.

The frame determines how durable your patio furniture will be and how long it will last.


This is the most common type of outdoor furniture frame material. This is because aluminum is generally the least expensive of all metals which make aluminum furniture more affordable than other types. However, because it is more affordable, it doesn't last as long as other frame materials.

  • Light and easy to move
  • Does not rust
  • Low maintenance
  • More affordable
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Cast Aluminum

This frame type starts as molten aluminum and is poured into a mold, not bent into shape. This allows for intricate, unique designs that aren't possible with other frame materials. Cast aluminum will often be heavy like wrought iron.

  • Does not rust or corrode
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Features intricate designs
  • Low maintenance
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Stainless Steel

Outdoor furniture built using stainless offers a shiny or brushed chrome finish that stands out from other frames. It can be used in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Instead of focusing on intricate designs, stainless steel is used for modern patio furniture, usually complimented with glass or wood.

  • Shiny / modern finish
  • Light and easy to move
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Can sometimes show rust
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Wicker (Woven)

When built with UV protectors and woven properly, synthetic wicker furniture can be both durable and comfortable at the same time. Because of the material synthetic wicker is made from, it will not get as hot as metal patio furniture. This is a great frame type if your are looking for a more traditional design.

  • Will not get too hot
  • Difficult to tear or rip
  • UV inhibitors add durability
  • Completely weatherproof
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While wood is naturally beautiful and comes in many finishes, it does require more maintenance than other patio furniture. Wood furniture will require brightener and sealer at least once a year to maintain it's look and durability. You should avoid soft woods like redwood and cedar as they deteriorate after only a few years while teak wood is the most durable type and popular type of wood patio furniture.

  • Classic, natural look
  • Solid and sturdy 
  • Requires regular maintenance
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Wrought Iron

The most durable of all frame types is wrought iron. Because of it's weight it is very difficult to bend or break. Wrought iron furniture is usually more expensive but will last longer and have a better warranty than other materials. This frame can be used in a wide variety of designs and shapes, this is your best option if you want top notch quality and durability.

  • Sturdy and durable
  • Wide variety of designs
  • Can last 20+ years
  • Most expensive material
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2) Choosing A Style

Now that you know a little more about outdoor furniture frames, you will now learn about different patio furniture styles.


Patio furniture with cushions are most like your typical indoor furniture (some even use it as indoor furniture). It is soft to the touch and feels like a bed when you sit down. When you purchase quality cushions, they can be as durable and weather resistant as they are comfortable and inviting. 

  • Endless fabric choices
  • Most comfortable option
  • Can handle any weather
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This material is stretched tight onto the frames of your patio furniture. While not as soft as cushions, this style of patio furniture is firm and molds to the contour of your body. Slings material can be very durable and is perfect for your pool patio because of how quickly it can dry in the sun.

  • Firm and comfortable
  • Water and weather resistant
  • Easy to move and clean
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While straps are most popular among commercial patio furniture, they are not used very often for residential products. Straps are very durable but they are also the least comfortable and are prone to fading. Putting removable cushions on top of the straps can help with fading.

  • Strong and durable
  • Can add any cushions
  • Regular cleaning required
  • Should be covered during winter
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3) Choosing A Set

Now that you know a little more about your frame and style options, it is time to decide which outdoor furniture set will work best for your home!

Below is a list of the most popular sets and how they can be used.

Dining Sets

From intimate dates to large parties, you will find countless options for dining sets. Tables come in oval, round, square and rectangle shapes of all sizes, materials and finishes. Dining chairs come in two options, stationary chairs and swivel chairs. 

patio dining set


Deep Seating

If you are planning on using your outdoor space for relaxation, deep seating lounge chairs, sofas, love seats and club chairs are a great way to add that extra comfort to your home. Ottomans, coffee tables and side tables are perfect compliments to deep seating sets.

deep seating patio furniture


Bar Sets

If you have an outdoor kitchen or even just a small grill, the high seating of bar sets will allow you and your guests to enjoy your backyard and it's scenery. This is the perfect set for entertaining guests when you have people standing up and speaking with others who are sitting, just like a bar or lounge!

patio bar set


Cafe Sets

If you do not have a lot of space in your backyard, a cafe set is your best option. Usually designed to accommodate 2-4 people, you can create a comfortable, space-conscious area to entertain guests.

patio cafe set


Poolside Lounge

Using reclining chairs or chaise lounges by your pool creates a resort style setting that allows you and your guests to lay in the sun after a nice swim. Sling style furniture is the most comfortable when wearing a wet bathing suit.

poolside patio set


Chat Sets

One of the fastest growing trends in outdoor furniture is chat sets. These low seated sets are perfect for casual dining and conversations. Chat sets are usually comprised of 4 chairs and a large coffee table or a fire chat pit for extra ambiance. 

patio chat set


Great! You're now on the right track to discovering the outdoor furniture you have been dreaming about. Now it's time to do a little bit of research and find which products meet your needs and match your style.

If you have any questions about this article or the products featured, please contact us and an Outdoor Elegance expert will be happy to assist you.

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