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Top Outdoor Accessories for Fall - Fabrics, Fire Features, Lighting & Decor



Outdoor Accessories and Decorations for Fall







With its brisk air and vibrant foliage, fall is a beautiful time of year to enjoy the outdoors. By adding a few outdoor accessories and decorations, you can experience the vivid scenery and crisp weather from the comfort of your backyard patio or deck all season long.

From outdoor fabrics in rich colors to fire features that keep you warm in the cool autumn temperatures, here are some outdoor accessories and decorations that will enhance your outdoor space for fall.

Outdoor Fabrics for Fall


Summer Classics Outdoor Furniture

Photo courtesy of Summer Classics
Outdoor fabrics are used for a variety of outdoor furnishings and accessories, including patio cushions, pillows, canopies, and outdoor rugs. Available in a wide range of fabric colors, textures, and patterns, these outdoor accessories offer a quick and simple way to update the look of your patio furniture for fall.

For instance, patio cushions in brightly colored fabrics and summery designs can be swapped with outdoor cushions and pillows in warm harvest tones like pumpkin, cinnamon, sage, plum, and cranberry.

Patio with Outdoor Rug and Fall Theme
Photo courtesy of Whitecraft, Inc.; photography by CKM Photographics Inc; designed by William Herren

An outdoor rug lends seasonal impact when adorned with nature-inspired colors or designs, such as leaves, flowers, or pinecones. Additionally, a rug can establish a cozier atmosphere outdoors by defining a smaller area of the patio.

To refresh the look of your outdoor dining table for the season, make a table runner or placemats from fall-colored outdoor fabrics. Adding this small touch will help tie your patio’s fall theme together.



Patio with Outdoor Fireplace

Outdoor Fire Features for Fall


To properly update your patio or deck for fall you have to prepare for the change in weather. Outdoor heaters such as firepits, fireplaces, and patio heaters will keep you warm in the chilly autumn temperatures, as well as add a charming focal point to your backyard sitting area.

Portable outdoor fire features, including firepits, fire bowls, firepit tables, chimineas, and fireplaces, are easy to set up and come in an array of materials and styles to match your outdoor setting and décor.

While all of these fire features will lend a warm glow to your patio, some options are better suited for different climates. If you live in a mild climate region, an outdoor firepit, firepit table, or chiminea will provide sufficient heat since temperatures never drop too low. To ward off the nippy fall breezes in colder climates, an outdoor fireplace or patio heater will supply better heat coverage (patio heaters can typically heat about a 6- to 20-foot radius).



Photo courtesy of
Brandenburg Pool



Outdoor Decorations for Fall


An easy way to decorate your yard for fall is with the array of harvest items. Pumpkins, gourds, hay bales, and dried cornstalks embody the natural textures and colors of the season and can be placed around your patio or deck in a number of ways. For example, dried corn stalks can be tied to deck rails with twine; pumpkins and gourds of varying sizes, colors, and shapes can be arranged in a corner of the patio or scattered along the top of deck rails; bales of hay can be positioned throughout your outdoor space to serve as a rustic touch as well as additional seating or tables during outdoor gatherings.

Outdoor Decorations for Fall_Pumpkins & Gourds
Photo courtesy of EASYdesigns (www.easydesigns.biz); photography by Elisabeth Secocky

Additionally, an assortment of fall blooms such as chrysanthemums, pansies, carnations, violas, and alstroemerias can be planted in containers or hanging baskets and dotted around your patio or deck. 



Outdoor Patio Lighting for Fall

As the days get shorter, outdoor lighting will keep your patio well lit so you can stay outside on a crisp fall day well into the evening. Some deck and patio lighting ideas include outdoor tabletop lanterns, chandeliers, and string patio lights. These outdoor lighting fixtures serve both function and style by illuminating sitting areas and adding autumnal charm to the patio landscape.

Outdoor Patio Lighting for Fall
Photo courtesy of Environmental Landscape Associates

Outdoor lamps that look like their indoor counterparts are another lighting option and can make your patio feel just as warm and inviting as your interior rooms.

For added safety, install outdoor lighting on steps, walkways, and along the edges of your patio or deck so you and your guests can carefully navigate the area when darkness settles in.




Deck & Patio Lighting Ideas

By Debra Maurer


To get the most use out of your deck or patio, install outdoor lighting that is both welcoming and effective. Here are a few ideas:


Outdoor lighting pergola deck night Trex
• On covered patios, install recessed lighting with dimmer switches, a fan with lights, or a chandelier.

• Replace deck post finials with solar LED lamps; they provide a decorative accent during the day and light up the deck’s perimeter at night.

• Recessed deck lighting, set into the deck’s surface, also helps to create a border around the space. 

• Add outdoor lights under railings and benches to guide guests to cozy seating areas.

• Hang string lights around arbors, pergolas, and canopies for a fun and enchanted feeling. Some umbrellas even come with LED string lights on the spokes, illuminating the space beneath them. 

• Add a unique touch with planters that glow from within. Available in solar- and electric-powered, place several of these planters around your deck to serve two purposes in one.

• Standing patio lamps provide a “walk-in-the-park” kind of charm. These consist of a tall post with a weighted base and can have several globe or traditional lanterns at the top.

For a list of outdoor lighting companies and resources, visit our Outdoor Lighting Buyers' Guide. To find resources for deck products and materials, visit our Decks Buyers' Guide.

Photo courtesy of Trex Company

5 Fabulous Outdoor Fans

Outdoor Ceiling Fans







By Patti Plummer

Feel a cool summer breeze whenever you like with an outdoor fan. These outdoor fixtures have become popular accessories for covered patios, decks, and gazebos and come in an array of materials and designs, including traditional, tropical, and modern.


Here are 5 outdoor ceiling fans to enhance the style of your favorite outdoor living space:


Sound the Fanfare


Brisa 2000 Copper Outdoor Fan



The Brisa 2000’s distinctive design utilizes the movement of the select mahogany blades and a lunar counterweight to gently orbit around the spherical gear housing. When the metal blades are ordered with the protective powder coating, the fan is UL listed for damp locations. Call 847-680-9043 for more information.












Fantasy Island
Raindance Tropical Ceiling Fan



Full of romance, the Raindance Tropical Ceiling Fan with Arbor 100 Blades is also durable and perfect for non-roofed or roofed locations. Able to withstand the elements, the heavy-duty iron 58-inch non-warp blades are available in dark walnut, cherry, maple, whitewash, and oak. $460, www.californiafancompany.com








Fantastic Voyage

Magellan Contemporary Outdoor Fan


Sleek and sophisticated in style, the Magellan is made of brushed nickel with a wet finish and is UL listed for wet and damp locations. Featuring five 60-inch silver sail blades and a lightshade done in frosted seeded glass, this fan is the perfect complement to any contemporary outdoor room. $720, www.minkagroup.net









We’re a Fan

Stella Outdoor Fan_Modern Fan




The Stella features a unique bee-hive design and cylindered lampshade. Blades come in 42- and 52-inch sizes and can be finished in either mahogany (shown), maple, or black. UL listed for damp locations, this fan can be controlled by a handheld remote, which is sold separately. $545, www.modernfan.com









A Fan for All Seasons

Prairie Fan_Outdoor Ceiling Fan



Reminiscent of the beautiful windows designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Prairie Fan features hand-assembled stained glass panels in a historic frame and is UL listed for damp locations. The 42- and 52-inch blades come in white, maple, mahogany, and nickel while lamping options include halogen and energy-saving compact florescent. ­$480, www.periodarts.com













5 Areas to Improve with Outdoor Lighting


Outdoor lighting enhances your backyard’s ambiance, improves the functionality of your space, and ensures that the perimeter of your pool and the rest of your backyard remain safe for family and guests to walk around.


Take a look at these 5 great ideas for improving outdoor lighting around your home.

The Grilling Area: Outdoor Grill Lights

Grill Lights and Outdoor Lighting for GrillsTask lighting is essential for gauging cooking times. The best option to go with is a flexible grill light designed to be weather-resistant. You can even find battery-powered models if you are short on outdoor electrical outlets. In terms of installation types, you will find a variety of options:

  • - Clip-on grill lights are the most portable, but tend to be the least sturdy.
  • - Clamp-on grill lights are typically more durable than clip-on light fixtures because the clamp screws right onto your grill shelf. screws on easily to your grill shelf, so the light fixture can be moved relatively without problems.
  • - Fixed-mount grill lights are other option that are installed on your grill permanently. The fixed-mount installation is the most seamless, with the light fixture directly affixed to the top of your grill shelf.


Photos courtesy of Kichler Lighting



Outdoor Lighting for Dining Areas

The Dining Area: Outdoor Hanging Lights


When it comes to outdoor lighting for dining areas, soft, intimate lighting helps set the scene for relaxed dinners with family and friends that extend into the evening—and a little light goes a long way. You can scatter candles across the table, arrange a few battery-operated outdoor lanterns, or hang an outdoor candelabra. Remember to use drip catchers (also called bobeches) for any suspended candles.









Photo courtesy of Kichler Lighting



Outdoor Lighting for Stairs - Recessed LightingThe Stairs: Outdoor Step Lights

 

Recessed lighting on stairs adds both safety and style to stairways. These light fixtures are easy to install and come in a variety of designs and colors to match the style of your outdoor space.

Color-changing LED step light kits are one option. You can control the mode of these lights using a remote control. For a party atmosphere, you might want to set the step lights to bright, fast-changing colors. On a quiet night, you can create a calming vibe with a slow display of more subdued colors.



Photo courtesy of Trex Company




The Deck/Railings: Outdoor Deck Post Lights

Outdoor Lighting for Decks and RailingsCreating an outline with string lights or rope lights is a classic option. You can also install lights on the deck’s post caps and railing.

Another option to consider is light fixtures with “photocells,” which will enable automatic turn-on at dusk and turn-off at dawn. Photocells are sensors that detect light. When the sun goes down, they will sense that light levels are declining and signal for the light fixture to turn on. Photocells are often incorporated into solar lights, but they are also available in battery-powered and hardwired lights.




Photos courtesy of Kichler Lighting


Outdoor Recessed Lighting for Patio Surfaces and Decks The Patio Surface: Recessed Lighting

 

Did you know that many recessed lighting kits for stairs can also be installed right into the flooring of decks or patios? Believe it or not, it’s a relatively easy weekend project, and a unique alternative to conventional landscape lighting.

To install recessed lighting, you will first wire the lights together and connect them to an LED driver that will power the lighting system. Once they are wired, you will drill small one- inch holes in the deck or patio and simply push the lights in—they will be secured automatically with spring clips.







Photos courtesy of Kichler Lighting



About the Author: Emily Widle is a blogger for Pegasus Lighting, an online retailer that sells a wide selection of outdoor step lights for the home, among other unique lighting products.




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Outdoor Holiday & Winter Decor Ideas

Festive Ways to Decorate Your Yard for the Holidays




Deborah Silver & Co.



Take your backyard winter landscape from drab to fab by adding festive touches that celebrate the winter holiday season.

We’ve put together some easy and creative ideas for decorating your backyard with seasonal flair—after all, you can still enjoy the view of your backyard in the winter.






Photo courtesy of Deborah Silver & Co.|Detroit Garden Works



Trim Trees and Shrubs

Deborah Silver & Co. String white or colored lights around trees and shrubs to add a bit of glitz and glamour or create a warm glow by placing white, green, red, or winter blue spotlights under bushes.

Add Old-World charm by hanging battery- or solar-powered lanterns on tree branches at varying heights.

Decorate trees with plastic/outdoor ornaments or place holiday-hued gazing globes at the foot of trees for color and sparkle.

Tie bows of red ribbon around tree trunks and branches or wrap ribbon around box-shaped bushes to make them look like presents.

Attract birds by creating bird seed ornaments:

    1. Gather pine cones that are fairly open and tie a string or thin ribbon around the base of each pine cone.
    2. Spread peanut butter inside the pine cones and around the edges.
    3. Roll pine cone around on a plate of birdseed until the peanut butter is covered with seeds.
    4. Use the string to the attach the pine cones to tree branches.





      Deck the Patio & Fence
      Foegley Landscape, Inc.
      Drape garland made out of hardy evergreens like cedar, cypress, and euonymus over patio doors and deck/fence posts. Add berries, pine cones, and twigs for texture and color.

      Outline the perimeter of your patio or fence with festive pathway markers such as snowflakes, candy canes, stars, or giant Christmas bulbs.




      Photo courtesy of Foegley Landscape, Inc.



      Deborah Silver & Co. Make outdoor furniture part of your display by arranging string lights or garland over the backs of chairs and down the center of the table.

      Brighten a barren patio with colorful winter containers. Use boughs of evergreens (such as red or yellowtwig dogwood, pine, and fir), poinsettias, winterberry holly, reindeer moss, fruit, hydrangea blooms, and dried eucalyptus. And of course don’t forget to add twinkle lights!<






                Adorn Outdoor Structures


                Foegley Landscape, Inc. Wrap the poles and beams of an arbor, pergola, or gazebo with twinkling lights to create a dazzling winter wonderland once the snow arrives.

                Hang glittery snowflake decorations (sold at craft stores) or large Christmas balls from pergola beams or gazebo railings at varying lengths for interest and ambiance.
                 
                Add holiday spirit to an outdoor shed or pool house by hanging a wreath or swag on the door, filling window boxes with boughs of evergreens, pinecones, and berries, and adding lights to the roof. You can even add a wooden sign by the door that says “Santa’s Workshop.”

                Turn your gazebo into a gift-giving showpiece by placing a decorated Christmas tree in the center.

                Bring the indoors out by placing a wreath above an outdoor fireplace or hanging stockings made of outdoor fabric from the mantel.
                Photo courtesy of Foegley Landscape, Inc.

4 Ways to Extend Your Outdoor Living Season

Four Products That Extend Outdoor Living




The Outdoor GreatRoom Company


The arrival of fall means the days are getting shorter, the nights are growing longer, and the weather is beginning to cool down in many areas of the country. But your time spent outdoors doesn’t have to end. Enjoy your backyard well into the fall season by adding one or several of these items to your outdoor space:


1. Fire Features –
Outdoor fireplaces and firepits bring the warmth and ambiance of your living room to your backyard, creating a cozy place for your family and friends to gather on a chilly fall night. An outdoor fireplace is permanently installed as either a stand-alone structure or built into an existing wall. It can be surrounded with brick, stucco, stone, or concrete to complement the architectural style of your home and can use wood, natural gas, or propane for fuel.


Firepits
range from a permanent pit in the ground enclosed by brick or concrete to a portable bowl-shaped structure made of metal. Firepits can use wood or natural gas to create a controlled bonfire in your backyard.

(Note: Be sure to check with your local municipality office before adding a fireplace or firepit to your backyard. There may be regulations regarding the type of fireplace you can have or the type of fuel that can be used.)

For a list of firepit companies and resources, visit our Outdoor Heaters & Firepits Buyers' Guide.



2. Outdoor Heaters
– Outdoor heaters radiate a pleasant circle of heat so you can relax or dine al fresco amid the vivid fall foliage. Tall, freestanding patio heaters with an umbrella-style top are the most common type of outdoor heater. They’re often used at restaurants with outdoor seating, but these are also available for at-home use. They operate on natural gas, propane, or electricity and can heat an area of up to 20 feet in diameter. Though made of stainless steel, these heaters are available in several different finishes—including bronze, copper, black powder coat, and custom paint—to fit the style of any deck or patio.

Tabletop heaters
are a smaller version of the traditional freestanding units and come in a variety of finishes and designs including decorative styles that look like lamps. Available as gas or electric units, tabletop heaters provide a heat radius of up to 8 feet and work well for patios with small outdoor seating/dining areas. 

 
Wall-mounted patio heaters are typically powered by electricity and concentrate heat in a small area using infrared technology. Though limited in style, a wall-mounted heater works well for small decks and patios because it doesn’t occupy floor space. Most patio heaters feature manual heat adjusters and an automatic shut-off that turns off the heater when it reaches a set temperature.

(Note: Outside heaters are not designed for indoor use. Installation of an outdoor heater must confirm to your local codes and ordinances.)



3. Gazebos
– Another way to extend the season is with a gazebo. Gazebos create a beautiful focal point in your backyard and provide an inviting place to relax with your coffee on a crisp autumn morning or host a tailgate party with your closest friends. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials, including wood, vinyl, and metal. Though gazebos are traditionally open-sided structures, newer models allow for removable vinyl or plexiglass windows that extend their use in cooler weather by offering protection from chilly winds. Window options range from simple roll-down  vinyl panels that are fastened to the gazebo’s wall posts with Velcro to track-style vinyl or plexiglass window panels in an aluminum frame that mount to the wall sections of the gazebo.




4. Lighting
– As the days get shorter, proper lighting will keep you and your guests out of the dark on lovely fall evenings. Place path lights along walkways, driveways, and other small areas of your backyard to provide an illuminated route to your patio or deck. Add both beauty and function by lighting up the perimeter of you deck with lantern-style solar LED post lights. If you have a covered patio or gazebo, try hanging a wrought-iron chandelier or string lights for sparkle and ambiance.

Photo courtesy of The Outdoor GreatRoom® Company




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