One of the things I enjoyed most as a child was the smell of my father cooking a beautiful barbeque meal in the yard. I loved the smell of hamburgers wafting through the air, and family and friends laughing and enjoying the breeze. I remember the red checkered table cloth and the wicker plate holders my mom would use under our paper plates so they wouldn't bend. I loved the way the cheese would melt over the meat. On these type of days my mother would make potato salad and serve fresh fruit. We would spend the evening sitting around the patio table, the elders drinking wine or beer and us children being allowed to have sweet tea. These are my most fond memories as a child – outdoor living.

The reason I moved to Colorado was to enjoy the outdoors more. The weather is nice almost the entire year and I find myself on the patio most days drinking my morning coffee. In the evenings I love to sit and watch the skyline turn golden while the sun sets over the mountain range. We are truly lucky to live in such a wonderful state. More and more I see people moving their lives outdoors where they can watch their children play in the grass and truly enjoy what Colorado has to offer. Colorado has some of the most beautiful and amazing summer weather, so it is no wonder that everyone is scrambling to be outside! With the blue skies and the warm weather upon us, it’s time to create your outdoor space so you can enjoy your yard and our wonderful weather. Current patio manufacturers are creating new lines of aesthetically pleasing furniture that is fashion forward while also offering astounding longevity, durability and quality.

The trend of outdoor living is here, and it is here to stay in a big way. It is no wonder the patio furniture companies have ‘stepped up their game.’ Very reputable companies are introducing fabrics like Brisa so that you can have a stress-free outdoor living space. Brisa is a marine-grade fabric that can withstand the elements of the great outdoors. It is water resistant, fade resistant, scratch resistant, breathable, and can be washed with soap or even a bleach water solution! You can hose it off wipe it down and immediately sit and enjoy. Other companies are making wicker furniture with polyethylene instead of polyurethane, which means a better UV protectant. The days of splitting and fading wicker are now over. Outdoor furniture has come a long way, so no more rust on that beautiful room setting! Outdoor furniture is now built to last – if you invest in quality and do your homework.

Creating an outdoor luxury space goes far beyond just throwing some lawn chairs out in the back yard. If you want to have a place your family will enjoy for years to come, invest in quality and items that will last for years to come. Pick colors that will enhance the look of your house, giving it a bright pop of color, or choose a color you find tranquil. Now you can have a gorgeous outdoor living space as comfortable as your indoor living space. Larrabee's Furniture + Design carries all the top brands and the highest quality. Come in and check us out. Let one of our many talented designers help you plan the outdoor space of your dreams.