5 Ways To Liven Up Your Patio

It’s finally heating up outside, which means more backyard barbecues and relaxing on the patio. But if your backyard isn’t exactly ready for guests, then there’s never been a better time to start remodeling and designing your space. Transforming your outdoor space can be as simple as adding a chic bistro table or as elaborate as installing a fountain. Here are five ways to level up your backyard for the summer.

Bistro Tables and Chairs

Bistro tables are perhaps one of the most versatile pieces of furniture, fitting seamlessly in the foyer, kitchen, and of course, your patio. In an outdoor setting, bistro tables provide an intimate space for an al fresco dinner or a quiet place for drinking your morning coffee. With a variety of fabrics and finishes, you’re able to choose your style: rustic, modern, industrial, coastal, etc.

Both our metal and wooden sets offer durability against many weather conditions. However, you may prefer a metal set for a more refined, modern look or wood for a warmer, more casual feel.

While bistro tables and chairs come in sets, bistro chairs can become an accent piece of their own. If you’re used to entertaining a large group of people, these chairs give a casual yet elegant feel to a long, outdoor table.

Patio Umbrellas

In theory, the summer sun beating down on you makes the season worthwhile, but in practice, it can leave you drained, burnt and seriously sweaty. A patio umbrella offers shade above your bistro table, while preventing fading, warping or overheating of metal bistro chairs.

Outdoor Area Rugs & Decorative Pillows

While you may opt for more muted décor indoors, outdoor furnishings lend themselves to bright colors, fun patterns and interesting textures. Liven up your patio with an outdoor area rug, decorative cushions, and throw pillows. Even if you choose a more understated bistro table, placing colorful pillows on your bistro chairs can add personality and comfort to your area, while giving you the freedom to change it up as frequently as you please.


Whether it’s a complete landscaping remodel with sod or a few box planters lining the deck, adding greenery can create a serene escape in the comfort of your home. Not to mention, it automatically transforms the look of your backyard. Adding a few trees provides natural shade, while making you feel more established in your home. If you start planting herbs, flowers, or veggies now, the bright colors and fruits of your labor will be waiting for you this summer.

String Lights

In the daytime, string lights create structure in your yard, forming lines and pathways to follow – but the nighttime is when these fixtures really thrive. Whether you’re having a romantic dinner for two or hosting a close group of friends for dinner and drinks, the twinkling lights help set the mood. You can also string lights throughout your newly planted trees for a whimsical, wonderland feel.

Bistro tables are a functional centerpiece to decorate around in your backyard. Whether you crave elegance, fun, or both, your bistro table offers versatility to meet your needs. No matter the size of your backyard, you can make your space larger than life with the right accessories – starting with the perfect bistro table.

Need Furniture Advice? Call Us Today!

You’ve decided to remodel your kitchen, dining room or family game room once the stay-at-home order during this global pandemic is behind us. You’re browsing furniture online now and want to know how it might work in your space. Use our tips below to help you decide on furniture that best meets your needs.

What’s Your Style?

If you’re a homeowner, investing in quality furniture that will last is a good decision. And, if you’re buying furniture to last, you’ll want to think carefully about your style.  After all, you won’t be switching it out for something else any time soon. Start by asking some questions. Are you looking for furniture to offset the bold new colors you’ve picked for the walls? Do you enjoy the natural beauty of wood or the sleek lines of metal? Also, do you have favorite furniture manufacturers?

Maybe a set of barstools is the ideal choice for additional seating at your new kitchen island and bar. You have lots of options for everything from wrought iron and other metals to wood such as oak, cherry, walnut, ash and mahogany. What’s more, styles include bar stools with a back, swivel counter stools and more. Depending on your style, you may pick something sleek and simple. On the other hand, you may want something more luxurious with a high, padded back. When it comes to barstools, you need to know how high the counter is where they’ll sit, in relation to the height of the stool.

Take Measurements

Regardless of the piece, you’ll want to consider how the new furniture will fit in the space. The only way to know how much space it will take up in the room is to take measurements of the room and compare it with the size of the furniture. Make sure you pick furniture that fits and allows plenty of room for movement. For a dining room table and chairs, for example, use the measurements of the pieces seen online and lay them out on the floor with painter’s tape to see how they would work in your space.

Determine Delivery and Set-Up

Buying furniture from a local dealer will ensure quicker delivery. Not only that, but if you need help setting it up, or putting the pieces together, you’ll have an option of adding set-up to the delivery. What this means for you is you need to add the cost of delivery and setup into your budget.

Purchase Furniture Online: Consider the Source

You want to be able to call the company and ask questions as well as get advice on your purchase. Our owners at California Stools, Bars and Dinettes are in store during normal business hours, seven days a week, at our two Bay Area locations in San Jose and Pleasant Hill and are happy to talk to you. Just give us a call!