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With all of the warm, sunny weather we've been enjoying lately, who wants to be inside? Personally, I love to barbecue all year round. It keeps the heat out of the kitchen — not to mention the mess — so, what could be better?

With so many well-designed barbecues on the market, it’s hard to choose. A big part of my choice was based on how it looked — the cleaner the design, the better. You don’t want a unit with so many dials and bells and whistles that it looks like the thing is going to take off to the moon. Barbecues can be an investment, so do your homework and find the unit with the right BTUs (British Thermal Unit, a basic measure of thermal energy) and appearance. After all, you will hopefully have this sucker for a while. You'll find a couple of my faves below.

Of course, once you've chosen the right barbecue, you need a beautiful outdoor space to show it off. Check out my inspiration shots below. Happy grilling!

Photo Blog June 1 Stylish Patios Barbecues Weber

This unit from Weber (Summit S-420) is gorgeous. With its streamlined design, it would fit perfectly in a modern backyard setting.

Photo Blog June 1 Stylish Patios Barbecues Sears

I love this little Paramount Folding Notebook Grill from Sears, too. It’s so cute, and so affordable ($60). It would be a super stylish barbecue if you don’t have room for a big guy. It’s also portable enough for picnics, or as an extra charcoal grill if you have a gas unit.

Photo Blog June 1 Stylish Patios Barbecues Elle Decor Table

This would be a pretty nice spot to put your feet up and have an alfresco dinner. I love the vintage mismatched chairs and simple colour palette. I imagine that we would have grilled fish at this party.

Photo Blog June 1 Stylish Patios Barbecues Elle Decor Terrace Brick

This is a little bit of heaven. I bet it’s nice and cool inside this lovely brick foundation. The iron candle bits and checked cloth are perfect. Pass the grilled veggies, please!

For more backyard and patio ideas, check out our Inspiring Backyards photo gallery.

Photo credits:
1. Summit S-420,
Weber
2. Paramount Folding Notebook Grill,
Sears
3.
Elle Decor, photography by Joshua McHugh
4.
Elle Decor, photography by Henry Bourne

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