Decorating & Design

October 10, 2014

Creating Cosy Outdoor Spaces

Fall’s gorgeous colours are more than enough motivation to brave the cooler weather — especially for those of us with outdoor spaces where we can enjoy them! It’s easy to get your patio autumn-ready with just a few smart additions; here are our three favourite ways to extend outdoor entertaining season long after summer’s beers and barbecues have been put away.

1. Provide plenty of warm cover-ups. The quickest and easiest way to overcome the rapidly cooling temperature is, of course, a blanket (or two or three). If you’re hosting an outdoor party, give your guests a choice of luxurious wraps, such as wool blankets, fleece shawls or gorgeous faux fur throws. Bundled up against the crisp air, they’ll feel like they’re on holiday in the Swiss Alps.

2. Add some extra heat. A beautiful outdoor fireplace, like the one pictured here, is ideal, but there are plenty of affordable alternatives, too. Standing heat lamps are a great way to warm up your patio and with many finishes and styles to choose from, they’re an attractive option as well. Or, if you’re looking for something unobtrusive, a small electric heater or tabletop lantern could be a better choice. Even large candles will provide a bit of heat.

3. Take your rug outside. Wearing slippers or socks outdoors feels like a special treat, especially in the dramatic autumn weather, but stone or concrete floors can be freezing underfoot — and it can make for a lot of extra laundry! Lay down a thick rug for an extra layer of insulation. You can even borrow one from inside, as long as there’s no sign of rain.

Author: Amelia Nezil

Stacey Brandford


Sofa, chairs, coffee table, light, Restoration Hardware; roof, Four Seasons Sunrooms; fireplace, Fireplace Concepts; end table, Crate & Barrel.


House & Home May 2014 issue