6 Ways to Use Your Patio this Fall and Winter
It may be cold but the patio will not be forgotten.
Come October and the 50 degree weather hits, patios become almost obsolete. Maybe we’ll through a burger or two on the grill but why would be stand out in the cold if we didn’t have to? Although the patio space is not as popular in the winter, its not dead! There are still many things you can do to style your space for the holidays. Get your creative hat on and make the winter less depressing with these seasonal ideas.
1) COOK WITH THE PIE IRON
Food is life. Don’t stop because its cold.
The Pie Iron can still be used in the winter if your willing to light up the grill. Think hearty meats and winter veggies can be seared and roasted to perfection. You can also lean in the direction of bulking up for the winter, that’s where we like to be.
Think cheesy, gooey, and fatty…
like the old faithful grilled cheese. The pie iron can also be used indoors on the stove for days were your not trying to open the door to brave the cold.
2) DECORATIONS, DUH
PT. 1 Fall
Fall décor is cute as hell. If you’re opting out of seasonal patio décor than you’re a horrible neighbor. Get your pumpkin lights, inflatable haunted house, and the witty skeleton doormat ready because you have a duty to uphold. If tacky décor isn’t your style then sway towards the minimalistic and tasteful. Faux foliage and lighting can go a long way.
Stick to a color theme…
of reds, oranges, or browns and match with the accessories you’ve already got. Make the most out of your patio and your wallet by styling based on the season and not the holiday. Instead of Halloween specific swag think pumpkins, corn, and mums. Our fav design- stay spooky all fall with skulls, spiders, and dim lighting
PT. 2 Winter
Just because its winter does not mean the patio has to suffer. Whether your style is big and bold or minimalist, let your personality shine. We like to think more the merrier! Get all 6 boxes of Christmas lights and go to town. However, we understand if a Charlie Brown Christmas tree is the reality of what decorating will look like. Winter decor is easy because your options are limited to what will out stand the temps. Think faux greenery for easy set up and long lasting style.
3) OUTDOOR DESIGN FOR THE INDOORS
Once winter hits there is a slim change that the patio will be used for anything besides shovel storage. However, all that space shouldn’t go obsolete! If your patio has a window floor to ceiling window then think of decorating based on what you can see from indoors. Set up trees wrapped in string lights or other decorations near the window.
Get creative with it!
Just kidding 😉 Here are more achievable designs.
Use this as a new dimensional space to when you are decorating the inside of your home. Having the décor outside allows for indirect mood lighting. Sip your coca on the couch with a movie on and the lights turned off with the faint flow of starry trees through the window.
4) HEAT IT UP
Jack Frost vs. Heat Miser
Nothing is as refreshing then the crisp fall air cooling one side of your face while a warm fire heats up the other. However the space, budgets, or fire codes probably don’t exist for your apartment patio. Small heaters are a good solution for those itching for some outdoor time.
Brave winter earth, wind, and fire
An easier option is to hit up those friends with a rooftop space and bring over the pie iron and some wine as a thank you gift. Option B, leave it to the professionals and find a restaurant down the street with the high-end heaters and a fall fab cocktail menu.
3) ADD LIFE
Fall-i-fi with winter plants
The summer flowers and veggies are slowly dying and need to be replaced with something more low maintenance. Opt into planting something winter-esk during the fall months so it’ll last your through the winter.
Think Spruce, Wintergreen Boxwood, or Winterberries. These require little effort to maintain and will withstand cold weather. These plants can still be fall-i-fied with the addition of pumpkins, autumn leaves, and our favorite- string lights.