christmas on the patioLiving in Southern California affords us a unique opportunity to be outdoors year round.

This Holiday Season we have three recommendations to help you create new traditions that will incorporate your outdoor patio and take advantage of the beautiful winter weather.

While most families focus on decorating the front of the house, which is only really seen by the neighbors, why not decorate your outdoor patio to be enjoyed by you and your family and friends?

Begin by stringing up soft white lights overhead. Just a few strands of lights with nicely illuminate your patio and brighten the night sky.

Adding some festive throw pillows to your furniture will also add to the holiday atmosphere. Choose reds and greens or holiday themed pillows. Make sure the pillows you choose are indeed made for outdoor use.

To finish off the look, either buy an artificial Christmas tree to decorate or decorate one of your backyard trees with lights and other all-weather ornaments.

Our second suggestion is to create a new Christmas Eve tradition using this space.

On Christmas Eve, while most are snuggled up tight around their fireplace indoors with snow falling outside, why not roast marshmallows and sip tea, eggnog and cocoa around an outdoor fire pit, surrounded by lights and decorations?

Lounging around the fire, you can take in the stars, look for Santa in the sky and enjoy the mild Southern California temperatures.

Our third suggestion is to begin your Christmas day by taking in the crisp morning air with a beautiful sunrise and a warm, hearty breakfast and coffee on your patio.

We all know Christmas day goes by in a flash and can feel like a whirlwind.

By sitting down as a family away from the presents and joyful chaos, you can spend a moment reconnecting with those you love and celebrate the reason for the season together.

These three new traditions will help you take advantage of your outdoor living space and begin to celebrate the holiday season in a new way with Southern California style.

Stop by our showroom to take a look at our newest designs and collections.

We would also love to help you design your perfect outdoor living space. Have us come to your home for a private no obligation evaluation and take advantage of our design services.