Why Toronto Condo Balconies lack nice Patio Furniture

Toronto condominium balcony patio furnitureSo you bought yourself that snazzy downtown condo. Summer is knocking on the door and you are thinking about getting some modern outdoor furniture. Good inspiration is hard to find. In most newer Toronto condo developments you hardly see an furniture on the balconies at all. If you find any, it is so outdated or cheap looking that you shake your head in disbelief.

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Toronto Modern Outdoor Furniture Contest – Win 2 Adirondack Chairs

poly wood adirondack chairs and plastic chairWin 2 poly wood muskoka chairs, or a $480 voucher on outdoor furniture by Velago.

You want to enjoy the summer at its fullest. An Adirondack chair or two will come in handy!

Tell us a funny, memorable or touching story about a patio chair.  Was it playing at the beach, going to the cottage or just hanging out at home enjoying the amazing weather and great outdoors.  We want to know.

Participants in Canada can leave a comment to this blog post describing a memorable patio experience or just tell us what happened the last time you were actually on a patio. We will randomly draw a winner every 45 days. Continue reading


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Flattering Patio Designs for Small Gardens

wood patio furniture on dark stone deckHaving a small garden needn’t limit your design aspirations when it comes to creating a beautiful outdoor area. A smaller space can make for a more intimate setting for social gatherings and can serve as your own little haven to enjoy quiet afternoons with a good book.  What’s more, you will also find it infinitely cheaper and easier to decorate a smaller garden, allowing you to be more creative with your choice of furnishings.

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How Glass Patio Doors can Redefine Your Home

patio with glass doorsThe main attraction of having a patio is that is extends the inside of your home to the outdoors. This breaks down the obstruction between indoors and out, and during the warmer months of the year there is nothing better than relaxing on the patio either with a BBQ and some company, or just by yourself with a book. When done well, having a patio or outdoor area can really improve the look of your entire home and make it an appealing place to be. One fantastic way to Continue reading


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10 Tips for Improving Your Patio

outdoor furniture in front of fireplace and poolAre you currently looking to improve your patio or garden? Here are ten simple tips to really make the most of it:

Give it a power clean

First of all, make sure your patio slabs are as clean as they can be! This may call for a professional power clean. Once you’ve given your patio a thorough cleanse, consider investing in a sealer. This will make hosing off your patio easier in the future.

Get landscaping

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Outdoor Furniture Ideas from the National Home Show

outdoor sofa in cabanaToday is the last day of this year’s National Home Show in Toronto. Exhibitors have shown off their home goods and services for the last 10 days. More than 100,000 visitors came to admire interesting garden designs and furniture and to purchase one or the other product for their house.

The first photo shows a super-modern landscape design based on nordic and native inspirations. A wooden cabana in teepee style hosts a stainless steel outdoor sofa set with blankets. Other great landscaping scenes were present at the show that had visitors in awe. Continue reading


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5 Great Ontario Whites to Enjoy on Your Patio

wicker furniture on winery patioDays are finally getting longer and after a tough winter, we are certainly seeing the temperatures rise. Is it time yet to sit on your patio and sip on a glass of local white wine?

In case you decide to get out your patio dining set, or maybe just a lounge chair for right now, here are my tips for a companion. Take a blanket with you. Just in case you like these so much and want to stay outside longer. Continue reading


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Patio Furniture in the Cold Winter of Quebec

patio on lakeIt’s the middle of winter. Icicles glitter from the roofs, white covers the ground. Nothing is further away than the thought of patio furniture. At least that’s what you may think if you’re from the “warm” south – southern Ontario that is.

I had the pleasure of spending a few days in Quebec over the holidays. About an hour from Montreal, you’ll find the Eastern Townships with Lake Magog, Mount Orford and other spectacular views. A beautiful area with lots of activities; skiing, snowshoeing, snowtubeing, skating, just to Continue reading


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How to Take Care of your Outdoor Patio Furniture in the Winter Months

patio furniture in winterWinter will soon be here. Christmas decorations are popping up on every corner. If you have not already put your patio furniture away, you may want to do that soon. Unless you intend to use it in the winter too, of course. Either way, here are a couple of tips on how to maintain and store your outdoor furniture.

What can I do to keep my furniture nice and clean?

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4 Essentials to Consider when Building Your Dream Deck

Modern home patio with outdoor dining furnitureTurning an outdoor space into one that entices you and your guests as soon as the door opens is a renovation dream for most people. Building a good deck can enhance the beauty and function of your landscape, and blend with the outdoor living space to create the perfect area for entertaining, family activities and privacy.

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