The weather is heating up and your summer should focus on soaking up its warmth with good friends. First on the "to do" list is preparing your backyard for outdoor entertaining. Los Angeles is in full bloom with boutiques to enhance what you already have or, if you are up to the challenge, a complete backyard makeover.
2512 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Basking in the sun with a good book is the perfect cocktail for summertime living. Victory Furniture is known for creating your own private, warm-weather haven with the store's selection of outdoor furniture. Relax in the luxurious Sunset Circular Sofa that is oversized for snuggling. Complete your outdoor tranquility with the perfectly sized ottoman to prop your feet on. Victory Furniture also has a staff of patio experts and offers consultation on exterior designing to give your backyard just the right amount of summer fun.
1935 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Servicing some of LA's most elite for more than 80 years, Hashimoto Nursery has created masterpieces in Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades. The nursery's expertise in landscaping doesn't overshadow its patio enhancements, as these outdoor specialists offer a variety of visions to create an outdoor destination. The nursery has an extensive collection of benches, planters and pottery. The owners pride themselves on the exclusive selection of Asian, Italian and Mexican ceramic pottery and wooden planters that will give your backyard a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Rolling Greens Hollywood
7505 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Rolling Greens brings out your true colors when it comes to outdoor dining and entertainment. The nursery offers an exquisite collection of patio options. Featuring garden benches, vintage furniture, birdbaths, stone statues, fountains and containers, Rolling Greens meticulously selects items from places including Indonesia, Paris, Belgium and China. Bring your patio full circle and dress your table with Rolling Greens' unique selection of antiques, handmade tableware, vases and artistic pottery.
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21201 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
Knowing how to take a client's imagination and translate it into a beautiful patio setting is an expertise that can only be stamped onto Cosentino's. A family-operated business since the 1950s, Cosentino's founder, New York City floral designer Joe Cosentino, has transformed many backyards into summer paradises. Bring the SoCal beach décor to your patio with the Driftwood Starburst wreath that can be hung on your patio wall. Adorn your table with a beautiful Succulent Box display or hang the rectangle design for guests to see.
Mystic Water Garden
18062 Rosita St.
Encino, CA 91316
A water garden might hold Las Vegas hotel poolside memories, but Mystic Water Garden owner Steve Sandalis brings a superb sophistication and serene setting to your home with his tranquil water garden designs. Ranked the No. 1 Certified Aquascape Contractor in the U.S., Mystic Water Gardens will transform your patio and backyard into a tropical oasis. Mystic Water Garden specializes in unique water features, ponds, pondless waterfalls, koi ponds, streams and lakes. In addition, the team of water experts can create a natural eco-system to house fish, turtles or frogs. This is a great way to have "family pets" without the indoor mess.
Jennifer Geisman is a freelance writer and faithful beauty junkie living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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