Outdoor Adornments | Clare's Wares | June 07

Here are the three top decor finds of the month that will add a touch of ambience to your outdoor area without breaking the bank.

Clare Martin Associate Editor Clare Martin, Log Home Living’s resident decor diva, gives you the skinny on some great deals she discovered this month.
Outdoor Adornments Want to make your outdoor living space more, well, livable without spending a fortune? My top three finds this month will add a touch of ambience to your patio, deck or gazebo without breaking the bank.
fleece pillow blanketBlanket Statement If your seat's too far from the fire pit on a chilly evening, you might need an extra shield between you and the cool breeze. The problem is, toting a blanket down to your lakeside deck can be kind of a pain. Adirondack Blanket Works' fleece pillow blankets that fold into a portable, zippered pouch are the perfect solution. They're available in a wide range of colors and patterns, but I'm partial to the summer-camp style or the appliqued moose version. $44. Call 888-844-2388, or visit
Taylor Sectinoal TraysTray Chic  No one can deny the pleasure of enjoying a meal outdoors, but by the time you’ve carted plates, bowls and silverware from your kitchen to your patio, it can sometimes feel like more trouble than it’s worth. Take a cue from the cafeteria, then, and dish out your family’s grub on Pottery Barn Kids’ brightly colored plastic trays. The stackable, compartmentalized trays will hold all your summer-supper necessities and save you a few back-and-forth trips to boot. $36 for set of four. Call 800-430-7373, or visit
Bronze Umbrella Candle The Right Light Mood lighting? Check. Insect repellant? Check. Crate & Barrel's bronze-finished Umbrella Centerpiece combines the practicality of citronella candles with an ingenious design that slips right over the umbrella stand on your patio table. The eight candles that come in a reusable holder will burn for 10 to 12 hours—as if you need an excuse to linger outside a little longer. $21.95. Call 800-323-5461, or visit–Clare Martin

Read the original story in the June 2007 issue of Log Home Living