Create a Warm Glow
The sun may set earlier in the fall, but your patio doesn’t have to shut down when it gets dark. Use sleek garden torches (#120792) to light up evening gatherings with the same irresistible flickering light produced by the fire pit. Red cedar Adirondack chairs (#447162, atgstores.com), stained with Olympic Elite stain (#550056) in Mahogany Blaze, give off a warm glow of their own, as do white and gold chrysanthemums.
Fire Up the Fun
Patio season doesn’t have to end when leaves and temperatures start falling -- as long as you equip your backyard gathering spot to handle chilly weather. This allen + roth™ gas fire column (#472966) burns liquid propane fuel to provide warmth and real flames at the center of a patio seating area. The stone-look design looks great on patios made of bricks or pavers, and you can use the open flames to toast marshmallows for s’mores. Find the fire pit option that suits your outdoor space.
Tap the look -- and power -- of a parabolic light by hooking solar LED jar lights (#484757) to the inside of a galvanized oval tub (#3712). Then hang the tub on a fence, wall, or gate. Recharge the jar lights in a sunny spot in the tub or remove them and replace them at night.
No waiting for this serving table. Simply set one patio stone on the ground to make a base, adhere a square concrete block centered on the base to serve as a pedestal, and attach another patio stone to the concrete block for the top.
Stack the Deck
Delight in your deck throughout the fall. Create a cozy gathering spot in one corner by placing a DIY dining set under an easy-to-assemble pergola (#66550, model #11300). First, brighten your deck or patio by giving it a good cleaning, staining, and sealing.
DIY Dining Set
Use stock lumber to build a beautiful and budget-friendly outdoor dining set.
Make festive globe lights to hang from a pergola by joining two hanging baskets (#116331) into a ball shape. Then wrap with string lights.
Solar Planter Light
Use dowels to make long stakes for solar path lights. Then stick the lights in a planter.