What do long days, peaceful naps, and enchanting dinners have in common? They’re all perfect things to enjoy in your outdoor oasis. 

Don’t the words “Outdoor Oasis” make you feel cool, calm and relaxed? BUT does the idea of creating that space stress you out?!

That’s where we come in.

Read along as we share our tips on how to create an easy, low maintenance space that you’ll want to spend all of your time in!

In this post, we’re going to show you how you can perfect every piece of your outdoor oasis:

• Introducing the Shore Collection

• Incorporate elemental accent furniture

• Add accessories that bring the texture!

• Liberate dinnertime with outdoor dining furniture

• Light it up with outdoor lighting!

• Bonus tip: Cocktails

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Introducing the Shore Collection

This summer is about friends and family, and what better way to enjoy them than in the comfort of your own Outdoor Oasis. Although it seems like a daunting task, creating your outdoor Oasis is easiest when you break it down into sections. Let’s start with seating. 

When it comes to accommodations, you want something large enough for the backyard bbq bashes and Sunday soirees, but cozy enough to curl up with a book and a cup of coffee. Sectionals provide the space you need while also retaining comfort.

We love the Shore Sectional for its effortless accommodations to the needs of your outdoor space. With a coffee table and seating that is great for both entertaining and relaxing, this collection is at the top of our list. 

When choosing outdoor furniture, it’s important to find pieces that are weather resistant. There is nothing worse than investing in a great couch or table, only to have it warp and fade. 

The Shore Collection handles weather like a champ! Sunshine and rain are no match for an anodized aluminum frame and fabric canvas cushions. Both have been tested to last through all weather conditions. And those weather resistant cushions? Just throw the covers into the wash for an instant refresh. Major points for easy maintenance! 

If you have a small backyard or just want something smaller, look into loveseats. The wider base of a loveseat is perfect for curling up with a great book or settling into a summer nap.

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Incorporate Elemental Accent Furniture

Now that we have an idea of seating, let's talk about accent furniture. When picking out those side pieces, keep in mind the word accent. You're looking for items that will enhance the appearance of your space while remaining cohesive. A great way to add depth and visual appeal is to include different elemental textures.

A perfect opportunity to incorporate a contrasting material can be found in the Thar ceramic accent table. White glazing and bolt hole pattern give this table its unique feel. While the Shore Collection comes with a great coffee table, for something a bit larger consider the Cyrus outdoor table. With its simple metal base to its striking top derived from lava stone, this piece was made in elemental heaven!

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Add Accessories That Bring The Texture!

Here is where the real fun begins! Accessories shine with a point of view that is uniquely yours. Decorate with the power of pillows, go nuts with greenery! It’s about having fun and giving you ownership of your space. 

A very simple way to bring in color and texture is with a good throw pillow. 

Have some fun with this “Sun Please” lumbar pillow. Go for color and pattern like the Palm Pillow. Throw blankets are another way to make your space cozy and inviting. 

Add greenery with plant stands and faux plants. The Evita outdoor plant stand is a look unto itself! With movable pots, you’re able to decide which configuration works best for your plants. Brighten up those corner spaces with a faux fiddle leaf tree or a quirky Bird of Paradise plant. Pop your plants into a happy basket like this Love Lives Here one or use it to store those throw blankets. 

Finalize the look by creating balance within your space with the Loma rug. It's use of subtle color gradient brings a cool feel to your oasis while rugged yet modern material anchors the composition.

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Liberate Dinnertime With Outdoor Dining Furniture

Enjoy your morning coffee in a quiet space or take advantage of the longer days and move your dinner outside.

The Shore Patio Dining collection combines function and form to create the perfect outdoor dining setup. The anodized aluminum framing we love in the sectional can be found here as well as chic wood accents. Big enough to host a dinner party, intimate enough for family game night.

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Light It Up With Outdoor Lighting!

Enjoy your outdoor oasis long into the evening with the glow of outdoor lighting. When purchasing your lighting it’s imperative that you choose lights made specifically for the outdoors or damp conditions. 

If you have a covered patio with overhead lighting access, consider installing an outdoor chandelier. Chandeliers come in a variety of styles so you can really have fun with them! Choose one made of metal to give off a farmhouse feel or go for boho with fabrics or rattan. If you're going for a more polished look, pendant lighting will be your go to. You can find more ideas here at Shades of Light.

If overhead lighting isn’t an option but you do have access to an electrical outlet, try bistro lights! These string lights create a soft but luminous glow, perfect for a gentle atmosphere. 

When all else fails, candles are there to save the moment. Relax in a mood that only candles can make! Our Bella holders are spectacularly oversized to create elegance as well as ambiance!

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What's an oasis without a cocktail?! Relax with our favorite summertime sip in hand.

Bonus Tip: Cocktails

The Paloma is a light and refreshing cocktail with a kick of citrus. And just like you did in your backyard oasis, give this classic drink a punch of fun! Adding rosemary brings out earthy notes that compliment the salty tequila and tart grapefruit.

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Creating a space that you can relax in with friends and family is what an outdoor oasis is all about. Our goal here at City Home is to offer you quality pieces that reflect current styles as well as timeless ones. In addition to our retail items, we also offer design services. 

Please contact us at info@cityhomepdx.com or (503) 487-5810 with any questions you may have.

We can’t wait to see your outdoor oasis come together!