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4 Ways to Update Your Outdoor Space for the Holidays
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With temperatures dropping and some places already seeing snow, the holiday season is upon us. But does your outdoor space agree? Even though swimming and sunbathing are now distant summer memories, enjoying your backyard doesn’t have to be a thing of the past, especially this year. With a few quick upgrades to your backyard, patio or balcony you can continue to enjoy the outdoors and make the best of this holiday season. Here are a few of Twin Star Home’s best ideas and inspiration for getting your outdoor space in holiday shape.

A square fire pit table with the flames running, against the backdrop of a home and outdoor space with chairs with wooden legs and blue cushions
The Demirali Concrete Propane Gas Fire Pit Table at Wayfair can help you enjoy your outdoor space even into the holiday season.

1. Fire Up Outdoor Heating

Even with shorter days and cooler temps, you can continue to enjoy your outdoor space day or night. Adding a fire pit (like the one shown above) to your backyard is a great way to keep the space comfortable enough to extend the season outside. You and your loved ones can gather around the crackling fire, enjoy seasonal beverages, and cook up delicious s’mores. Add a hint of luxurious comfort to your fire pit (and more room to spread out) with the kathy ireland® Homes & Gardens Madison Ave. 12 Piece Sectional Seating Group With Cushions. It boasts features such as:

  • Fully assembled for immediate use
  • Robust metal frame that’s resistant to rust, weather, water, and ultraviolet radiation (UV)
  • Durable cushions made from acrylic upholstery
  • Available in 13 stunning cushion colors, ranging from snow to onyx
  • Washable and zippered cushion covers for easy cleaning
A set of outdoor furniture with white cushions with black piping
The kathy ireland® Homes & Gardens Madison Ave. 12 Piece Sectional Seating Group with Cushions makes it easy to enjoy outside time as the holidays approach.

2. Hang String Lights

With evenings setting in so much earlier now, you’ll need more outdoor lighting than what’s provided by the ambient bonfire to enjoy time on your porch or deck. String lights are a safe and simple way to add more light to your backyard while you add holiday spirit to your outdoor living spaces. String them through the spokes in your deck, hang them above doorways, or line your fence or balcony to illuminate your space. And in keeping with a winter theme, there are plenty of holiday-inspired designs to choose from. Just a few of them include:

  • Holly, garland, and pinecones
  • Snowflake or ornament shaped outdoor decorations or lights
  • Multi-colored, white, or blue stands of lights
  • Luminaria with candles when everyone will be outside
A bar height dining table and stools with backs next to a pool.
Enjoy time outside with a pub height bar dining set like the Falmouth 5 Piece Bar Height Dining Set.

3. Enchant with Lanterns

Another great way to give your outdoor space a twinkly, wintry feeling is with lanterns. Closed outdoor lanterns with candles can help you add a magical feeling to your backyard. You know, the kind of place where you would love to share a hot toddy or hot chocolate with friends inside your bubble (outdoors and socially distant, of course), or just with your spouse and kids. It also makes a nice spot to just get the kids outside for a game of cards or some holiday crafts at a set like the Falmouth 5 Piece Bar Height Dining Set (shown above), which comfortably seats four. Or if you need more room, consider a dining set like the kathy ireland® Homes & Gardens River Brook 9 Piece Dining Set with Cushions shown below.

An outdoor dining set with a wide brown wicker weave and beige cushions in a fenced backyard.
The kathy ireland® Homes & Gardens River Brook 9 Piece Dining Set with Cushions is great addition to enjoy your time outside in a backyard winter wonderland.

4. Put Up Wreaths

Last but not least, it’s time to hang up some wreaths – whatever you celebrate, they are perfect for the winter holiday season. They come in a plethora of designs and themes. However, you can create something truly special and unique by making your own wreath with things you can find in your backyard. Gather pinecones, winter berries, sprigs of holly, along with other necessary supplies, and hang them proudly on your patio door.

A winter wreath makes your outdoor space feel festive.

Find More Winter Décor Ideas for Your Outdoor Spaces

With these five simple ideas, your backyard can become a twinkly winter wonderland. To get started, browse our selection of furnishings and get your hands on some outdoor holiday accents before it’s too late. Want to stay up-to-date with the latest styling tips and tricks? Subscribe to the Twin Star Home email newsletter today.