Guest Picks: Outdoor Living, California Style
Because of the temperate climate, folks in California do a lot of outside living. From petite terraces to grand courtyards, and modern poolside patios to breezy coastal decks, laid-back California style can be found in many shapes and sizes. Here are a few outdoor living essentials that communicate my personal style in northern California. — Cristin from Simplified Bee
Vertical Succulent Garden, DIY Panel - $79
Great for small or large outdoor living spaces, vertical plant walls are trending in California. This one features drought-tolerant succulents.
Monaco Bistro Table - $695
I love this sidewalk café–inspired bistro table in a contrasting mix of natural rattan and durable woven plastic in crisp white. It's chic and casual, the perfect California blend.
Earth Tone Planters - $19
Grow herbs or plant your favorite flowers in these simple terra-cotta planters. They are perfect for terraces, patios and table centerpieces.
Monaco Dining Chair - $295
I would pair the bistro table with these classic, striped blue and white dining chairs.
Tierra Outdoor Dhurrie, Platinum - $49
A rug under the dining table helps anchor the space. This is also true when decorating outside. Simple, chic and waterproof, I love this ecofriendly dhurrie rug made with recycled plastic bottles.
Montauk Outdoor Pillow, Turquoise - $74
Throw pillows are one way to make your outside living area feel more like an extension of your home. Consider pulling the color palette from the adjoining room for a seamless transition.
Santa Barbara Umbrella, Petite Flamenco
No outdoor living space is complete without protection from the sun, and an awning or umbrella can do the trick. This fun flamenco umbrella with ruffles caught my eye.
Pop Acrylic Drink Glass - $2.95
Made of neon green acrylic, this tumbler is great for entertaining kids and adults outside.
Cedar Chicken Coop & Run With Planter - $1,499.95
Raising backyard chickens is also trending here in California. My family even has two hens in the backyard. I admit, they can be messy, but the fresh, organic eggs can't be beat! My hens would love this ultra-luxe coop with a rooftop garden.
Yountville Lanterns, Polished Nickel - $35
When entertaining outdoors, candlelight is a must. These polished nickel lanterns look amazing and will keep the candles lit despite breezy conditions.
Franklin Sports Expert 6-Player Croquet Set - $87.99
Lawn games can be a great way to bring family and friends together. Croquet is one of my faves!
Outdoor Metal Drink Dispenser - $29
Keep the drinks flowing with this outdoor metal drink dispenser. I love the rope handles.
Blue Byzantine Dinner Plates, Set of 4 - $59.95
I love these plates inspired by antique hand-painted ceramics with a Mediterranean blue palette. Don't worry though, they are made of BPA-free melamine that won't shatter.
Raised Bed Kit - $198
Backyard gardening is more popular than ever here in California. This raised bed garden makes it easier for urban and suburban dwellers to enjoy gardening in their own outdoor space.
Jelli Clear Flatware - $2.95
Outdoor dining doesn't have to be ho-hum or break the bank. This flatware with clear resin is super chic and affordable.
Loomed Palmae Food Cover, Purple
Keep insects away from your meal with this chic Loomed Palmae food cover.
Viking Ultra-Premium 500 Series Gas Grill & Cart With TruSear - $8,100
I know this is a splurge item, but no outdoor living space is complete without a grill. This one by Viking includes wood smoking and rotisserie roasting — my husband would go over the moon for those features!
Square Mini Pizza Tiles - $39.95
Don't have an outdoor pizza oven? I don't either, but I love this solution!
Insignia Fire Pit - $898
There's nothing like enjoying a summer evening with family and friends gathered around a fire. This fire pit can even be personalized with your family's name.
Handwoven Karoo Hammock, Orange - $178
Outdoor living is sometimes about being alone with nature. I love this vibrant hammock with fringe detail. Is it making you want to nap too?