Plans for the Weekend?

Plans for the Weekend?

Mild temps and a light schedule means the patio is officially opening this weekend. Before you head outdoors with a full arsenal of heavy duty solvents and chemicals just relax for a moment, put down the pressure washer, and see what the experts suggest when it comes to cleaning your patio...

April 12, 2019 by TK Wismer

Thinking Spring Things

Thinking Spring Things
Is it just us or does this Winter season seem to be dragging on?  Here at the Blue Oak Outdoor home offices we are distracting ourselves from the freezing temps outside by thinking about the "Spring Things" that we love the most. 

The Green Gifter

Gifting greenery this holiday season.

The holidays bring about gatherings both impromptu and planned, and it seems like we are always rushed to find a hostess gift or to have things on hand for friends and family that stop by. Not to mention the various gift exchanges, office parties and school functions that all seem...

November 12, 2018 by TK Wismer

Pumpkin Repurposed

Pumpkin Repurposed

There are some pretty creative ways to enjoy your pumpkin after Halloween and some of them are down right delicious. We have compiled a few options here to help you repurpose those early Fall pumpkins. Eat Your Pumpkin The pumpkins used for carving may not be as flavorful as say pie or...

November 01, 2018 by TK Wismer

Gimme S'more

Gimme S'more

  Until recently, I considered myself somewhat of a traditionalist when it comes to s'mores. I liked my jumbo marshmallow roasted on an open flame, topped with a square of Hershey's chocolate, and squished to gooey goodness between two plain graham crackers. Simple sweet perfection. I didn't need funky new combinations...

October 01, 2018 by TK Wismer

Falling for Fall

Falling for Fall

Labor Day marks for many the end of summer, but the official last day is September 22. With temperatures hovering in the upper 80's and 90’s in areas, it is hard to believe that cool, crisp days are coming soon but now is a great time to start thinking those...

September 07, 2018 by TK Wismer

Let’s Go Shopping

Let’s Go Shopping
I have fallen for “disposable” outdoor furniture in the past, but after reinvesting three times over I came to realize I could have researched a little more and invested in nicer pieces just once. So let me save you the trouble of outfitting your outdoors with soon to be broke-down furniture and arm you with a shopping guide outlining the quality points that matter most outdoors.
August 09, 2018 by TK Wismer

Get Grilling: 4 Twists on the Traditional Hot Dog

Get Grilling: 4 Twists on the Traditional Hot Dog
Just in time for those summer gatherings we went into the Blue Oak test kitchen (it's a grill out back surrounded by really great looking patio furniture) to come up with these 4 fun twists on the traditional dog.
July 03, 2018 by TK Wismer

What's Bugging You

What's Bugging You
It only takes one tiny guest to ruin a patio party, and I’m not talking about the usual suspects, an unruly toddler or a friend who has a perfect record of spilling her drink, I’m talking about the tiny winged terrors that can make even the most Martha Stewart-esque gathering feel like an episode of naked and afraid.
June 07, 2018 by TK Wismer

7 Tips for Arranging Patio Furniture

7 Tips for Arranging Patio Furniture

One of the most common design questions that I get asked by clients and friends is how to arrange furniture in their homes and outdoor areas. Whether you are pulling furniture out of storage, looking to invest in new pieces, or just want a fresh look for the new season,...

May 09, 2018 by TK Wismer