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Top Spots To Add Flair To Your Patio In Connecticut

June 25, 2013 8:00 AM

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(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The warmer weather draws you outside onto your patio or terrace. Your house just added on an outdoor room. Transform this outdoor space as an extension of your home. Looking to decorate with a bit of flair? Why not see what these top spots have to offer. You will enjoy a mini vacation every time you step onto your patio.

Balleks Garden Center
90 Maple Ave.
East Haddam, CT 06423
(860) 873-8878
www.balleksgardencenter.com

Balleks Garden Center is a good place to start for outdoor garden structures. Start by adding window boxes and hay racks. You will find arbors, obelisks, trellises and decorative plant supports for your backyard. If you are thinking the sound of running water would be a nice addition, pools and fountains are for sale. The added touch of chimeneas and fire pits will help round out the atmosphere. Install the hardscape and then let the garden center help you design the color and shape of the plants and bushes.


Guy Wolff Pottery

1249 Bantam Road
Bantam, CT, 06750
(860) 567-5577
www.guywolff.com

Guy Wolff is the potter. He works in red and also white clay. If you are looking for traditional older-style red clay pots to contain your plants, you will find them here. Guy started creating his pots in 1971. Every pot made by him carries his mark ensuring quality. On the bottom, you will find the wet weight of each piece on the pot and the year formed. You will also find his pots signed on the bottom. Choose from one-of-a-kind pots for that extra special flair.


Valley Lighting & Home Decor

3 Chestnut St.
Ansonia, CT 06401
(203) 736-6921
www.valleylighting-ct.com

Maybe you are looking for an outdoor ceiling fan or tiny lights for your trees. Valley Lighting & Home Decor not only has outdoor lighting but tips and suggestions for your outdoor room. The correct lighting adds security, beauty and safety. You can choose from post, ceiling and wall as well as on-the-ground lighting. The store carries the newest products in lighting technology. It also has the latest design trends. Let the staff help you with setting the mood you want to achieve.


Juliska

465 Canal St.
Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 316-9118
www.juliska.comEating al fresco is what the warmer weather is all about. So you will need just the right tableware that includes flatware, glassware, ceramics, linens, placemats, napkin rings and even lighting. Tablescapping is the specialty of Juliska. If you are looking for something timeless, romantic and as Juliska says, effortlessly chic, you will enjoy the experience. In the back is an entire warehouse that sells discounted products and gifts.

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Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop

2848A Main St., Griswold Shopping Plaza
Glastonbury, CT 06033
(860) 633-5211
www.wildbirds.com

Bring life, song and color to your patio. WBU is all about educating you about your local birds. You will learn what type of bird feeder, whether a tray or tube, as well as birdseed, bird house or nesting box attracts specific birds you want visiting your yard. Bird watching is stress reducing and a fun hobby. A birdbath will do the birds a lot of help as well as decorate the yard. Think about a bat house. One bat can eat hundreds of mosquitoes in an evening.

Related: Top Flea Markets in Connecticut

Paula Moliver is a noted designer with a specialty in all things related to fiber. She spins and dyes her own yarn and is skilled in weaving and needle arts. She has been widely published in noted magazines including Arts & Crafts, Better Homes & Gardens and the Decorative Painter. Paula is a regular educator at New Pond Farm. She resides in Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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