Bring on the sun! This winter felt like a particularly chilly one for many in the Oklahoma City area. Now, fortunately, it is spring, and people are free to shake off the dust of winter and actually enjoy some time relaxing outside. But is your backyard hangout up to snuff? It is time to knock your outdoor living area out of its winter blues and get it ready for seasonal entertaining. There are plenty of local shops and vendors who can help turn your yard oasis into the envy of the neighborhood, and Oklahoma Gazette is here to point you in the right direction. By Ben Luschen | Photos by Ben Luschen and bigstock.com
4101 W. Reno Ave.
Whether one’s outdoor living area is just a few small touches from completion or starting from ground zero, Seasonal Living can help turn a dream space into a reality. There are wrought-iron, wood, wicker and other outdoor furniture options to go along with fire pits and fountains. But Seasonal Living also excels in outdoor accessories, including clocks, pillows and decor. There are often pieces of glazed pottery and ornaments on sale, too.
905 N. Broadway Ave.
Guess who just got back today. Stumped? Why, it’s the boys, of course! And they just now came back to town. These boys are ready to relax after a long journey and are looking for a nice patio with a soothing ambiance. It would be a shame to deprive these wild-eyed boys of a decorated and pulled-together outdoor environment. Thankfully, Tin Lizzie’s is here with a variety of signage and decorative metalwork that can easily transform your outdoor area from just another porch to a backyard living room.
12833 SE 69th St.
If the grass is always greener on the other side of your fence, it might be because the neighbors have a properly functioning watering system. It is natural for these below-ground structures to fall into disrepair from time to time. Thankfully, Doc makes house calls. The company has a team of sprinkler experts ready to assist anyone living in the Oklahoma City area. And several months down the road, when there is no longer any grass to water, Doc’s team can help winterize your system for the off-season.
Statuary World Patio & Fireside
3806 W. Reno Ave.
Friends can’t always be over to keep your outdoor space company. If your backyard looks a little lonely, why not find a stone figure to keep it company? Statuary World has a zoo full of animal statues, including horses, dogs, lions, bears, deer and even dinosaurs. But there are bipedal depictions as well, evoking everything from angelic to Zenlike imagery. Be sure to also check out Statuary World’s other location at 8401 N. Interstate 35 Service Road.
Calvert’s Plant Interiors
5308 N. Classen Blvd.
There are a few reasons people like to be outside, and two main reasons are fresh air and greenery. Calvert’s can’t do anything about the air quality in one’s outdoor living space, but it can certainly do its part in enhancing the plant life. A lot of patios, porches and outdoor living areas exist as a happy medium between the enclosed and open-air realms. Calvert’s is that missing link with the ability to install a wide variety of decoratively displayed trees or shrubs and glorious, lush flowerbeds.
3014 Paseo St.
If mid-century is a bit more your decorative speed, ReModernOK in The Paseo Arts District should have you covered. The vintage art and home décor boutique has plenty of outdoor options that can get your outdoor space ’50s, ’60s or ’70s fit. ReModernOK’s look spans everything from more conservative pieces to the funkier design trends of decades ago. Store hours are noon-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, but customers are welcome anytime by appointment.