Patio Theme Spotlight: Fiesta

It’s about time to get ready for spring, and nothing says fun in the sun like throwing a fiesta. But what if you could keep the party going all summer long? With our Fiesta Themed Patio Collection, you can do just that and so much more. Here’s a look at the pieces that make up this festive set.


Sun-drenched colors and energetic patterns make these comfy pillows stand out from the pack. Sure to liven up any patio, these cushions bring just the right amount of Spanish flare.

Place Settings

Feast off of fiesta-style plates that compliment every meal perfectly. With bright colors, an intricate cactus design, and faux-chipped edges, these plates look like they came to party.

Candle Holders & Cacti

These ceramic candle holders allow light to shine through festive cutouts and illuminate your fiesta-themed space. Colorful cacti sculptures will make you feel like you’ve been transported to the desert all summer long.


For a fun finishing touch, liven up your patio set with these little guys. Colorful lizard figurines add a splash of pizzazz to your desert-scape. And with that, it’s time to get the fiesta started!

Need help decorating your backyard escape? Stop by your neighborhood Orchard and ask our friendly staff about our patio themes.

How I Created a Boho-Chic Balcony

​Keyma is a lifestyle-blogger and full-time educator living in LA. She writes about fashion, beauty, health, and travel on her blog Style Weekender.

Hello there, Loves.

For today's post, I'm sharing with you my newly decorated balcony, in partnership with Orchard Supply Hardware. I have been itching to decorate my balcony and since summer is in full effect, I knew I had to do it now. I just returned from my vacation (Tulum) two days ago and I was so inspired by all the textures, fabrics, and contrast I saw in Tulum. Immediately upon returning I went directly to my local Orchard store to shop the items I knew would be perfect for my balcony decor.

I started off my week one happy gal, skipping the vacation blues, and enjoying my newly decorated space. Nothing serves more bliss to my life than the comfort and chicness of my home, my happy space. Walk with me as I share how I decorated this chic, mexican-moroccan-boho vibe city balcony.

My balcony was pretty much an empty space with a few plants I tried to keep alive but sadly failed. My guy and I did not spend much time out there. Actually our dog Marley (see his little self below) spends most of his time out there. He had the whole space to himself and he frolics around with his toys and owned that space. But oh, no more. It's now a cozy and chic spot ready for entertaining and relaxing.

One of my top priorities for my balcony was to bring life to the space. This meant, adding green plants or flowers. I opted for these thin leaves palms because they are low maintenance, gives a lot of greenery, will grow overtime and provide me with a beautiful privacy screen. I learned so much about my plant selection from the helpful member of Orchard Supply Hardware in the Nursery department. He was so informed, excited about plants, and really helped me to pick out plants that will serve my lifestyle, purpose, and taste. He took his time to find out what I liked, what I was looking for and realistically what will grow and give my space what it needed. The best part, there is a lifetime warranty on my plants. If they die for some reason, I can easily return them.

Just look at the instant life of that area (north end) once I added those palms; I also got all four pots. I went with two round green ones and two square brown ones for contrast. Love them!!!

On the south end of my balcony I decided on this beautiful and durable Westport Oversize Chair. It can easily sit one or two people. It goes with this gorgeous and functional Westport Ottoman with tray. I love that is serves as a table and an ottoman for additional seating when we do have a lot of guests. The cushions are very durable and I was informed by the excellent staff at Orchard Supply Hardware that it's easy to clean and the material on the chair is also great quality. I was contented to be affirmed about the quality and durability of what I was purchasing.

Next up, I got these two chic Barrel Strap Wicker Chairs in brown. Again, these are extremely high quality, wrapped in aluminum frame and coated with wicker, which will withstand all weather conditions. I added these Home is Where the Heart Is statement cushions and I think they look fabulous.

Orchard Supply Hardware has a wide variety of cushions to please all tastes. It was so hard to choose, but I ended up falling in love with these.

To add some texture to the space I went with these Tag Braided Jute Rugs in Natural. I bought two of them since I figured I could move them around later. They feel so great under my feet and I know my guests will be comfortable too.

At the west-side of my balcony, I really wanted to infuse a Morrocan vibe and create a space where I could really relax on the floor to a good book, a glass of wine, or playing a game of cards with friends. I was so inspired on my trip to Tulum and I brought this serape blanket back along with a dream catcher and a hammock just for my balcony.

I've always wanted to add string lights to my space. Maybe it's because I love Christmas and it's the best supplement to actual Christmas lights, or maybe it is the romantic vibe it gives. 

I figured my balcony would not be complete without string lights and best decision ever!

I also added these two cute stools I found while on my way to check out and had to have them. Do you know why? They were also on sale and your girl cannot pass up a sale. I told you, Orchard Supply Hardware was going to be my perfect one-stop-shop. I didn't want to cram my space and I had thoughts of returning them, but decided to keep them because I can easily stack them on top of each other to store and create more space. I absolutely love them.

I really hope this post has inspired you to create a warm, cozy, chic, or lavish balcony or patio. It truly will help you to fall in love with your home all over again. You'll also spend much more quality time with yourself and your family. If you have kids, it's also a great way to spruce up your space and encourage them to spend time outside. As the weather changes and summer goes, you can easily add a mini heater (they have them at Orchard Supply) and still be able to enjoy your space all year round.

Read Keyma's full article here.

Create Your Outdoor Dining Room

Turn Your Dining Inside Out.

One of the best parts of summer is being able to spend time outside while the weather is still warm. So why not take your dining room outside? Whether you’re planning to entertain or just want to enjoy your space, we’ve got what you need to dine al fresco from daylight to twilight.

Start by Setting the Table
What’s a dinner party without the perfect table setting? Get creative. Choose fun placemats or elegant candles to set the mood. Don’t forget, you’ll need the perfect place to serve up your gourmet meal. If you have a large backyard, consider investing in something classic like a 7-piece dining set. Want to make the most out of your smaller outdoor space? Add a stylish bistro set for two.

Show Off Your Style
Cushions not only provide comfort for the ultimate relaxing experience, but liven up your outdoor space with style. Pick out cushions and pillows that can create pops of color and interest. And don’t forget to look down – adding a patterned rug to your outdoor dining room brings the homey feel outside while adding texture. The more you play with bringing elements inside out, the cozier your space will become.

Add Character
Your table is set and your chairs are as comfy as can be. But don’t stop there. It’s easy to create a mood with simple décor essentials like lighting and accessories. If your patio is covered, make a statement with a pendant light above your dining table. For a smaller space, string lights add subtle ambiance and an element of charm. Accessorize the outdoors-y way by adding potted succulents and lavender plants to your space.

Lounge Long After Dark
Why not make the most of those summer nights that stay warm after the sun sets? Create a space to lounge, relax, or play a board game with friends after dinner. Classic Adirondack chairs make the perfect place to sit back and sip your favorite drink. Side tables double as a great place for a board game tournament. And if your ideal summer evening ends with making s’mores around the fire, grab a few armchairs and a show-stopping fire pit.

It doesn’t take much to embrace your summer nights this season, and moving your dining room outside might be just the answer. So whether you’re planning to entertain or just want a place to relax, we’ve got everything you need here at Orchard.

Summer prep in 1, 2, 3…

The first official day of summer is upon us and you know what that means – more fun in the sun! But sometimes summer entertaining can turn out to be far more taxing than it is relaxing – so why not pick this weekend to do a few things to make your outdoor space ready for any occasion? These three tips will help make sure you’re stressing less and entertaining more.

1. Create Conversation Nooks

The grill, the appetizer table, the drink station…these are all popular spots for your guests to hang out during summer barbecues. But take a look at where you might want them to mingle. Create gathering areas; make them big enough to be social but quaint enough to be cozy. Whether it’s chat sets for small spaces, dining tables where you can enjoy a meal or a board game, or lounge sets for conversations lasting into the night, just thinking about the function of each space can help you adjust outdoor furniture appropriately. Already have a patio set? Consider upgrading your outdoor patio cushions. You’d be surprised how inviting a fresh set of seat cushions will be on last year’s furniture.

2. Make an Outdoor Kitchen

Don’t have a built in grilling station outside? No problem. It’s easy to setup an outdoor kitchen – from grills to smokers or even an outdoor pizza oven, you just need to designate a space for the cooking magic to happen! Throw in a shade-friendly gazebo and you’ll have a perfect spot for people to chat up the grill master. Add an outdoor folding table for prepping, a spot for grill accessories and a patio cooler to keep some cold drinks handy, and your chef will be one happy griller! Of course if you want an all-in-one, a grill gazebo might be the ticket. Either way, it doesn’t take much to take your cooking outside.

3. Set the Mood for Entertaining

Outdoor lawn games, pool toys, drink stations…they all help create an inviting and entertaining addition to your summer party. Whether it’s setting up different areas for a bean bag toss, giant checkers or croquet, games are sure to be a hit for kids of all ages. Then think about placing different tubs around for guests to quickly grab a drink – galvanized steel tubs can denote adults-only beverages and colored rope handled tubs can hold child-friendly options. And don’t forget to add ambiance with charming string lights, lanterns, candles or solar-powered path lights. Fire pits also help light up the night and are perfect for smores!

Once you realize how simple these little projects can be, you’ll probably see tons of opportunities to update your outdoor living space. And your neighbors at Orchard are always here to help. After all, summer is all about being outside– so let’s get you out there enjoying the season!

Refresh Your Landscaping in Only Two Days. We Show You How.

Making over your landscaping doesn’t take long at all. You can do it in a weekend if you plan your days ahead.

Day One: Prep

First, you’ll need to clear your planting beds. If you’re completely redesigning your landscaping, the only thing left should be the dirt. Bushes, flowers, weeds, all of it has to go into the yard cart and out to the street.

Touch up the borders of your landscaping beds with an edger, or draw all new ones with a hoe and shovel. Make sure the lines are very clear. Garden edging is a great way to keep your garden beds and your lawn separated, but if you forego it we suggest marking the boundaries with planting flags {gallery} until the project is completely finished.

Garden Bed Prep

Luster Leaf Rapitest pH Soil Tester & pH Meter
Luster Leaf Rapitest pH Soil Tester
Luster Leaf Rapitest pH Meter

Use a test kit to see what you should use to balance out your soil. One of the greatest things about garden beds is that you get to really control what goes into your soil. That’s a huge advantage when it comes to things like fertilizers and amendments.

Ideally you’ll have balanced ph, and your soil will be high in nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Some plants require more acidic soil, so be sure to check the needs of what you’re choosing to plant. Then head to your neighborhood store and grab the fertilizer that fills in the gaps in your soil’s mix.

Scatter your amendments over the soil, then turn them in with a garden fork (literally stick the fork in and try to turn the dirt over) a few times, and water it. Try to keep the bed fluffy and loose if you can. Loose soil makes it easier for plants to grow large, strong roots and to establish themselves.

Let your landscaping beds settle overnight, and get some rest.

Day Two: Planting.

Good landscaping embraces and accentuates your home, making the grounds an extension of the living area and vice-versa.

Place evergreen shrubs close to your exterior walls. They’re the ones that are going to be around all year, so you can use them to permanently accent a feature, or soften the impact of anything you don’t currently love about the exterior your home.

Remember, evergreen doesn’t mean a tree that grows spiky leaf-needles. It means a plant that doesn’t lose its leaves in the winter. So it’s not just cypress, juniper, and pine. A lot of flowering plants fall into this category, too.

Some of our favorite evergreen shrubs are mock orange and heavenly bamboo, but the Nursery at your neighborhood store will have a wide selection of plants that will thrive in your area.

Mexican Mock Orange
Mexican Mock Orange

Pro Tip:

For a container garden that looks like it was put together by a professional, mix a “thriller,” a ”filler,” and a “spiller.” The thriller is the main attraction, the showboat of the pot. It’s usually tall and colorful. The filler is there to support the thriller, and to add mass to the container. It’s usually bushy. The spiller flows over the container edges to soften them, and to connect the pot to its location.

Shrubs are also a great choice for lining walkways and for framing other focal points like pergolas, benches, and fountains. You can plant them directly in ground, or you can put them in containers. Planters and containers make it easier to change the way your landscaping is set, by changing the way the eye moves around the yard.

For smaller flowering plants, you have a few options: Annuals, perennials, and groundcovers.

Annuals go from seed to flower and back in one year. They’re usually used to give garden beds some variety, since their life cycle is so short. You can have pansies one year and marigolds the next.

Perennials live longer than 2 years, and bloom seasonally. Some of them keep their leaves over winter, and some don’t. Some die every winter, then pop up again year after year in the same spot. Use them as dependable seasonal fixtures, and accent them with annuals.

Groundcovers are plants that creep quickly to fill in open spaces, and form dense mats that choke out weeds. Some of them bloom, but the ones that don’t bloom still grow so tightly that they can make a statement with color. You can plant them around larger perennials and shrubs to fill in any gaps. They’re also ideal for places where grass doesn’t (or shouldn’t) grow, like under trees and between stepping stones.

Ground cover varities
Ground cover varities

No matter what you choose, keep this rule in mind: Plant in masses. Mass planting your colorful flowers and groundcovers can refresh your landscape’s feel immediately, because big swaths of the same color, texture, or shape make a bold statement.

When you’re ready to get dirty, lay out all the plant containers to get a feel for what it’ll be like to have them in place. We always plant from large to small, to save time tiptoeing around the tulips later. Start with the biggest shrubs and move out from them, placing smaller plants as you go.

Mulch ground cover
Mulch ground cover

The last addition to your landscape should be wood. Not, say, a giant driftwood log you found on the beach (though that would be very cool, and in no way are we saying don’t do that if you can figure out how to get it home) but wood chips, bark, and mulch. It’s a low-maintenance ways to discourage weeds and keep moisture closer to the ground. Finish off by using it to fill in any gaps between plants, and define the borders of your new garden beds.

Now sit back, grab a drink, and take a look at that beautiful view.