How lucky are we to live in Las Vegas? Let’s face it; we have some of the best weather in our Nation. Take advantage of it! I do, every chance I get. In fact, I’m writing this article while enjoying the beautiful blue sky and listening to the birds singing… they appreciate our weather too!

Whether it is a home you have listed or your own home, utilize the “Outdoor” living space. There are so many beautiful products on the market for “Outdoor” living. The “patio” furniture has become so sophisticated and elegant that you could even use it indoors. You can expand your fabulous interiors by bringing it to your “Great Outdoors.”

Beautiful sectionals with lavish weather resistant fabrics, dining sets, area rugs and even innovative lighting are available to make the outdoors as comfortable and convenient as indoors. The old cross legged table and benches and webbed folding chairs are no longer your only options.

So many homes here in Las Vegas have beautiful courtyards, some even with fireplaces. What a welcoming sight they are, so why waste it? No matter how big or small the “Outdoor” space may be, there are beautiful furnishings to enhance it. It could be as simple as a pair of comfy chairs and a side table dividing them. Always add color to the area with pillows and flowers as well.

If you are fortunate enough to have a sizable area to work with, divide it up into specific areas. Create a comfy living space with a multi-pieced sectional that can be rearranged, depending on the size of the guest list. The dining area can be as formal, casual or intimate as you like. “Outdoor” dining has come a long way. You can choose round, rectangular, octagon, pub or regular height tables. The chairs range from beautiful formal to rocker swivel, plush or firm, wood or metal. If you really want convenience, include a lazy Susan! If you are really fortunate and have a view of our beautiful skyline, mountains or even a fabulous yard, make a small seating area to focus just on that!

Hopefully, you or someone in your family loves cooking because even those options have grown over the years. The choice of propane or natural gas, smokers and even the old fashioned charcoal grills are endless. Built-in “Outdoor” kitchens can greatly enhance your “Outdoor” life, not to mention the value of the home. Cooking outdoors has also become as convenient as indoors. Not only can you have a grill, but a regular cooktop, refrigerator, sink and storage. I remember as a kid being sent into the house multiple times for things that my parents forgot to bring out. Now, you store your “Outdoor” living necessities where you need them.

I hope that I have planted the seed to motivate you to take advantage and enjoy “Outdoor” life. We really are very lucky to live in this fabulous city and enjoy so much beautiful weather. Our lives are so stressful these days; the “Great Outdoors” can be so therapeutic if you just take the time to notice it.