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Welcome to Outdoor Galore - the one and only publication created and designed by local Northern California outdoor living enthusiasts and small business owners! This quarterly magazine is designed to highlight local Sacramento businesses who sell products or services specializing in outdoor living. Each issue will focus on the current season and different events taking place in our local communities. If you are as obsessed with outdoor living as we are, you already know how fortunate we are to live in a region that provides unlimited opportunities to turn our backyards into extensions of our homes. Outdoor Galore introduces you to local professionals who can help make your outdoor living dreams a reality. Also, you can explore the latest trends and tips from our outdoor professionals. We embrace true outdoor enthusiasts who love what they do and are passionate about sharing their talents with others. If you are interested in participating in the magazine or know someone who might be, email us at! Erika and Becky

Becky Horan

Erika Pierce


Publisher/ Design

Also owner of

Also Owner of

Outdoor Space Designs

Pacific Shade Sails

Michelle Bradley

Rebecca Pierce


Social Media Assistant

Let’s Talk Shade


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Furniture that Functions


Fog Versus Mist


Climate Control


Year Round Outdoor Living 16 Addicted to Al Fresco


DIY Corner


Outdoor Kitchens



There are many ways to add shade to your outdoor space. You could go traditional, what everybody else has...or you could try something new and unusual. Here at Pacific Shade Sails we like to create shade using new and innovative shade solutions. When we started this company we only offered one choice, shade sails. Now after 9 years in the business, we have several shade options, all unique and cool in their own way. Today we are spending a lot of time creating great shade with a product called SkySpan umbrellas. These are not your typical umbrellas...oh no...these are beautiful structures that look and feel like an umbrella. Originated in Australia and now licensed to be made in Georgia, SkySpan umbrellas are made out of steel, aluminum and the canopies are a pvc membrane. They are rated at 75mph when open and 95mph when closed. With this is a product, you can add lighting, cooling, heating and logos to the canopy. We have installed these at both residential and commercial locations. They are gaining in popularity as the world gets to know them better. There are many colors to choose for the frame and canopies. Ready to get to know SkySpan? Contact us today... A small list of happy SkySpan customers

Pictured below are residences in: Elk Grove, Lincoln, Loomis



The latest outdoor trends straight from the source

Lawn-b gone

Water saving alternatives to traditional turf lawns

As the ever-present drought continues to loom over most of California, many residents are making the decision to do away with their waterhogging lawns. But what are the alternatives? Sophie Sears from Cal Wild Landscape Design collaborates closely with Ben Huffines at Environmental Landscape to provide solutions for customers looking for water-saving landscapes.

Tearing out your lawn can give you a blank slate, repurposing how you use your outdoor areas. Your yard doesn't have to be all plants . Rocks and other hardscapes provide dimension to your yard and offer low maintenance. For front yards, consider how you want to use your space. You may want to consider adding a pathway for better access to your home or even a seating area for relaxing out front while you watch the kids play or visit with neighbors. 6

It’s ok to keep some lawn. A low or no-mow California native sod provides Sophie’s Drought Tolerant Plant List a great alternative to those not willing to ditch their green lawns. This Cover ground with low growing, spreading shrubs: native sod can be left to grow on its own or mowed like a traditional turf Creeping Manzanitas, Rosemary and Ceanothus, Blue Pacific Juniper and Dwarf coyote brush. Attract wildlife with Salvias, CA Fuchsia, Yarrow, Penstemon, Mimulus and Buckwheat.

Photo provided by Delta Bluegrass Co

Photo provided by Delta Bluegrass Co

lawn. Once established, it only needs to be watered a couple times a week to keep its deep, green color. Native sod does well in partial shade or full sun and recovers well from occasional wear. Its medium leaf texture provides a deep glossy color that is also tolerant to cold temperatures. The Delta Blue Grass Company out of Stockton, CA grows the sod locally and distributes the product throughout California.

Penstemon Create a lawn-ish meadow with Blue Grama Grass, CA Field Sedge or ground covers like Dymondia, Wild Strawberries or even Succulents… and toss in some wildflower seeds! Throw some structure into the picture with Phormiums, Agaves or bunch grasses like Deer Grass, Pink Muhly Grass or Feather Reed Grass.


Add some foundation shrubs and trees like larger Manzanitas and CA Fuchsia Ceanothus, Red Bud, Strawberry Tree, Bottle Brush, Grevillea, Pacific Wax Myrtle or Leucodendron.

Cal Wild Landscape Design focuses on CA native and drought tolerant plants. Their simple, low maintenance designs use a variety of natural materials, rocks and stone walls. Environmental Landscape provides the construction and installation of the designs. Ben and Sophie work together with their clients throughout the project ensuring everyone is on the same page collaborating each step of the way on the best possible solution for their clients. Sophie Sears—Cal Wild Landscape Design 530-219-5205 Ben Huffines—Environmental Landscape 916-624-8000


Furniture that

FUNCTIONS Becky Horan - Outdoor Space Designs

A well designed outdoor space is both beautiful and functional. When planning your outdoor areas consider how you will use your space. Choose accent pieces that can double as storage for frequently used items. Having these items conveniently stored outside limits hauling everything back and forth. An outdoor storage cabinet assists to discretely stow away pool towels, sunscreen, hats and other pool items. This coffee table wins an award for extreme multi-purpose use! It can be used as a coffee table, extra seating and storage. Garden stools can also serve different functions. Use them as end tables, a coffee table or extra seating.

Before—This pool side area functioned more as a storage area for stacked chairs

Montego Bay Cabinet and Storage Chest by Home Styles

After— Pool side seating with neatly tucked away pool towels and swim toys 8

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Never break another glass outside! Get your grill’in on. Stainless Glass or plastic - you can’t tell steel and nonstick, these griddles with this acrylic glass set. Use cook veggies and everything else them inside and outside. to perfection. $37 $5- $6

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Galvanized pails can chill your drinks, works as vase for a fresh cut bouquet or holds napkin rolled silverware for a party. The options are endless! $5—$7


OUTDOOR INSPIRED Top Multi-Functional Picks

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Uniflame Square Slate Tile Table & Gas Fire Pit

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Outdoor Bar & Storage Hampstead Teak Ultimate Bar $2,249

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Outdoor Wicker Storage Ottoman $321

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California Mistscaping was founded by Patrick and Erika

Pierce of Pacific Shade Sails. Over the years, we have perfected our skill to design and create a cool environment for any outdoor space, residential or commercial. We believe that with quality products and exceptional customer service you will be pleased with the final results. If you are tired of roasting in the hot summer heat year after year, then now is the time to install a Mistscaping system. We can reduce your outdoor temperature by up to 30 degrees. That is no joke. The added bonus is that your plants and pets really appreciate it too. We only offer the very best in equipment and it’s made right here in America. When you get a professionally installed Mistscaping System from us, you will be rest assured that you are getting the very best.



Take control of the elements in your own backyard perfected having Installed e have all been there. hundreds of Apollo Opening Roof After spending days or even Systems. It features an adjustable weeks planning a backyard event roof system allowing you to open or occasion, the weather refuses and close your patio cover, giving to cooperate and we resort to you complete control over the moving the party inside. Patio elements. Perfections in Roseville, CA has While many homeowners are the perfect solution, by giving you unaware this option even exists, control over the elements. It’s Patio Perfections has been called The Apollo Opening Roof installing these innovative patio System. It’s an exciting option covers for over 4 years now and which Patio Perfections has truly have quickly become the experts.


At the click of a button you are able to customize the amount of shade or light you desire, giving you full control to brighten or darken both outdoor and interior spaces. The Apollo even comes equipped with a rain sensor which will close the cover automatically if you forget to check the weather. The Apollo is made with high quality, extruded aluminum materials and finishes that are virtually maintenance free. 12

The flexibility and design of these covers make them ideal for outdoor living and dining spaces. Patio Perfections provides in-house design services with one of their professional designers to ensure you receive the perfect solution to fit your needs. If you are ready to take control of the climate in your own backyard, visit for more information on the Apollo Opening Roof System and many other customized patio cover options.


Beautiful appearance with customized architectural finishes and colors

Slightly opening the roof system allows trapped heat to escape and can cool your covered area by as much as 15 degrees

Control the amount of light coming into your indoor space

Equipped with rain sensors which automatically close the roof when it rains

Touch-button functionality makes it easy to operate

Patio Perfections has installed thousands of custom patio covers for homeowners and contractors. With a wide variety of patio cover designs and styles to choose from, Patio Perfections is sure to have the perfect patio cover to fit your needs. There is no project too small or too large.

The Apollo Opening Roof is a unique system that provides protection from the rain, while allowing the flexibility of variable shading and light.





Their son-in-law ,Casey Cox, led a place to entertain family and the vision and teamed up with friends. With 8 children of their some of his past colleagues from own and 34 grandchildren they when he participated in several backyard renovation TV shows. needed a space to be large The result, an entertainer’s enough to accommodate big groups and also be kid-friendly. dream backyard. The Webster’s

Darrell & Ann Webster wanted

new outdoor space boasts several areas for entertaining and hosting parties. Having the ability to use the space all year round was also on their wish list. The space needed to be cooled or heated to keep temps

comfortable year round. The BBQ island features a gas fire pit perfect for evening dinners. The tile fireplace creates a stately, focal point at the edge of the patio. Just a few steps down the from the patio, a huge playground structure sits beside a large pool equipped with a grotto and slide providing hours of entertainment for the kids. Don’t forget about the s'mores. A wood burning fire pit down the hill accommodates plenty of seating for evening fun by the fire.

Pacific Shade Sails installed this impressive shade structure and misting fan keeping the area cool on hot days.

Infratech heaters surround the shade structure to provide additional heat in chilly temperatures. The space is meant to accommodate large groups with plenty of comfortable seating.


Fireplace Tile: Eric Johnson Tile, (916) 257-4389

Hardscape Design and Supervisor: Casey Cox

Shade Structure, Heaters, & Misting: Pacific Shade Sails Erika Pierce (916) 467-9371



Aquatique Pools, Randy Floyd (916) 797-1200

Petkus Brothers Kevin Petkus, (916) 238-8751

Eric Johnson Tile, (916) 257-4389


Cramer Concrete, decking & walkways Glen Cramer, Owner Irish Iron Fencing (916) 871-2561,

Redwood Fence by Sacramento Builders, Inc. Steve Martynse, (916) 870-0473


Landscape Design: Leah Bray

Cramer Concrete, decking and stucco

Landscape Installation and Maintenance: Salome Campa (530) 559-9235

Julien McAdams, BBQ island design, fireplace and construction (530) 391-6574 Granite counters: DMD Granite, Newcastle, CA Dylean Dumitru, owner and fabricator

Lighting: The Lighting Geek Tommy Herren, (888) 743-2540 Decorating and Accessories: Outdoor Space Designs Becky Horan


Addicted to Al Fresco A series of articles about al fresco dining Written by Michelle Bradley

Welcome to a new series of articles about great outdoor dining experiences! For this first article, I thought, what better place to write about than my own back yard? After all, I spend most of my free time enjoying it with friends and family. Last summer, I decided to give my outdoor space a makeover and provide that great al fresco experience. Ahhhh, my own personal paradise where I could Fun metal benches and garden stools entertain and enjoy my favorite double as seating and side tables. The foods al fresco. Nature provided a portability is fantastic! beautiful template to start with; I just wanted to make it my own retreat from the stresses of life. I set out to create a resort-like look and feel by incorporating bright orange, aqua, crisp white and Mediterranean blue colors.

Coordinating pillows add pops of color; a cute seahorse pillow adds a touch of whimsy and keeps with the beach-like theme. The lounge area is a special space to enjoy a snack, beverage and some great conversation. It’s set apart by a vibrant orange and white chevron rug, a neutral love seat, two club chairs and a table. To add even more color, I repurposed some old plant pots by spray painting them hues of blue and orange.


The dining area is a large rectangular table with sling chairs and an umbrella, perfect for serving BBQ meals. I repurposed my worn dining set by buying a bright printed tablecloth with coordinating colors and put new fabric on the sling chairs.

Grilling chicken, beef, pork or even salmon with corn on the cob or mixed veggies as side dishes make quick and easy dinners. I like to grill some extra food on Sunday and serve throughout the week for lunches and dinners—it makes weeknights a lot less stressful.

Overhead, strings of festive white, sea blue and green bulbs provide a perpetual party atmosphere.

At night, lighting brings the space to life. Large aqua blue lanterns provide a beautiful glow that is also romantic and practical. I use LED candles to avoid any mishaps with children and pets. Desserts and a post-meal drinks are best enjoyed in this space. I hope you enjoyed this first article about outdoor dining! Look for me at your favorite local restaurant. If you have any suggestions on places to go, email me at Until next time, get outside and enjoy some good food, family and friends! Michelle 19

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I found these Adirondack love seat and chairs on a local Facebook buying/selling page. The seller was asking for offers. I offered $50 and we settled on $60 plus delivery to my house! Backyard on a Budget! Here is what I did to them…. 1. One of the boards was missing on a chair, so I cut an old fence board I had to size and screwed it in. 2. Using 80 grit sandpaper, I gave it a good sanding with an electric sander. 3. Next, I blew off the dust with an air compressor and then wiped them down with soap and water. 4. Using Minwax dark walnut stain and a rag, I stained all three pieces. 5. Lastly, I sprayed a thin coat of polyurethane to seal it. Julie Iredell from Jules Jewels Repurposed Goods & DIY Ideas

Erika Pierce from Pacific Shade Sails Shade screens are something most people don’t think about until the sun goes down and they are left to fry in the heat. I wanted to show people how they could easily make a shade screen to provide more shade on their patios. This photo was taken at 4:30 in the afternoon. The screen not only provided shade, but it cooled down that space tremendously. I made this screen out of 1-1/2” PVC Pipe and fittings. I then painted it with all purpose paint, then added shade material. You can use all types of fabric for this project, it can even be curtains as long as you use 100% Polyester. Shade cloth would be the best option.


The average patio cover can provide more pain than pleasure. With a typical low-pitched patio roof you can count on having unwelcome leaks, debris accumulation, and eventual rot problems. Most covers trap summer heat and barbecue fumes. Sight lines are reduced when sitting on the patio. Natural light is blocked from reaching inside the house. All of this trouble is a high price to pay for some weather protection. But not anymore! We are proud to introduce the SkyLift Roof Riser Hardware. SkyLift roof riser hardware solves all major problems associated with typical low-slung patio cover designs by RAISING THE ROOF to float over an existing house roof. Now you can build a patio cover you will actually enjoy using!

No more low-slope problems

Expanded view and natural light

Better air circulation

Excellent weather protection

Increased natural light and airflow

Higher roof pitch reduces leaks and debris accumulation

Gutter systems undisturbed, easy to maintain

Patio cover pitch can match slope of existing house roof

Uses standard roof jack flashing for water tight roof installation

Engineered bracket hardware provides structural integrity

A recent project in Sacramento using the Skylift Hardware


Turning Your Vision into Reality We have developed a very strong, durable, low cost outdoor kitchen which is designed to blend in perfectly with each customer’s surroundings. Our kitchen designs will provide you with the feeling of being at a vacation resort, and best of all, it's in your own backyard! Create a new environment and a fabulous center of entertainment for long lasting enjoyment with family and friends. Call or email us to get a free quote on your Creative Outdoor Kitchen...

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We offer a free in-home consultation. During this first meeting we discuss your ideas, plans and budget for your project. From the initial consultation through to the time you first fire up the grill, communication is key to ensure you are fully informed and updated on the status of your job. You will be involved in a realistic 3D design process that allows you to view the proposed design from all angles. This means you are fully aware of what to expect and can make any of those small changes that will ultimately make the big difference to the finished kitchen. Creative Outdoor Kitchens not only wants to build your dream outdoor living space, but we would be also honored to have the opportunity to create a place where you will spend many years, while growing your families and creating unforgettable memories. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you create the outdoor space you deserve. 530-391-6574


Outdoor Galore Magazine Summer issue 2015  

Northern California's latest outdoor living magazine. Featuring local business's in the Sacramento area

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