Summer is upon us and that means we will be spending more time enjoying the outdoors. Throughout the spring and summer seasons, Sears will be offering a vast selection of outdoor living collections, including the collection from Ty Pennington Style and many more.

To help get your outdoor creative juices flowing, I present to you Ty Pennington’s ‘7 Secrets to Creating an Outdoor Oasis’.

Ty Pennington Style Parkside Complete Collection

1. Build Your Base, Add Over Time

After envisioning your dream outdoor space, you can purchase an entire patio collection at once or build it over time, depending on your entertaining needs. Fortunately, the Ty Pennington Style Parkside Collection encompasses 20 matching outdoor necessities – from a loveseat and ottoman to a dining table, umbrella and even a resin wicker swing. It allows you to make additions to your set on your own time. The collection is now available in three colors for custom personalization.

Kenmore 4 Burner Grill

2. Get to Grilling

Whether you’re a novice griller or a seasoned outdoor pro, Sears has the grills to match your space and skillset. With 40,000 BTUs of power, a side burner and two large wheels for easy maneuvering, the Kenmore 4 Burner Gas Grill with stainless steel lid is ideal of the beginning griller. If cooking for a crowd is more your style, consider the Kenmore Elite® 600 Series 4 Burner Gas Grill. With 694 square inches of total cooking area, 64,000 BTUs of power, and a cast iron side burner to cook side dishes and sauces, it’s the ideal grill for the avid entertainer.

3. Welcome Small Spaces

Think your condo balcony or ocean-side deck is too small for outdoor entertaining? Think again. For an intimate yet eclectic look and feel, consider the extensive line of bistro and bar sets available at Sears. They are easily customizable and ideal for dining for two.

y Pennington Style Parkside Wicker Rectangle Plant Stand

4. Go Green and Add Some Color

Nothing dresses up a patio faster than plants and flowers. Many planters at Sears coordinate with our patio collections. Refresh your patio with colorful rugs, pillows and cushions. In addition, a strategically-placed patio umbrella can do more than just block the sun – it can define your entire outdoor space. After all, summer parties should create a relaxed vibe.

La-Z-Boy Charlotte 4 Piece Seating Set

5. Make Your Move, Weigh Your Priorities

Summer is moving season. Whether you’re moving from the city to the suburbs or from a single-family home to a condo in the city, match your outdoor entertaining to the space you have. If moving to a market with extreme climates, invest in durable furniture that can stand up to the environment. Consider patio furniture with a rust-resistant steel frame, UV-resistant fabric and an all-weather resin weave like the La-Z-Boy Charlotte 4 pc. Seating Set available at Sears. This set will accommodate your guests comfortably while upholding inclement weather for years to come.

Kenmore 5 Burner Island Gas Grill with Refrigerator

6. Dine With Family and Friends

Party hosts know the frustration of carrying food back and forth between the kitchen and the backyard. Fortunately, the Kenmore 5-Burner Island Gas Grill with Refrigerator takes elements from the kitchen to the great outdoors. With a side searing burner, a storage cabinet, two storage drawers and a built-in refrigerator, hosts can focus on the food and their guests with fewer trips to the kitchen.

Hampton 5pc Patio Bar Set w/ Cushions

7. Consider Your Climate

The most popular patio sets on the market are made with either aluminum or steel. Steel is heavier than aluminum but can rust over time. Aluminum is naturally rustproof and generally requires less maintenance. For added protection, make sure your patio set has a heavy duty powder-coated frame if you choose steel.

Ready to create your dream patio? Sign-up as a Shop Your Way member for FREE and instantly be entered for a chance to win the Sears Patio Sweeps. The winner will receive 1.5 million Shop Your Way points to help bring their outdoor dreams to life!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, I am part of Sears Squad, though all opinions are my own.