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Six ways to extend your patio life into the fall

With autumn just around the corner, the opportunities to enjoy those last, fleeting days of warm, sunny weather on your balcony, deck or terrace are getting fewer and fewer. But that doesn't mean that al fresco living - even in a cold country like ours - has to come to an end. All you need to extend the season indefinitely is a handsome outdoor heat source, some comfy rugs and throws and a few belly warmers. Style and entertaining expert Janette Ewen breaks down the essentials

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A fire pit is de rigueur for staying warm into the night. This traditional copper Turkish grill can be used for barbecuing steaks and kebabs as well as toasting marshmallows. Turkish grill with lid, $299 at Lee Valley.

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Having guests over? Warm them up right off the bat with a colourful pre-made drink. (Shown here, Alizé Red Passion combines fine cognac, passionfruit, cranberries and a hint of late-summer peach.) If you’re serving food, add some welcome spice to your menu with piquant oils and rubs. Alizé Red Passion, $24.95 at most liquor stores.

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Have a basket of wraps and blankets on hand to help combat any chill. Hand-embroidered, these quilted throws from India are made by female artisans from recycled vintage saris. Kantha throws, $99 at West Elm.

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As you would indoors, cozy up an outdoor space by scattering an area rug or two. Throw down some dhurries or other woven carpets for a chic, well-travelled look. Dhurrie rug, from $49 at West Elm.

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Mosquitoes are no longer an issue, so swap those citronella candles for thick, long-lasting pillars. Choose earthier, season-appropriate tones over white or beachy shades. Randing scented candles, $9.99 per set of three at IKEA stores across Canada.

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Put away the teak and other summer furniture for comfy, easy-to-move pillows, poufs or stools. Alseda banana-fibre stool, $39.99 at IKEA stores across Canada.

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