What began as a street corner flower stand in 1973, has grown to be over 80,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor furniture, lighting and decor. Daylight Home is one store spread over two locations. We offer ways to make your life more comfortable and stimulating both indoors and outdoors. While there is similar inventory between our two locations, over 80 percent is unique to each location.
Our philosophy has always been to provide great service and the best products for lasting value. We focus on quality and offer products from manufacturers that build things to last. Then, we consider comfort. Since comfort is a personal thing, we offer a range of sizes in many chairs so you may find the one that suits you the best. Many styles come in 3 sizes so that you can have a pair in the same collection in different sizes.
We also focus on design. Many great designs don’t function or sit well and are not made to be enjoyed for years. At Daylight Home, we search for great looks that can offer lasting comfort.
"This is the quintessential yard and home accessory supply store! Great choice of furniture and trimmings throughout!" — Merton P.
"Great place to shop for unusual decorative items. We bought two stressless chairs with matching footrests. Zoe is a great salesperson." — Ron T.
While we have sold products from over 75 countries over the years; the majority of our inventory is made in America (approximately half). Many domestically made lines may cost more but have custom capabilities that most imported products do not. We offer customization in colors and size for indoor and outdoor seating and dining collections.
We offer many green product lines with SFC and FSC certifications. Our design consultants are very knowledgeable about our vast array of products to help you to find what best suits your needs. Please feel free to call or email us whenever you have a question or stop by one of our grand showrooms in San Luis Obispo or Paso Robles.
Daylight Home has been a finalist for the Apollo Award for 4 years. This is awarded to the top store in the nation in the patio furniture industry.
Erik started working at Daylight in 1989 while attending Cal Poly’s School of Architecture, and was a good fit at "Daylight Gardens" having worked for 3 years with patio furniture in the Bay Area. As the General Manager, he assists John with purchasing and taking charge of the daily operation. He’s a wonderful husband to his wife Theresa and a great dad to his two beautiful kids. They live in their dream home he designed and built in the oak forest hillside of Atascadero, and of course furnished inside out with the best of Daylight.
“With my combined experience I have nearly 25 years working with casual furnishings for residential, restaurant, hotel or any commercial applications. My long work history and breadth of experience in the business gives me an advantage that allows me to better help consumers with complex or unusual projects. Look for me if you need help with the more complicated jobs. I really enjoy all the customers and friends I have met through the years here”.
Earthann is a native to the central coast, and worked in the early 90's at Daylight. “Of all the places I've lived and worked through the years since, nothing has ever been able to top Daylight!” She’s happy to be back since 2013 and find some of the customers she cared for in the 90's are still customers today. “Also that our fearless leader is still keeping up with the trends and constantly seeking high quality products and manufacturers. I'm thrilled to be the pioneer in starting up our new location in Paso Robles”. With her experiences and passion she’s now the manager of Daylight Paso.
Buffy is another member of the Daylight family from back in the 90's. This time she's been here since 2015 and has expanded her knowledge from being a "plant lady" to being well rounded and knowing both indoor and outdoor furniture lines. She's also been part of the SLO county music scene for a few decades.
Imer is a life-long buddy of Luis and started at Daylight in 2015. Like Luis, he's wonderful at making sure your purchase gets to your home in perfect condition.
Elaine has been with Daylight since 2009 and is the manager in San Luis. She spent 19 years in the furniture store at Gottschalk's with indoor lines. Since 2009, she's balanced her indoor expertise with a complete understanding of outdoor furnishings, fountains and barbeques. She's especially fond of the Saber infrared grills. Her smiling face is familiar to many on the Central Coast as she has been active in the community for a number of decades in spite of her youthful look.
Zoe’s passions direct her from the east coast to the west for starters, after two decades of working on advertising and communications in San Francisco, she redirected her energies to interior design, which she has been immersed in for the past couple of decades. Her initial specialization was in staging homes. In this capacity, she helped clients to design solutions for the perfect home dreams.
When the Central Coast beckoned, she fled from the city and here she partnered with Vellum, a modern retail furniture store where she consulted with homeowners and businesses to help transform their interior design vision into reality. Zoe has been at Daylight since 2006 and has expanded her expertise to include outdoor furniture and accessories while continuing to provide outside consultations. Zoe is sales manager for both locations.
Robert is sort of a jack of all trades, literally. He's been with Daylight since 2016 and previously worked in Paso at the old Boatman's. He also has spent years doing home repairs and handles some of our on-site fix-its. He's always eager to help and very enthusiastic and can share his knowledge of indoor and outdoor furniture and bbqs.
Denise has currently been running the plant-pot-fountain department since 2010 although she worked her for 4 years in the 90's. She's a ball of energy and knows her stuff. Occasionally she may be tough to find as she's a whirlwind, it was even tough for us to get her to be still for a quick pic. If you have questions about plants, pots or fountains, she's what used to be called an encyclopedia of knowledge......
Paul is another Cal Poly graduate of design, Graphics and a couple years before Julie. Paul's been active in the SLO community since 1970, and after decades of owning Karlen Design, pursued his dream of being a retailer. He owned and operated Turn to Nature, at 786 Higuera, which was the original location from 1973-1988 of Earthly Pleasures. For those that missed the connection, Earthly Pleasures was the store that branched into Daylight Gardens in 1978. John and Paul have been friends since the days in the dorms at Cal Poly. Paul has a keen designer's eye and is always ready to share his insights with anyone.
SPECIAL ORDER POLICY - Special Orders CANNOT be returned or cancelled after 3 days from date of purchase and require a minimum 50% non-refundable deposit. Your order is placed specifically for you, so order what you want as it is yours to keep. Please verify that all quantities, style numbers, sizes, finishes, and fabric numbers are correct when placing your order.
Delivery dates on Special Orders are ESTIMATES ONLY and DO CHANGE due to raw material shortages, production delays, labor strikes, shipping and transit delays, etc. Dates are based on usual commitments from manufacturers and should NEVER be considered as promises. Daylight CANNOT GUARANTEE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL ( ETA ) FROM OUR SOURCES OF SUPPLY. The ETA quoted on your sales order is based on the usual estimated arrival date for that particular manufacturer and does not constitute grounds for cancellation due to unforeseen delays by the manufacturer or shipper that are beyond Daylight’s control.
Delivery Scheduling – Plan on a 3 hour window for us to deliver within. We will make every effort to deliver during that time frame and make no guarantees as stuff happens. When scheduling your delivery, you are not required to be home if we have access. Make certain no pets are outside and we have been warned of any sharp turns, low overheads, steep driveways and stairs. We do not keep any gate codes so make sure we have them for each delivery. We do not haul away old stuff.
Receiving Delivery – At Daylight, we take great pride in the quality of the products we sell. Every item is inspected at our warehouse before we deliver to you. Sometimes, damage may occur during delivery. We encourage you to inspect your items when upon delivery. Please notify us within 24 hours of delivery if damage is found.
Should your Special Order arrive with any minor flaws or imperfections, Daylight will correct them under the manufacturer's warranty. Daylight can only allow the return of a Special Order if it is authorized by the manufacturer. Most manufacturers will only authorize a return due to an error by them. We must follow manufacturers procedures on warranty claims, please be patient.
Picking up purchases- Please confirm 24 hours before you plan to pick up merchandise so we may be ready and it can be as quick as possible. Please inspect each item before loading as once it leaves the store, we cannot be responsible for any damage or flaws. We can assist in loading and yet we can assume no liability in the event of damage to your merchandise or vehicle while loading or in transit. You are responsible for securing your merchandise in your vehicle. You should bring blankets and ropes to secure and protect you merchandise.
Storage Fees – Once merchandise is received at Daylight or you have made a purchase, you have 30 days to pickup or have it delivered, before storage fees are incurred. Storage fees will be due at $100 per month after the 30 day grace period. All storage fees must be paid in full before merchandise can be received. Daylight is not responsible for merchandise left in storage. After 180 days, merchandise will be donated to charity in your name.
Returns for Refund – In stock merchandise may be returned for a full refund within 7 days of purchase. Store credit only within 30 days. The merchandise must be in new, unused condition and in the original packaging. Delivered merchandise will incur a pickup fee and the original delivery fee will not be refunded. Clearance or Red Tag special merchandise is NOT refundable.
What furniture will last best in the sun, the rain and the salt air?
Depending on the type of construction and material, most of our patio sets will last 10-20 years based on our 41 years of selling top quality lines. That’s a great return on your investment and yet we might prefer you to add a new collection every 4-5 years just to have a fresh look.
At the ocean, the salt air is tough on all metals, even stainless steel. All metals are powder coated but it’s really the undercoating that makes a difference in how well the powder coat adheres to the frame. Many lines claim their aluminum will “never rust” and that’s true as only steel rusts. Aluminum that does not have a superior undercoating will blister and peel and oxidize white instead of red rust. It’s especially important near the ocean to have the best finish possible. It’s even better to wash the salt off your patio set regularly. You wash your car, try to wash your furniture occasionally and wax it with Ferongard. We’ve found Feron products to work very well in keeping even salt from sprinklers off.
Woods like A grade teak and Ipe have proven by far the best to salt, sun and rain. All woods will turn grey in time but these two will last for decades with little to no care. To keep them brown, then you must clean them yearly with water and a nylon bristle brush. There are stains made specially for each wood and the color will be different than fresh wood and yet not the weathered grey patina.
Outdoor resin wickers are great in most every location. The wickers tend to allow dirt and moisture to fall through and the aluminum frames never rust. Eventually the sun will get to the wicker and yet we’ve found quality resin wicker to last 6-16 years depending on the sun exposure.
Poly lumber Adirondacks have proven to be nearly bullet proof. We started selling them in 1993 and have sampled from 15 different manufacturers. We primarily sell Amish made lines as they proven to be excellent values with 20 year warranties. Salt, sun, rain and even high wind don’t bother poly lumber and they have stainless steel hardware. The only drawback seems to be red and orange fade some and white can pick up dirt in dirty locations. Using Ferongard also helps keep the dirt off just like on metal frames.
Can cushions be left in the rain?
We only sell Sunbrella type cushions made of solution dyed acrylic fibers. The fill is Dacron and if a cushion is totally saturated with water and then set vertically, it should be bone dry in a day. In California, the sun is much more of a problem and it’s here that Sunbrella type material excels. We’ve sold them since 1983 and have had customers leave them in full sun for 10-20 years and they’re still the same color. Cushions can get dirty, and usually a solution of warm water and a little liquid soap will clean them up with a nylon scrub brush. If you have some mildew on the cushions, add a ¼ cup of bleach to the soapy water. Then rinse your freshly scrubbed cushions thoroughly and let dry overnight.
Do slings hold up?
Sling style seating is the most practical design as they allow dirt and water to fall through and so pretty much look clean all the time. People in fog zones love them as the open weave versions are dry even on foggy mornings. The sun eventually will burn slings and yet they are pretty easy to replace. We offer replacement slings and installation service or you can do them yourself.