Category: Outdoor Living

February 2019 Newsletter

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Grilled Buttered Honey Rum Bananas   Ingredients 2 tablespoons rum 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon melted butter 4 firm bananas Cinnamon to taste Brown sugar to taste Ice cream   Preparation Combine rum, honey, and melted butter in a bowl and mix well. Preheat grill to medium-high and treat grates with non-stick spray. Peel bananas [Continue Reading]

Once again, September brings the International Casual Furniture Market to the Windy City and those of us in the outdoor furniture industry together for another market. A newly renovated Merchandise Mart, begun last year, jolted long-timers out of the same-old routine and offered some interesting adaptations of this venerable old space to twenty-first century use.  [Continue Reading]

Rooftop Glamping

How much would you pay for the experience of sleeping outside on the rooftop of a luxury hotel? Or, maybe you wouldn’t consider it even if they were giving it away. Glamping has become the popular style of resort camping. No ordinary tents and campfire cookouts with that you-know-you’ve-been-camping feeling in the morning when your [Continue Reading]

Children’s Outdoor Furniture

  Kids are people, too. Often, we forget about the little people that live in our homes, expecting them to use everything that is designed for grownups. While we don’t often hear kids complaining about this, it doesn’t mean that we may not be causing grievous injury to their sense of belonging. And, while we [Continue Reading]

Fashion Design Goes Outside

Not content with limiting themselves to designing couture and ready-to-wear clothing, fashion designers are adding outdoor furniture to their ever-growing list of accomplishments. The outdoor lifestyle has grown into more than a trend and has become a facet of our homes that we are neither willing to forego nor leave behind should our place of [Continue Reading]

Let There be Light!

  Make it a priority to include lighting in your outdoor room when planning your deck, patio, porch, or pool area. In addition to being able to see in the dark, you will want to illuminate and highlight your new outdoor living room. Extending the hours in which your outdoor room can be used increases your [Continue Reading]

Tents= Summertime Fun

We are at the midpoint of summer, with half of the season behind us and half of it ahead of us. Ugh—really? It’s August. Shouldn’t summer be nearly over? Don’t get me wrong, I really do like summer. Or, perhaps, what I like better is summertime. I look forward to summertime: outdoor living, vacations, long [Continue Reading]

Summer Decorating with Rope

Summer decorating style is often associated with waterside retreats: the lake, the river, or the beach. And one thing that seems to be found in each of those places is rope. Rope from which to hang a swing or hammock; rope by which to pull a boat; rope in which to catch a fish. Rope [Continue Reading]

Island Style

For many, the idea of a vacation conjures images of palm trees, sand, and plenty of sunshine. An island in the middle of a deep blue sea is the dream destination for many landlocked and reality-bound people who spend most of the year waiting for their two weeks of idyllic bliss. What can you do [Continue Reading]