Why is Patio Furniture So Expensive?

In a word: weather.

Rain, sleet, hail, monsoon winds, haboobs, UV rays, excessive heat and/or cold – the list goes on and on. And your outdoor furniture not only has to withstand these fits of Mother Nature but come through the other end just as comfortable and beautiful as it was before.

That’s a tall order. To meet it, Paddy O’ Furniture launched the Apostrophe Outdoor Furniture brand. After nearly 30 years in the industry we’ve learned a thing or two about what makes great patio furniture. Creating our own brand allows us to oversee every aspect of the process – from materials and craftsmanship to comfort and design – resulting in a higher quality product for our customers.

How Does Apostrophe Outdoor Furniture Meet These Standards?

 

Materials:

All-Weather Wicker:

Apostrophe Outdoor uses a resin wicker – also known as ‘all weather wicker’ for woven pieces. This material is specially treated to be UV resistant. Resin fibers are also highly resistant to mildew, sagging, staining, fading and cracking, making these pieces incredibly durable and long-lasting.

 

Powder-Coated Aluminum:

Powder-coated surfaces are unlikely to scratch, chip or fade and they’re highly resistant to moisture, chemicals, UV rays, corrosion and damage due to extreme weather. It can also be applied in a variety of decorative pigments and finishes. Combine that with rust free aluminum – a tough, yet lightweight metal – and you have the ideal framing material for outdoor furniture.

 

Solution Dyed Acrylic Fabrics:

Unlike indoor furniture, which is protected by, well, a house, outdoor furniture is constantly exposed to the elements. Solution dyed acrylic fabric is made by dying each fiber all the way through to insure color fastness. This is often described by comparing an apple to a carrot. If you cut an apple open, the color is only on the outside. If it were a cushion it would quickly fade and any nicks or scratches would show the white underneath. By comparison, a carrot is orange all the way through, so no matter what it is exposed to the color remains the same – just as it does with solution dyed acrylic fabric.

Design:

Here at Paddy O’ Furniture we’re intimately involved with the creation of each Apostrophe Outdoor Furniture collection. We work hand in hand with world class artisans to design a product that is stylish yet functional. Our focus is on timeless looks that our customers can love year after year – because we know how long it will last – and attention to detail to give each collection its’ own unique flair.

And that brings us to…

Comfort:

It’s hard to pack so much into a comfortable piece of furniture but a durable, stylish uncomfortable chair is of no use to anyone. Think of the difference between driving in a luxury sedan versus a high-powered speedster with sports suspension. The speed and performance of the sports car may be amazing but you’ll also feel every bump and rut in the road.

Apostrophe Outdoor Furniture is constructed to last, look good and, most importantly, feel good. The cushions don’t just resist moisture and sagging – they also offer incredible support for a seat that you can sink into. Seams, buttons and straps are re-positioned to avoid creating uncomfortable lumps and bumps. The water and fade resistant fabrics we use are selected not only for their durability but also for their softness and suppleness.

 

Ultimately only you can decide what best suits your lifestyle and budget but for many the idea of replacing inferior quality sets every other season has become monotonous and wasteful.

When it’s time to upgrade to finely designed heirloom quality furnishings that are backed with the confidence of industry leading warranties, Paddy O’ Furniture is here to help. Come visit our award winning showroom and consult with the most knowledgeable staff in the business!

How to Purchase Patio Furniture Online

Finding the right patio furniture for your home can be a daunting task, and making such a large purchase online can present an even greater challenge. Luckily, Paddy O’ Furniture has some quick, easy steps that will make the process more manageable so you can enjoy a stress-free online shopping experience.

The truth is most of us are already doing our furniture research online. It’s not uncommon to spend days, sometimes weeks, comparing styles, colors, designs, and prices. The internet gives shoppers unprecedented access to furniture options, giving us a variety of resources to find exactly what we want all from the comfort or our couches. But, with so many items to choose from, the task can become overwhelming. Managing all those choices is part of what makes the Paddy O’ shopping experience so unique.

Paddy O’ Furniture works hard to create a luxurious outdoor furniture shopping experience online for our customers. See someone online that you like? Come into a showroom and try it out! Did you come into a store and fall in love with a piece, but need more time to think it over? No problem. Visit us online to complete your purchase when you’re ready, or add it to your ‘favorites’ for safekeeping so you can compare it to other possibilities later on. Whether you’re shopping online, in our stores, or both It is possible to find quality, stylish, outdoor furniture at Paddy O’ Furniture.

Here are a few tips about our website to enhance your browsing experience:

  1. Look through all of our patio furniture collections. They’re arranged in categories like ‘Plush Seating’ and ‘Outdoor Dining’ to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Our site also allows you to drape pieces in different fabrics so you can better visualize the finished piece. You can even use our online room planner to furnish your dream patio down to the smallest detail!
  2. Read the product descriptions and note the dimensions. Make sure you have measured your patio space to ensure you are getting the right size furniture for your design.
  3. Need a little help reviewing the options? Call us! The staff at Paddy O’ Furniture is always available to answer questions or send you more information. We conveniently have a “Request Information” button on all of our product pages to make it easy to find out more information about a product before you purchase.
  4. When you’re shopping online at the Paddy O’ Furniture Website be sure to sign up as a Paddy O’ Subscriber for specials, exclusive discounts and advance notice of the best deals on luxury patio furniture!

Finding the right patio furniture for your outdoor space can be simple and fun on the Paddy O’ Furniture website! Take your laptop outside and browse while imagining yourself enjoying your new lavish patio furniture!

Enjoy the outdoors in beautiful patio furniture from Paddy O' Furniture that you can conveniently purchase online!

Outdoor Design Trends from the Philadelphia Flower Show

So, it is officially Spring!

You know how we know?  Over the last week, the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society hosted their annual Flower Show.  Known as the “Olympics of Horticulture”, this 185 year-old institution is the largest in America.  This show is THE place to début new trends, ideas, products and plants that will rock your garden, yard, and meadow.  If you were not lucky enough to attend, you can see a lot of beauty and great tips at the Philadelphia Flower Sow YouTube page. But the Paddy O’ team plans on letting you in on some of the big tips, trends, and designs featured at this great show!

Philadelphia Flower Show 2014

Landscaping is moving from picture perfect to wild and rugged. Talented landscapers takes time to develop a look – even if it looks like raw forest. New lands and pieces of land maybe groomed and designed to look wild and unruly, but that is an obvious choice your making with property that should look rugged and untamed.

Trends in hardscaping are exactly what we expected – it is all about outdoor living.  Smart spaces that are comfortable, functional, and eco-friendly. It’s not just pouring a big dump of cement and spreading it flat anymore, modern outdoor spaces include reclaimed wood, recycled stone.  Water features are popular and make sure to integrate plenty of light.  Patio’s are back with a vengeance.

Once you designed, landscaped and/or “hardscaped” your space, it’s time for the furniture.  This year’s hottest items include durable and weatherproof furniture in bright and bold colors. Vibrancy in patterns and textures will keep your outdoor living experience as alive as possible.

Carmel outdoor furniture collection from Paddy O' Furniture.

This year is all about expanding your gardening and design horizons, so step outside of the same old gardening plot and trying something new. If we have your outdoors gears turning and you’re ready for Spring, be sure to come in to your local Paddy’O Furniture for more information and ideas.

Tips to Prepare your Garden for Winter

Have you done what’s necessary to protect your garden for winter?  With the coldest months of the year just around the corner, there isn’t a better time to prepare your garden for winter.  To make sure that your garden is at its best this coming Spring and Summer, it is essential to do the proper winter maintenance on your garden to keep it in tip-top shape!

The following are great tips and suggestions on how to get your garden ready for winter.

Clean up your garden.  Removing weeds and anything dead in your garden beds is important.  Digging up plants that have finished their yearly run will help keep the soil healthy.  It can actually be a smart idea to leave  a small amount of leaf litter and foliage from the fall months to create a protective layer for the ground from frost and curious critters!  Putting your patio furniture away is also a great way to tidy up your garden area and to protect your patio furniture from damage.  Patio furniture covers are a great solution for covering your furniture and protecting it from the elements.

Clean up your garden for the winter months.

Love your lawn.  Rake away leaves from your lawn that have gathered.  Aerate your lawn with a lawn fork and feed your lawn with some autumn lawn fertilizer to keep it healthier throughout winter.

Check your deck.  Checking your deck and patio to make sure that they have had the proper maintenance can help you from having to do major work on them in the Spring and Summer months.  Doing the necessary updates and repairs on your deck and patio now can save you a number of headaches.  Giving your deck or patio a nice pressure wash is a great preventive measure against mold and mildew.

Remember Mother Nature!  While you are curled up in your warm home or huddled up next to your fire pit, wildlife and nature do not have the same luxury.  Set out a few bird feeders and make sure to have proper foliage to help little critters find someplace warm.

Setup bird feeders in winter.

Ideas for Furnishing Your Patio

Creating the Perfect Patio

When you want to design your garden, patio, or outdoor space in general there is a variety of ideas to choose from.  There is a vast selection of outdoor furniture collections as well as other outdoor accessories that can help give your more flexibility in your design.  With more choices,  it’s easier to be more creative  and true to your personality.

The following are some helpful tips to making your outdoor space spectacular!

Patios and Decks

Designing the Perfect Outdoor Space

Laying a solid platform in your outdoor space can give you extra space to place your patio furniture and accessories.  Need a place for a grill?  A patio or deck can give you that flexibility and allow you to arrange your stuff more freely.  Multiple surface types are available for this.  For example you can extend an existing patio with concrete or you can add a deck to your back yard with wooden decking.  Both choices give you a stylish appearance and offer you more versatility to arrange your space.

Outdoor Dining Sets

Outdoor Dining Sets from Paddy O' Furniture

What is better than enjoying a good meal with mother nature?  Creating an outdoor dining area in your outdoor space allows you do to just that.  The nice thing about dining sets is that you are ensuring your furniture will match each other.  Some things to consider with a dining set is comfort.  Seating is important and it’s important to have couple of choices for outdoor dining chairs.  Choose from cushions, sling, or padded sling.  Each is unique to your own comfort level.  There are also many choices in style.  Choose an outdoor dining set that fits your personality and personal style!

Lounging and Poolside Furniture

Louging furniture from Paddy O' Furniture

Laying out by the pool on a beautiful day is the best!  Enjoy it in a chaise lounge or in a nice swivel rocker.  Sip a great glass of wine and chat with friends in a lounging or poolside piece of patio furniture.  So many things are more enjoyable when you can enjoy them outside in a comfortable piece of lounging furniture.  Just like with outdoor dining, there are multiple styles for outdoor lounging furniture to choose from.  Choose something to fit your comfort and style!

Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor Lighting from Paddy O' Furniture

For that evening cocktail party having the right lighting is essential.  Believe it or not, many choices exist for outdoor lighting.  Even outdoor umbrellas are coming equipped with lighting to light up that evening dinner party.  No matter what the occasion, the right outdoor lighting can set the mood and make your outdoor experiences more enjoyable.

Choose an Outdoor Theme

Just like with decorating your indoor space it’s important to choose a theme that suits you.  Are you trying to emulate an exclusive island resort or trying to create that perfect Victorian romance?  Whatever your theme, choose what makes you happy!

Winterize Your Outdoor Furniture

Ready To Winterize?

Okay friends, we need you to do just a few more things on your patio or outdoor space. I know, I know… It’s time to go Trick-Or-Treating or think about Holiday decorations.  But, without a little late-fall attention, your outdoor living spaces are going to begin to look shabby.  And besides just looking nasty, you could inadvertently damage your property through neglect. So, if you follow these super-simple tips, your outdoor living spaces will look great all winter long.

Preparing your outdoor living spaces for winter keeps them looking good through the cold winter months, maintains them, and prepares them for spring.

Tips and tricks to winterize your patio furniture.

Clean and Store Your Patio Furniture

The gang at Paddy O’ Furniture believes that cleanliness is KEY in keeping your outdoor furniture looking swanky, If you’re packing away patio furniture for the winter, give it a solid cleaning so your furniture isn’t sitting in grime for the next 6 months. Wipe dirt and debris off tables and chairs and spray down everything with clean HOT water. Make sure it all dries completely before storing it indoors or covering it with a patio-furniture cover. Tie each cover to the furniture’s legs so that it stays in place.  Store it and plan on finding it clean and fresh when you open it in the spring!

Tips and tricks to winterize your outdoor and patio furniture.

Scrub Patio Cushions

I know this slightly repetitive, but we have no problem highlighting it due to importance.  Cushions are GROUND ZERO for filth. Wipe off all your outdoor cushions with a soapy sponge and water, and scrub off anything that needs should be removed. Let it dry completely for a few days to make sure there’s no moisture left. If you find any mildew when cleaning your cushions, leave them in the sun (a natural mold inhibitor). When the cushion is dry, scrub off loose spores with a dry sponge. After washing and drying completely, wrap your cushions in an old sheet or a garbage bag and store them inside.

Protect Your Wood Structures

Winter is hard on wood, but you can prevent moisture and mildew damage with a little preventative maintenance. Move all chairs, tables and other furniture off any wood deck, and sweep it. Removing dead leaves and debris will keep bacteria and rotting material from damaging your wood. Once all clear and clean, apply a water-tight seal to prevent moisture damage through the winter months.  If you have furniture that is wood – take time to make sure the wood is covered or treated if you cannot move it inside.

Winterizing your deck

Take Care of Flowering Plants and Take Care of Any Weeds

While we might sell furniture, we adore plants.  So making sure your outdoor space blooms again is important to Paddy O’ Furniture. Trim any plants that are safe for fall pruning, think ahead and plant a few spring-flowering bulbs. Add a fresh layer of mulch over your newly planted bulbs to shield them from frost and chill during Jack Frost’s reign. If you have any remaining annuals, say “Goodbye!” to them. If you let the dead plants stay where they are, they can become home to insects through the winter. Bite the bullet and tackle any weeds you see now. We believe you’ll see more spring blooms if early plants don’t have to fight it out with weeds. Pull weeds by hand, or spray them so they don’t get a chance to develop roots between freezes.

By taking care of these winterizing jobs now, your outdoor living space will look good all winter long and be ready for spring.  If you have any questions on furniture care, you know the gang here at Paddy O’ Furniture is always ready to give you the insights!

Summer 2014: What To Expect By Looking Back At Summer 2013

Looking Back at Summer

Well, Summer 2013 is clearly over.

As the leaves change and the air gets brisker, and we say goodbye to our outdoor and patio fun but let’s not turn our eyes away from the idea of summer.  After all, summer is going to come again…Right?  At Paddy O’ Furniture, we know that the winter is the best time to review what your needs were from the past summer, look over the trends of the previous season, and plan ahead for the next year!  So today, lets review Summer 2013 trends to plan for Summer 2014!

As homeowners continue to spend more time and money on their outdoor spaces, outdoor furniture manufacturers have come up with new designs and innovative products to meet their growing needs and style preferences. The latest trends in outdoor furniture and accessories focus on indoor comfort, design flexibility, and making better use of your outdoor living space. Here are the top 4 outdoor furniture trends you can expect to see this spring.

Transitional Design

The biggest trend in outdoor furniture this year was the rush back to transitional design. Mixing classic and contemporary, transitional outdoor furniture blends the clean lines of modern furniture with the curves and comfort of traditional designs for a look that is simple, yet inviting. The popularity of transitional style furniture stems from its design versatility: Transitional outdoor furniture can easily be mixed and matched with more modern or traditional pieces and works well in any backyard setting.

Transitional outdoor furniture from Paddy O' Furniture in Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona.

Stackable Patio Chairs

Stack it! Like Tupperware! Lightweight stackable patio chairs and table sets offer versatile solutions for small yards: they can be repositioned to maximize space and accommodate guests during picnics, pool parties, patio events, etc; then stacked and stored away when not in use. No fuss, no muss!

The need for space-saving furniture comes from the reality that many homeowners are moving into smaller homes and have less outdoor space. Stackable furniture is also easily portable. Many homeowners want to bring their furniture indoors during harsh storms or the winter months to help it last longer and protect it from the elements.

Stackable outdoor furniture from Paddy O' Furniture in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona.

Outdoor Rugs

Outdoor rugs are a top trend this summer since they bring the look and comfort to your outdoor space. Like an interior rug, an outdoor rug can transform your entire outdoor space, by adding warmth, creating transitions, promoting a mood, and tricking the eye. Outdoor rugs are available in all shapes, sizes, colors and patterns to match any décor. You can find something amazingly snazzy, that also works in any weather conditions.

Plush Seating Furniture

Plush seating patio furniture has been a trend our pals in the indoor business have seen for a few years, and its now catching on in the outdoor world. Plush seating outdoor furniture, including sofas, loveseats, chaise lounges, upholstered chairs, and ottomans, were and will be the IT items…  Plush seating outdoor furniture features large, wide seating areas and soft, oversized cushions to create enticing refuge outdoors. It is all about comfy! Who doesn’t want to sink into something on their patio? It is all about comfort these days, and this furniture offers that.

Plush seating patio furniture from Paddy O' Furniture in Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona.

So there you have it.  The Paddy O’ Furniture team looked over last years hottest sellers and all the amazing feedback from our customers. We studied the designers and have been to the markets.  So trust us as your patio soothsayers – these will be the trends this summer too.  Jump on the bandwagon – or patio – NOW!

Design Outdoor Rooms to Reflect your Lifestyle

By Marcia Blake

Outdoor living captivates the indoors outside and beautifies your front and backyard with the same enthusiasm you embellish a much loved room in your home. It is all about expressing yourself!

A different way of thinking about the outdoor room is to focus on being inside the outdoors. What would you expect to see inside your family room? A warm fireplace, plush sofa, comfy love seat, rocking club chair, accent end table, custom drapes, decorative throw pillows, cozy throw blankets, some scented candles, a cocktail table, a bowl of fruit, a stereo system, a piece of artwork, and a flat screen television. The options are limitless. You just need to imagine a place that you want to spend most of your time, after that you need to create this image just as you envisioned it to be.

Once you have spent a lot of time and effort creating the ideal outdoor living space you will still need to distinguish it just like you do with your interior spaces. You can tie the room together as you express your taste in style. One finishing touch would be to strategically place a piece of outdoor artwork, a Weatherprint to accentuate the patio, garden or entrance of your outdoor living space. This art can also be the focal point of your room, on a wall or above a fireplace. Open Air Designs uses cutting edge materials like lightweight rust proof aluminum and ultra violet resistant inks that will not fade in the sun, as well as, wind resistant brackets. This is a perfect way to expand your design possibilities.

                                           
              Little Cactus                                      Evening Glow                                           Tuscan Beauty

                                              
               Still Life                                                    Tropical 9                                    Green Hills of Tuscany

Another example of bringing the inside out is in the use of multiple coordinating fabrics and trims on the drapes that hang from the pavilion or separate the living and dining spaces. Don’t be afraid to use color and texture outside, choose fabrics that make you feel good and reflect the inside décor.  Create custom pillows with the use of trims and coordinating fabrics and sprinkle them around the seating area. Lanterns with candles illuminate these outdoor living spaces along with the chandeliers and fire features. Mix and match materials in these outdoor settings, juxtapose wrought iron with glass, steel with terra cotta, wood against woven components, soft chenille textures and linear lines to get a new twist on an Old World style.

Designing outdoor rooms to reflect your lifestyle has never been easier. Today professional interior designers, landscape architects, garden designers and homeowners are decorating their outdoor living spaces using the latest high quality and design inspired furniture and accessories to dress up these outdoor spaces. The spring and summer weather provides us the luxury of creating an additional living area with all of the comforts, design and style that have previously only been available for our indoor rooms.

                                          
 Solair Retractable Awning                                             Paddy O’ Furniture Showroom

Shade makers are important features during the blistering hot days of summer. Accent or blend fabrics as you expand your home with a remote controlled Solair awning. It’s easy to add more space to your home, to add a safe sheltered outdoor area for your kids, more room for entertaining or just your own private retreat, it’s all possible-simply by reinventing the space you already have. A beautiful easy care awning will add shade and shelter as you add style with the added benefit of reducing your energy use throughout the year. With the touch of a button, a retractable remote controlled awning powered by a remote controlled Somfyâ motor can be stored out of the way The Solair retractable awning is made with Sunbrellaâ fabric, which can reduce interior home cooling energy consumption and provide sun protection from the sun’s rays for delicate interior furnishings not made of Sunbrella fabric as well as you and your loved ones.

                              
                                         Treasure Garden Umbrella’s at Paddy O’ Furniture

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using awnings and umbrellas made with Sunbrella fabric as part of your complete sun protection regimen, along with the regular use of sunscreen. Coordinating Treasure Garden umbrellas with your outdoor furniture is easy especially with the latest selections available on the Sunbrella Kiosk for special orders. Expand your design possibilities as you reveal your sense of style.


Sunbrella Fabric Kiosk at Paddy O’ Furniture

As we create environments to complement our casual lifestyle, enjoying our homes by designing from the outside looking in, we are spending more time entertaining family and friends while utilizing the extended home’s living space. Trends in outdoor furniture closely follow the latest apparel trends utilizing vibrant colors, soft fabrics, high quality, design and function. Some of the latest trends in furniture and accessories add vibrancy, style and comfort to the outside living space. The outdoor living space should be a reflection of the indoor designs. Color, texture, quality and design are moving outside.

No longer are we confined to muted colors and simple design. Now color can create an ambiance of romance, quiet leisure, subdued elegance or vibrant energy. Accessories are moving upscale along with the furniture. The future of outdoor living spaces is bright.

Summertime Outdoor Entertaining

By Marcia Blake

For most everyone Fourth of July weekend is the mid-summer celebration, it usually involves an outdoor barbeque, a great looking table, fabulous summer dishes, cool drinks and your favorite guests to revitalize the warmer time of the year. Whether you wish to transform a backyard barbeque into a stylish, yet relaxed event, or a conventional picnic into an elegant dinner, all you require are some fresh and fabulous eye-catching and entertaining ideas to have a good time.

       

When entertaining outdoors, be sure to choose a theme, color scheme, food, seating and décor that fit the setting. One theme that I like is a classy Garden Party, which can be, achieved alfresco style. Use colors and textures to create interest on the table. A tablecloth and coordinating napkins made with Sunbrellaâ fabric will complement the style that you are trying to achieve. The choices are endless, from textures, prints, solids and jacquards, you can select the perfect fabric.

Use a piece of slate or a terra cotta tile as a trivet or tray.  I recommend utilizing plants from the garden to add decorative accents to the tabletop. Choose some of your favorite flowers and join them in a bird nest, which come in a variety of different sizes in your local craft store to add a unique touch to your summer table.  Or take small containers such as mason jars, fill the bottom with sliced lemons or limes add Daffodils, Gerber Daisies or Tulips, then wrap the center of the jar with a piece of burlap for that natural feel and tie a ribbon around the middle. For a more formal setting use different size glass hurricanes fill them with sand and place a candle in the center.

Have fun with the dishes and glassware either select colors originating from nature and the environment like bamboo plates or punch the tabletop up with a variety of vivid colors and shapes to create an eclectic setting.  To put an elegant twist on this garden party, fill the table with your best china and stemware, then scatter votives around the table to create ambient lighting when the sun sets.

Consider serving marinated London Broil served with horseradish cream sauce, au jus, Island Chicken with Fruit Salsa, Fresh Corn Grilled in the Husk with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Butter for a perfect Garden Party.

                            

Another theme for the ideal summers get together is a chic, yet casual Backyard Barbeque.  Grilling is a quintessential element of summer; add a new spin on the backyard barbeque adventure to make a casual gathering an event to remember.  One of my favorite things to prepare is pizza al fresco.  You can collect all of the ingredients ahead of time, and then your guests can join in the fun assembling the pizza. Encourage them to sprinkle fresh cut herbs as pizza toppings.

                                        

Some terrific centerpieces for this creative gill fare are small terra cotta pots with fresh herbs lined up down the center of your table. Set the table Tuscan Style for an authentic Italian evening, with small bottles of olive oil at each place setting. Start the Backyard Barbeque off with a grilled Bruschetta appetizer, cool down the party with traditional Limóncello cocktail and serve a healthy Italian salad with fresh ingredients to accompany the pizza.

Monterey and Terrace Collection - Exclusively at Paddy O' Furniture

The grill will be the focal point of this gathering, yet its important not to forget comfortable and inviting seating in addition to your dining table.  Large curved and modular luxuriously cushioned sofas are wonderful for large parties, club chairs around a fire pit create a casual cozy space, and double chaise lounges are unrivaled for a romantic interlude away from the crowd.

One more theme for summertime outdoor entertaining is easy going Beach Picnic in your backyard. To create a beachside bash at your home select beach artifacts such as shells, starfish, white coral and sand for serving and decoration. Adopt a nautical color scheme of navy blue, white, sea blue, crimson and yellow, choose Sunbrellaâ fabric Parade Nautical to make a tablecloth add napkins in solid coordinates.

    

Use clear glass plates and glassware on the tabletop along with flickering candles. The menu could contain grilled shrimp or clam appetizer, blackened salmon and a nice summer salad with market fresh produce. Hang lanterns from trees with battery operated votives to illuminate the party as the sun goes down.  Play some Beach Boys music on your outdoor speakers as your friends mix and mingle with tropical drinks in hand. Sprinkle sand on the patio, and light up a few Tiki torches and you are all set to entertain this summer in style.

          

The key to summertime outdoor entertaining is to plan in advance so that you can enjoy your Garden Party, Backyard Barbeque or Beach Picnic along with your guests. Take time to relax, unwind, in your outdoor furniture before, during and after the party to feel renewed, refreshed and entertained! Enjoy….

Embrace Outdoor Living

Embrace Outdoor Living

By: Marcia Blake

One of the most essential activities we can do is to connect with nature by being outdoors. Studies show that fresh air, trees, plants and natural outdoor elements have a profound influence on our health and well being.  When we devote more time outdoors, we can boost our state of mind, think more positively, and experience a greater inner calm and greater harmony with everyone around us.  So let’s leave the stresses of everyday life inside, as we embrace our outdoor living room.

To be able to spend more time outdoors, ask yourself, “Will I be relaxing and entertaining or dining outside alfresco style with family and friends?”  Once you determine the answers to these questions you can begin to design your outdoor living space, or freshen up and re-energize an existing space with new furniture and accessories.  If the answer to both questions is “yes” than you can design an outdoor living room, in addition to an alfresco dining area.

The line between the indoors and outdoors is blurring as we and our guests spill outside from our interior great room. Utilizing the very same design principles that you use inside your home is the key to discovering the beauty of outdoor living. Layering appealing textural solids with captivating patterned textiles will enable you to create an outdoor seating and dining area that is just as inviting as your indoor counterparts. Accent pillows, artistic area rugs, graceful drapes, and stylized furniture are the components that will make your space comfortable and inspired.

Some of the latest trends in furniture and accessories add vibrancy, style and comfort to the outdoor living room. Brown Jordan’s Flight Collection offers elegance with casual sophistication. Its clean lines and modern flares are constructed in cast and extruded aluminum. This Flight collection is the perfect synthesis of classic style with a modern twist.

Flight Collection available at Paddy O' Furniture

Brown Jordan Flight Dining

Flight Collection available at Paddy O' Furniture

Brown Jordan Flight Chaise Lounges

Just like in home design, it is important to create a focal point such as a fountain, fireplace, fire pit, gazebo or pavilion that will encourage your friends and family to spend quality time together. Or you can choose an existing focal point to strategically place some very comfortable deep seating arrangements or a spectacular dining area. Sometimes colorful outdoor art or an outdoor rug that defines this space is your focal point. If this is the case, utilize the colors found in the artwork or rug to embellish your outdoor room.

Outdoor furniture and accessories get their design and color signals from the traditional and fashionable interior décor. This Monterey Collection from Patio Renaissance is rich in color and design. By selecting your own fabric for the cushions and pillows you can personalize your outdoor living room.

Monterey available at Paddy O' Furniture

Patio Renaissance Monterey Deep Seating

Nature inspires the addition of colors in the outdoor room such as tranquil blue, herbal green and cheerful yellow. This season shades of pink are being tossed into the outdoor room. Different hues of orange are spicing up the outdoor spaces while brightening up our mood.   In addition to adding color in the outdoor furnishings and accessories, choose colorful flowering plants to accent containers scattered throughout the outdoor living space. Place these on the dining table, coffee table, next to a club or lounge chair. Accent the outdoors with all different shapes and sizes of colorful outdoor throw pillows and a plush outdoor rug that will finish off the outdoor setting. Umbrellas also come in many sizes, shapes and colors that can coordinate or contrast the outdoor living space.

Next you want to consider adding Outdoor Drapes to add a touch of style and color. These drapes can be functional or simply decorative. There are many options to choose from with Outdoor Drapes, you can hang sheer drapes, or a patterned drape with decorative accent fringe. Now more than anytime before you have choices in outdoor hardware to hang the drapes, adjustable aluminum rods and decorative finials.

Mix and match materials in these outdoor settings, juxtapose wrought iron with glass, steel with terra cotta, wood against woven components, soft chenille textures and linear lines to get a new twist on an old world style.

Adding the finishing touches with accessories like candles, stone figurines, colorful potted plants, table trays, coffee table books and colorful vases will complete the creation of your lavish outdoor living space.

Now that spring is here, the importance of outdoor living becomes more and more apparent as we appreciate the natural beauty surrounding our homes, the clean crisp air of spring, birds singing, flowers blooming and trees budding. Time spent outside as we socialize in comfort and style will help us to leave the stress of the day behind and create a balance to our lives. Outdoor Living stimulates conversation, an unhurried pace and transports us closer to nature.

Alfresco dining and lounging on a sofa as the afternoon fades into evening, will replenish your spirit.

Outdoor living is at its best when nature dazzles the eye and nurtures the soul. Create your perfect casual environment outside and enjoy. Breathe in, breathe out. Find your center. Relax.  With so many demands on our daily lives, it’s no wonder that we are all so stressed! So leave the stress inside, as you embrace outdoor living.