Let it Rain! Sunbrella Rain Outdoor Fabric is here.

Waterproof your outdoor furniture with Sunbrella Rain outdoor fabric.

Sunbrella Rain Outdoor Fabric

Sunbrella

Let it rain! It’s hard to believe that Sunbrella outdoor fabrics really hold up to moisture, mildew, dirt, and sun but they do. With solution-dyed yarns woven to create the fabric, the color is “locked” in.

Sunbrella Outdoor Fabrics

Sunbrella

The best way to describe this process is to imagine a carrot. Once the orange outer layer is peeled away, the carrot remains orange inside. Other fabrics, such as printed fabrics, which are not solution-dyed have the color applied on the surface, so when the strong rays of the sun continually bear down on them, the color fades away. These fabrics are like radishes: when you peel away the outer red of the radish, there is white underneath.

Solution dyed vs printed fabric

When cleaning outdoor fabrics, it is important to understand which fabric you are attempting to clean. For outdoor, solution dyed fabrics like Sunbrella (the carrots), you may use stronger cleaners, including bleach. For the radishes, it is advisable to use a gentle soap and water to clean.

Many of you know this so the real news today is that Sunbrella has introduced a fabric which they have named Sunbrella Rain. According to Sunbrella, this fabric is 100% water proof.

Sunbrella Rain Waterproof Outdoor Fabric

Sunbrella

This translates into nearly waterproof outdoor cushions. Why “nearly” waterproof? Because when the fabric is stitched to make  cushions, the needle punctures the fabric which may allow a small amount of moisture to creep into the cushion. However, the fabric provides a level of rain proofness that is not seen in other outdoor fabrics.

Sunbrella Rain does feel different than other Sunbrella fabrics—it is stiffer and is not reversible as most of their fabrics are. Of course, once your fabric is sewn, reversibility does not matter. There are people who object to the stiffer feel of the Rain fabric and if you are using the fabric on a covered porch, you probably don’t need the extra protection Rain offers. However, for those who are using their cushions in an uncovered area or know that the space they are decorating gets unusually wet, Sunbrella Rain is a great choice.

Sunbrella Rain Waterproof Outdoor Fabric

Sunbrella

Continually improving their selection of outdoor fabrics and the choices that the consumer has, Sunbrella is at the forefront of outdoor fabrics. Look for their logo and ask your casual retailer about Sunbrella and the advantages of solution-dyed outdoor fabrics. In my mind, there’s really no choice.Outdoor Living Blog Outdoorlicious

Setting the Outdoor Table

Outdoor Dining Decor

Outdoor Living Blog Outdoorlicious Outdoor Table Decorations

Ralph Lauren

Dining outside may be considered casual but that doesn’t mean that setting a nice table and providing an appealing tablescape are not important. On the contrary, taking the meal outside is a perfect excuse to try your hand at a more casual style of decorating and perhaps incorporating elements you wouldn’t otherwise use.

Wedding Chicks.com

While more and more accessories are made to be used outside, it is not necessary to restrict yourself to these items. It’s ok to use pieces that you use inside but why not use them differently? Mix things up—yes, even the . . . → Read More: Setting the Outdoor Table

Mon Dieu! That’s a Lot of Outdoor Chairs.

125th Anniversary Eiffel Tower and Fermob Bistro Chair

Outdoor Living Blog Outdoorlicious Bistro Eiffel Tower

Fermob

2014 marks the 125th anniversary of one of the world’s most recognizable structures—the Eiffel Tower.

History.com

Designed by engineer Gustave Eiffel as the entrance arch to the 1889 Paris World’s Fair, the tower was then the tallest man-made structure in the world, surpassing the Washington Monument, the reigning tallest building until that time.

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Mr. Eiffel believed the Efffel Tower would be to Paris what the pyramids were to Egypt, a grand, lasting structure that would be admired by people all over the world. In retrospect, it seems that Mr. Eiffel was a visionary with . . . → Read More: Mon Dieu! That’s a Lot of Outdoor Chairs.

DIY Tiki Torch for your Outdoor Room

Turn Wine and Liquor Bottles Into Custom Tiki Torches

Outdoor Living Blog Outdoorlicious DIY Tiki Torch

Have you ever thought that there must be something to do with those great looking wine, liquor, and other bottles? Sometimes it’s the shape or color of the bottle that speaks to you. Sometimes it’s the label. Sometimes it’s the memory of a good time with friends or family that you want to recall later.

Well, here’s a great DIY upcycle reuse for them: turn them into tiki torches for your porch, patio, or deck.

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After all, light is an important part of any outdoor room. Light from a flickering flame is romantic and captivating. . . . → Read More: DIY Tiki Torch for your Outdoor Room

Outdoor Furniture: Hanging Beds in the Outdoor Room

Add A Unique Touch to Your Outdoor Room With a Swinging Bed

Outdoor Living Blog Outdorlicious Hanging Swing Bed

Pottery Barn

There is nothing like a lazy day spent outside swinging away. The simple back and forth rocking motion of a swing calms and soothes and, for many of us, lulls us into sleep. And, while a swing may be the first thing we think of when we want to include a motion piece of outdoor furniture, it is not the only piece that would fulfill our needs.

Right now, I am thinking more along the lines of an outdoor swinging bed.

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Big and full of throw pillows and a favorite comforter . . . → Read More: Outdoor Furniture: Hanging Beds in the Outdoor Room