To the Top: High-End Outdoor Furniture

David Francis and Tommy Bahama Outdoor Collections

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The Spring 2014 High Point Furniture Market has come and gone for another year. Masses of people engaged in the furniture industry converge on this otherwise sleepy little North Carolina town twice a year for the world’s largest furniture market. Building after building house furniture and accessories that the manufacturers are hoping will find their way into a local store near you.

In our little segment of this vast furniture industry, the main hub of activity is Chicago where the International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market is held each September. However, an increasing number of outdoor furniture manufacturers show in High Point. Those companies which are more recognized for their indoor lines but are making a push into outdoor furniture will often introduce their new outdoor lines at the High Point show and then, with some success under their belts, head to Chicago where the entire market is teeming with buyers specifically looking for outdoor products.

David Francis Furniture is one such line. Known to designers as a high-end interior furniture line, they have made the move to outdoor furniture.

Outdoor Living Blog Outdoorlicious Outdoor Furniture from David Fancis and Tommy Bahama

Outdoor Living Blog Outdoorlicious Outdoor Furniture from David Fancis and Tommy Bahama
Desiring to bring something fresh and different to the industry, their focus is on creating original designs that have not been seen before.

Outdoor Living Blog Outdoorlicious Outdoor Furniture from David Fancis and Tommy BahamaOutdoor Living Blog Outdoorlicious Outdoor Furniture from David Fancis and Tommy Bahama

The Tommy Bahama brand from Lexington Furniture is another high-end line that has had great success with indoor home furnishings. In their case, they have a lifestyle brand name that is recognizable and desirable by many consumers. Not shy about the pricing of their products, the Tommy Bahama brand believes that their message is a strong one and it attracts the aspirational, and affluently discriminating, customer who wants only the best for their home. Tommy Bahama’s first outdoor furniture introductions were more traditional in styling, with pleasing curves and turns on pieces that look just like they belong inside the home.

Outdoor Living Blog Outdoorlicious Outdoor Furniture from David Fancis and Tommy Bahama

Outdoor Living Blog Outdoorlicious Outdoor Furniture from David Fancis and Tommy Bahama

This spring, however, they introduced more contemporary styling to fulfill the needs of those consumers (and there are many) who like to forge a new path in their home style.

Outdoor Living Blog Outdoorlicious Outdoor Furniture from David Fancis and Tommy Bahama

Using materials that hold up to the weather, such as powder-coated aluminum, man-made wicker, and solution-dyed acrylic outdoor fabrics, both the David Francis and Tommy Bahama lines of outdoor furniture are made to last through the years while creating a living space outside the home which is as comfortably and beautifully furnished as inside. To them, the extension from indoor living to outdoor living should be seamless. No scrimping or penny-pinching here is the message. Their furniture is made for those who understand the entire lifestyle package and choose to live it every day in every way. Now, that is refreshingly Outdoorlicious! and I applaud their mission.
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Classic Outdoor Furniture

The Knoll Designers

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Shultz for Knoll

In the furniture world, there are some heavy-hitters when it comes to creating designs that have stood the test of time. Their iconic designs are easily recognizable by many, including those who are not in the design world. Designers like Saarinen, Eames, and Bertoia are famous. Others, like Pensi, Olivares, and Schultz are better known in the design community. All of them, however, have left their mark in the world of furniture design and most of them have created furniture designed for use outside.

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Bertoia Wire Chair for Knoll

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Curb Appeal Starts at the Front Door

Decorating Your Front Door, Entryway, or Porch

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The entry to your home is like a calling card. It reflects who lives there and tells the public a little bit about you. Neat or messy, decorated for each holiday or unadorned, this little part of your house is like the magnetic strip on your credit card—it holds information specific to you.

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Always consider the style and color of your home when planning how to decorate your front entrance. While you may be dying to create an entry that features a purple front door– your favorite color!), it just may not work with your . . . → Read More: Curb Appeal Starts at the Front Door

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Hickory, Dickory, Deck…

Using sustainable and recycled materials in outdoor decks.

from Jamie Durie and HGTV

Jamie Durie – HGTV

Those of us who have a deck included as part of our outdoor living space, probably have one that has been constructed of wood. Treated lumber (usually Southern Yellow Pine) is the most used material in deck construction. Other woods, such as Western Red Cedar, Philippine Mahogany, Redwood, Cypress, and Ipé are also used, especially if you are constructing a custom deck.

CHris Lambton – HGTV

This Old House

Today, however, there a number of choices besides wood when considering what to use in the construction of your deck. With the notion of . . . → Read More: Hickory, Dickory, Deck…

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Outdoor Living Looks Up: Luxury Tree Houses

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Blue Forest “Fairytale Castle” Tree House

A quiet retreat outside may be considered a luxury by some but I can’t help but feel that it is truly one of life’s necessities. The ability to step away for a little while and commune with nature while leaving all electrically or battery-operated devices inside is relaxing and nurturing. Close your eyes for a moment and imagine your restful and rejuvenating spot outside. Breathe deeply and imagine the scent. Listen and imagine the sounds you would here in your perfect spot.

Are you imagining a tree house? If not, perhaps you should . . . → Read More: Outdoor Living Looks Up: Luxury Tree Houses

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