Tents= Summertime Fun

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Traditional Home

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 evenings of daylight, fireflies (or lightening bugs, depending on where you grew up), ceiling fans on porches, sleeping porches, afternoon showers, cold fruity drinks full of ice cubes, citrus anything, fresh fruit, ice cream, lakes, and the beach. But, I do not . . . → Read More: Tents= Summertime Fun

Summer Decorating with Rope

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Summer Classics

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 is handy to have and ready to be called into use—or maybe, simply to be used as a decorative accessory.


Teak Warehouse


Teak Warehouse

So connected is rope to a casual and waterside lifestyle, that some manufacturers . . . → Read More: Summer Decorating with Rope

Island Style

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Ralph Lauren

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 to enjoy that resort-like environment more frequently? The answer is easy. Plan your outdoor living room to reflect your favorite dream destination. Call in professional help if necessary, but stop denying yourself the opportunity to relax, rejuvenate, and have fun on a . . . → Read More: Island Style

Pampering Pavilions

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Wynn Tower Las Vegas

Providing shade in the outdoor room can take many forms—from the shade that Mother Nature provides from the tree canopy above to a single portable umbrella to a structure constructed with a roof. In between lie a number of good options, including a fabric draped pavilion.


Constructed of an aluminum frame, the skeleton typically consists of corner posts, a connecting header, and a series of “rafters” over which to place the outdoor fabric which becomes the protecting shade.

Viceroy, Santa Monica

Once the top canopy has been fitted, complete with a valance . . . → Read More: Pampering Pavilions

Spring Spruce Up with Outdoor Throw Pillows

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Elaine Smith Pillows

The arrival of spring (this Sunday in the northern hemisphere) means sprucing up your outdoor living room. Cleaning is certainly on the to-do list (no fun) but adding something new to the mix (fun) should also be on that list.

Throw pillows are one of the easiest and most cost effective accessories that can be added to achieve your goal. There are so many outdoor throw pillow options to choose from…

Solids, stripes, and polka dots…

Magnolia Casual


Elaine Smith Pillows

Geometrics and wovens…

Elaine Smith Pillows


Casual Living

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