Outdoor Furniture Comes to Chicago

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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. I particularly liked those areas where people could congregate with their laptops to continue working while not at a traditional desk.

The halls were bustling and busy, with late afternoon cocktail parties and many opportunities for socializing and mingling between exhibitors and . . . → Read More: Outdoor Furniture Comes to Chicago

Double D’s Double Decker Coffee Shop

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I spent last week in the mountains of North Carolina, including a day in Asheville. While the residents were complaining about the heat, I was happy to be relieved of the oppressive heat that we have been experiencing in South Carolina all summer. And, while a hot cup of joe was not on my list of wanna-haves, I couldn’t resist stopping at this adorable coffee shop. A bright red English double-decker bus parked in the middle of downtown Asheville serving coffee and food items–how cute! Of course, I had to know if the upper deck was open to customers–it . . . → Read More: Double D’s Double Decker Coffee Shop

Outdoor Living Takes Flight

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Architectural Digest

How important is outdoor living in our lives? I’d say it is pretty darn important when you begin to see major airports around the globe add outdoor spaces for their customers. And, why not? With flight delays and the increasing amount of time one must spend in the airport, providing an outdoor area for stressed out, antsy customers may help calm them down and make them happier once they board that over-booked and crowded flight.

Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines

Delta led the way at New York’s JFK, with its first very nicely appointed Sky Deck. . . . → Read More: Outdoor Living Takes Flight

Sealander Caravan


It’s a camper. It’s a boat. It’s Sealander.


A combination pull-behind trailer and amphibious vehicle, Sealander caravan is a camper and boat all in one.


Developed and built in Germany, the Sealander caravan meets world-wide safety standard for use on both land and water.


Lightweight and mobile, Sealander caravans include a convertible sunroof, telescopic swim ladder, a stainless steel handrail for safe boarding, and benches that convert to a bed.

Available custom options include: colors, toilet, cooler, sound system, and barbeque.



While a Sealander caravan is not inexpensive, the . . . → Read More: Sealander Caravan

Up on the Roof

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Hotel Pulitzer, Barcelona

I had the pleasure of staying at the Hotel Pulitzer in Barcelona last week. One of the reasons I selected this hotel was because the images I viewed online when making my hotel selection indicated that they have a rooftop terrace. The beautiful design of the hotel and superb location were nearly enough to make me commit but it was the rooftop terrace that convinced me to click the RESERVE button. Now that I have returned and had the great pleasure of staying at this lovely hotel, I can add that the staff is friendly, helpful, . . . → Read More: Up on the Roof