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

Children’s Outdoor Furniture

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Kids are people, too. Often, we forget about the little people that live in our homes, expecting them to use everything that is designed for grownups. While we don’t often hear kids complaining about this, it doesn’t mean that we may not be causing grievous injury to their sense of belonging. And, while we may help children adapt to full-scale furniture by using all sorts of props (my family used the New York phone book as a booster seat), there are times when adults would prefer to have their children nearby but not with them. Entertaining outside is . . . → Read More: Children’s Outdoor Furniture

Fashion Design Goes Outside

Fendi

Not content with limiting themselves to designing couture and ready-to-wear clothing, fashion designers are adding outdoor furniture to their ever-growing list of accomplishments. The outdoor lifestyle has grown into more than a trend and has become a facet of our homes that we are neither willing to forego nor leave behind should our place of residence change. In a word, outdoor living is fashion and that makes it attractive to famous designers and the large companies with which they are aligned.

Fendi

Missoni, Fendi, and Louis Vuitton are a few of the major fashion brands that have . . . → Read More: Fashion Design Goes Outside

Let There be Light!

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Make it a priority to include lighting in your outdoor room when planning your deck, patio, porch, or pool area. In addition to being able to see in the dark, you will want to illuminate and highlight your new outdoor living room. Extending the hours in which your outdoor room can be used increases your enjoyment and provides additional value to your home.

Angeli

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Consider adding lighting that is hard-wired, such as wall fixtures, ceiling-attached chandeliers, and ground lighting. In addition, make sure you plan for portable lighting such as table and floor lamps, . . . → Read More: Let There be Light!

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