“Fireside Chat” with Terri Lee Rogers
As the popularity of fire features for the outdoors continues to grow, new innovations in design and materials hit the market every year. A category that once consisted of a simple round pit with basic gas logs has now evolved into beautiful designer hearth tops, colorful glass media and product in all shapes and sizes imaginable. OW Lee President Terri Lee Rogers offers a few tips on creating a sizzling backyard oasis, with fire as the star attraction.
Already Dreaming of Next Summer’s Oasis…
With many beginning to turn their attention to the New Year, outdoor design professionals already have spring and summer 2017 on their mind. Based on the previews held for the trade this summer, there are amazing design possibilities to look forward to in creating the perfect outdoor oasis.
The New Green
So many times, products are marketed as “green” because they use recyclable materials, are made of “all natural” products or are manufactured in green facilities, but do these practices really reduce our carbon footprint? In this article we take a look at the best practices for “new green” outdoor furniture companies and what you can look for when buying Earth-friendly furniture.
Tips and Tricks for Creating an Ultimate Outdoor Party Space
When is the last time you have attended a traditional dinner party? If you are like most, it’s probably been a while. Bygone are the days of a traditional “dinner party”- indoors or out. Family gatherings and other parties are moving away from the formal dining room table and outside, into a more casual and intimate setting. Where once a multi-course meal was the center of attraction when entertaining, today, the trend is to gather around a glowing fire and meaningful conversation as the main event.
It’s What’s On The Inside That Counts
When shopping for outdoor furniture, typically the first thing that catches your eye is the cushioning, and more specifically the rich colors or soft textures of the fabric. And while the aesthetics of the cushion is an important factor in choosing a look for your outdoor space, it’s what’s on the inside that will truly provide that look and comfortability for years to come. Considering elements beyond the color, pattern and even feel of a product to see what particular elements and materials have gone into the cushion is crucial. Knowledgeable outdoor furniture retailers are well-versed about the construction of each of the brands they carry and eager to share this information and offer expert advice. Here are some of the important questions to ask regarding cushion construction: