RV Covers

Why Cover A RV?

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RV’s are more than a box sitting in your driveway. They are exploration vehicles, the best way to get away, your home away from home. As such, they deserve more reverence than a box. They deserve a cover. RV covers….

  1. Provide protection from damaging UV rays
    UV rays can crack the paint and fade the finish on your RV
  2. Help keep nature out
    Sitting in your yard or driveway, your RV awaits its next adventure. Typically, RV’s will sit for several seasons waiting for spring to allow to time and weather to really travel. During this movement hiatus, your RV is exposed to all kinds of elements. After ensuring your RV is properly winterized, cleaned and dried, applying a cover helps keep dirt, pollen, leaves and water from directly hammering your RV. For additional cleaning tips, click here.
    Note: Due to the Gel Coat Finish on some RVs (especially fiberglass RVs), clouding may occur after extended use of a cover. If spotting or clouding appear after using a storage cover, clean and wax the vehicle to remove any trapped environmental pollutants like dirt and moisture.  To prevent reoccurrence, clean and apply a top quality wax between 2 and 4 times a year, depending on the level of exposure to the elements.
  3. Reduce cleaning time
    While you did spend the time cleaning the RV in the winterization process, covers will help speed up the spring clean immensely by limiting the dust, debris, pollen, and leaves that find their way onto your RV and sit.
  4. Help deter pests
    Rodents and other critters are known to burrow or make nests in your RV. While covers cannot totally prevent an invasion, and cannot prevent you from trapping animals in your RV, they do add a layer between the outside and your RV. This would, ideally make it more difficult for a mouse to find its way into your under-cabinet and under-bed storage areas to nest in the backup fishing gear and towels to make its winter home.
  5. Aesthetics
    For those with strict HOAs or less than perfect campers, covers provide a tidy, and pleasing look to your outdoor space.

Also consider other RV accessories to get similar benefits of reducing UV exposure to your steering wheel, dashboard, and tires. Our tire covers are available in a variety of sizes. if you have any questions, please reach out to one of our helpful Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-854-2315.


How to Measure a RV for a Cover

According to Lisa Zuroff, one of our customer service representatives, RV covers are a hot topic for customer support. Many of the questions they receive revolve around fit and how to measure. Here are three measurement tips for Classic Accessories RV Covers from our Customer Service Team:

  1. Height: Measure from the top of your RV to the ground. Do not include the air conditioning unit on the top of the RV in this measurement.
  2. Length: Measure bumper to bumper. Do not include the tongue and hitch in the measurement.
  3. Width: For teardrop or R-pod RVs, do not include tire guards in your width measurement.
    This will result in extra, loose fabric existing for your cover which will thus lack fit

Customer Service also recommends not using the manufacturer’s measurements, because the manufacturer will account for elements that are not part of the main body. This happens quite often for any trailer with a tongue and hitch as oftentimes the listed manufacturer’s measurements include them (because it’s part of what you are towing behind you). It is instead recommended to see what your measurements are by physically measuring the RV, which is not the easiest task. We highly recommend having a team (or at least partner) to help with the measuring process.

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Please feel free to reach out to one of our helpful Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-854-2315 Mon – Fri, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm PST if you have any additional questions regarding any topic related to our products. The Classic Accessories website also has information regarding warranty, as well as FAQs.

RV Covers

Car Covers and Truck Covers

Why Cover your CAR, TRUCK, or SUV?

Includes: Cars, Hatchback, SUVs and Pickups

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Covers aren’t just for fancy or expensive cars (although those cars assuredly could use a cover). They’re for your everyday car, or the car you keep for certain seasons or purposes. Covers are great tools to help preserve the time you spend cleaning and maintaining your car, so that it lasts beyond that initial time investment. Covers prevent unnecessary environmental nuisances from coating your vehicle when it sits outside and can limit dust accumulation inside.

Your car, SUV, and/or truck should have a cover because a car, truck or SUV cover:

  1. Keeps out dust and debris
    Wind can blow dust, dirt, and debris against your gear, causing weathering and scuffing. Covers provide a layer of protection between the elements and your vehicle. Notably, it is important to make sure the car is clean and dry prior to covering, for best results.
  2. Protects your paint job and finish from UV rays
    Direct exposure to UV rays can cause fading and material deterioration, effecting your car’s paint job. Covers, especially those with UV treatments, can block some of the light that does the most damage, increasing the longevity of your product at its current exposure level.
    Note: DO NOT cover a car that has recently been painted. It takes time for the chemicals to fully settle into place. It should not be covered for at least 2 months following a paint job. If you used a lacquer-based paint, never use a cover, it will end badly.
    Note: If the clear coat on your vehicle is thin or failing, using a storage cover can reveal oxidation.  Oxidation can show up as clouding, spots and imprints of the cover.  This is because covers can trap dirt and slow evaporation allowing time for pollutants to deposit into the paint, which is why if you plan to cover your car, it is recommended to check your clear coat and make sure the car is clean prior to covering.  The spots may be buffed out but we advise consulting an automotive paint specialist first to confirm the gel coat condition so you vehicle.
  3. Provides a cost effective way to keep your vehicle in top shape
    Investing in a cover can reduce your time and cost spent on maintenance/repair, likely reducing the frequency at which you need to replace your vehicle. At the very least, it helps diminish the need for environmentally-induced cosmetic wear and tear.
  4. Reduces cleaning time
    By protecting your gear with a cover, you will not have to spend as much time cleaning your outdoor equipment at any given time of the year, because dust debris, leaves, and pollen are not crowding on the surface of your vehicle.
  5. Protects from “environmental nuisances”

    Pollen on top of the car
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    Environmental nuisances include bird droppings, tree sap, leaves, and pollen. While known to be annoying as the ‘yellow blanket’ of the spring season, pollen is actually more than annoying; it’s damaging. The acidity of pollen can corrode your car. For tips on taking care of cars that see a lot of pollen, check out this page for NAPA’s advice on the issue.

  6. Helps limit damage to older, classic cars
    For those people who own a classic car that was perhaps made with a less durable material, such as vinyl, a car cover can prolong the life of your vehicle, since certain materials are more susceptible to elemental damage.
  7. Helps prevent light scratches and dings
    We’re not saying this will prevent your neighbor from backing into your car, but there is a layer between your car and a person carrying groceries with a buckled purse over their shoulder that could help buffer the impact.
  8. Protects from water damage
    Covers help limit water accumulation directly on the product, especially when the cover has water resistant or waterproof qualities. This can help prevent rust and corrosion. Additionally, standing water and moisture can lead to mildewing* and a cover can help keep this away from the surface of the vehicle.

    1. *Mildew (and mold) are fungi  that occur due to the interaction between water and organic material. Covers are only able to help limit this and require some cleaning and ventilation, so that organic elements that have made their way onto your gear don’t have a chance to grow.
  9. Maintains Yard Aesthetics
    Covers provide a tidy, and pleasing look to your outdoor space, for those who cover vehicles for environmental reasons.
  10. Deters Theft
    Covers take time to take off (not much, but since they are large, it makes a scene more than a quick jab at a window or handle would).

  11. Prevents pests
    Covers can make it more difficult for critters to find and nest in crevices and holes in equipment.

How to Measure your Car, Truck, or SUV for a Cover

Cars are fairly large (and they’re the smaller of the four-wheeled automobiles. Please take car when measuring your vehicle for a cover, and consider having someone assist you, or be aware that you’re taking measurements.

Note: our covers are not designed to entirely cover the wheels of your vehicle.

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Please feel free to reach out to one of our helpful Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-854-2315 Mon – Fri, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm PST if you have any additional questions regarding any topic related to our products. The Classic Accessories website also has information regarding warranty, as well as FAQs.

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Patio Furniture and Grill Covers

Why Cover Patio Furniture?

There are a lot of elements to your patio that make it your ideal outdoor space to do what you and your family love to do outside. Covers are useful for different patio components for reasons you may not expect. For more on the importance of covering your patio furniture, based on material, check out our earlier blog post, “All About Patio Furniture,”

 

Reasons to protect all of your patio furniture with a cover; a patio furniture cover….

  1. Keeps out environmental nuisances
    Wind can blow dust, dirt, and debris against your gear, causing weathering and scuffing. A cover is a layer between your furniture and the elements, and can limit the accumulation of dust, pollen, and leaves directly on your favorite items. Note: Covers are just part of the patio furniture cleaning process. Always refer to your care instructions for the most informed methods of cleaning and caring for your furniture.
  2. Maintains your patio’s aesthetics
    Covers provide a tidy, and pleasing look to your patio even when leaves or pollen are around, even more than the potential damage from such materials, covers make for a quick cleanup for that one-day-it-happens-to-be-sunny-and-we-need-to-go-outside.
    Note: While covers are a wonderful way to help protect your patio furniture, due to nature of the materials in covers, there is a risk of plasticizer migration-a chemical reaction between the materials in the cover and certain furniture materials. To prevent this from occurring, it is recommended that you elevate the surface of the cover from large points of contact (such as a tabletop). One way to elevate the cover would be by using a support pole.
  3. Protects from UV rays
    Direct exposure to UV rays can cause fading and material deterioration. Covers, especially those with UV treatments, can block some of the light that does the most damage, increasing the longevity of your product at its current exposure level.
  4. Protects against water damage
    Covers help limit water accumulation directly on the product, especially when the cover has water resistant or waterproof qualities. This can help prevent rust and corrosion. Standing water and moisture can lead to mildewing.* For optimal results, when using covers for extended periods, regular aeration and checking of your furniture is essential.
    Note: for furniture with cushions, it is not recommended to leave the cushions on the furniture while covering the furniture. The materials that make up cushions need to breathe or you run the risk of creating an environment for mold. Cushions should be removed and allowed to fully dry before being placed in a safe location, such as a cushion storage bag, indoors, for the season.

    1. *Mildew (and mold) are fungi  that occur due to the interaction between water and organic material. Covers are only able to help limit this and require some cleaning and ventilation, so that organic elements that have made their way onto your gear don’t have a chance to grow.
  5. Prevents pests
    Rodents and other critters are known to burrow or make nests in your patio furniture, including grills, heaters, and such. Covers can make it more difficult for critters to find these items and nest in the crevices therein.
  6. Provides a cost and time savings
    Investing in a cover can reduce your time and cost spent on maintenance and repair, likely reducing the frequency at which you need to replace your favorite patio furniture.
  7. Reduces cleaning time
    By protecting your patio furniture with a cover, you will not have to spend as much time cleaning your outdoor equipment at any given time of the year, because you’ve limited the nuisances that make their way onto the surface of your furniture.

Why Cover a Grill?

Grills are real investments in your outdoor space. They act as an extension of your kitchen, bridging the gap between the dinner table and the patio table. Don’t leave your grill to face the elements alone: cover it.

Let a cover take on the direct weather and UV damage you see in a season.

Here are some specific advantages to investing in a grill cover. A grill cover:

  1. Keeps out dust and debris
    Dust and debris in a grill can cause a number of issues, including unsanitary cooking conditions and fires in catch pans. Regular grill maintenance is the best way to keep your grill sanitary and make sure it lasts. Covers help keep some avoidable nuisances (pollen, leaves, etc.) from accumulating on the surface, especially in the off season, when you’re using your grill less.
  2. Helps avoid grease runoff
    Since covers help limit your exposure to dust, debris and rain, these elements are less likely to fill up the grease catch pan, generally located below the main fire box. Overflowing of this pan can cause grease to end up running onto your patio and ruining it. As a note, the cover only helps prevent outside elements from entering the pan; it won’t prevent the grease pan from filling up from grilling/grease and still requires regular inspection and cleaning.
  3. Keeps critters out
    Believe it or not, even grills are susceptible to pest problems. Birds, small animals and spiders making homes in uncovered grills or smokers is a potential risk. Covers are just one way to reduce the chance for nesting to occur. Note: avoid buying felt-lined or flannel-lined grill covers since mice and squirrels can use the fabric for nesting, according to thespruceeats.com.
  4. Protects the grill’s accessories
    Grill accessories, like side tables, tank doors, and controls, are commonly made with cheaper metals than the main body of the grill is made with, and so are more susceptible to the elements. Covers take the brunt of the elements so these items don’t have to.

Why Cover a Dining Table Set?

One issue that tables may face (more so than other patio furniture) is warping (primarily due to the table’s size). Covers can be a useful tool because covering:

  1. Helps avoid warping in wood
    Adding a cover to your wood patio furniture can reduce water and humidity’s ability to warp wood
    Important note: Most covers and concrete do not mix. The layer within covers that helps prevent water from seeping through is reactive with concrete and can cause the cover to stick to the surface. Please do not cover any concrete furniture with a cover.

 

Why Cover a Fire pit?

  1. Avoids dampness during use
    A cover will prevent your bonfire with friends and/or family from being ruined by rainfall the night before, or even the day of but helping keep excess moisture off of your charcoal, wood, or the general surface of the fire pit.

Why Cover a Stand-up heater?

  1. Prevents pests
    As mentioned, covers help keep critters out of small spaces. This is especially true of stand-up heaters.

“I cannot tell you the make and model of my patio heater, but I can tell you that dirt dobber wasps love to fill the tube that carries the pilot light gas up to the burner every year. To clean out the hardened mud requires that I almost fully disassemble the patio heater. The Madrona Patio heater cover will put an end to this annual ritual (and a few expletives). The cover is easy to install. It has a quality zipper around the heat reflector on top and a very long quality zipper from the bottom to the top. A draw-string along the bottom seals the patio heater from most pests, including mud dobber wasps. The fabric is a crayon brown canvas that complements most deck decors.”-9acresofwoods from Auburn, GA

For more customer regarding covering outdoor heaters, check out these reviews on our Madrona RainProof Stand-Up Patio Heater.

Why Cover the Seating?

While the advantages of covering seating is largely the same as most furniture items, such as resistance to water, protection from debris, and protection from UV damage; however, it is important to note the added benefit of having these protections for the place you plan to sit. Nothing ends the party early like sitting on bird droppings or being the person who finds the first puddle. With chair covers, you know that your chairs are much more likely to be ready for occupancy at a moment’s notice.

 

Why Cover an Umbrella?

Covering your umbrella may seem unintuitive; umbrellas are for covering, right? However, it is an underrated way to lengthen your umbrella’s lifespan. Covering your umbrella helps prevent damage from water, dust and debris, and UV rays.

 

Why Cover an AC?

  1. Helps prevent coils from freezing
    According to All Systems Mechanical, if there is heavy rain or snowfall that gets into your AC unit and then freezes or refreezes, it can damage the unit’s coils, which maintain the cold air in your household. A cover can limit unexpected accumulation in these units.

How to Measure Patio Furniture
For a Cover

Includes: BBQ + Grill, Cooling, Dining + Table, Heating, Hot Tub, Seating, Sectionals and Patio Groupings.

Measuring your patio furniture can be a tricky process, after all there isn’t a set way to call out dimensions for furniture and sometimes what’s on the package doesn’t seem to match up with what you have on hand. Measuring your furniture as it sits on your patio is recommended to make sure you find the best fitting cover for your furniture.

How to measure a Grill for a Cover

Grills can be tricky to measure for the right fit-if you have a specific question, please reach out to our Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-854-2315. We vote on trusting measurements you take yourself over the manufacturer’s critical dimensions, which are not necessarily as accurate as they could be, or may (or  may not) include accessories in resting positions.

Here’s how to measure your grill for the right cover:

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How to Meause an AC for AC Cover

Visit the cooling cover page on our website for more information.

How to measure a Dining Table Set for a Cover

Meausing your table and chairs seems like a no-brainer; however, it is important to remember that while the manufacturer may provide your tabletop’s dimensions to you, a cover would fit over the table as well as the chairs around the table. Taking the time to measure the full length and width of the table plus chairs will make choosing the right cover for your patio far simpler.

How to Measure a Fire-Pit for a cover

The only point of contention when measuring your fire pit for a cover, would be for those of us who did not enjoy math or dimensional terms. The diameter of an object is the full width of a circle, from side to side running through the center of the circle.

How to measure a Hot Tub for a cover

Measuring a hot tub for a cover is simple enough; however, due to the size of the tub, please take care if you are measuring the dimensions by hand.

How to measure patio chairs for covers

We believe that patio chairs are diverse enough in their own right to get their own section here. One note: as far as Classic Accessories Covers are concerned, chaise lounge chairs are measured with their backs in a seated lounging position.

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How to Measure Sectionals for Covers

Don’t be intimidated by your sectional when you go to measure it for a cover. Having an assistant is a great idea for this large piece of your patio setup.

How to measure patio groupings for covers

If covering each element of your patio individually is not ideal for your situation, due to timing, furniture shapes, or patience, we have covers meant to go on top of a patio furniture group. It is a good idea to measure around the grouping in the shape it normally takes, or the shape you want to arrange it into for covering. While not arranging is simpler, and you should always take care when arranging furniture to avoid scuffing, it is recommended make sure there is enough under the cover, close enough together that the cover doesn’t dip down excessively and pull your furniture with it.


Please feel free to reach out to one of our helpful Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-854-2315 Mon – Fri, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm PST if you have any additional questions regarding any topic related to our products. The Classic Accessories website also has information regarding warranty, as well as FAQs.

 

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Home, Outdoor and Patio Spaces: Tricks and Tips from DIY Specialists

Interviews with DIY Specialists for outdoor spaces for your home.

It’s the time of the year where we begin to take stock of our homes, the projects we completed and those that are moving to next year’s wish list. The internet has proven itself a great place to find inspiration for projects and home styling, especially as Do-It-Yourself has become a bigger part of our culture.  It’s a way for you to have a true hand in making changes to your home as well as giving your home the personalized look and style it deserves. There are a ton of great sources for projects that start with home improvement stores, Home Depot and Lowes have great sections on their websites that point to projects you can do with the materials they sell. That being said, there are ideas abound on Pinterest and Instagram, so many different ideas and projects that starting down this road can seem daunting.

A good way to toe into this pool is to start following the blog or social media account of people who are actively trying to improve their homes and share it with others. DIY specialists, with accounts of what worked and what didn’t, who are trying to fully align their home to a particular style. It’s a great process to see–even if the style is not quite your own, it gives a frame of reference for the variability in scale and detail DIY projects can take while providing an example of how to make sure that you’re looking at the entirety of your home for a seamless or purposefully diverse style.

We’ve had the pleasure this season of working with two DIY specialists, Natalie Kolter of My Vintage Porch, and Leslie Davis of Deeply Southern Home. Both women excel at creating curated journeys through their DIY and home styling projects that bring their personalities, aesthetic preferences, and families (including their photogenic pups) into account-along with working on a budget. I reached out to them to get answers to questions about their projects, with the intent of giving a taste of the DIY life to you.

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Leslie Davis – Deeply Southern Home

Blog: https://deeplysouthernhome.com/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deeplysouthernhome/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/deeplysouthernhome/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deeplysouthernhome/

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Passionate about design and her southern heritage, Leslie works to create a style that stems from tradition but does not tie itself to a specific time period. Leslie lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her family. Leslie’s expertise spans from room makeovers requiring construction to flipping furniture and crafts. For you patio lovers, she has a fun section of her blog dedicated to outdoor projects.

This July Leslie took a look at our Montlake FadeSafe covers, as a measure against pollen, leaves and other minor outdoor debris.  We were so excited to see Montlake in action and loved her time-lapse of the covering process, since that is one of the most daunting aspects of covering your furniture.

Interview

Do you have a favorite area of your home? Is your favorite area to renovate different from your favorite area to decorate or lounge in?


My favorite room in our house has to be the kitchen!  After our budget friendly renovation, it is the perfect place to cook and gather. I love styling the open shelves in the kitchen area so I would have to say it is my favorite place to decorate as well.  As for lounging, our favorite chill space is our basement media room.  It’s light and bright during the day but cozy at night, perfect for movies or Netflix!

What has been your favorite project to date?


Favorite project to date would probably be our master bathroom.  Through many hours of hard work and planning it is an oasis, a perfect retreat for an evening bath or a calming place to start the day.

Do you have a go-to tool or resource when working on projects, if so can you share it with us?

I don’t have one go-to tool in the tool box. I use them all depending on the project. Having a solid base of tools like a drill, miter saw and a  nail gun opens the possibilities for so many projects. As far as resources, I don’t like to use just one source for DIY project help. I want to find an expert in the field and learn from them.  I often check several sources before I head into a project I have no prior experience with.  Obviously, that includes searches on Pinterest, Google and YouTube.

Design or functionality: how do you find balance if there needs to be a balance for you, or do you eschew one in favor of the other?

I am a firm believer that function must come first but I never want a completed project to look like I chose function over design. The esthetic component must look like it was the most important part of a room. I also place a great deal of value on the comfort and inviting nature of a space. Those are really important characteristics of design to me.

Do you have something that, having done it yourself once, you would never do again (aka least rewarding project)? Also what was the most rewarding project—if that one isn’t your favorite?

What well-timed question! I recently tried to reupholster a settee for our daughter’s first apartment. Even though I’ve handled small upholstery projects before, this was bigger project than what I had time for given her impending move-in date.  I eventually set it aside and will likely hire it out.  We all are fond of this antique and it is worth having it done right.


The most rewarding projects are complete room makeovers, like my husband’s library/office space. We built an entire library wall complete with a fireplace where nothing but a blank wall previously existed. That’s completely satisfying.

What is you main source of inspiration?

I gain inspiration from everywhere! I am always inspired by the colors found in a variety of different landscapes. Creating a color palettes for a room around nature is always a good choice.  Of course, I love taking cues from beautiful spaces I see on Instagram, Pinterest and magazines.

Do you have a dream project you haven’t gotten to work on?

It’s always been a dream of mine to flip houses or renovate rental properties.  I feel confident I could balance budget and my design goals to create beautiful places for people to thrive. Also, to see a home completely transformed and then passed onto a new homeowner has got to be the best reward!

Do have a favorite picture of Tucker?


Our golden-doodle Tucker, he is such a great model!!  Probably a photo of him on the screen porch will always be a favorite. He really finds great joy in relaxing on the huge sofa out there. He’s a smart dog!

What is your best piece of advice for DIY beginners or enthusiasts?

My best advice is to not be afraid to try something you’ve never done before! I always say, you never know what you are capable of until you try!  That being said, my best advice would be to do your research, start with small projects where you can develop skills that can take you onto bigger and better projects.

How have your DIY projects been most affected by your location?

Living in the south, there are definitely outdoor projects that we put on hold during the summer months. It’s just smarter, more enjoyable to do those kinds of projects when it’s cooler.

Do you have any suggestions for small touchups or décor projects for fall/winter?

The easiest, most effective way to transform a space is paint! The right paint color is the most important design element in a room. I would also add that an updated backsplash can have a dramatic impact on the style of a kitchen.  It can be a great, low-cost beginner project.

How do you think Classic is fitting in with your home?

Montlake Covers on Leslie’s porch. Image © Leslie Davis, Deeply Southern Home. Click to see original.

I love that I was able to select from a wide variety of Classic Accessories covers that matched my outdoor space.  I was able to choose a fabric that blended well with our stone patio.

 

 

Natalie Kolter – My Vintage Porch

Blog: https://www.myvintageporch.com/ 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vintageporch/?hl=en
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/myvintageporch/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myvintageporch/

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Natalie Kolter is a mother of three living in Tucson, Arizona. Her blog is a celebration of the successes and joy of renovation and decoration. Natalie’s style is a unique combination of modern and rustic influences that centralizes on a highly curated color palette focusing on white with splashes of natural brown, green and navy accents. Her blog looks at her home renovation projects and has sections for DIY fun-furniture, signs, crafts and more.

Natalie also took interest in Montlake, settling on a Grey Striped Hammock with Wood Stand and our Bamboo Umbrellas as accepts to her pool patio space to beautiful effect.

Interview

Do you have a favorite area of your home? Is your favorite area to renovate different from your favorite area to decorate or lounge in?

I like to make every space in the house feel inviting and cozy. I think that one of my favorite spaces is probably our bedroom since we most recently renovated it and added beams. I have always loved the extra character in a space.

What has been your favorite project to date?

I have so many favorites. It’s tough to choose just one but a couple of my favorites would definitely be the beams in our bedroom and the nightstands that we upcycled in there from our old nightstands.

Do you have a go-to tool or resource when working on projects, if so can you share it with us?

I mostly just “fly by the seat of my pants”. lol. When I come up with an idea, I just run with it and do what I need to do to get it accomplished.

Design or functionality: how do you find balance if there needs to be a balance for you, or do you eschew one in favor of the other?

I like to include both as I desire my home to be “liveable and comfortable” while being visually appealing at the same time.

Do you have something that, having done it yourself once, you would never do again (aka least rewarding project)? Also what was the most rewarding project—if that one isn’t your favorite?

I would have to say [my least rewarding project was] painting my kitchen cabinets!

Adding shiplap and wood to our walls has probably been the most rewarding in regards to the character it gives to our home. I’m not sure that I have a project that I would say is the least rewarding. Even project fails help us to learn from our mistakes.

What is you main source of inspiration?

Pinterest is something that helps me see what I’m dreaming up in a real life setting. It helps me to see if I will really like the idea that I have before I even start a project.

Do you have a dream project you haven’t gotten to work on?

My Dream Project would be to find, purchase, gut and completely restore and/or renovate an old farmhouse or barn. I love old homes with character.

Do have a favorite picture of Chester?

I would have to say that every picture of Chester. He’s just the superstar of all of the photos.

What is your best piece of advice for DIY beginners or enthusiasts?

Don’t be afraid to try something new. Start with small projects to build your confidence level in tackling that larger project! And, remember, home improvement and hardware stores will cut wood for you if you don’t have the right saws to make the cuts yourself…and that doesn’t make your DIY less DIY!

How have your DIY projects been most affected by your location?

I love to go thrifting, antiquing and to junk yards…this is where all my DIY projects begin. Tucson doesn’t have the same quality or quantity of the kinds of treasures I love, which means I get to go hunting for them all the more! I refuse to overpay for items I’m interested in, especially when I know what they are (or aren’t) worth.

Do you have any suggestions for small touchups or décor projects for fall/winter?

A great budget friendly option for both Fall and Winter would be to use outdoor free items, like wood. I brought home some wood logs one time and cut them to the size I desired and then painted them white. I also distressed them so that they would look like birch logs. You could to the same with sticks and other outdoor items. I have often used pressed leaves in frames for decor as well.

How do you think Classic is fitting in with your home?

I love the hammock and umbrellas from Classic! They are seriously the most durable, beautiful pieces I’ve ever had as part of our pool/patio living space!

Home, Outdoor and Patio Spaces: Tricks and Tips from DIY Specialists

Top 5 Reasons to Cover

Covers are SMART,

So much
More than a tarp,
Aesthetically-pleasing,
Ready-to-protect,
Textile-time-saver (long run)

Covers Protect

This week, we’re throwing down some reasons for you to be as excited about covers as we are, our top 5 reasons to cover your outdoor products. Next week, we’ll be releasing a longer post that goes into more depth about the reasons to cover, as well as some graphics to help you find the perfect size cover for your products.

Top 5 Reasons to Cover Your Gear

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Cleaning Speed - Overall, covers help limit the exposure your gear has to the more annoying elements, so you can spend less time cleaning and more time making memories you want to hold on to.
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But covers take time to put on…

One of the biggest downsides to covering is having to put the covers on. Covers are not as hard as you would think to put on, although the process can be time consuming. While we recommend a slow and steady pace for putting on covers as well as using the buddy system for larger covers, we’ve developed some techniques to speed up product photoshoots here.

 

Note that while you putting on the cover takes 45 seconds to 30 minutes (RVs and Boats are trickier),  it only takes a few minutes to take it off when you actually want to use your vehicle, grill or golf cart and you don’t have to spend an additional 30-120 minutes cleaning/drying said item.
Also, we may be biased but we think that a covered yard looks great!
Check out all of our covers and keep your outdoor gear covered with a SMART cover.
Top 5 Reasons to Cover

Revel in Ravenna

We are loving the weather we’ve been experiencing this week. It’s a welcome relief, both in that we’ve gotten a dip in temperatures, putting us closer to our normal for this time of year, and that the wind is currently blowing in such a way that we are (for now) largely free of smoke from the fires around us. We’re hopeful that our neighbors in the Cascades, Northeast Washington, British Columbia, Oregon, and California get relief soon from the actual blaze soon.

If you are able, we still think it’s a great time to get out and enjoy some of the summer sunshine. Late summer and early fall means it’s time for school, sports, and weekend adventures. Your patio will soon be seeing a different crowd of people. Friends and family will visit for Labor Day, friends from school and their families will join you for dinner or after game gatherings, and your family may find themselves truly looking forward to their evenings in the backyard as time spent together away from work and school.

There’s still time to make a change to your patio to carry you into an autumn of relaxation and lounging. To help celebrate the end of the season and continue our celebration of the introduction of cushions to our Ravenna Collection, we’re having a sale on all Cushions, Umbrellas, Hammocks, and Frameless Furniture. Save 20%* through the end of September on items in those categories using the discount code: OL2018 at checkout on our website. We think that both Montlake and Ravenna offer a great selection of colors. The Henna fabrics of Montlake ensure a pop of color with subtle complexity offset by the solid Antique Beige and Light Charcoal color ways, while the neutrals in Ravenna cushions add an especially warm and inviting ambiance to any yard that you can enliven with Spice, Mallard Green or Empire Blue.

The Montlake FadeSafe Collection has products in each of the sale’s categories, while the Ravenna Collection has a selection of cushion sizes.

If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out these products, which stemmed from our larger cover collections of the same names, we have pages that take a deep dive into the overarching features and feelings behind the collections, look books to inspire your patio.

We’ve shown you the Montlake FadeSafe Collection page before; the Ravenna Collection page is new and features Ravenna Cushions and Covers (as well as some lovely lifestyle images orchestrated and photographed by our in house Creative Solutions team).

You several options to experience the collections:

  • Dive right into the product pages with “Shop the Collection”
  • Learn more about the Covers, Cushions, etc. by clicking those categories  on the Desktop version or “About …”  on the Mobile version.
  • Explore the lifestyle imagery by clicking “Shop the Look”

Both collections are excellent choices, as two of our top patio cover collections (and fabrics). Montlake is more durable and is geared to a modern crowd, while Ravenna nods to a sophisticated style that is more simplistic, yet feature-rich.

We hope everyone has a wonderful Labor Day weekend filled with both with fun and relaxation.

 

*Exclusions may apply; subject to change based on availability.

Revel in Ravenna

Classic Volunteers: Riverview Park Cleanup

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Before and After images, courtesy of Francine

King County takes pride in its park system, trail system, and natural areas. The amount of land set aside for public use is impressive and appreciated by the residents. In an area where small yards for homes and apartments are normal, having the luxury of easy-to-reach public lands is invaluable.

As members of the local community, we want to help. The last two years, we’ve chosen to volunteer and contribute to the health of local parks through a park clean up event as part of a Green Kent Partnership. Park clean ups are a great way to help maintain these natural areas, keeping them in pristine condition for fun and future use. Clean ups aren’t necessarily about trash, but can also focus on trimming overenthusiastic growth, clearing harmful or invasive plant species from an area, laying down mulch to help fertilize the trees and prevent new undergrowth. It’s a few hours of your time that help keep local parks in top shape for everyone in the community.

Last year we helped clean up Glenn Nelson Park. This year, we decided to go to Riverview Park in Kent, due to its proximity to our new location.

Several of us chose to walk to Riverview Park for the event. Image: Heather

Several of us chose to walk to Riverview Park for the event.

Riverview park is  modest park consisting of a small area of land next to the Green River. Part of the Kent Valley Loop Trail system, this park sits close to the southernmost points of the Eagle and Frog Loops, and is also close to an intersection between the Green River Trail and the Interurban Trail.

 

Wheelbarrows. Image: Amanda

Once at the park, we were given marching orders and shown available supplies–gloves, bags, tarps, rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, pitchforks, and clipping tools. Our cleanup was focused on the removal of two invasive plants from a small section of the park.

Hemlock. Image: Pixabay. https://pixabay.com/en/cow-parsley-hemlock-chervil-white-3454559/

The site manager, Francine, ran through important safety information before we began; mostly how we should properly hold and carry the equipment so as to neither cause harm to ourselves nor the equipment. We also learned that there were flags set up to designate both spots for photos chronicling the clean up as well as places to not go beyond due to the presence of hemlock. This was a plant many of us knew by name only, so Francine kindly showed us what the plant looked like so we could better avoid it. I consider this detail important because so few of us were aware of the appearance of a plant that could be dangerous and was just a yards off of a well-trafficked trail.

Bindweed removal. Image: Amanda

We started the session removing both living and dead instances of a creeping vine, field bindweed. This plant twines and creeps across the ground, down, around, over, and through anything it can manage to create an interwoven network of vines and roots that smothers and strangles local vegetation. We quickly became familiar with the white roots with twinges of green and pink. The root system was intricate and very thoroughly integrated with the soil and vegetation of the area. The plant is capable of carpeting the ground. In areas where the bindweed had really taken over, we were advised to roll the weed as you wood a rug, and cut swaths of it out for final removal. The bindweed had to be bagged because of its aggressive nature; it try to establish a new root system almost anywhere it can.

Blackberry vine extraction. Image: Heather

We were reacquainted with a familiar enemy during the cleanup. As with our cleanup last year at Glenn Nelson, we spent a good portion of the cleanup removing invasive blackberry vines. Not to be confused with the native blackberry plant, the trailing blackberry, the Himalayan blackberry was introduced in the 1800s and has proceeded to carpet any area it can as it spreads along the coast.  The idea of abundant fruit-bearing bushes seems grand, but these plants are very invasive and will completely take over areas to create what are, essentially, walls of prickly plant along the roadsides of the Pacific Northwest.  They are also on the list of noxious plants, considered a non-regulated noxious weed in King County, highly invasive and recommended to be removed from areas whenever possible.

Redistributing mulch. Image: Francine

After a quick break, we began part two of the cleanup, adding mulch to the area we had cleared. First, a layer of cardboard was placed on the ground. Then we relocated several piles of mulch onto the cardboard where several people spread it for even coverage. We ended up breaking the work into three main tasks: shoveling mulch into wheelbarrows, wheeling the loads over to its destination, and spreading the mulch. Some people stuck to one task, while others would alternate between tasks as was required by the flow of work or their preference.

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Action shots. Images: Amanda, Francine and Heather

In the end, we left the park a bit cleaner, clearer, and far healthier looking than when we arrived. It was not only a great way to get out of the office for a bit, but a good exercise in teamwork, forestry, and community as well. We were especially thankful that the weather let up enough for us to be able to participate. It was one of the first days we’d had in over a week were the smoke/haze let up enough to allow for safe outdoor activity.

Group Photo. Image: Francine

A big thank you to everyone who participated and those who wanted to but were unable to attend. We’re looking forward to our next community volunteering event!

Classic Volunteers: Riverview Park Cleanup

Ravenna Cushions

It’s been quite a busy and hot week; we’re ready to welcome the weekend. Overdue for some quiet relaxation and anticipating long nights enjoying the cool off that comes with sunset? Make sure your patio is ready for some sitting time.

Last week we reviewed and ranked patio furniture materials, and brought up Ravenna Cushions as a solid option for taking any patio furniture material to the next level of comfort, with recommendations for cushion color by material.

Ravenna Cushions make use of the color palette you see on the Ravenna Covers, with the addition of several new, more diverse hues that coordinate with the existing neutral tones in the fabric and webbing of the collection (Dark Taupe, Mushroom, Espresso). Overall Ravenna has a rich, yet reserved color scheme of warm and inviting hues. It works well with colors naturally in your yard as well as the tones you typically find in patio furniture.

 

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Hands down, we think the best feature is the waterfall construction. That, in combination with the fabric’s water resistance, makes sure that Ravenna cushions are ready for quick cleanups after some of life’s small spills. Check out our Product Manager’s quick clean demo:

Ravenna also has click-close straps for easy adjustment and to keep the cushion in place and uses the Classic Accessories foam for added cushion comfort. To see the cushions in action check out the full video below or shop the cushions now.

 

 

 

 

 

Ravenna Cushions

Summer Wine Pairings

There is an art to pairing food with wine. Nuanced undertones, blushes of flavor, hints of spices, and lingering tastes commingle with personal preferences and memories to create deep interactions that lead to strong opinions. Trying new combinations of wine and food is an endeavor that can be intimidating, but is rewarding upon success.

There are certain accepted pairings; you have red wine with red meat and white wine with most fish, chocolate goes well with red while other desserts trend with whites, etc. Finding the perfect balance of flavors between a dish and a wine is an accomplishment and feels like a victory of sorts. It improves a meal you likely already love, provides a point of conversation, sets up a full dinner lineup for future special events, and is an entertaining experience unto itself.

We wanted to share some of our favorite wine pairings as places to start an adventure (or at the very least a very good evening) this summer. We had several people take on the task of completing this image with some wine and food combinations:

Imagine the slow summer sunset settling over your home, the light catching the edge of your cushions and umbrella as the shadows from your house begin to eclipse the patio. Sitting in a comfortable seat, perhaps a frameless chair by a hammock, you swirl a glass of wine that perfectly finishes your meal, waiting for the stars to appear and the cool air to settle.

Some lovely pairings came to mind and we’ve got those below. We’ve also included a recommended brand or vintage to try if you’re unsure where to start with each varietal/blend. These are not perfect combinations or even liked universally amongst our pairing team, but each has found its way into each of our particular palates this summer.  Read through, find some that intrigue you, experiment, and share!

For an infographic about wine, including red wine vs white wine, click here.

To learn about wine tasting, click here.

Amanda’s Assortment

Sparkling Brut with Mac & Cheese

2007 Extended Tirage Brut

Cheese and wine go together ALL the time … every time. The next time you have a bottle of Brut, make a homemade béchamel sauce for your noodles and if you’re feeling fancy, lump some lobster or crab in there. The balance of salt with the fish and cream of the cheese compliment a more mineral-based Brut. If you’re looking for a nice bottle that won’t break the bank, try Schramsberg’s 2014 Blanc De Noirs ($23) which is a complex brut made of red Pinot Noir grapes. Its name White from Black is just as it suggests. If you have a bit more cash to spend, one of my personal favorites is a brut from Oregon’s Argyle winery – 2007 Extended Tirage Brut ($75). Their 11 yr old Fall barrel brut packs a punch that is nothing but soft and will leave wine lovers with goose bumps.

 Chardonnay and Bacon

Marimar Estate 2009 Acero Unoaked Chardonnay

Most people want to always go red with meats, but go big with a full bodied Chardonnay so it can hold up against bacon that packs a big punch of flavor. The best region to buy a buttery, oaky chardonnay is California. Benovia Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($32) is well balanced with citrus and oak with a long finish. Unoaked is growing MORE popular every day after the oak bomb of the 90’s and another option from the Russian River Valley is Marimar Estate 2009 Acero Unoaked Chardonnay ($29). There’s no oak on this beautiful Chardonnay, but it’s so rich, you won’t even notice and will enjoy the pure personality of chardonnay.

Fruity Riesling and Spicy Tacos

2016 Chateau Ste Michelle Dry Riesling

Switch out the beer for an easy drinking Riesling with tacos this summer, it’s less filling! The fruit balances out against the heat and a hint of citrus found in most Rieslings will pair well with any guacamole. The best most surprising Riesling I’ve had lately came from 2016 Chateau Ste Michelle Dry Riesling ($12) from the Columbia Valley. It’s a dry Riesling that isn’t the sugary/entry wine people start out with. This one is hints towards sweet but brings you back quickly with a crisp finish and goes amazing with any kind of protein.

Red Blends with Burgers

Molly Dooker’s 2016 Two Left Feet

At your next BBQ, break out the blend! You never really know what people will load their burgers with, so a red blend is the best bet so that you aren’t tipping too far into one varietal. Mark Ryan’s 2016 The Dissident ($38) over delivers on tasting notes that is mouth-filling in the various grapes used that balances each blend with each other.If you’re in the mood for a lighter side – give Molly Dooker’s 2016 Two Left Feet ($27) a try and make sure you do the proper Molly Dooker Shake before you pour out.

Tawny Port and S’mores

Fonseca 20 Year Tawny Port

If Summer had a dessert – it would be S’mores and wine’s would be Ports. If you’re looking to pair just the description alone can probably sell you “Ripe berry fruits with a delicate nuttiness and subtle mellow notes of chocolate, butterscotch and fine oak wood. Smooth and silky on the palate and full of ripe figgy, jammy flavors which persist on the long finish.” Enjoy the long and warm structure of the Fonseca 20 Year Tawny Port ($33). Hints of nut with orange peel and cocoa on the nose are a perfect after dinner sipper that packs a punch.

 

Brad’s Best

Barbera and Spinach Chicken A La Fresca

2015 Tempo Vero Barbera, Monferrato DOC

Served at room temperature – From the Monferrato region of Piedmont, Italy. “Tempo Vero” translates from Italian to English as “Real Time,” a name that celebrates winemakers who seek to preserve Italy’s history in liquid form. This 2015 Barbera is from the Monferrato DOC in Piedmont – one of the classic wine locales in Italy. Vibrant with notes of strawberry, cherry, wood, and bright acidity on the palate, it pairs wonderfully with foods like cheese, salami and pasta with cream sauce. Other pairings include – pizza, pork, lamb and veggies.

Touriga Nacional with Beef Tacos

2016 Field Theory Touriga Nacional

Served at room temperature or slightly chilled – From Paso Robles, California. Field Theory highlights curious varietals from unfamiliar places, like this Touriga Nacional from Pomar Junction Vineyard in Paso Robles, CA. The result is a light, early-drinking red with a fresh, fruit-forward flavor. Pro tip: On a warm day, drink slightly chilled. Pairs well with beef, cheeses and veggies.

Pinot Noir with Chicken Cordon Bleu

2014 Porter & Plot Pinot Noir

Served at room temperature – From Sta. Rita Hills, California. Porter & Plot showcases the unique, nuanced individuality of California’s most exceptional vineyards and appellations. In this case, we’re talking about Sta. Rita Hills – an AVA in California’s Central Coast that is highly regarded for luscious, round and premium wines made from Pinot Noir. Enjoy blue fruits, along with a silky texture, and nuances of earthy spice. Pairs well with poultry, pork, cheeses and veggies.

Tempranillo and Palomino Chicken

2016 Copycat Tempranillo

Served at room temperature – From Clarksburg, California. Tempranillo is a grape native to Spain, but this funky-fresh example is a modern one from Clarksburg, California. Thanks to whole berry fermentation (as opposed to the grapes being destemmed), this Tempranillo is more easy drinking than most. You’ll enjoy juicy blue and black fruits, and a little spice that is almost always present in Tempranillo. This red doesn’t require food, and is prime for drinking young. With that said, it pairs well with pasta in red sauces, pork, cured meats and veggies.

Gamay and Grilled Salmon 

2016 Les Bobos Gamay

Served at room temperature or slightly chilled – From Beaujolais (province) in France. Many people associate Burgundy with Pinot Noir, and rightfully so. But in the Southern part of Burgundy in the region of Beaujolais, Gamay is the star and it is not to be ignored. Gamay and Pinot Noir have many things in common, like being light-bodied, easy-drinking, food-friendly and often a great mix of both fruit flavors and complex herbs and spice. This particular example of French Gamay is just that. Gamay wines are often un-oaked and meant to be enjoyed while young and fresh. Pairs very well with poultry, fish, cheeses and cured meats.

 

Heather’s Hoard

Ice Wine with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

2016 Goose Ridge Riesling Ice Wine

Ice wines are some of the sweetest wines you come across and are often viewed as desserts onto themselves, which is why they are largely considered dessert wines. They pair well with fruits (that match the natural undertones of the wine) and can take the edge off of an extremely spicy meal. I think that an ice wine with a small serving of ice cream can add a level of depth and maturity to an all time favorite. With ice cream or on ice cream…is there truly a difference?

Gewurztraminer and Szechuan Chicken

B Lovely Gewurztraminer

Gewurztraminer has a surprisingly nuanced flavor (given the difficulty of reading or pronouncing the name). The main undercurrents in Gewurztraminer tend to be tropical fruits and spices. In the variety listed above, lychee, pear, and honeysuckle are strong. It is a sweet wine with a bright spirit. It pairs well with dishes that include fragrant spices–ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaf, coriander, curry, etc. As far as a full meal is concerned, I think it works well with a Szechuan Chicken or Chicken Asado; however, I do like this as a dessert all on its own.

Riesling with Chips & Guacamole

2016 Eroica Riesling

Riesling wines are well received as one of the most popular white wines, and are favored as being palatable by both wine lovers and beginners. Riesling is one of my go-to’s for an evening drink because of how well it pairs with other foods. I’m especially fond of pairing Riesling with latin and asian dishes, and it goes surprisingly well with salty or fried foods, like onion rings. Chips and guacamole, while not a meal, have the salt, spice, and variety that can be lost if you use an aggressive wine.

Syrah with Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon

2015 Chateau Ste Michelle Syrah

Syrah varietals are powerful red wines that can range from medium to full bodied, with low to high tannin levels depending on the region in which the grapes were grown. Syrah will often have notes of blackberry, blueberry, and violet, with rich, earthy undertones of leather and punchy spices like pepper, mint, and anise. Due to the acidity of a Syrah, they don’t always pair well with cheeses and tend to do well with beef, pork, and probably chocolate. Bacon-wrapped filet mignon checks two of those boxes so it’s my choice for a summer grilled dish to pair with Syrah.

Merlot with Pizza

2014 Reserve Merlot Pheasant Run Vineyard

Merlot wines are smooth Bordeaux reds that favor fruity undertones (plum, cherry, and currants especially) with notes of chocolate, herbs and occasionally hints of cedar or other woods. Merlots can be difficult to pair with foods because they’re not as acidic or have the tannins of bolder reds, and can be overwhelmed or overwhelm other foods. Merlot pairs well with red meats, red sauce dishes, fish, shellfish and as well as mushroom dishes. As Amanda, mentioned, cheese does pair well with most wines; in this case, it lends to a fulfilling experience of a red wine and pizza.

Have a favorite pairing of your own? Let us know.

Summer Wine Pairings

A Matter of Taste: Wine

 

We believe in taking time to truly enjoy experiences and are choosing to share some of our knowledge regarding a particular indulgence, wine, in infographic format.

 

Click here to read more about wine pairings

Click here to learn more about wine tasting

Want to make your own haven for an evening getaway or after dinner drink? Check out some of our offerings in the Montlake FadeSafe Collection.

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Make your home the ultimate location to relax and unwind with a glass of wine.

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A Matter of Taste: Wine