Backyard Fun

Autumn is officially here and what a Summer it was! We have compiled a list of our Top 10 Backyard Games this past season. If most of these games aren’t on the deep sale aisles some of them are completely DIY. What better way to spend rainy afternoons or weekends inside making fun games for next Summer? Have them ready for the first sunny BBQ with friends and family, or if you’re lucky enough to still have warm weekends in your forecast, go grab some paint and get creative!

Here’s our list of the best Summer games with quick links below for sales or How-To’s:

DIY Jenga
Pam Garrison’s colorful Jenga post-share of a Beautiful Mess.

Our #2 comes from Maria Provenzano via the Hallmark Channel for a quick and easy how-to for Balloon Dart Board. We suggest filling them up and making it a water balloon game for an even bigger splash!

Four in a row
Giant Four-in-a-Row comes from our friends over The Home Depot where you can shop their handmade project here.

Dominos
Oversized dominoes are always fun with their high contrast and geometric patterns. This version comes from mariage.com as a backyard reception game.

Twister
This highly Pinned Twister game is fun for kids of all ages! You can even spray paint in different colors for your favorite teams, holidays, etc. Stay true to the Twister colors and simply bring the game’s spinning wheel outside. Spray paint more circles for even more players.
RingToss

Bring our your fair game with an oldie-but-a-goodie: ring toss! You can collect all sorts of sizes and shapes and designate different points. Kristi from I Should Be Mopping the Floor (great blog!) gives a vintage take on the classic game in her how-to here.

Tic-Tac-Toe DIY
So many variations of this game are out there. Our favorite is right from Taryn at tarynwhiteaker.com where she mixes neutral stones and a simple walnut stained board to bring one of our favorite games outside. Here is her How-To for the Tic-Tac-Toe project.

Ladder Golf
Amazon has great offers on ladder golf that is perfect for any backyard in various styles and finishes like this ladder golf toss by Beach Bums.

Bean Bag Toss

Across the board favorite game is the bean bag toss or cornhole to some folks.
Check out how the DIY Network spins this game here.

Lawn Chutes

Our last game (in no particular order) is Lawn Chutes and we recommend this all-in-one piece set from Etsy’s 5-star reviewed shop: The UndergroundShop

What are your favorite backyard games to play?
Here’s to a great weekend … have fun!

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Back at the grill with Dorik

We are kicking off our Vlog series with Dorik Downing. You remember him from his earlier blog spotlight Grilling with Dorik.

Well we just had a Summer Potluck here at Classic Accessories with our Business Development team that consists of our Product Design, Development, Creative, E-Commerce and Marketing Teams and that day he made us his famous D’s Burgers.
We decided to get his process in our first Vlog. Check it out below:

Sources:
Dorik Downing
Heather Thomas
Brad Dorcik

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Back at the grill with Dorik

Grill it up!

6 o’clock on any given week day night is one of the best times of Summer. Grilling season is here! It’s takes a whopping 2 minutes after getting out of the car and you can tell someone in your neighborhood is grilling tonight. Whether it’s something planned or a last minute burger, you can’t go wrong if the weather is nice.

Marinated steaks are always at the top of my list to enjoy and I’m not alone. 2,377 other people rated “Kookie’s” marinade the BEST Steak Marinade in Existence! Claiming:
This is a family recipe that has been developed only over the last 5 years. In this short time it’s made me famous in our close circle, but until now I’ve never shared it with anyone.”
Most of the ingredients are already found in your spice cabinets at home. Give it a try here.

At home, we try to use our grill as much as possible for cooking in the Summer. A couple steps away from our patio set and we are ready to eat!

Some of our favorites are teriyaki chicken thighs, fennel and lager oysters, lemon and dill salmon, angus burgers and any kabob you can create. One of the best parts about dinner outdoors is that clean up is a breeze! The weekends bring bigger parties, more people around the BBQ and more mouths to feed – and more memories that last well into the evenings on these warmer nights. Fun on the patio and in your own great outdoors.

We’d love to hear your favorite grilling recipe, and we’d love to be apart of your Summer nights this season with any of our BBQ and Grill covers.

Cheers to Summer!

Photo Credits
Classic Accessories
Pixabay
Colorado Party Rentals
Williams Sonoma

Grill it up!

Halloween on the Patio

When we think of Halloween and outdoors, we think of all the fun trick-or-treaters running from house to house. Why let kids have all the fun?

Celebrating outdoors can be easier than you think. DigsDigs Party Ideas tells us that an outdoor Halloween party can be even more exciting than an indoor one!

Why is that? Because nature around, trees, bushes, ponds and earth become a part of your décor and you can play very well with it. Beautiful trees with yellow leaves
can be a perfect background, and faux ravens on the table and chairs look so real! A table with gloomy trees around looks so mysterious with candles and Jack-o-lanterns on it.
If you are looking for something less traditional, choose a green tablecloth, plants and chairs and combine them with black accessories. Check out some fun ways to decorate this weekend and get inspired …

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One of the best ways to stretch your decorations for dual purpose is to use them as night falls to light pathways that will guide guests to tables or even little trick-or-treaters to your front door:

We love the outdoors – no matter what may be lurking out there. Have a safe and spooky weekend.

Image Sources:
Lisa Hallet Taylor
Homeiswheretheboatis.com
outdoorhomescapes.com
blog.brightsettings.com
yournestdesign.blogspot.com
hometalk.com
DigsDigs.com

 

Halloween on the Patio

Patented Ravenna Collection

For immediate release:

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Kent, WA; November 5, 2015 – Classic Accessories is excited to announce that they have been awarded a patent on the buckle system found on their Ravenna Patio Furniture Cover Collection. Charlie D’Amato, Classic Accessories’ Product Development and Design Manager, states, “Our patented buckle system is designed to enhance a tailored, custom like fit around 4 legs with a lateral connection belted bottom that is fully adjustable. This addition tidies up any extra fabric which lends to a clean and crisp look.”

All legs, front and back, are taken into consideration in the buckle system with easy glide straps making it easier than ever to make small adjustments to the neutral yet stylish design that will fit perfectly into any outdoor space with over 40 sizes to choose from.

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The US Patent states, “Prior designs can be unsightly and difficult to remove. Accordingly, there is a need for an improved furniture cover that maintains positive aesthetics while increasing the ease and usability of the cover, allowing it to securely connect to the furniture and ensuring the cover will remain in position in all kinds of environments and conditions.”

The Ravenna Patio Furniture Cover Collection by Classic Accessories combines a striking tailored style with durability, fade resistance and convenient features. The Ravenna Collection adds style to your patio and will protect your outdoor furniture for years. Available at major home accessories retailers, the Ravenna Collection is a new approach to furniture cover design blending a distinctive look with exceptional durability.

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Interior Designers choose outdoor patio furniture

We have been long time fans of Serralunga’s furniture. Our in-house design team has always strived to create custom looks for outdoor spaces in the style of interior design. We’ve made collections so sophisticated that interior designers are getting a little jealous.

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The units have a large amount of exterior glazing allowing plenty of natural light. It’s all about contrast, light and dark, warm combinations flanked by cold materials like plastic and minimal objects.

Check out some of their latest creations with a highlight of the Sirchester by Deepdesign’s Bazzicalupo & Mangiarotti. With our latest patio extensions, we have covers to fit deeper sofa sets and conversation pieces in multiple collection styles.

Source: Serralunga Indoor + Outdoor/ Products

Interior Designers choose outdoor patio furniture

Outdoor Elegance

We are excited to launch a few new items to our Ravenna and Veranda Collections of Outdoor Patio Furniture Covers. Our Fire Pit Table Covers are one of the newest items we have available. Check out how to add fire elements to your outdoor space:

“This can be anything from a fire pit, a shady tree, fountain or sculpture, a favorite piece of artwork; whatever your favorite part of your backyard, arrange seating to attract attention & make a welcoming hangout spot. “

from Thomas Kay of Outdoor Elegance and 24 others ideas here.

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Source: outdoorelegance.com with Thomas Kay

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Linger longer after the sun goes down

We ran across a few tips for designing your outdoor space from Kerrie Kelley, Zillow Digs design expert, that we couldn’t pass up sharing with you.

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“Simplicity and elements of nature are the key to a beautiful outdoor space this season,” says Kerrie Kelly. “Fill your patio with pops of citrus, low-maintenance greenery and soft romantic lighting, but stay far away from trendy patterned fabrics, blah beiges and intricate shabby chic furniture, which are now trends of the past.”

Check out these 6 simple solutions for your backyard that you can do this weekend with a few basic design edits.

Sources: Zillow Team
Photos: Zillow Digs  |  Urban West Kerrie Kelly Design Lab  |  Hayneedle

 

Linger longer after the sun goes down

Uncover More Time Outdoors

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Increasingly becoming the number one design feature for backyards, fire pits are perfect for finding more time outdoors with family & friends. There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting out on a cool evening, hanging out next to a roaring fire.

Fire pits come in many sizes, shapes and designs and can even specialize in specific types of fuel.
We found this great resource from HGTV that lets you know which one would work best for your outdoor space.

Once you’ve learned all you can handle about fire pits and have made a choice, consider prolonging the life of your fire pit with a fire pit cover by Classic Accessories.
Uncover more time outdoors this Spring with a cover from Classic Accessories.

Visit our friends at Amazon and Walmart who are hosting our Keep it Clean For Spring Event on right now through April 30th!

 

Uncover More Time Outdoors

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Only 6 more days until the official start of Spring!

From our neck of the woods, it feels like it – that’s for sure. Blue skies, birds chirping, and just a shower away from sitting on the patio in the afternoons. Yep, a Spring Shower away.
After having your BBQ and patio out of mind for months, it only takes a warm afternoon to start thinking of getting the lawn mowed, the planters planted and whatever else is on your to-do list for that space outside your back door. (yeah the one that’s seen winter’s wrath this year!) Just to have peace of mind that your patio is ready for that next get together because heck, THE SNOW IS GONE – let’s celebrate! With patio furniture covers it’s easy, whether it’s in between seasons or in between showers.

Celebrate is right, 6 more days friends… but hey, no one will RSVP “No” if it’s the first 70 degree day of the year following the Winter we’ve had if you decide this weekend is BBQ worthy!

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