Love the Great Outdoors

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We love the outdoors. Everything from lakes to the mountains. From Winter to Summer. At Classic Accessories we have teams of people who design for all seasons. Whether that means our customers who play host to Summer BBQs, to those that like to party in the fresh powder. We design for them, and for us.


Sometimes it’s the destination, and sometimes it’s just right outside your window. That’s why we work through all the products that will get you there, or simply give you peace of mind to protect them while you are enjoying the moments away from home.  campfire-984020_1920
Today we are reminded of a simple fact, something worth sharing with friends and family.

It’s the little things in life that bring us the most joy, and we are very thankful that we can be part of your great adventures in the great outdoors – at home or on the way! We are saying thanks for the rest of this LOVE week by taking 20% off site-wide on classicaccessories.com

How do you enjoy your outdoors?

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Love the Great Outdoors

Charlie’s outdoor style on the island

Charlie D’Amato is our Senior Manager of Product Development  and Design. He spends his days in the office analyzing sales, market, and trend data in Classic’s product categories to propose new product development projects. Charlie also oversees our Product Development Team with defining project scope, product line planning, and development project management.  He also oversees Product Design team in sourcing and development of raw materials, color palette development, and product design and development from concept to production. You can imagine the amount of creative work that ebbs and flows from our departments here at Classic Accessories. Charlie gets to be the guy in charge of making sure all of us creatives stay within our coloring lines and in a very timely manner. He does so effortlessly. He calls Vashon Island home here in the great Northwest and gets on a ferry every day to come into work.

We get to live “life on the island” through his stories of Vashon and his many adventures working in the yard which is what he shared with us below:

This weekend was so amazing!  I got lots of time out in the garden.

For the past two weekends I have been clearing blackberry vines from this area of my property (These are close-up views) you can just see the fabulous redwood on the left of the first picture – this tree marks an entrance to an old growth wooded trail:

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This is a picture from the early spring before the leaves came out – it’s easier to see the position of the hardscaping here:

These are old pictures, so don’t get too excited!  

However I am not finished with the physical work yet.  When I clear away the brush piles I’ll take another “After” picture to use for my next post.

So this is an area that we named “Devil’s Hole” on our property!  It was overgrown with noxious weeds, and completely inaccessible!  It actually blocked off a beautiful wooded corner of our lot which is multi-layered and could be groomed into a beautiful park-like garden.

So, the way I see this outdoor space is like a strolling garden, full of pathways and steps to other levels which will provide “moments” in our garden landscape – views of the house, fenced gardens, and terraces.  For example, here are some pictures of the possible views – you can see the unfinished garden beds in the foreground and our lawn and home in the distance:

Charlie’s outdoor style on the island

Great Outdoor Events – with Jesse

JesseTombs2Our president, Brian Bozlinski, just interviewed Jesse Tombs of Alison Events in San Francisco. Their very fashion forward business model states that they are looking to “create that completely original, utterly unforgettable event. But most importantly, they want it to be a reflection of their clients and bring out the best in them.”

Classic Accessories is based out of Kent, WA (South of Seattle) and when Summer hits, we are ready for outdoor potlucks, BBQs, company events, etc. We pride ourselves on our outdoor culture and wanted to see what event planners have to offer in terms of outdoor spaces to hold our next event. Here is what Jesse had to say:

BRIAN: What are some questions to consider when you select an outdoor venue for corporate events?

JESSE: Is the caterer in house or can you use an outside caterer?

  • What does the venue offer? Chairs, tables, bars, AV, lighting etc?
  • Does the venue offer security?
  • Is the cut off time for music earlier as it is outside?
  • Do they own heat lamps or heaters you can use?
  • Do they have a fire pit?

BRIAN:  How do you plan and arrange for seating and lighting?

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JESSE: Seating – it greatly depends on the type of event. If it is a seated dinner, we suggest seating for 30% of the guest count for cocktails, 100% of the guest count for dinner, and 20% of the guest count for after dinner/dancing. If it is a standing reception with stations or a buffet, we suggest seating for 70% of the guest count for the event.

Lighting – greatly depends on the venue, but we always suggest highlighting special interests, like design details, the dance floor, bars, and food stations.

BRIAN: What kind of décor will endure any weather?

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Potted plants – we always suggest plants and hedges for outdoor events that look great and can withstand wind and rain.

BRIAN: How do you protect the space from the environment and weather (rain, heat, covers, etc.)?

JESSE: Plan ahead, get a tent on hold 30 days prior to your event, add tent walls and decide on the day of the event if you really want them to be installed. Always have heaters on hold–you can always decline them upon deliver.

BRIAN: How should people store equipment when it’s not in use (covers, etc.)?

JESSE: Depends on the venue – but if you have a truck on site you can always store it in the truck. You can also store in empty event spaces, loading docks or alley ways.

BRIAN: Beyond picnics and bouncy houses: what creative themes have you found to be especially successful?

JESSE: Bring in animals, people love horses. Custom tenting–get creative and bring in teepees and the like. Cook outside–make the kitchen visible and use bbq setup and outdoor kitchens to add interest. Hot air balloons are a great photo op and a huge way to add impact.

BRIAN: What should corporate planners avoid?

JESSE: Color pallets – work with a story, not a company’s existing color story (think outside of the box).

Tell a story with the design, menu, and entertainment for the event.

Get away from tech – make the event a tech-free event and take peoples’ cell phones so they have to be present in the moment and connect.

BRIAN: Your favorite outdoor venues for corporate events in San Francisco?

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JESSE: Public parks like the botanical gardens and the conservatory, Golden Gate Park and Crissy Field.

  • The New Black has an amazing outdoor patio.
  • The roof top or the courtyard at The Battery.
  • Outdoor piers.
  • The beach.
  • The Presidio
  • Cavalo Point
  • Stable Cafe
  • Commissary

Check out the whole interview here.

 

Great Outdoor Events – with Jesse

West Seattle Weekends with Delina

Delina Wells is one of our many talented designers here at Classic Accessories. Many days you will find her looking into customer trends and researching and creating colors that she feels would look best in your outdoor patio spaces.

When asked if I could blog about some of weekend plans around the area, she agreed and gave me a snapshot of how she gets playful with color and sightseeing around Seattle with out of town friends and her sidekick – Brody.

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I’ve been working on getting my front porch ready for Summer. After I removed all my Ravenna Covers, I added a couple of bright colored rugs from World Market and hung curtains on bamboo rods that I cut from my yard. The curtains make a huge difference, helps to keep the sun out and really creates a feeling of relaxation. I’m planning on adding lights next and maybe fabric panels from the beams to the ceiling…… tbd!
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I’ve been thinking about drought resistant gardening lately. We have a huge barren spot in our front yard that we’ve been meaning to add sod to but the amount of water it would take to keep it alive through the hot summer months seems like a huge waste of resources. I found this pretty arrangement at the West Seattle nursery that could be the beginning of environmentally friendly décor.

This flowering tree smells soo nice in my neighborhood. Anyone know what it is? 
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Maybe it’s a Prunus lusitanica??

I am also thinking about adding a little kitsch to my West Seattle Summer with some wind chimes:
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The rooster is one I bought for my mom, I am a fan of this frog I found.

This past weekend we had friends in town and decided to take them on a tour of Alki via electric bikes from the Electric & Folding Bikes Northwest.
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These things are so much fun and there’s not a hill in Seattle that I can’t conquer on one of these. Rent a couple in Ballard this weekend and tour down to Golden Gardens. You’ll be glad you did.
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If only there were a pet appropriate basket, my sidekick would always be in tow.
This is Brody, he comes to the office most days with Delina. One of the sweetest pups you’ll ever meet and knows how to rock a mohawk better than any cool cat!

Thanks Delina for the sneak peek into your weekend.

 

 

 

West Seattle Weekends with Delina

Rites of Spring in Santa Barbara

Our President Brian Bozlinski sat down with two of Santa Barbara’s designers to ask what outdoor rooms and lifestyles are like in the sunny city. maxresdefault

BRIAN: What traditions or trends in outdoor designing are unique to Santa Barbara?

JESSICA: Spanish architecture dominates the city of Santa Barbara. This type of architecture incorporates interior courtyards which include decorative Spanish tiles and fountains. However, Santa Barbara is still considered in a drought. Therefore, installation of new fountains are kept at a minimum. In the 1940s and 50s “California style” was introduced in landscape architectural design. The style lends itself to maximizing the views and seamlessly integrating indoor and outdoor living spaces.

KATY: The trend in S.B. is usually to lean toward the Spanish Colonial style here….but with a modern twist.

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Read the full interview here to see two different takes on the city that has patio living year round!

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Rites of Spring in Santa Barbara

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.

Patented Ravenna Collection

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

Prepare for Guests with New Outdoor Cushions

Nothing spruces up a patio quicker than adding NEW cushions and colors. Trends are even moving towards throw pillows to add to your already existing patterns.

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Check out Pillow Perfect’s Baja Collection and see how to quickly transform your backyard with pops of color. And when the weather turns or between BBQs, store them quickly with just as much design as when you have them out with our patio cushion covers.

Source: Pillow Perfect: Outdoor Living

Prepare for Guests with New Outdoor Cushions

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