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Until we can officially say our welcome to Fall, we are in the planning stage to prepare for it. HGTV is in full swing to bring in the cozier season with these ten tips to keep the entertaining outdoors!

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To encourage conversation among both friends and acquaintances, position lounge chairs around a fire pit with s’mores and cocktail essentials. Encouraging guests to face one another helps facilitate easy conversation.

Bring more accessories on your patio like seasonal throws and cozy pillows to allow your guests to linger longer after the sun goes down and takes the temperature with it. We suggest storing your patio friendly add-ons in our cushion bins that are a great way to keep at arms reach when the Fall crisp air comes.

 

Source: HGTV.com and Brian Patrick Flynn

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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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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

Patio Makeover

We all have moments when we look out in our backyards or back patios and think it’s time for a change. Whether it is simply rearranging outdoor patio furniture, seasonal gardening, or maybe a major project, changing things up in the patio can be a great and rewarding way to maintain variety at home.

This is very self-serving, but one thing we’d like you to consider is the effect that patio furniture covers can have on the look and feel of your space. With tons of different options to choose from, our covers can make a huge difference in how you see your patio when it’s not in use (the covers are very handsome) and when it is (all your furniture is super clean).

So keep us in mind when you’re thinking about what to do to make your patio catch your eye or that of your neighbors.
Here are a few examples of what your outdoor space could look like:

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Classic Accessories Patio Collections:

Hickory Patio Furniture Cover Collection

Ravenna Patio Furniture Cover Collection

Veranda Patio Furniture Cover Collection

Belltown Patio Furniture Cover Collection

 

 

 

Patio Makeover

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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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Exposing the Elements…

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We’re pretty confident most of us have it, and it’s most likely right outside your door.  We’re talking about your wooden patio furniture! Your tables, chairs, chaises, adirondacks, benches and umbrellas. What the heck is this lignin? Well put on your Chem 101 hats. Lignin is a complex polymer of aromatic alcohols derived from wood, and constitutes 30% of non-fossil organic carbon and a quarter to a third of the dry mass of wood.  Sooo, it’s a big make up of your wooden furniture right outside your door.

Being in the protecting business, we’re taking a closer look at the effects our beloved sun’s UV rays  have on wood (lignin in the wood to be technical here).  The lignin in our wooden furniture absorbs UV and causes discoloration and structural weakness.  Studies have shown that discoloration and structural weakness is noticeable after only 250 hours of UV exposure, or roughly 31 sunny days! Yes, that can even happen here in the Great NorthWet Northwest.

Real world example: Fig 1.

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Ever seen this happen to your favorite table? Lignin is photo-degraded by light (especially UV light) quicker than the other cell wall polymers. This decreases its water resistance, and can result in the buildup of yellowish to brown color. The effects of the degradation by light in the visible wavelengths usually follows, which causes lignin to become greyish or bleached in appearance over time.

Stained Wood – Light Damage:

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Figure 2. The 10 year test results of the National Park Service’s Wood Stain Durability Test are shown above. The upper half of the test board was exposed in a window  to north light. The bottom was covered during the test period. Comparison of the corresponding exposed and unexposed areas reveals the extreme susceptibility of certain commonly used wood stains to damage by light. **

“The aniline dyes (what gives the wood stain it’s color) proved to be extremely light sensitive with noticeable fading even on a year to year basis.” – National Park Service

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The weathered look has its place, just not where you want to sit down and relax, or to serve your favorite BBQ dish on. When painted wood is exposed to UV for years, you’ll find cracking and flaking over time. Fig 4

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So how can our covers help?

  1. All of Classic’s woven covers possess UV protection factors greater than 50, which is rated ‘excellent’   Fig 5.

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  2. All of our woven patio furniture covers  block at least 99.93% of all UV radiation due to their special backing.
  3. Choose a model with a UV protective-coating for longer lasting protection.
  4. Save money and convenience
  5. Check out how to properly store your patio furniture whether it be between seasons, showers, or weekends.

Protection like this has never been easier!

 

Sources:
Basic Wood Anatomy and Behavior. Erica N. Skadsen 4/2007
“INFLUENCE OF LIGNIN CONTENT ON PHOTODEGRADATION IN WOOD/HDPE COMPOSITES UNDER UV WEATHERING” Chaochanchaikul et al. (2012).
“Photodegradation” BioResources7(1), 38-55. http://www.ncsu.edu/bioresources/BioRes_07/BioRes_07_1_0038_Chaochanchaikul_JS_Infl_Lignin_Photodegr_HDPE_UV_Weath_2000.pdf
**Photo Credit: Mike Wiltshire, National Park Service.

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Fresh Ideas to Kick Patio Season Off Right

We’re officially in patio season, why not mix it up this year? Below are some fresh ideas from some of our favorite bloggers.

1. Sarah Le from I am Food Blog has a delightful take on a summer picnic salad. This Vietnamese and foodie inspired the salad uses fresh ingredients like: mint, cilantro and lime, and features quinoa, veggies and a little sriracha for spice. Check it out!

2. Kristin Jackson of the Hunted Interior, created a beautiful backyard oasis as part of a HomeDepot.com style challenge. We noticed her work last year when she stenciled her stained deck with a large graphic pattern making it a unique and bold space: here. Take some inspiration from her latest outdoor creation with a simple palette that pops, a creative wall of plates, and a fun bocce court.

Kristin-Jackson-Patio-Style-Challenge-83. Apartment Therapy has a great post to help you get started creating your outdoor dream space. Sounds pretty practical and fun! Once you go through the steps, you’ll have a clearer idea of what needs fixing, what you would like to incorporate, what supplies you have on hand, and what supplies you might need. Browse Apartment Therapy’s site if you’re looking for DIY inspiration, they have a ton of great ideas.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Fresh Ideas to Kick Patio Season Off Right

Ask Martha

Martha has some great tips on creating outdoor spaces for entertaining. Whether it’s a full on BBQ or morning coffee outside with a good book, creating spaces with thoughtful purposes is the secret to having a nice flow to your outdoor space. Check out her quick tips on making it work for you and your next gathering:

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Ask Martha

Make your patio your own – starting with the furniture

It’s that time of year when the days are longer and your inner entertainer is eager to get the patio ready for the first get-together. If it’s your first home or maybe you need to garage sale the set your in-laws passed down to you, picking the right furniture to entertain can be a little daunting. What kind is right for my space, the weather, the comfort? We’ve been trolling some sites and living vicariously through Pinterest, blogs and photos for inspiration and found a great video on Good Housekeeping to start off your season of outdoor entertaining. Check it out!

Create a cozy outdoor room with the right patio furniture

 http://www.bhg.com/videos/m/33743595/patio-furniture-the-ultimate-guide.htm

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Make your patio your own – starting with the furniture