Autumn Adventures

The Road to Fall
Autumn is bringing the colors here in our beautiful Washington State after one HOT Summer and we are finally seeing dipping temperatures that are a welcomed forecast around here. It seems like we celebrate the coming of this season earlier and earlier every year. So if you’re not kicking off Fall now because you did so earlier in September, (you’re not alone) what are some fun ways to celebrate this popular season?

Road Trip!
Fall Road Trip
Some of the best sights for Fall colors come right outside your car door. Especially if you live on the East Coast. Rolling fields on fire with Autumnal (said in your best Martha Stewart voice) colors. We have excellent views here in the Pacific Northwest, but if you’re looking for show-stopping colors, best to head East.

Soups On!
Fall Soups
Nothing is more comforting than a warm cup of soup in a crisp fall day. Over at All Recipes, the most popular Butternut Squash Soup is this one with this easy to make recipe:
Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 4 tablespoons margarine
  • 6 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  1. In a large saucepan, saute onions in margarine until tender. Add squash, water, bouillon, marjoram, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Bring to boil; cook 20 minutes, or until squash is tender.
  2. Puree squash and cream cheese in a blender or food processor in batches until smooth. Return to saucepan, and heat through. Do not allow to boil.

One of my personal favorites is crafting with what Fall has to offer:
Leaves
On my first walk with my daughter, I picked up leaves along the way from various trees with various colors. I brought them home and pressed them in a book between sheets of waxed paper. After 3 days I took them out and dipped them in beeswax and let them dry. Well, my daughter just turned 5 and those leaves have hung in our home every Fall since in my windows. It’s a cheap way to preserve memories and a fun story to tell house guests on where the leaves came from.

Another way is to plant Chinese or Japanese Lanterns to showcase the mystical Fall plant. They grow in stages and even fade away to intricate veined cages in the Spring that shows off the plant’s red fruit. Fall Lanterns

I am always saying “Grab my camera!” Fall is one of the best times of year to get the kids outside for some fun photography. Golden light comes earlier and kids are always down for a run or jump through the fall leaves. Fall Photos
Fall kids and leaves

And our last favorite for planning an Autumn Adventure is to visit your local pumpkin patch!
Fall Pumpkins
The sights are many and also fleeting as the temperature gets colder so enjoy them while you can. Go “grab your camera” and get outdoors!

Enjoy the weekend.

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Autumn Adventures

Top 10 Games

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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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

Fall to Winter Patios

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Our friends over at The Home Depot Garden Club have a few tips for our patios as we head into these colder months.

Furniture and grills can be damaged by the cold, as well as by rain, ice, or snow. Follow our tips to your safeguard your patio so it will be ready to use again next spring.

Lynn Coulter goes onto explain some general care information on prepping your patio and the importance of quality covers:

Use a weather resistant cover to protect your grill from the elements. Universal covers fit a range of sizes and shapes, if you can’t find one designed for your model. A good cover should resist cracking and fading and drop down far enough to cover the legs of the grill. Choose a cover that fits snugly, or one with adjustable closures, so it won’t blow off.

Luckily we have over eight different collections of patio covers fit for any style, budget and outdoor space. Don’t let your patio fall behind in care this season or the next.

 

Source: Home Depot’s Garden Club  |  Lynn Coulter
Photo: http://www.digsdigs.com  |  Kate

 

Fall to Winter Patios

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

Dads & Grads

DandG_SocialShare2 Tassels and Tie Time Everybody! Trying to decide on that perfect gift for the guy who’s given so much? What about that beaming grad who’s worked so hard. We think it’s time for both of them to relax waterside this summer – in a boat with screaming reels! Nighttime fireside more their thing? No problem – we have everything from fire pit covers to log carriers. Take them camping or use them at home between roasting the perfect marshmallow. We’re extending our thanks to all those dads and grads and offering 20% off NOW until the end of June. {6/30/14}  Celebrate the hard workers in your life this June with Classic Accessories.

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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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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

It’s here!

The long wait is over …  it’s here, it’s finally here.

Happy Summer Solstice everyone! How are you celebrating the first weekend of Summer?

Whether it has you finding fish, water, the perfect camping spot or celebrating a recent grad at a BBQ,  we’re so thrilled we’re celebrating on our Facebook page today!

Here’s to a happy Friday and spreadin’ that summer lovin’

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It’s here!