Match made in Heaven

Veranda Matches

Author Dr. Seuss once said, “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” This Valentine’s Day, show not only your significant other the love they deserve but to the investments sitting in your backyard.

Surely to put your mind at ease while providing your furniture and grills with durable, all-weather protection, Classic Accessories introduces the Ravenna & Veranda Bundles.

Ravenna Matches

1 cover, 2 covers, taupe covers, pebble covers…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Match made in Heaven

Umbrellas!

Umbrella Sale

Okay, we know it’s not even the middle of February, and yet we have our minds set on Spring already. To be fair, the Valentine aisles in grocery store are looking a little more like St. Patrick’s Day now too. Maybe a count down to Spring is in order, but first let’s start with taking 30% OFF all patio umbrellas NOW through the end of the month with promo code: FebUmbrella

We’re sure you can find the right color and style for your patio and backyard since they were all designed with natural elements in mind. Coordinating with the outdoors has never been so fun! Not to mention, they go great with our Montlake Collection of Furniture Covers and cushions. Take a look:

Have a great weekend friends!

P.S. Only 38 more days until Spring.

Umbrellas!

Collection Spotlight – Madrona

This week, we’re putting a spotlight on our Madrona Rainproof patio furniture collection. This is our newest patio furniture collection, released in 2017. Rainproof fabric combines style and durability with taped seam construction to keep rain out so that you’re always ready to entertain. When asked about her experience during the collection design process, our designer, Delina, had this to say:

“It was very fulfilling to bring the technical aspect of waterproofing into a beautiful design inspired by a rich, natural color palette.”


Collection Spotlight – Madrona

FLASH SALE WEEK!

We’re celebrating the season of giving with a week-long event. Each day 12/4-12/8 we’ll be featuring a different portion of our Holiday Gift Guide and offering a special discount on related items.

Today only – save 40% on select patio items using discount code: 17PatioGG

We’re taking a look at Gifts for the Practical Patio Owner. These are gifts for the person in your life that takes time and pride in their patios and patio furniture. Help them make their investment last with patio furniture covers.

Check back each day this week for the daily discount and have a happy Monday!

FLASH SALE WEEK!

Why cover your grill?

Why Cover Your Grill

When people talk about BBQ in America, the discussion typically takes a turn towards location. Grilling and smoking are time-honored traditions that have many roots. Some states are divided by sauces, some by smoke, some by rubs and so on. As much as we can chat about the best recipe or our favorite pit to grab a bite, here at Classic Accessories, we take location a little more seriously than a sauce debate. We know the elements can vary drastically just in our lower 48. Since we are in the cover business, we look at what mother nature is serving up season after season if broken down by three of her favorite styles:
Grilling Climates
When we think of humidity, we think hot, tropical days and nights with moisture in the air that feels heavy and thick. Napoleon Grills reminds us that, “humid can also mean damp, like a foggy day in London,” which we may see more than our fair share of in the Pacific Northwest. Our grill covers are designed with air vents that keep weather out while providing maximum ventilation and minimum condensation. Our covers are also designed to not cover wheel or leg bottoms that hang to the ground. This prevents the cover from sitting in any standing water that is common in coastal climates where heavy rain and snow can be a seasonal detriment. Water, in any form, is a damaging element to outdoor kitchens and we have introduced taped seams into our NEW Madrona RainProof Grill Covers to further keep moisture from barbecues and grills

Water on patios, metals and decks
Dry climates pose another threat to your grill over time with damaging UV exposure and lack of moisture. A cover will prevent dust and debris from coating the grill and finding its way into catch pans where fires can easily be started. When we say our covers are designed for all elements, we took these environments into consideration.

Here are some quotes from various BBQ forums on covering grills:

Grill Cover Reviews

One of the best things about grills is that they are meant to be used outdoors, so they are built with some of the toughest materials. Even though price tags vary by brand, style and size, all grills have their weaker points as well. This is where a cover can come in to extend the life of cheaper metals and help keep some of the accessories like side tables, tank doors and controls working like new.

steel, enamel, cast iron, wood and porcelain

From harsh weather to daily use of your grill, you always want to have it ready to fire up at a moment’s notice. There are many tips and tricks to cleaning your grills between parties or between seasons. From informative videos to how-to articles, the last step is always the same no matter if it’s for the day or for the Winter … put a cover on it.
75 % of all Americans own a grill
75% of all us adults, or just big kids, own a grill or smoker. That’s a lot when you think about all the different regions. That’s also a lot when you think about all the different kinds of styles of BBQ and grills out there. What’s more is the style of outdoor kitchens and rooms we have to think about too. From small balconies to lavish outdoor kitchens, we know style is one thing you think about when purchasing a cover. Sure the features of the cover are instrumental to how the cover will perform for you, but we know that your grill is just as much a part of your outdoor decor as your furniture is.

Grill and BBQ Cover Collections by Classic Accessories

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We have over 10 different collections of covers, all with unique designer colorways to features. A big part of the design process here at Classic Accessories is keeping our ideas fresh and on trend. One of the biggest we see is the need for design and function have never been more apparent. We are seeing grills with numerous handle, color and finish options. Ryan Bloom, of Urban Bonfire, states that designers that choose to combine “raw cooking power with beauty see the winning combination.” We like to think that our designs nod to both camps. We have the strength and durability built into our covers with the designer features that compliment any outdoor space. Making the choice to cover you grill, barbecue or smoker should be an easy one. Finding the right size and style should be just as easy, and that’s where Classic Accessories can be a part of the solution.

Here’s to gathering around the grill this August with friends and family.
We hope you end the day, or season, with Classic Accessories.

Sources:
Pixabay
Mercury News
Napoleon Grills
BBQ Bretheren  |  The Smoke Ring  |  The BBQ Forum  |  Smoking Meats

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Why cover your grill?

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

August Check Lists

Laura Gaskill, a Houzz contributor, posted this August checklist for a late Summer reminder that when seasons start to come to an end – we can do simple tasks around our homes to welcome Fall the moment the first cold morning comes.

Laura goes on to say:

Stretch out these last days of summer by squeezing in a few more home projects, savoring simple pleasures and, when the time comes, cleaning up the beach toys and preparing the house for a busy fall. Pick from these to-dos to create your perfect August plan.

Truro Cape Cod beach-style-exterior
Finish up outdoor projects. Make use of the long August days to finish up any outdoor projects you started (or intended to start) over the summer

Check your home for signs of pests. It’s not a pleasant subject, but being proactive when it comes to pests in and around your home is much better than trying to solve a pest problem that has gotten out of hand.

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Clean and store summer gear. Toss out cracked or broken toys, and shop end-of-season sales to replace items if needed.

Organize family photos. Have a bunch of new photos from your summer adventures? Take this opportunity to sort and organize them — back up digital photos with cloud-based storage, and make an album or a book of recent photos.

Get organized for back to school (and work). Consider what would make this fall run more smoothly for your family: a few extra hooks in the entryway to handle coats and bags.

Houzz Photo

Organize closets before fall shopping. Before making any new purchases, spend some time assessing what you already have in the closet.

Manhattan Beach Home closet

Clean out the garage. If you haven’t cleaned out your garage in a while, it’s likely this project will take an entire weekend (or more), so plan accordingly.

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Schedule some do-nothing time on your patio. It can be surprisingly hard to relax and simply do nothing, even when you do have a pocket of free time. It’s the last few long days of summer – enjoy your outdoor rooms and spaces that you have spent the Summer tending to. This weekend sounds like the perfect time for that. Don’t you agree?

Schoolhouse Electric Fall '15 Catalog

Read more by Laura Gaskill here and visit Houzz.com for more design inspiration for your corner of the world, your home.

Source: Houzz.com for blog post and photos

 

August Check Lists

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!

Photo Credits:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgk7UXVSi1Q

 

Rites of Spring in Santa Barbara