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

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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.

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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:
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Napoleon Grills
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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.

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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.

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

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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

Theresa’s Favorite Spot

Theresa Relyea is the Content Specialist of our E-Commerce Team here at Classic Accessories. She wouldn’t be the first to tell you, but I will – the girl has a green thumb I am jealous of! I asked her to tell me a little bit about her garden and she told me about her favorite spot:

My favorite spot in my garden is this corner. It’s a shady one that can get rather dark here in Washington. That’s why I planted the bleeding hearts in the corner, to fill that area with bright greenery and brilliant pink blooms.


It fills the area at the base of my plum tree and welcomes birds of all sorts with my feeders and baths. One of my favorite things to do on my patio is watch the humming birds. This fountain is their favorite place to sit in the pedals and drink from the water falls. It’s the perfect size for them.

I just had this peony pop up from transplanting a rose bush into this corner. It’s one of those rogue plants that makes gardening so much fun. It goes great with the bleeding hearts. There is no other place I would rather have my morning coffee than this little spot in my own outdoors.

Here are some more tips on bringing hummingbirds to your patio with flowers, shurbs and trees from Debbie Hine-Lea of birdwatchers.com:

I have found that this is the best recipe for making your own nectar–I feel the birds prefer it over the various instant mixes.

  • 1 Part Sugar
  • 4 Parts Water
  • Boil 1-2 Minutes
  • Cool & Store In Refrigerator

Never use honey or artificial sweeteners!
Honey ferments easily, and can cause sores in a hummers mouth.
Artificial sweeteners have no food value.
DO NOT use red food coloring in your solution, as this could be harmful to your hummers. Most feeders have red on them and that should be enough.

Here are lists of Flowers, Shrubs and Trees you can plant in your garden to attract hummingbirds:

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Flowers
1 Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis
2 Lantana Lantana camara
3 Columbine Aguilegia spp.
4 Fuchsias Fuchsia spp.
5 Impatiens Impatiens spp.
6 Coral-Bells Heuchera sanguinea
7 Hollyhocks Althea spp.
8 Penstemen Penstemen spp.
9 Petunia Petunia spp.
10 Flowering Tobacco Nicotania alata
11 Geranium Pelargonium spp.
12 Begonia Begonia spp.

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Shrubs
1 Azaleas Rhododendron spp.
2 Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii
3 Flowering Quince Chaenomeles japonica
4 Honeysuckle Lonicera spp.
5 Weigela Weigela spp.

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Trees
1 Flowering Crab Malus spp.
2 Tulip Poplar Liriodendron Tulipifera
3 Locust Robinia
4 Eucalyptus Eucalyptus spp.
5 Vines Honeysuckle Lonicera heckrottii
6 Morning Glory Ipomea ssp.
7 Trumpet Creeper Campsis radicans
8 Trumpet Honeysuckle Lonicera sempervirens

Sources:
**The Hummingbird Book by Donald and Lillian Stokes. Published by Little, Brown and Company. (ISBN 0-316-81715-5)
http://www.birdwatchers.com/debtips.html  by Debbie Hine-Lea

 

Theresa’s Favorite Spot

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

Welcome Fall!

It’s official, if you hadn’t noticed by all the pumpkin-colored everything, that FALL has made its grand entrance. Here at Classic Accessories, we pride ourselves in having in-house design teams that LOVE color and know how to spot trends that have shelf life between seasons and will last over the years. This season, try a new spin on the over-done shades of Fall leaves and liven things up a bit around the house with these Unexpected Fall Color Palettes from HGTV’s Brian Patrick Flynn:

They may not seem like traditional fall colors, but when we pair them with cranberry tones and deep shades of green, they shine throughout the season.

Cranberry red is the ultimate fall color. This gender-neutral tone can look formal, casual, traditional or modern depending on how it’s paired. Keep cranberry simple and understated by mixing it with greige or sand tones and accents of royal blue.

When introducing these colors into your space, keep to the 60, 30, 10 rule of Dominant, Complimentary and Accent colors and you’ll have a space that feels balanced but not too strict. Check out our colorful lines of patio and grill covers that will add itself into this Fall.

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Source: HGTV & B.P. Flynn

Welcome Fall!