Thursday, July 10, 2014

Outdoor Patio Umbrellas - The Central Theme to Enhancing Your Outdoor Experience


Outdoor patio umbrellas are  a great way to help you enjoy your outdoor space and an investment that will add value to your home. With the right outdoor fabric, a patio umbrella can protect you from the dangerous UV rays which cause skin cancer while giving you and your family a great place to entertain and relax. Overtime, the designs of patio umbrella manufacturers have improved and become somewhat of a fashion statement for the outdoor room decorator. They have become a centralizing theme and a fun element to enhance  patio and home décor.
The wide range of fabric alternatives available today can be thrilling, but it can be a challenge to uncover wonderful bargains. But which of these choices is the right one for your home? With so many available options and so many materials, it can be a bit difficult to choose the right one.   By reviewing the basic umbrella categories, you should find the  style and feature that is best for you.
Garden Umbrellas
This is the traditional look of the patio umbrellas with an unmistakable feature: a unique bell shape appearance that hearkens back to a time when patios and backyards were the heart of a home’s recreation.  They  have adorned luxury garden furniture sets for years.
Typically small compared to modern day umbrellas, they are great enhancements to courtyards, backyards and small patios. For making the classic look complete, complement them along with rattan or wicker furniture for that  old world goodness.
Wood Market Umbrellas
Wood market umbrellas are  all about rustic luxury. They are inspired from the original DIY outdoor umbrella, which is the street market umbrella.  The timber market outdoor umbrella today has now come a long way. This creates a chic atmosphere, and are usually one of the more popular styles. It is the best way to create a relaxing environment in your home, perfect for those staycations. Choose an umbrella that made of teak or hardwood like the Square Wooden Umbrella by Jordan Manufacturing Company, as they are usually water repellent and bug free.

Wind Resistant Fiberglass Umbrellas
Fiberglass was traditionally the costliest building material for umbrellas. Fiberglass is stronger and better at tolerating  higher than average wind conditions compared to wood or aluminum. What makes them stand out is that fiberglass ribs can flex and bend under wind pressure, but snap back into shape quickly.
A fiberglass outdoor umbrella can easily withstand winds of up to 50mph, which is why they are called wind resistant umbrellas. Because they effectively flex, turnovers and forward falls coming from accidents or rough  play will not crack the ribs, which typically  send umbrellas to the trash.
Aluminum Umbrellas
Café-style modern aluminum outdoor umbrellas are very popular these days because of their durability and their features. Aluminum is lightweight and does not really rust. It is also available in a plethora of frame finishes that can go with just about any home’s  décor.
Aluminum patio umbrellas will usually have specialized characteristics, such as automatic tilting. Outdoor fabrics are available in so many varieties, so you can create practically any look that you like, like an elegant hotel or a sidewalk café.
Offset Umbrellas
One of the challenges with an outdoor umbrella is the middle pole. The shade covered by an outdoor umbrella is great, but the center pole gets in the way of conversation, or limits the usable surface on tables. Usually seen in stylish cafes and restaurants, offset umbrellas position to the side, or offset from the center, leaving the shade cover over you or in the place where you want shade. This frees up room and make new possibilities for creating room.
This umbrella like the Offset Umbrella by Jordan Manufacturing Company is great over the pool, or in a spa. You can shade your little ones while they are having fun without stressing about an umbrella falling over or getting in their way. Entertaining close friends outdoors will be an entirely new experience without having to look around a pole to have a discussion.

A patio umbrella was once treated as simply a useful accessory, but it can, and usually is, a key theme to your outdoor space. Take your time in choosing the best outdoor patio umbrella for your home. With the perfect choice, it can change your outdoor décor entirely, and you can be the envy of your neighborhood with a large, beautiful and comfortable umbrella.



Thursday, July 3, 2014

Patio Dining Sets to Suit Your Outdoor Space


The months of spring and summer signal the return of barbecues and enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends. If you are thinking of sprucing up your outdoor area for al fresco dinners in the coming months, a dining set that gives ample table top surface area and comfortable seating is essential. A nice patio dining set will make you and your family comfortable when you entertain or just choose to relax and unwind outside.
From bistro-style chairs and tables to more traditional wood pieces, the best patio dining sets are those that will fit your outdoor space without making it feel overcrowded. Also, they should also be able to withstand the elements of the changing seasons. Most importantly, your outdoor dining set should complement your preference and style. If you are considering one right now, here are some general things you need to keep an eye out for.
Choose the best materials. Sturdy metals and wood like powder-coated aluminum and teak are popular choices for outdoor dining furniture. Teak furniture, like the 5 Piece Extension Javenese Teak Outdoor Patio Dining Set with Solid Brass Fittings by All Things Cedar, stands up to the elements very well, and is more durable than most other varieties. After sunlight and rain exposure, teak also develops a nice, shiny patina, aging well over time.
Consider versatility. On the other hand, aluminum furniture is best for seasonal use as it is lightweight, yet still sturdy. Also, the powder-coated varieties are usually available in a wide range of colors, making it versatile for many different outdoor environments. Also, rattan and wicker pieces are easy to move, and outdoor chairs crafted from these materials can usually give the most comfort because of their tight cushy weaves.
Decide on size. The size of your dining set will depend on your outdoor space. Usually, bistro-style sets (which are made up of one table and two chairs) are best for small decks and patios. So if you are looking to create a small corner for relaxing, these can be a great option. However, if you are considering taking your meals outdoors, opt for a full dining set, which can range from four- to eight-seaters depending on the amount of space you have available in your garden.
Think of the surface. Wood table tops need the least amount of maintenance because they can easily be wiped clean with some mild soap and water. Metal tables can heat up quickly hen left out in direct sun for long periods, so it is best that you put them in shaded areas or under a patio umbrella. Glass table tops are also easy to clean and should make for a pretty accent in a garden. However, their fragile nature means that they are best for covered porches, decks and patios. Also, they are weak against the elements so they should be moved indoors during colder months.
Sometimes, particularly when it comes to outdoor furniture, price does matter. This means that quality patio sets can be expensive, but there are a number of ways to get a good deal on outdoor furniture. Here are some tips to help you find an inexpensive patio dining set.
  • Shop when summer is over. Many stores hold sales on patio furniture once the weather gets colder. You might get a good price as retailers would want space for seasonal winter items. Whatever the season may be, you can check for sales ads.
  • Price does not guarantee quality. Not all costly outdoor furniture is high quality. Do not judge the quality of a dining set just by the price tag. When shopping for a set, try to go with a durable and beautiful patio dining set.
  • Look for a set that lasts. Sit on the chairs to ensure that they are sturdy and comfortable. If the set comes with cushions, ensure that they are mildew resistant and are made to withstand outdoor conditions, like the ones in the Bellagio Dining Table Collection by Anderson Teak.
  • Compare prices. Take some time to look for different patio sets at different stores. Take notes when doing your research. Then make a short list of your favorite sets, and pick the one that offers the best quality for the lowest price.

Make sure that you pick a patio set that will look good with your outdoor space and landscape. Use the simple tips above to find the best patio dining set that is perfect for you and your family without having to spend too much.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Patio Furniture Legs that Will Define Your Style!


Patio chairs  are typically made up of a back, seat, legs and, at times, arm rests. Chairs come in various shapes and forms, from simple to ornate, and are made from various materials.  With patio chair furniture it is the  leg that gives the most  information about its character - like its style and the period where it came from or was inspired from.
  • Cabriole Legs. These are shaped in two curves: a convex upper curve and concave lower curve. The front of the legs might be a ball and claw or a club. The knee is usually carved with an ornament like a scallop shell. This is originally from the ancient Greeks and Chinese, but in the 18th century, European chairs and tables were popularly fitted with cabriole legs. An example is the Fleur de Lis Cast Aluminum Bistro Set by Alfresco Home.


  • Marlborough Legs. These are straight legs that are heavy, fluted and fitted with a block foot. These types of legs were used in English and American furniture, especially during the mid-18th century. The leg’s name is derived from the Duke of Marlborough for furniture designed for him. Thomas Chippendale favored this style of legs for his furniture.
  • Spiral Legs. These are straight and carved so they look like a twisted or spiral rope with a winding groove or flute. Their roots originate in India and Portugal, and were popular during the Restoration period in the late 17th century.
  • Hock Legs. These are a variation on the cabriole leg, and feature a broken curve on the inner side of the knee. This means that the legs feature a straight, perpendicular section between the upper convex section and their  foot. An example is the The Djursholm Arm Chair by Control Brand.

  • Lyre-Shaped Legs. These two legs come together to form the shape of a lyre, a hard-like instrument used in many French and English designs. The lyre motif is also used extensively in back chairs. These were popular among chairs in the early 19th to mid-19th century during the Empire Period;  often referred to as the Classic Style.
  • Tapered Legs. These are wide at the top, gradually becoming narrower at the bottom. English furniture designed by George Hepplewhite in the 18th century usually had tapered legs. Shield back chairs made by Hepplewhite had tapered legs, as were many of the early-classical style chairs.
The tips that cover the feet of your patio furniture might seem insignificant, but they provide  a lot more than just extra flourish. Depending on the size of your chair’s feet and its construction, there are many available options for tips.
  • Nail Head Glides. Wood and wood frame wicker furniture with rectangular or square feet may use nail head glides. These glides put a PVC plastic head on a nail that is driven into the foot’s bottom. When installed on larger feet, they are completely hidden and will not spoil the design of the furniture while protecting the chair and your patio.
  • Plastic Leg Inserts. Steel and aluminum furniture made from hollow tubing usually use plastic inserts as tips on their feet. These inserts pound into the open end of the chair leg with an overlap on the top that covers the leg’s metal edge. Because these feet attach to legs through friction, you should size them exactly to  the chair’s leg.
  • Teflon Glides. Traditional felt glides soak up moisture and do not give the protective barrier to maintain your furniture against the elements, but Teflon versions of stick-on glides work well in an outdoor environment. Available in many sizes, opt for a low-profile teflon glide smaller than the leg so it is hidden underneath the leg while the chair is placed on its feet.
  • Crutch Tips. Rubber tips that slip over the outside of a chair leg, they are available in several styles and colors, and are sized to match the leg size of the furniture.
  • Forever Glides. They combine  the sliding and durability aspects of teflon glides with a self-leveling foam pad.  Forever Glides directly affix to the base of your chair legs and are available in shapes that fit inside recessed leg tips or screw directly into wood or the plastic bottom surface if the feet.
Aside from protecting the surface of your deck or patio, chair tips also help keep your furniture off the ground, preventing the quick deterioration or oxidation that come in constant contact hard surfaces.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Outdoor Firepit Planning Essentials


Homeowners were always content with just a wood deck and a barbecue to enjoy their outdoors. Today, outdoor living is all about flower beds, ponds, outdoor kitchens, and fire pits. In fact, the  outdoor patio firepit has become so popular that some builders make them as part of the package for high-end residences. But, of course, you can still get one without spending all that much.
Firepit Buying Considerations
With the various styles, sizes and materials available, your choices should be based on your available space, budget, and local ordinances. Here are some important things to consider before planning a fire pit and dreaming of cool nights enjoying  s’mores with family and friends.
How Much to Spend. You can spend as little  as $100 if you want a small fire pit by buying your own stones and digging the hole yourself, or by buying a simple unit at a big box store. They can also creep up  to several thousand dollars, especially when seating is added. Still, they are less expensive than an outdoor fireplace which can be as much as $10,000, depending on width, height, method and materials.
Permanent vs. Portable. A great way to start planning is to think in terms of permanence is to think if you want a fire pit that is built in, or something that is lightweight and potentially portable, so you can take it where you want. Regardless of which way you go, you need to make sure that you are using the proper materials. Make it proportional to the size of your yard, and make sure you have room for seating and circulation.
For a built-in design, you would want to match materials to  the garden or house. You can go “DIY”  and assemble the materials yourself; use a pre-made kit from a big box store; or go custom, with a contractor or landscape professional doing the design and building it.
Portable fire pit options are just as varied. There are fire bowls that come in varied materials; copper and stainless steel like the Stainless Steel Urn Fire Pit by Well Traveled Living are mostly lighter, but cast iron bowls do a great job of radiating heat. Fire tables are the same as bowls, but are usually made at coffee table height. There are also chimney-style options.

Wood or Gas. There are many alternate fuel types like the Nest Firetable - Square by American Fyre Designs, that is wood, which is the most common choices. There are those who prefer a true outdoor experience, but this requires flames to keep it  going. It also requires a steady supply of firewood.

An alternative is to use propane or gas for an instant fire, although it is not as hot as a wood fire and you do not get the same smoke and crackle. There are some dual-fuel fire bowls and tables that will let you do both; and you can design a built-in fire put to do the same if you have the budget and inclination.
What to Set It On. It is best that you set a portable fire pit on to of a natural surface like slate, concrete, gravel, brick or stone. Putting it on a wood deck can be dangerous if embers fly. A permanent fire pit is mostly built on a base of gravel somewhere in your  back yard.
Where to Set Up. Many communities require at least a 10-foot distance from your house and neighbors’ yards. Some do not require a permit if the fire pit fits meet the set size requirements; while others require a site inspection from local fire officials to ensure that your proposed location is safe. In some communities, there is an outright ban on open fires. Check with your local officials before getting going with your plans.
How to Create the Ambience. To get maximum night enjoyment, consider installing outdoor lighting near the pit. Make it subtle so you do not destroy the camp-fire mood. You can plug energy efficient LEDs into a nearby outlet without making it necessary for you to hire an electrician. Also consider seating, like metal Adirondack chairs, or a low stone wall.
In some parts of the United States, like those prone to wildfires, disclosing your fire pit might be required for your homeowners’ insurance policy. It might also be a good idea to check in with an insurance agent to understand any potential impact a fire pit may have on your coverage.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Garden Accents: 7 Tips for Successful Container Gardening


Even if you do not have a yard or access to a community-garden plot, you can still enjoy a bountiful produce harvest all on your own. Planting a container garden is a great option if you have temporary or limited space. Another plus with using planters for a container garden is that they can be very effective garden accents, adding color and life to your outdoor space. Here are seven tips to help you get successfully start a container garden.
Tip #1: Use a Big and Deep Container
Do not be tempted to get those cute small containers, as these are mostly for ornamental purposes; plants require deep root space for them to grow properly. If you use a small container, your plants will end up stunted and unhealthy. Look for containers that are at least 10 inches wide and 10 inches deep, like the Large Rectangle Rolled Rim Planter - Pietra by Alfresco Home. You can get away with smaller containers for lettuce and other salad greens for as long as they are harvested at an earlier stage.

Tip #2: Give Good Drainage for Your Plants
Plants require oxygen for respiration in their root systems. There are many containers that do not have holes in the bottom, so they slowly fill up with water. Almost all plants will suffocate or even die of root rot if their containers get filled up with water. If you are using plastic, wooden or metal drums, drill some drainage holes in the base. To prevent soil loss, cover the holes using screen mesh or landscape fabric before you will your container with soil.
Tip #3: Keep Your Plants Well-Watered
There are some kinds of planters that let a lot of air in the sides. The airflow will end up drying the soil quickly, so you will end up watering often. Additional, keep an eye on plants placed on walkways, patios and other surfaces, as these can quickly heat up during sunny days. If there is still space at the top of the planter, add a layer of mulch like coconut fiber, straw, compost or shredded paper to help seal in moisture and prevent rapid evaporation. This way, you can extend the time needed between waterings.
Tip #4: Pick a Light, Airy Soil Mix
Look for a potting mix that has plenty of organic matter, like coconut coir, bark fines, peat or compost. At least one of these should be the first ingredient written in the mix. The potting mix does not have to have soil, although such a word may be used. Organic material absorbs more water than native ground soil, and will give plant roots the structure and aeration that they need. Potting mixes with pumice, perlite or vermiculite also ensures proper aeration.
Tip #5: Fertilize Your Plants Regularly
Unlike their ground-based counterparts, container plants depend on you completely of their nutritional needs. Use a balanced organic fertilizer that contains both macronutrients and micronutrients. If you are growing bushes or small trees in containers, look for a specialty fertilizer that is appropriate for that kind of plant. Scratch the fertilizer into the top few inches of the soil surrounding the plants, so direct contact is avoided with the stems and roots.
Tip #6: Refresh Your Soil Every Year
Every spring before planting, remove the top few inches of soil from the planter, add new soil mix, and fertilize again. Doing so will keep your soil new and fertile. Permanent container plants, like bushes and small trees, has to be removed every few years and root pruned so they do not strangle themselves. As much as possible, do this while the plant is dormant. Use a utility knife to cut off a few inches of root material from every side of the plant, add new potting mix, return the plant to the container and water it well. Regular root pruning prevents plants from being root bound.
Tip #7: Get Some Wheels
Containers that are filled with wet soil can be very heavy, but you might have to have to move your plants to overwinter them, or take advantage of the shifting sunlight patterns throughout the year. You might also want to move them if you are going through a redecoration of your garden plants. Planter stands that come with wheels are widely available in many nurseries, and they will prevent you from breaking your back when moving time comes.
Planters are widely available today, and you can take your pick from a wide variety of materials, styles and colors. One popular style are the double-purpose planters, like the Table Top Planter & Beverage Cooler - Cognac by Alfresco Home, which work as both a planter and a beverage cooler.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

How to Refinish Your Black Fireplace Screen


Brass is an alloy made by mixing zinc and copper. There are so many kinds of brasses that can be made by mixing together different proportions of these two materials. These different brasses also come with different properties. Brass is usually a muted yellow and its similarity in color to gold makes it commonly used for decorations. It is also relatively tarnish-resistant, making it durable. Brass is usually used to make fireplace screens, like the ones below.



Because they are exposed to so much heat, a brass black fireplace screen can sometimes require refinishing. Here is a guide to help you do this on your own.
Cleaning and Polishing
Remove stains from brass by mixing lemon juice and salt on a sponge. Clean it with small, circular motions to not damage the metal but still take off any spots. Rubbing alcohol on a soft, non-metal sponge can also help get rid of tougher stains. Low-abrasion cleaner can also work on stains if applied with a damp sponge.
Polish brass by rubbing yellow oil on the metal to maintain the finish. Make sure that you do not use too much oil. After oiling, buff the metal with a soft cloth. This will cause the brass to shine and also create a smooth finish.
Homemade Brass Cleaner
The proper method of cleaning your brass fireplace screen will largely depend on whether it is lacquered or non-lacquered. However, such a distinction is unnecessary if you are intending to re-lacquer the screen.
Lacquered brass should not be cleaned with a cleaner; wiping it with a soft, damp cloth should do. Non-lacquered brass is more versatile and can be cleaned with a dollop of ketchup on a rag. Wipe of any remaining ketchup and buff the surface. For another homemade brass cleaner, combine salt, vinegar and flour to make a paste. Rub this paste on the brass, let it sit, and rinse off to remove stains.
Refinishing Brass
If you doing a massive refinishing job, re-lacquer your screen first. This is usually only necessary if the original lacquer has broken or become cracked overtime. Before you re-lacquer the fireplace screen, remove the original layer.
The next lacquer can be removed with acetone. Next. Polish the brass and remove and excess polish using acetone. Finally, once the polish has dried, spray or brush on a new coat of metal lacquer. This will give the brass fireplace screen a new finish that shines and looks great.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Aluminum Patio Furniture Offers a Variety of Options


When we hear the words “aluminum patio furniture,” many people envision  standard, relatively basic pieces that probably look something like your garden variety resort furniture. Many people also associate aluminum furniture with low quality, perhaps a small step up from the flimsy plastic variety often found in discount department stores.   And there is indeed an abundance, low quality aluminum patio furniture out there. But there is also low quality patio furniture made of practically any material used to make patio furniture, from wicker to wrought iron.
Aluminum has Real Benefits
Contrary to the negative beliefs, many patio owners selectively choose aluminum in both residential and commercial settings for the several very real benefits it offers.
  • Does not retain heat like steel or iron
  • Easy to refurbish
  • Invulnerable to rust
  • Lightweight, easy to move or stack
  • Limitless colors and styles
  • Requires very low maintenance
Interestingly, one of the biggest benefits of aluminum might also be one of its few drawbacks – its weight. Lightweight furniture has obvious advantages, but also makes it more susceptible to being blown around in even moderate winds. Closely related is durability, extremely lightweight aluminum furniture – inexpensive, folding camping chairs, for instance – is prone to bending under moderate use or if subjected to unusually heavy weight.
Again, both issues are largely a matter of quality. Although an aluminum chair is always going to be lighter than a wrought iron chair, for instance, a well-built aluminum product is not going to collapse under an oversize patron or blow away in the slightest breeze.
An Abundance of Options
Options in aluminum patio furniture are every bit as versatile as in other materials. You can get it in classic vinyl strap, or a more heavy-duty version with aluminum straps for added durability. But this is just the beginning.
Aluminum starts to get interesting in sling-style seating, from the startling severity of modern pieces to the gentle suggestion of traditional design. Some of the coloring options are also evident in aluminum sling furniture. Darker colors combined with lighter material can give the impression of wood. By using a combination of contrasting or coordinating textures and colors, aluminum furniture gives you the choice of making your furniture stand out or blend in.
If you are looking for something more comfortable, where you can sit on or lie on for hours on end without ending up with aching backs, aluminum with cushioning like the Kingston Loveseat by Meadow Decor should be a good choice for you. For something more ornate and offers unique elegance, you can go with furniture pieces with detailing like the Lipari 24 Inch Round Bistro Table and Base by Alfresco Home.

The above examples only scratch the surface of what aluminum patio furniture has to offer. These are all high quality pieces which will not bend, collapse or bow under moderate use. On the contrary, there are many which are extensively used in commercial applications.
Some Tips on Maintenance
Aluminum does not rust, making it perfect for use in outdoor furniture. However, this metal can get affected by moisture and pollution, and its surface can get rough or discolor. Below are some tips to help you take care of your furniture and make it last for as long it as possibly can.
  • If you see that your furniture is slightly discolored, you need to wash it with some soap and water. Remember to add some gentle household acid, like vinegar, lemon juice or cream of tartar. Do not add ammonia, soda or TSP. Always perform this cleaning after the end of any particular season.
  • If you notice that the aluminum has become pitted or is rough, you can smoothen or polish the surface with steel wool soaked in soap. Remember to remove all traces or the steel wool from the surface of your furniture. Otherwise, it can rust and stain the surface of the aluminum.
  • If your furniture is extremely dry, there is a wide range of commercial cleaners available that can be used for cleaning. Remember to not use commercial cleaners on anodized aluminum.
  • If you see that your furniture is prone to corroding and pitting, you can use a coat of car wax or silicon spray to protect it.
  • If your furniture is made of colored anodized aluminum, take extra care to use only mild detergent and water to wash it.
Whether you enjoy entertaining guests on a bright sunny day or just want to enjoy a solitary day with a cup of tea and your favorite book, it is important that you are comfortable in your aluminum furniture and that it stays in prime condition for a long time.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Aluminum Patio Furniture For A LIfetime of Outdoor Living


Aluminum patio furniture is one of today’s best options to furnish your outdoor living spaces. It is classic and traditional, and gives the look and feel of wrought iron. At the same time, it is modern, lightweight and durable.
If you choose aluminum furniture for your patio, you will likely  going to need only one set in your lifetime. The furniture  is mostly finished with powder coat paint, which is a rock-hard finish that is very durable. Unlike many other types of patio furniture, aluminum products last for decades  with very little maintenance. There are two common types: hollow aluminum tube based and solid cast aluminum patio furniture. While both are made with the same material, they really have little less in common.
Benefits of Aluminum Furniture
  • It does not rust, while steel and iron do.
  • It is long lasting with durable finishes and strong construction. With a good set, you can expect 30 and more years of use.
  • Aside from the occasional cleaning, there really is no upkeep.
  • It is virtually  weather-proof, handling severe environments well. It handles cold better than other types of outdoor furniture.
  • It is easy to clean; just hose down once in a while and use wild soap if necessary.
  • Difficult  to bend and break, it can withstand many years of frequent use. It feels more stable than some other types of furniture.
  • There are an abundance of styles and designs to choose from.
  • While usually powder coated, many color options and textures are available.
  • It can be used with or without pillows and cushions.
  • It is light enough to be easily lifted and moved, yet heavy enough to feel firm and stable and not blow around in the wind.
Aluminum Furniture vs. Other Types
Aluminum furniture is comparable to wrought iron furniture. They can have very similar designs and can look very much alike. Pricing tends to be similar. The major differences are in weight and durability as aluminum does not rust and the finish is less likely to chip.
Hardwood patio furniture is obviously very different than aluminum furniture. However, they can similar in  their long life durability, traditional styles, and mostly similar prices. Aside from generally bring more expensive and long lasting, aluminum furniture is really not comparable to other types of outdoor furniture like synthetic, resin and hollow aluminum pieces.
Aluminum Furniture Quality and Pricing
There are different quality levels in the cast aluminum category. Lesser quality sets are most likely machine assembled or manufactured. While there is nothing wrong with this, attention to detail might not be quite so evident. Also, watch out for finish quality; if a piece has a poor or damaged finish when it is new, it will develop further problems as it ages.
On the other hand, skilled craftsmen with high standards of perfection usually put high quality sets together. The molds forming the aluminum can be hand carved into intricate designs and patterns, like the ones in the Daffodil Cast Aluminum Garden Bench - Aged Iron by Alfresco Home. The finishes are going to be richer and more detailed. Also, the higher the  quality, the more likely it will be enhanced using thicker aluminum and more bracing.

Prices are usually directly proportional to the furniture quality. Higher prices most likely mean higher quality, although not always. Warranties also are a big factor when it comes to patio furniture pricing. The longer the warranty, the better a manufacturer expects the furniture to hold up. This is gauged in the price.
Aluminum Furniture Accessories
Consider getting cushions for your patio furniture, which you can find in various shapes, sizes, colors, designs and patterns. They might already be included if you buy a furniture set. Cushions will have to be stored when not in use to prolong their life and prevent mildew. Cushions usually do not last as long as the aluminum furniture, but replacement patio chair cushions are available.
While it is not absolutely necessary with cast aluminum, you might consider covers for your patio furniture like the Patio Table and Chair Set Cover - Up to 87"diameter by Duck Covers. Aluminum is durable on its own, but furniture covers will help prolong lifespan.

Aluminum Furniture Care
Even if cast furniture is thought to be low maintenance, it will still require cleaning from time to time. When this is necessary, you will want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations closely. Usually, this involves wiping it down with a mild detergent using a soft sponge and rinsing it with water. Sometimes, it is advised to coat cast aluminum patio furniture yearly with a liquid spray wax. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Relax and Unwind in Style on a Vivere Hammock


Hammocks are not only for perfect for taking advantage of lazy summer days; It is also interesting to note that that relaxing on a hammock supports the human body with ergonomic position.   On a hammock, the painful pressure that comes with constant turning for alternate sleep positions is not a concern. Relatively simple, they do  an amazing job of contouring to the more natural  position of  your body, no matter the body type. If you are looking for the perfect  hammock in style and functionality, consider getting Vivere Hammocks.
In 2002, Jason Stoter was studying in a university in Guadalajara, Mexico when he stumbled across an entrepreneur selling hammocks. Through  his studies at the University, he was able to source hammocks from a number of villages in the Yucatan peninsula that had been weaving hammocks for years.  The company was formed and Inspired by Jason’s time in Mexico during 2002, the name “Vivere” was derived from the Spanish verb “vivir” meaning “to live”. The hammock became a symbol of the ultimate balanced lifestyle.
With the next few years, a tremendous increase was noted in the demand for outdoor living furniture and accessories, which led to the ultimate growth in the market for Vivere hammocks. The company grew beyond creating hammocks into other lines of outdoor living like stands, chairs, loungers and other outdoor accessories. Today, Vivere continues to grow their product line  with new vibrant colors and modern designs.
Vivere desires to promote relaxation and healthy lifestyles for  their customers. Anyone can enjoy their wide selection of products while sipping a refreshing drink at  their summer cottage, camping in the outback, or simply having a quiet  siesta in their  backyard. The company has proven  that they are passionate about outdoor living, assisting their customers in getting more relaxation and rest from their hectic lives.

Brazilian Style Hammock - Double Deluxe in Natural Fabric by Vivere Hammocks
A hidden gem comes in the Brazilian Style Hammock - Double Deluxe in Natural Fabric by Vivere Hammocks. Complimented by an elegant hand, this hammock features a crocheted fringe that will surely make anyone feel like royalty. A great addition to any cottage or backyard, this hammock is made with colorfast cotton material and can support up to 2 adults.

Quilted Fabric Hammock - Double in Renaissance Fabric by Vivere Hammocks
The reversible Quilted Fabric Hammock - Double in Renaissance Fabric by Vivere Hammocks has an appealing design on one side with a complementing color on the other. It has a layer of poly-fill fiber in between its two layers of all weather polyester fabric along with zinc coated grommets to attach the polyester to the rope ends.

The Original Dream Chair - Real Olive by Vivere Hammocks
The best choice for backyard lounging, The Original Dream Chair - Real Olive by Vivere Hammocks is made from poly-spun polyester with over 2 inches of poly-fill padding. It has a heavy duty steel frame with a 4 leg design so you can set it up anywhere you please. Easy to assemble, it comes complete with a foam pillow and shade umbrella.