Category Archives: Outdoor Furniture

Save up to 80% and enjoy free shipping at houzz

This year’s Memorial Day sale at houzz features discounts up to 80% on bar stools, outdoor dining furniture, outdoor lounge furniture and more.

But hurry. The sale ends May 31, 2017.

Here’s a great example: Malibu Eco-Friendly 7-Piece Wood Outdoor Dining Set With Stacking Dining Chairs, now $498.99 with free shipping.

 

Get benched.

Verona Circular Tree Bench CopperThere’s a super end of summer sale at Grandin Road where you can save up to 70% on summer clearance items.

The one item that I thought was definitely worth sharing is their Verona Circular Tree Bench, regularly $579 and now priced to sell at $399.

It comes in antique copper (my favorite) or yellow.
Sculpted to go full circle in the shade of your favorite landscape or quiet spot, this unique decorative structure adds extra seating as well as a touch of whimsy to your backyard or lakeside home.

Crafted from sturdy steel with a hand-applied powdercoat finish, some assembly is required, but tools are included. Dimensions are 60” in diameter by 37-1/4”high.

Introducing Casuwel: the new standard in exquisite outdoor living furniture luxury.

Casuwel Premium Outdoor FurnitureComing January 2015, Outdoor Living Brands will be debuting its newest addition to its outdoor living goods and services family – Casuwel.

Consisting of four stunning themed collections – Bermuda, Fairmont, Metropolitan and Charleston – each features intricately beautiful weaves and custom made cushions featuring premium Sunbrella® fabrics.

Buy smart. Live well. With Casuwel. Coming soon.

It’s beginning to look like a lot like summer this Christmas.

We haven’t even thought of ordering our Thanksgiving turkey yet, and all of a sudden my email is being flooded with Black Friday specials. And today is November 6, 2014. Good grief, Charlie Brown.

So, after getting the Walmart email this morning, I decided to check out outdoor fun stuff for next summer where prices have supposedly been “really rolled back” for this season’s Black Friday specials.

Here are two kid-sized outdoor living specials you may want to look into.

Kids Patio SetThe Grill and Play Patio Café by Step2 is now on sale for $91.08, regularly priced at $119.97, saving you $28.80. As for validation, all review that I read were positive, including this one from PEMsMama who said that it was an “Awesome Buy! I have a 1-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter and they both LOVE it! My daughter loves that she has a kitchen for the outside and she loves sitting at the table to eat when we eat outside and my son loves to pull himself up on it. It’s very sturdy and the doors are easy for him to open and shut.”

Kids Outdoor PlayhouseAnother fun outdoor living habitat for kids is the Outdoor Playhouse by KidKraft. According to a testimonial by kroxoid, “My son in law and myself put this thing together in approximately three hours with minimal tools. The fit and finish were excellent and the only problem we had was the omission of two drilled holes for screws. We quickly fixed that with a 1/4″ drill bit and were on our way. The instructions were excellent and we were very proud of our work, but not nearly as proud as my 4-year-old granddaughter. I would rate this kit at 95% out of 100% which is very, very high for a product like this. We plan to mount this house on a half sheet of plywood and 4×4 inch skids so that it can be easily moved around the yard. We thank you very much for a good experience. One thing we did to save time tightening all the screws with the Allen wrench was to cut the straight part off and use it in a cordless drill.”

Regularly priced at $399.00, the KidKraft Outdoor Playhouse is now on sale for $286.99, saving you $112.01 – which may very well put a dent in your Thanksgiving dinner shopping spend.

Outdoor living space planning in stages is a smart idea.

Archadeck 2012When your eyes and dreams are bigger than your budget, think about building your outdoor living space in stages over time. I did a few years ago and it had many benefits.

I hired Eric Kent from Archadeck of Charlotte for the first phase of my backyard renovation.

Eric and his team took a simple 12-foot by 14-feet concrete pad at the end of my home outside our kitchen door and transformed it into this beautiful screened porch.

The construction was pretty painless on my end. First they dug holes surrounding my existing concrete paid – and within it – for the support footers. Then there was an extra pour of concrete to stretch the previous 14-feet foundation to 18-feet.

As soon as they were set, the framework went up in a jiffy, complete with screened transom window areas to facilitate greater flow of fresh air.

We added a bead board ceiling and had it painted Carolina Blue, and had Archadeck add a ceiling fan and two cans lights, to give us more air circulation when needed and soft casts of light at night.

The next year we decided to concentrate on our landscape and garden, hiring a landscape architect to design a plan that included our favorite scents: gardenia, jasmine and others – scents that seem to become richer with morning dew and at sunset.

Archadeck 2012Year three we decided to add a Belgard paver stone patio for more dimension to the space as well as increased functionality. Atop it we resurrected our favorite outdoor teak dining table and chairs from Smith & Hawken that came back to life after Renew Crew cleaned and protected them. A new patio table umbrella from Sunbrella was just the right perfect final touch.

And now a year later, most of the “heavy lifting” is done, but we’re still adding new plants and flowers to enrich the landscape over time. Spreading the work out over a few seasons really makes large-scale outdoor projects like this more affordable and less stressful.

Best summer book of 2014.

2014 Coastal Living Outdoor Spaces CoverIt’s on newsstands now, brought to you by Outdoor Living Brands. 114 pages of the greatest ideas ever for beautiful, functional, affordable and fun outdoor spaces. Available at your favorite newsstands, bookstores and home center retailers across the land.

The not-so-Extreme Makeover: Porch Edition.

Front Porch MakeoverAfter 37 years of marriage something strange happens. You and your spouse start thinking alike. Wait. Scratch that. You often start thinking exactly the same thing at the very same time.

Such was the case with the front porch of our Charleston style home. Built in 2004, we purchased it from the original owner last June and pretty much focused on getting the interior up to snuff: new light fixtures, some new furniture pieces, window shades, upgraded plumbing, yada, yada, yada.

But now that spring is staring to transition to summer, we’ve been focusing on the outside and backyard.

Last week while taking a break from pruning and watering the rear garden, we took a rare timeout and sat on the steps of our front porch.

Not 10 seconds after planting my keester onto the brick step, Gracie looks at me and says, “This porch is filthy. We really have to clean it up.”

As she completed her thought I became annoyed. Not because she suggested it, but because I was thinking the very same thing at the very same moment. The exterior was gross.

So, this weekend, after scrubbing the front down with bleach and water, we went shopping to gussy up the space – both locally and online.

Our total spend was $840. From left to left, here’s what we purchased:

Pair of white wicker chairs from Garden Ridge: $198

Matching footstool from Garden Ridge: $69

Black and white contemporary cushions from Garden Ridge: $149

Round wire accent table: $49 from Home Goods

Grapevine and floral wreath: $39 for materials, handmade at home

Tall wire plant stand: $79 from Kirkland’s

Black cement planter: Vintage, been in the family for years

Outdoor carpet: $199 from Home Decorators Collection

Variegated geraniums (two planters): $39 from Lowe’s Garden Center

Boxwood: $19 from Lowe’s Garden Center

Tonight, now that the work is done, I plan on sitting out there and enjoying a glass of wine without thinking about another outdoor project… if it kills me. I hope.