The fall is a much celebrated time of the year. It dramatically alters our landscape with those fantastic autumn colors. Both Halloween and Thanksgiving occur during its watch. The nights start to grow longer and the temperatures start to dip. In places with hotter climates such as our home base Arizona, it’s a time when we start to use our outdoor areas more. Below you will find some essential items that will help you have an enjoyable and unforgettable fall.
“One person’s junk is another person’s treasure” is an old adage that most are familiar with and it can be traced back to the 16th century. It may be a popular 500 year old saying but it wasn’t until 1998 that it took on such a visual and comfortable meaning. That was when Chris Bruning founded the furniture company Groovystuff that specializes in making rustic furniture out of re-claimed teak wood.
Dallas recently played host to the Total Home & Gift Market show this last June. At this event indoor and outdoor furniture and accessories vendors from around the world showcase their latest products. Industry buyers then make their selections of new products that they are going to purchase and carry in their stores. We sent our two outdoor accessory product experts who combined have over 60 years of experience and have been with Today's Patio for over 10 years. Jeff Connit formally of the original Marshall Fields of Chicago and Dalon Faulstick formally of Paddock’s Magic of Christmas made selections that will be available for purchase at your favorite Today’s Patio locations next year. Below are a few insights they came home with.
We recently rang in a new year much to the dismay of those pessimistic Mayans and it is now 2013. A year that a lot of us thought we would be hovering around the world and eating huge feasts made in microwave ovens. While we may not be teleporting to work and living in houses with automated butlers, the future has already delivered some fascinating gizmos. Enter Treasure Garden the worldwide leader in all things shade, outdoor umbrellas and a company known for being on the forefront of design and innovation. We earlier wrote about their wonderful online Umbrella Design Studio and all the great benefits of their outdoor furniture covers, now we want to shine a little light on their next game-changing venture.
The cold winter can be a cruel and intimidating foe. It can drive you from your outdoor spaces and trap you in your house. There it dooms you to peer through your windows at your deserted patio that longs for companionship. Out in the cold your furniture sits (hopefully protected with a furniture cover) reminiscing of the good days when you would gleefully swivel in the chairs, eagerly read countless books on the chaise lounge and happily entertain friends on your lovely bar height furniture set. It is safe to say that the winter and your patio are natural enemies. In this aged old battle, Today’s Patio has not remained neutral and has been an active advocate of your patio. We are here to tell you that the winter does not have to control your life and that you can enjoy your beautiful outdoor spaces year-round. Here’s how:
Already known as a leader and innovator in the patio umbrella market, Treasure Garden has continually raised the bar for outdoor shade products year after year. While most of their efforts have been directed at improving product designs and manufacturing processes, one of their more recent creations, the Umbrella Design Studio, is focused on delivering a better experience for shoppers.
Like many industries, outdoor lighting has seen it's fair share of new gadgets, gizmos and trends over the years. Some work, some fade - no pun intended. A new technology has now entered the market that looks to provide a simple solution to an old patio lighting problem: How do you light your patio without stringing wires all over the place? The answer: thermoelectric power.
With Memorial Day quickly approaching, getting your outdoor patio spaces for guests is probably a little higher up on your to-do list. Whether you're planning a small barbecue for a group of close friends or a large family gathering, we've put together a small list of items that we think will help make your party a success.