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26 Aug

5 Hot Tips for Dining Alfresco

Five Hot Tips for Alfresco Dining
The perfect alfresco dining experience would likely include a perfect outdoor kitchen where the transition from cooktop to tabletop is only a matter of inches. We here at Creative Living and our sister company, Artisan Outdoor Kitchens, can literally design and build a thoroughly modern outdoor kitchen in any configuration, color, style or setting. We’ve listed five hot tips to spark your imagination and encourage you take your next meal outdoors, where everything tastes better.
#1 – Build a Perfect Outdoor Kitchen
AOK Kitchen Blog
AOK Kitchen 2
If you don’t happen to have the perfect outdoor kitchen, fret not, as alfresco dining is available to everyone, everywhere. Below are a few more tips for creating a meal to remember with a handful of modest materials and a minimum amount of effort.
 #2 – Set Up a Dining Surface
HOUE Circle Table
An outdoor dining surface is important and can be as prominent as this bamboo and granite table by Houe or as simple as a wooden crate set with some vintage tableware.
 
#3 – Scatter Linens to Soften the Setting
Linen napkins in assorted colors, cuttings from the landscape and twine set a rustic and inviting table.   
Harpers Bazaar Linens
Harpers Bazaar
#4 – Use Unbreakable Dishware
Chunky, sturdy dishware is best for outdoor dining, and a large serving tray is helpful when transporting food and drinks from the kitchen to the dining area.
Dishes
Styling: Sarah Ellison   Photography: Jessie Prince
Melamine dishes
JoyfulDerivatives.com
sea glass tray      melamine plates
  Faux Sea Glass Serving Tray by Terrain    Melamine Dinnerware by Aidio
#5 – Include Light and Blankets
Hanging lights, votive candles or solar powered lanterns all add to the ambience at your outdoor dining table. Blankets on each chair or readily available will prolong the pleasure of your outdoor dining when the air gets nippy.
  blankets and lights  tekura lights
Good Housekeeping        Solar Lanterns

11 Jan

COCKTAILS TO CELEBRATE WINTER

What is better than a beautiful winter afternoon outdoors? A beautiful winter afternoon outdoors with a cocktail: fresh air, cold nose, warm heart! Enjoy outdoor living at its best cozied up to a roaring fire pit, relaxing in comfy modern outdoor furniture and sharing time with friends and family.

05 Nov

WINTERIZING YOUR FOUNTAIN

WINTERIZE YOUR OUTDOOR FOUNTAIN


covered fountain

 

Creative Living is a proud supplier of outdoor fountains constructed of a high-density, cast stone mix that is strong and durable. We recommend that our clients perform regular maintenance throughout the year but winterization is especially crucial. It will help your fountain withstand snow, wind and freeze/thaw cycles.

  • The most important step in winterization is draining the fountain. Prior to freezing temperatures, empty all water either by directing the pump to the exterior of the basin or by bailing the water out with a scoop and absorbing the remainder with a large sponge.
  • Drain the hoses and other fountain components such as finials so that rain and melted snow cannot accumulate in the basin(s) of the fountain. Remove debris from around the pump including leaves, dirt and algae and dry completely. Ideally, remove the pump and store inside. If removal is difficult, wrap the pump with insulating material such as foam or a thick towel and secure with tape.
  • If possible, raise the base of the fountain slightly so it does not freeze and stick to the ground below.
  • Cover or wrap the fountain in an appropriately sized weather-proof cover to prevent moisture from accumulating in the basin. Creative Living sells fountain covers by Campania. Made of breathable Tyvek, the cover allows trapped moisture to escape but neither rain nor dust can get in. The locking drawstring will pull the cover securely around the bottom of the fountain. Use of an authentic Campania cover – versus a tarp – ensures the one year product warranty.
  • Check the fountain periodically to confirm that the cover is secure and water is not accumulating in any part.

05 Oct

EXTENDING YOUR PATIO SEASON

If you’re a Colorado resident, you know that autumn is the epitome of the outdoor season. If you happen to live elsewhere, don’t despair. Just because the days are getting shorter, it doesn’t mean that patio living is finished for the year. You can relish your outdoor space well into fall by doing just a few things.  

Cook Outside
The first path we shovel after snowfall is from the backdoor to the grill, but you can do better. A patio oven, a smoker or a full-on kitchen overlooking a mountain view - or even your backyard fence – makes meal preparation a pleasure.

Outdoor Kitchen

Light the Sky
Regardless of whether you’re beneath them or just looking at them from afar, overhead string lights indicate there’s a party going on around here, and they extend the night-time view, making the transition between light and dark less stark. Smaller, more focused accent lighting creates pockets of warmth, bringing coziness and comfort to a seating or dining area, and they cast an attractive glow on every face.

Snuggle Up to a Fire
Nothing says fall like an outdoor fire, either shared with friends or enjoyed in solitude. A gas-powered fire is easiest, especially when it’s controlled with the flip of a switch, but a propane tank or wood fire are just as lovely and are easy to accommodate in most outdoor environments.

Prolong Your Planters
Most folks know that Pansies and Mums are the go-to for seasonal color in the fall. Highly textured plants also work beautifully – think ornamental grasses with tall plumes, flowering Kale and perennials with coarse seed pods whose silhouettes are striking and sturdy, even when they turn brown after a hard frost.

 

07 Aug

OUTDOOR COOKING

Whether you’re grilling, smoking, roasting, mixing, or just chatting while whipping up a snack on the patio, you can be sure that outdoor cooking has evolved. No longer are heavy, stone-clad, masonry structures your only stylistic options. Just as interior kitchens and dining areas have progressed from Old World, traditional styling to more sleek and contemporary spaces, the outdoor cooking environment has also expanded. Now you can select from an assortment of steel cabinetry, composite countertops and chic appliances that will stand up to the toughest weather conditions, and blend with your streamlined interior and architecture.

A cooking device is at the heart of your outdoor kitchen, and patio ovens are one of the ‘hottest’. This appliance is far more versatile than is original moniker of Pizza Oven. Fueled by wood, the Patio Oven by Hearthstone heats up to 750 degrees within 20 minutes and easily handles all manners of baking, braising and searing. A layer of ceramic fire insulation and multiple layers of fire bricks form the oven itself and a removable door helps regulate temperature. Either freestanding or perched atop a non-combustible countertop, this beauty is available in a mix of stainless steel and copper powder coating.  

Patio Pizza Oven

Another fun option new to the outdoor scene is social grilling, and this table by iBBQ – short for Interactive Barbecue – doesn’t disappoint. No longer is the chef relegated to one area while guests whoop it up in another. With a seating capacity of up to 8 people, the table includes a marine grade stainless steel body and frame, Tiger-wood surface and independently controlled burners so each guest can grill and dine together, at the same time.

Just like indoor kitchens, outdoor kitchens can be minimal or expansive, depending on space and dollars available. Regardless of size, most outdoor cooking requires at least some staging or preparation area. Artisan Outdoor Kitchens will make sure that your kitchen is customized, well-designed, durable and stunning to look at.