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Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 6pm.



27 Apr

FOUR STEPS TO YOUR PERFECT PATIO

  1. Dream
    In your wildest imagination, envision your ideal outdoor environment. Perhaps yours is a meditative space filled with planters and lush vegetation, ideal for quiet reflection, where a cushioned chaise or sectional takes center stage. Maybe your perfect patio is a sleek and contemporary pavilion overlooking the city lights, with outdoor cooking and dining configurations and a gas fire pit around which your guests can gather. If you can give a name to your stylistic preference, that will help you search for images of patios that will appeal to you:  traditional, vintage, farmhouse, contemporary, eclectic. 

    modern outdoor kitchen
  1. Inventory
    Take stock of existing conditions to create a base map for your dream space.  Locate and dimension doors and windows, and survey the elevation difference between indoors and outdoors to determine if you’ll need stairs or a multi-leveled terrace. Check the solar orientation of the area. Is it facing south and likely to get lots of light and heat, or is it north-facing and thus, shady and cool? Is there any existing vegetation such as trees or shrubs that can be incorporated into your overall design?

    terrace modern fountain
  1. Conceptualize
    Visualize your use areas – lounging, dining, entertaining (maybe they can be combined) - to determine how your space will function. You can experiment with furniture layout by using on-hand pieces such as a card table and folding chairs. Use blue painter’s tape or sidewalk chalk to outline a fire pit or grilling area. Be sure to consider the following before construction begins:
  • Electrical capability, including dedicated outlets for lighting, water features, cooking appliances, and audio visual equipment. Ensure that you have the capacity in your current electrical panel to accommodate your proposed outdoor features.
  • Plumbing for irrigation, water feature or outdoor sink
  • If a permanent fire pit or grill is in your plan, hire a certified plumber to set a gas or remote propane line and do the installation.

  1. Refine 
    Once you’ve settled on a Conceptual Plan, you can fine-tune materials and finishes as well as landscape and furniture. You should expect your plan to evolve as you get more specific with your selections. Once you’re underway, don’t forget to accessorize with planters, toss pillows, and outdoor artwork which reflects your personality, as those are the items that will make the ideal patio space uniquely yours.

 

Creative Living is designed as a one-stop source for modern patio furnishings with complimentary design services. Our design professionals can help you recognize your style, lay out furniture, select colors and fabrics and arrange your patio décor.

30 Aug

DOG DAZE OF SUMMER | PATIO LIVING AT ITS FINEST

Posted by Creative Living in Outdoor Living, Patio Living, summer days

If the most important person in your house isn’t actually a person, congratulations. You are one of almost 90 million Americans who place their pet at the top of the household pecking order. Here at Creative Living, we are especially partial to our animals, and we make darn sure that our client’s human guardians are accommodating them. The calendar is on its slow, lazy slide towards fall, so we wanted to make sure we acknowledge the Dog Daze of Summer by sharing a few images of mod-ish, curated and exclusive outdoor products along with the dogs that enjoy them.

Diesel Hyde is our Top Shop Dog. Not only is he the official store greeter, he’s also the first to test drive our new arrivals to make sure they suit his exacting standards. You can find him lounging on a Divine Footstool, guarding the store from his perch on a Parc Rocker or checking the dimensions on a Faccia Planter. Stop in sometime and say hello to Diesel.

parc rocker cane line devine foot stool faccia planter

From their soft, round bellies to their puppy breath, nothing is more entertaining than a puppy. Except maybe this Modern Bar Cart by Loll is a little entertaining. Oh, and a pug and his snappy little dog bowl.

outdoor bar cart 

Matt and Daniel designed their  rooftop terrace with their pets in mind, including the proximity of Koda’s bed to the soothing sounds of our X3 fountain. Lily the Chiuahua is keeping a close watch for intruders, like that sneaky cat from down the street.

x 3 fountain

Betty the Beagle is a big fan of the Leeward Sofa by Telescope Casual. The frame on this outdoor sofa is constructed of Marine Grade Polymer and is resistant to scratching but the Sunbrella cushions are the best part – they even withstood Betty’s post-skunking ‘aura’, which is a huge endorsement.

Here’s to summer going to the dogs!

21 May

REFRESHMENTS FOR YOUR OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT

There is not a  whole lot better than enjoying a refreshing beverage while sitting outside in some comfy chairs. In fact, that’s why many Loll chairs come with built-in bottle openers and wine holders.
   
Summer is almost here and we would like to share with you some of Loll Designs favorite summer drinks – both alcoholic and nonalcoholic. Cheers!

PINEAPPLE COCONUT WATER

We love this pineapple coconut water recipe from the natural foods recipe journal 101 Cookbooks.

The secret is real pineapple juice. You can get the juice using a juice extractor, blender or Vitamix, or a food processor. We also just love the bright yellow color of this fragrant, nonalcoholic drink.Strawberry Basil Lemonade.

STRAWBERRY BASIL LEMONADE

Five and Spice is one of our absolute favorite cooking blogs. Blogger Emily Vikre is co-founder of Vikre Distillery, an award-winning micro-distillery in Duluth, MN. She also has a master’s in nutrition and a PhD in food policy. Basically, she makes killer drinks, including this strawberry basil lemonade

PINEAPPLE COCONUT SPRITZER

Tropical and delicious, this pineapple coconut spritzer from food blogger Sweet and Savory by Shinee is naturally sweetened with pineapple and orange juice. We love the addition of club soda, making it a bubbly thirst-quencher.

BLACKBERRY MINT JULIP

A simple syrup, fresh blackberries, a few sprigs of mint, a shot of bourbon. Also known, as heaven in a glass. Blogger Miss in the Kitchen claims her blackberry mint julip recipe will “blow your cocktail-loving mind.” 

CRANBERRY SANGRIA PUNCH

Put all your fresh summer fruit to use with this cranberry sangria punch from Iowa Girl Eats. It’s simple to make too – just mix champagne wine-soaked winter fruits and finish with a splash of orange juice.

CHEERS to SUMMER TIME!