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.
With the holidays upon us, we at Creative Living wanted to deviate from design advice and product to share with you those aspects of our little urban oasis in Denver for which we are most thankful and share with you a few of our favorite things.
MICHELINE // Mom to two, active teen-aged boys and a small business owner, anything that can take the edge off is welcomed. Running water – the look of it, the sound of it, the feel of it – makes Micheline happy, particularly the hand-carved stone fountains by Greg Roberson which are exclusive to Creative Living.
Micheline is thankful to be in the heart of the Santa Fe Arts district of Denver where she can help local and aspiring artists ensure that their work is seen by displaying it in our showroom. Unlike a gallery, we position artwork in conjunction with a vignette or outdoor setting to show clients how they might incorporate artwork into their own space. Micheline is fond of modern, funky sculpture and painting and as a big fan of street art, she is especially fond of the various graffiti exhibits in this neighborhood (except when they occur, without invitation, on the exterior walls of the store).
STEPHANIE // Stephanie is grateful for the Creative Living team and their efforts to make sure every potential client is given the time and expertise to help them with their outdoor project. Regardless of whether they make a purchase, her sincere hope is that each person walks out of the showroom being creatively inspired and having learned something to assist in the creation of their dream space.
Another item on Stephanie’s gratitude list is the quantity of customizable options and short lead times we have on our furniture lines here at Creative Living. A one-of-a-kind piece is the ultimate way to personalize your outdoor space. When planning and designing a space, having over 150 top-choice Sunbrella fabrics help us to appreciate each client’s style and finish a space as they envisioned.
SANDY // As the primary caretaker of the showroom and courtyard, Sandy is always tickled to make her way into work. The building (a former auto-body shop) and the courtyard create a Zen environment, in spite of sharing a lot with a highly-trafficked convenience store and a multitude of colorful characters. At work, Sandy arranges, displays, organizes, prunes, edits and cleans so that our furniture, water features, fire pits, planters and other products are seen in their very best light. Why is it so much more fun to do those tasks at work than it is do them at home???
Also, on Sandy’s grateful list is the warranty by one of our premier furniture lines Telescope Casual. In a world of one, two and three-year warranties, Telescope Casual provides a 15-year residential warranty from a company with the same family ownership for more than 115 years. It is a pleasure to say ‘yes’ if a Telescope client finds themselves in need of attention from their outdoor furniture manufacturer.
We are all truly grateful for your support this past year and look forward to your visit in 2020! Happy Holidays!
WINTERIZE YOUR OUTDOOR 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!