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12 Jul

A FEW TIPS BEFORE YOU PURCHASE YOUR OUTDOOR FOUNTAIN

Water is one of the most integral parts of an outdoor environment, and there are many ways to make it work in your outdoor space. An outdoor fountain can be a focal point in your landscape like the Del Rey fountain below, or you can choose a gentle, soothing companion to your outdoor reading or meditation area like the Swirl fountain below.

Del Rey Fountain stone forest swirl fountain

Shape and size play an important role in how your outdoor fountain will sound. If the water falls across a spiller into a vessel below, it will generate greater sound. The longer the fall, the louder the water will be, those types of fountains are ideal for larger outdoor living areas. Also, keep in mind that with a large water drop, it is more likely that the stream may be interrupted by strong wind, pushing water away from the vessel and requiring the fountain to be refilled more frequently.

water wall fountain falling water fountain

A glazed, ceramic vessel fountain can create a simple but stunning focal piece, especially when positioned so it can be viewed from an outdoor seating area or even from an interior window. Water spills over the top of the vessel into a basin that can be placed above or below ground. This type of fountain makes a very soothing sound and its perfect for smaller outdoor spaces or flower gardens.

Catinat Jar Fountain Catinat Jar fountain

Precast concrete is a durable material for fountains, available in a variety of patinas to customize it to your outdoor space.  

cast stone patinas carrera fountain

Please keep in consideration that all ceramic and concrete fountains must be drained and covered in the winter months so they do not crack.  Natural stone fountains don’t require to be covered, so you can enjoy your fountain as a piece of sculpture during the winter months.

15 Jun

HOW TO CELEBRATE SOLSTICE ALL DAY LONG

It’s upon us, the longest and most magnificent day of the year: the summer solstice. You can acknowledge the first, official day of summer with a few, outdoor gestures of your own.

Head outside before dawn with coffee and bagels and kick on the Nisho fire pit. Then sit back and wait for it - the earliest sunrise on the calendar. 

Concrete Fire Pit

Spend the morning tending to your garden. This Faccia planter adds just the right amount of personality whether your garden is comprised of acres or feet.  Then, when the rest of the crowd is up, invite them outdoors for brunch, served on a dining table made of recycled milk jugs.

face planter 

Nothing says summer like a midday nap outdoors, especially on this ultra-comfortable sofa by Telescope Casual. Put your head down, your feet up and enjoy the restoration that occurs when you do nothing at all.

leeward sectional

Now it’s time to ramp it up. Did someone say cocktails? Tables, footstools and outdoor lights. We’ll drink to that!

divine foot stools by cane line

Cheers to the longest Day of the Year!

06 Jun

SPRING CLEANING YOUR FURNITURE

Posted by Gita Hyde

It’s that time of year: Mother Nature is urging you to spend your leisure hours outside and the only thing between you and total patio relaxation is a good spring clean. Hopefully you’ve covered your outdoor furniture and stored your cushions indoors. Those efforts will extend the life of your furniture and make their seasonal debut a snap. If not, refer to our following checklist to get your outdoor space spring ready.

Cushions: Sunbrella fabric cushions are made to resist moisture, mildew and fading with only occasional cleaning necessary to keep them in top condition. Brush off loose dirt then spot clean with a mild soap and water mixture. If cushions are heavily soiled, either hose them off or apply a diluted soap and water mix with a clean rag then follow up with a squeegee tool across the surface of the cushions. Allow the cushions to dry completely and you’re ready to go.

leeward sofa by telescope casual

Metal Furniture Frames: Powder coated aluminum, steel and iron are all low maintenance materials and can last for decades. Use a mild soap (such as dish detergent) and water to wipe down, then follow up with a dry rag. 

copacabana by ratana

Woven: Most woven and rattan furniture is comprised of polypropylene or other composite materials constructed to look like wicker but wear like plastic. Vacuum the surface and crevices of the furniture to remove loose dust, hair and debris, then follow up with the mild soap and water and dry thoroughly.

lounge chair

Plastics and Resins: Set ‘em up, hose ‘em off, wipe ‘em down (we like microfiber cloths and buy them by the dozens). It doesn’t get simpler than that!

loll design

11 Nov

WINTERIZING OUTDOOR FOUNTAIN

fountain cover

Creative Living is a proud supplier of outdoor fountains that are constructed of a high density cast stone mix that is strong and durable. However, proper maintenance is recommended so your fountain is better able to withstand winter conditions 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 fountain or by baling the water out with a scoop, and absorbing the remainder of the water with a large sponge.
- Drain the pipes and other fountain components such as finials so that rain and melted snow can drain and not accumulate in the basin(s) of the fountain. Remove debris from around the pump including leaves, dirt and algae and dry completely and warp the pump in a towel.
- If possible, raise the base of the fountain slightly so it does not freeze and stick to the ground.
- Wrap the fountain in an appropriately sized weather proof cover. Made of breathable Tyvek, the cover lets trapped moisture escape, but rain and dust can’t 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 your one-year product warranty.
- Check the fountain periodically to confirm that the cover is secure and water is not accumulating in any fountain basin or component.

15 Sep

HOW TO CHOOSE OUTDOOR PLANTERS FOR YOUR SPACE?

Outdoor planters can define space, direct traffic, add shape, color and texture, and they can be personalized to reflect your stylistic preference as well as your climate. In short, planters are the most versatile of all outdoor accessories!

Before you purchase your outdoor pots consider where they will be located. Are you looking for a statement piece? Something striking with a definite wow factor? Or perhaps it’s more about functionality. If your outdoor living area is without form, patio planters can act like walls or room dividers, especially when combined with upright plant materials such as bamboo or ornamental grasses.outdoor planters dividersVery narrow planters are useful when placed against an existing building to soften a wall or positioned next to a railing to screen an undesirable view. Some planters are ideal for framing an entrance. A tall, slender front door can be flanked by planters with a similar shape, whereas a wide, broad entrance or porch will accommodate a range of planter sizes and configurations.front door planters Before you purchase outdoor containers, think about your personal style and the exterior of your home. Is your home modern and sleek, or is it traditional and formal? Look for a planter that compliments your residential architecture.Your planters need to be appropriately sized for the space in which they are placed, but be bold in terms of scale. If you are unsure, take a leap and select a pot that is bigger than what you think will fit. One of the last things you want to do in a small space is use a lot of tiny pots and planters, as this will just make the space look cluttered and even smaller. Choose either one big, lavish pot or a simple group of three.If you are buying a group of pots, you can mix textures or sizes to create an interesting composition. Experiment with three different size containers, all in the same shape and color. Or choose the same pattern – in material or glaze – but in coordinating shapes, such as a small, medium and large.outdoor modern plantersKeep in mind fun and whimsical outdoor planters when you are adding flair to your outdoor living space. With very little effort, they can be the focus of your outdoor table top décor!table top planters