Part 3: Get Ready for Outdoor Living

This third and final installment of our “Outdoor Living” series on the blog for steve mckenzie’s, focuses on the eating/entertaining side of outdoor living. Our previous two posts focused on outdoor furnishings and ideal outdoor textiles, so this subject should round things out pretty well. But, if you still have questions about creating the perfect outdoor living space for your home and family, please feel free to share a comment or even reach out to the team here at steve mckenzie’s!

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Bold outdoor tablecloth by Le Jacquard Francais.

We’re so excited to offer some fabulous new coated table linens by Le Jacquard Francais. The colors, textures and quality are just unmatched and they’re sure to elevate any event, from a casual family cookout, to a grand outdoor meal for twelve to a whole new level!

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Another lovely new table linen by Le Jacquard Francais in a rich blue hue.

A few other outdoor table linen options from Le Jacquard Francais:

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Think of all the uses you’d have for these weather-ready linens – wrap them around pitchers to soak up condensation, layer a tray with glasses of fresh lemonade, leave a table covered with a fabulous new outdoor tablecloth – topped off with fresh flowers or a lush planter, and so much more!

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An amazing outdoor entertaining set up, made even more magical with the addition of this beautiful Le Jacquard Francais tablecloth.

Don’t forget about all of the wonderful acrylic drink ware available for your perusal now in the steve mckenzie’s showroom! Glasses, pitchers, and other items all ready for your next outdoor meal!

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Acrylic Pitcher-Federica Blue

As a little bonus, here are two of our favorite recipes to share at outdoor gatherings – both winners, guaranteed! Just click on the image for the recipe…

Artichoke and Tomato Panzanella by Giada De Laurentiis.
Artichoke and Tomato Panzanella by Giada De Laurentiis.
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Curried Chicken Salad by Ina Garten.

So, are you ready for an outdoor feast?!? Our mouths are watering just thinking about it! Not to mention the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere that comes along with any time spent in a lovely outdoor living space. It’s heavenly and we’re ready for a spring and summer full of great times spent outdoors!

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Part 2: Get Ready for Outdoor Living!

For us, a big part of any successful outdoor room are the soft goods – the fabrics used on the pillows, drapes and accessories throughout this unique space. Because it’s situated outdoors, it’s open to the elements and all that brings with it. Although it’s nice to think you’d bring your cushions and pillows inside whenever they’re not in use, that’s not always realistic. And, we aim to create spaces clients love to live in and with, not create more work for them.

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Outdoor living – perfect for the whole family!

So, we turn to Sunbrella fabrics, the ultimate in textiles for outdoor living. You may have heard of Sunbrella before, probably in terms of awning solutions for outdoor spaces. And while these can be nice, for the right home, there’s so much more to Sunbrella now!

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A Classic Sunbrella Awning

A few of our favorite unique applications for outdoor fabrics include…

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Ottomans and poufs! This ottoman in a textile design by our friends at Laurie Bell, another high performance fabric line offered by steve mckenzie’s, offers such versatility! Extra seating, a place to lounge your feet or place a tray of beverages – every outdoor space should include an outdoor ottoman or pouf.

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Throws. The ultimate in outdoor comfort and ideal for those chilly summer nights. Toss a few outdoor throws throughout your space and you’ve instantly made it more inviting!

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And this one may be our favorite – dog beds! We couldn’t imagine a better use for outdoor fabrics than for dog beds. You’ll need something extremely durable, and it doesn’t get better than this. And these stylish beds, thanks to Laurie Bell, flow seamlessly with our decor. Sometimes we think the steve mckenzie’s shop dogs, Bisi and Duke have it made!

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If you’re really looking to create an oasis, outdoor drapes are where it’s at. They dance in the breeze and have the ability to turn just about any space into a tropical paradise. With the color, pattern and texture options now available, we’re only limited to our imaginations!

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Phew! After all that, we think it’s time for a sit and glass of iced tea!

If you’d like additional details about Sunbrella fabrics and how the steve mckenzie’s team can create your idea of a fabulous outdoor space, feel free to reach out to us and learn more. We look forward to working with you and creating an amazing outdoor room. Soon you’ll have it made in the shade!