Tips on caring for your outdoor patio furniture

Posted on 13th October 2011 in Outdoor

You’ve just spent a fortune on designing the perfect backyard oasis at home and want to figure out how to protect your modern outdoor furniture. The new outdoor chairs around the outdoor table on the patio may be glistening in their newness now but if you don’t take care of the outdoor furniture, you will find that it isn’t as durable as well-maintained and cared-for furniture.

Just like your indoor furniture, you need to care for your outdoor sofas in order to keep them functional and looking nice. There are a variety of ways to care for your outdoor furniture. Here are a few tips to keep them clean.

1)      If you are going to be out of town and not using your designer outdoor furniture for a while, consider getting an outdoor shed to store them when not in use. Despite most modern furniture being water resistant, sun resistant and bug resistant, taking the opportunity to put your outdoor furniture indoors for an extended time is the best way to care for them. One example is the snowbirds that leave New York for the winter and travel to Miami. They tend to be gone for six months at a time from either location, so this would be an optimal time to store your outdoor tables and chairs as well as the cushions.

2)      If you store them, make sure they are dried out before you put them away otherwise you will return to find your outdoor furniture with mold and mildew and you will have to replace it completely after that.

3)      After every major use, you will definitely want to wipe your modern tables and chairs down. Your outdoor sofa should have the cushions taken off and wiped down carefully with a non-bleach cleanser and preferably a soft soap that is non-abrasive. Hose down the rest of the wood furniture, metal deck chairs or your resin wicker or synthetic rattan furniture. Using a strong pressured hose can help get dirt off especially after a major party or event outside, or even a storm that has gotten debris everywhere.

4)      Before you even buy the furniture, look for furniture material and cushions that are resistant to the elements. This will go a long way towards durability.

5)      Try to at least pull your furniture out of the shade in between uses to help keep the sun from cracking it over time. No matter how weather resistant your furniture might be, eventually the sun will begin drying it out. This will help lengthen the life span of your outdoor sofa and modern furniture.

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Modern furniture ideas for cooler weather

Posted on 11th October 2011 in Outdoor

As the warm summer breezes start turning, with a hint of coolness in them, it may be time to start packing in the outdoor deck furniture for a warmer option, especially if you live in a cold climate such as in New York.

While your outdoor patio furniture is nice to enjoy during the summer,  you might be looking for modern furniture for cool weather as the temperature begins dropping.  Sitting poolside isn’t as much an option anymore, though sitting by a nice fire outside might be nice if you have the space to safely build one.

However, many people who live in urban metro areas such as New York, or even Los Angeles, where it gets cold, but fires aren’t allowed due to dry climates don’t have access to land to build a fire, so you need to find modern furniture for cool weather that allows the owner and their friends and family to lounge comfortably during the winter when it is much colder.

How can people who live in New York create a modern furniture style designed for cool weather? Some things can be a change in color to fall colors than to winter brights such as red accessories or wall stickers. Another option is adding heating panels to your outdoor patio so you can sip cocktails over your outdoor table and lounge in modern patio chairs in relative comfort despite cool temperatures.

If you plan on staying indoors, a good way to keep guests comfortable around a single heat source such as a fireplace is to use a modern sectional sofa. Buy the couch in a basic color such as black or white and accent with your favorite color throws or blankets. Toss in a few comfortable pillows for behind your back and guests are ready to snuggle together during a cold winter evening. Don’t forget to add a shag rug for additional warmth, especially if you have tile floors which tend to be cold. Floor level heater vents might be worth the investment if you have a lot of company.

In addition to relaxing on a sectional sofa during the winter, look to gather around the dining room or kitchen with a hot bowl of stew. Look for a modern dining table for cool weather – warm wood tones mixed with traditional paintings or side consoles as additional buffet service. Use a crockpot to set up warm apple cider on a side table for guests who don’t want cocktails and look for a modern bench to store jackets and coats as people enter your home.

Get cozy in the bedroom with a modern bed for cold weather. Be inspired with a platform bed and layer with multiple blankets for an eclectic feel. Put a comfortable lounge chair near a bedroom fireplace or modern heater for a cozy reading nook. Look for ways to create warmth in your modern interior designs, and don’t be afraid to rotate out your furniture and accessories on a seasonal basis to create a different ambiance in your home.





Modern furniture stores online


When shopping for modern furniture stores online, you can find a wide variety of options available for you to choose from. With so many modern furniture stores online, how can you decide which one is best? There are many different factors you can look at to decide if the furniture store you are looking at is the one for you.

The first step is to really consider what type of furniture you are looking for. Are you looking for a contemporary bedroom set or for a chic sectional sofa for your living room? This may help you narrow down the online furniture store that you would be able to shop at since a store that only sells bedroom furniture may not work if you need a couch.

Then do your homework. Read online about the different furniture stores, opening up different web browsers to look at their products, designs and more. Take a careful look at the colors because they can make or break a design. Try to build a picture in your head of the final look so that you aren’t just haphazardly buying random pieces across the internet without trying to see how they will all work together.  You don’t want to end up with a bright purple storage box paired with a red sofa without even realizing it.

Draw your plan on paper before shopping online furniture stores and don’t be ashamed to compare prices across the board. If you are really looking for a modern, affordable but stylish online store for furniture, do your research and compare prices. You may be surprised at what you find.

And don’t forget to look for coupons, coupon codes and even Groupons for furniture – this is one way you can find a good deal when shopping online for furniture.

Some things you might not be able to find in a local store can be found online, especially if you are short on time or work during the day and need to shop at night from the comfort of your own home.

What type of furniture can be found online these days? Just about anything. It doesn’t matter if you are looking to decorate a bedroom, a living room, a dining room or even your outside patio you can find all the contemporary furniture you need online.

You can even find places that can build your entire room from large furniture pieces to modern accessories. Look for photos of designs that you like online and then build a room around those ideas.

These days, shopping online for modern furniture is as easy as that. And it’s even easier to find inspiration online for your design projects. By doing your research on designs, size, color and even the cost of modern furniture, you can end up with an amazing deal from an online furniture store. Even if you don’t live in a large metro area such as New York, Los Angeles or Miami where access to a variety of furniture is easy, you can find quality furniture stores online that will make your house look just as nice.

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Things You Should Not Do When Buying Patio Furniture

Posted on 15th September 2011 in Outdoor

Probably the first thing you should not do when buying patio furniture is simply fall in love with a set with no regard to how it is going to be used or where it is going to fit.

Another thing you should probably not do is buy without regard to its durability or ability to withstand the elements. Rain, wind and sun are particularly damaging to outdoor patio furniture. It can decimate a poorly made set with cheap materials. One thing you do not need to do is to throw your money away. Buying high quality patio furniture with modern styling will prove to be a good investment providing years of service with a minimum of upkeep.

Never buy patio furniture that needs special protection. Unless you are comfortable with constantly covering and lugging furniture around, well designed modern patio furniture can withstand the elements with aplomb. A yearly check up should be all that is needed whether it is washing or a lightly applied fresh coating of paint or sealant.

Avoid buying pillows that need to be thoroughly dry before you can sit on them. A good pillow should repel water quickly so a quick shake should do it. Especially in a city like Miami where tropical storms are a part of everyday life, we need cushions that can effectively deal with this.

Another consideration, since we are now talking about Miami, don’t buy furniture that is so light that it will blow away in a strong wind. The area prone to heavy tropical storms and hurricanes, patio furniture should be able to withstand tropical storms without blowing away and able to be easily folded in case of a hurricane. High quality modern patio furniture should be able to provide both.

Since we have looked at what you shouldn’t do, how about what you should do. Look for modern patio furniture that allows for it to be added on to. Being able to buy additional pieces to what we already have allows us to expand our patio furniture collection one piece at a time. A Modern sectional sofa is a great piece of furniture as it has all the attributes of good outdoor modern patio furniture and feels like a living room outside. Add some tempered glass side tables and main dining table and you have all the ingredients for modern patio furniture that will last for years to come.

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The Different Styles of Patio Furniture

Posted on 24th August 2011 in Outdoor

All patio furniture is not created equal so when you are considering buying some new pieces to spruce up your current modern patio furniture collection or starting from scratch, look at what is out there, how you use your outdoor patio and the time and space you have to maintain and store it.

Style is important as it can say a lot about you. Are you a modern furniture person needing the latest in today’s trends or a bit more introspective, then perhaps Zen styling would be more appropriate. How about an eclectic modern look that incorporates all kinds of styles with abandon? Mixing Baroque and cottage, contemporary and Scandinavian was never so much fun.

In each of these styles they tend to favor certain materials, construction and design language. Modern with its clean, unadorned, powerful lines creates a setting of drama and a sense of openness. A modern lounge designed around rust resistant metal and forgiving straps or weather tolerant woods provides both form and function with your comfort in mind.

If your backyard patio is more like your retreat from the world, then look to create outdoor rooms that allow for the maximum use of space providing for both larger and intimate gathering spaces with surprises sprinkled in. Wood would be the most commonly used material which can be great. With a minimal amount of upkeep, it can provide for years of service; a great return on your investment. Because it is an easy style to coordinate with others, use it as a base from which to add on to. Global influences create an interesting contrast between modern furniture’s minimalism with perhaps Baroque which is all about ornamentation with today’s modern twist. Contrast in styles can be a great source of conversation.

Dining al fresco is great both during the day as well as at night. Be sure to include a large umbrella to keep things cool and a string of LED lights at night to add some extra sparkle. Choosing a tempered glass modern dining table is a stylish way to include a durable material that easily accommodates any kind of affair.

If you happen to live in a place like New York City, being able to easily store your patio furniture is a consideration so look for pieces that can easily fold or stack to minimize required storage space. With proper selection and care, patio furniture should continue to be a great part of your modern furniture home collection.

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Comparing Outdoor and Garden Furniture

Posted on 23rd August 2011 in Outdoor

When comparing outdoor and garden furniture is there really a difference? Yes, no, maybe, exciting let’s mix it up! So what constitutes garden furniture? The single metal folded chair tucked next to a flower arbor with a wishing well nearby. Perhaps it is a single stool or a lone bench used more by the squirrels than you, time to become a part of your outdoors and make your garden furniture your outdoor furniture as well.

Modern outdoor furniture should provide comfortable seating suitable for all types of weather. While a modern sectional sofa and armchairs can provide seating for a lot of family and friends don’t forget places to layout such as a modern lounge and furniture that goes from plain to picnic. Include more than one modern outdoor dining table to spread friends and good conversation around. Benches can provide flexible seating either pulled up to a dining table or pulled away for extra places to lie out and enjoy the sun.

Outdoor rooms which is how we have come to enjoy our outdoor space are an extension of our modern interiors, bringing with it comfort and great styling. Creating this link between inside and outside allows an easy flow of nature to be celebrated outside and enjoyed inside. Modern furniture compliments nature’s landscape allowing for the beauty of nature to be highlighted. Natural wicker wood pieces fit nicely into any setting echoing the branches of nearby bushes.

Look to the garden to be inspired in selecting modern outdoor patio furniture. Typical garden furniture was typically one piece strategically placed to allow for quiet contemplation of perhaps a nearby waterfall or a perfect bloom on a flowering hibiscus in a Miami backyard. With fragrance and the soft rustle of the wind of brushing leaves, look for these opportunities to incorporate modern furniture pieces into the natural setting. They should become a part of the outside.

However, it is not necessary to match colors or disappear into the landscaping but rather a boldly patterned cushion on a modern outdoor sofa can be just the spark that makes the outdoor space just a bit more intriguing. Be sure to include some eclectic modern accessories that can be used for today’s garden art. The surprising find of a metal frog tucked in between the fork of a tree is a fun and novel way to decorate the outside. Look to typical garden furniture to bridge the past and the today; the expected and the unexpected.

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Useful Tips for Patio Furniture Maintenance

Posted on 19th August 2011 in Outdoor

So, you have followed the guide for purchasing modern outdoor patio furniture. It looks great! With modern sofa sectionals and a large modern outdoor dining table with chairs you are all set to have fun in the sun. Maintenance should be the first and then the last thing on your mind, so one, two, three, four let’s get to the basics and then forget about it.

First tip: make sure that you bought high quality outdoor patio furniture. The materials and construction should be built to withstand the effects of outdoor exposure. Fabrics should look as good as the day you bought it and frames should be rust and mildew resistant. Buying high quality modern styled outdoor patio furniture is the first and most critical element in providing for furniture that will provide more time playing and less time maintaining.

Second tip: Try to look for designs that allow for an easy transformation of your outdoor space. Pieces that can fold or shift about allow for you to easily change your design layout. This is not only great when you change your mind and begin to rearrange, it also makes for a space that can transform itself accommodating different size groups and functions; flexibility is key.

Third tip: As each summer begins, give your modern patio furniture a good once over and determine if there is any maintenance that should be done. Usually a good washing will suffice however, both metal and wood can benefit from a once a year face lift. With metal furniture be sure to lightly clean with a wire brush to loosen any rust or peeling surfaces before adding a light coat of paint. This helps to protect the metal from rusting as well as providing an opportunity to inject some additional color. Wood furniture also benefits from a light sanding and then a protective stain. This will keep the wood from allowing moisture to penetrate as readily. If you happen to have teak furniture, using a protective clear stain when it is first placed outside will help it to retain its deep reddish color. If left unstained, it will weather to an appealing silverish gray color, also appealing.

Last tip: When the fall approaches and in places like New York where it is probably a good idea to store the patio furniture for the winter, be sure to clean the patio furniture before stowing it. This will minimize any possible damage making sure it will be ready for next summer.




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Tips for Choosing Outdoor Furniture

Posted on 16th August 2011 in Outdoor

Bringing the outside in and the inside out has created a wonderful world where the lines are blurred defining the beginning and ending of each space. This kind of erasure of defined spaces allows for the exploration of using these spaces in ways we never considered before.

While inside furniture seems it would not be at home outside, the great modern furniture style you have in your Los Angeles or perhaps Miami home can be brought outside providing all the latest trendy styles you could ask for. You want great modern furniture lines, ease of use, maintenance convenience and flexibility of use.

Try to find pieces that have versatility built in. A modern dining room chair with sun, water and mold resistant fabric can be used both outside and inside in a pinch. Look to coordinate both your inside and outside modern furniture pieces so shifting them around where they are needed is easy to do and shows no break in your great sense of modern furniture design.

One thing you will want to be aware of is the construction of the frame. Make sure that it is built strong and solid to withstand the outside weather. Metals that don’t rust and woods that stand up to the elements are the best choices.

Rattan is a great outside material. While it needs some protection from direct outside contact with wind, water and the sun it is very forgiving allowing air and water to easily pass through its frame. This makes for both a cooler and drier seating experience. As a natural material, it is at home outside blending easily with the outside landscaping. It can also be a great focal point inside the house providing relief from the dominance of all wood furniture.

Modern furniture is known for its many surfaces from which to choose from and outside tempered glass is an excellent choice. It is clear and withstands breakage without shattering into dangerous small pieces. Suitable as the top for a side table or a modern dining room table outdoor patio furniture never looked so good or was so functional.

If you happen to live in a place like New York where during the winter, folding and storing outdoor patio furniture is preferred, look for pieces that fold or stack providing for easy storage. This is another great reason why outdoor furniture should be selected with great modern furniture design in mind; it can also be incorporated inside for added seating and a hint of summer even on the dreariest winter day.




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Choosing outdoor room Materials

Posted on 11th August 2011 in Outdoor

We want to live outside and enjoy Mother Nature. Enjoying the outside should not mean having to work outside all the time to take care of it. The best way to accomplish this is to make sure that when you are selecting outdoor modern patio furniture that you select those best able to withstand the outside elements.

If you are living in Miami, that means being able to accommodate strong, penetrating sunshine and hot, humid days. Look to fabric that is both UV and mold resistant. Unlike the past where this was limited to a small selection of color and patterns, not so anymore; with a wide variety to choose from, you are only limited by your sense of adventure.

With an assortment of coverings to choose from look to modern outdoor patio furniture that is constructed out of durable materials and well crafted. Quality is key here as poorly constructed pieces will only fall apart in a short amount of time, a waste of money and resources. Durability is important so furniture made from rattan, quality woods or rust resistant metal construction will offer you great value for years of use.  Which material you choose should depend on both the look you are going for as well as the kind of maintenance you are willing to do.

Rattan is probably the easiest and most common material used for modern outdoor patio furniture. With its tropical good looks it fits in easily into any Miami backyard and is easily cleaned with soap and water. With space for air to circulate and its ability to shed water readily, it can be the perfect choice though you should consider other materials as well.

A solid wood bench can be a perfect spot to create a Zen setting providing great modern styling and a restful retreat within a retreat. Consider adding a couple of modern lounge chairs for a space that can accommodate one or a small group.

Rust resistant metal furniture is strong and sturdy providing for years of use. A glass tempered modern outdoor dining room table takes the worry out of dangerous breaking glass and it can easily be cleaned up with soap and water. The metal may need a refresher coat every year or so. If you live in New York, storing your furniture inside a shed during the harsh winter months makes sense prolonging the finish. Since living outside is commonplace in Miami and Los Angeles, a yearly coat of paint will keep your modern outdoor patio furniture looking fresh for years to come.


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Patio Furniture – What’s The Big Deal?

Posted on 10th August 2011 in Outdoor

Patio furniture is one of those things in this life that is supposed to be a no brainer kind of purchase. If it seats enough people to sit around an outdoor dining room table eating barbequed food, then it suffices. But when was the last time you considered just sufficient as enough? Remember the last time you walked into that neighbor’s back patio where you first reaction was wow and then you settled into one of several comfortable stylish chairs? Just sitting outside is elevated to a whole other experience and this is definitely a big deal. Time is precious and we seem to have less and less of it so the moments we share with nature and each other should be celebrated and enjoyed to the fullest.

Besides looking at your patio furniture with a wow factor, there should also be the consideration of value for your money. Look at high quality modern furniture to provide the kind of outdoor experience that is today. With so many styles to choose from like Zen inspired, contemporary or global influences such as Indian, there is no reason not to have an outdoor space that is comfortable, inviting, a great value and uniquely your own signature design.

This is when modern furniture excels as an excellent choice for outdoor patio furniture. With UV and mold resistant fabric with a wide variety of colors and patterns to choose from, the only limit is your imagination. Today’s modern patio furniture is made from materials that are weather resistant and some are made from natural materials. Rattan an all time favorite, holds up well under protected outside conditions. With its sensual textural weave, it provides the free flow of air keeping you cooler while enjoying the outdoors. Pair rattan chairs with an outdoor dining room table sporting a tempered glass table top. Break and shatter resistant, it is easy to maintain and provides for visual lightness.

Be sure to scatter around some modern furniture lounges to relax soaking in the sights, sounds and smells from your backyard patio. Alongside a pool with a cool drink in hand, life just doesn’t get better than this.

So, the next time you are considering purchasing patio furniture, by pass the stuff in the grocery store that won’t last more than a couple of years and head to your local furniture design store that will provide a wide range of high quality modern patio furniture that will provide value, modern style and comfort for years to come.




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Bedroom Furniture – Modern guide to buying outdoor furniture

Posted on 8th August 2011 in Bedroom, Outdoor

With our nationwide return to an appreciation of nature and the outdoors, it is not surprising that we are blurring the lines between the inside and the outside of our home and office spaces. Breathing in clean fresh air first thing in the morning can make anyone’s day and watching the stars twinkle overhead at night is a peaceful and introspective experience. With this wonderful hammock feeling of bridging two worlds at the same time, take the time to find just the right modern furniture pieces that make this happen.

Usually when we consider what is appropriate for the bedroom we first think of the traditional bed with two night stands and a dresser. While this is functional and defines what is typically expected maybe we could explore changing this around just a little bit. So the easiest way to go about doing this is to consider the last time we drifted off to sleep and what it made it so relaxing. Falling asleep in an outside canopied bed with a gentle breeze flowing through and the smell of the warm summer air lulled us to sleep like nothing else. This same kind of wonderful experience can be included into your bedroom. Modern furniture with its high quality and minimalist lines can be the perfect source for including just such a bed in your bedroom. If you are lucky enough to have sliding patio doors or a skylight open them up and sleep under the stars with the night’s cool breeze gently lulling you to sleep.

Modern outdoor furniture can also be included as a night table with tempered glass tops. Translucent materials make any space appear lighter and more open. Adding pieces that are white adds to the overall feeling of the space of being ethereal and dreamlike, essential for uninterrupted nights of rest.

A large oversized rattan chair or loveseat can easily accommodate two and create both a great functional space as well as a place to curl up and savor the end of your day. With natural materials that coordinate well with any modern furniture piece consider mixing and matching pieces. Just as the inside and outside are becoming one so can the seemingly different styles available in modern furniture become a harmonious whole.

Exploring the possibilities of modern furniture design and modern outdoor patio furniture expands our horizons and gives us a whole new perspective on what is acceptable bringing the best of both the inside and outside together.



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