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Unique Designs

The Acapulco Collection from Z-Line Designs

The Acapulco Collection from Z-Line Designs

Traditional styles in patio furniture and outdoor accessories are not for everyone. Sometimes, a homeowner wants a piece that will pop out as the center of entertaining, serving as a focal point or conversation starter. From chic furniture to vibrant umbrellas, stand-out pieces bring new life to outdoor spaces.

Combined with comfort and unique style, the Acapulco Collection, from Z-Line Designs, provides the ambiance needed for hours of luxurious entertaining and relaxation. With its sleek curves and plush deep seating, your backyard will turn into a resort. This arrangement brings exceptional character and charm into any outdoor setting.

The Uptown Fire Pit Table from The Outdoor Greatroom Company

A modern look in granite and stucco, the Uptown Fire Pit Table, from The Outdoor Greatroom Company, is designed with clean, simple lines, and engineered to showcase a stunning glowing fire that is sure to heat up one’s outdoor space. This two-tiered table is functional as well as beautiful and makes for a perfect area to entertain.

Z-Line Designs

The Outdoor Greatroom Company

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Backyard Paradise

Sound of Music Audio Panel with Marine Grade iPod Stereo System from Cal Flame

There are many ways to spice up an outdoor-kitchen experience. By combining the right appliances and accessories, it’s possible to create a vacation atmosphere right at home. Everything from colorful umbrellas and outdoor rugs to entertainment centers and fireplaces will enhance the outdoor-living experience. With so many options available, deciding how to spruce up a backyard or patio kitchen can be daunting. Here are a couple of products that will liven up any outdoor space.

The portable Sound of Music Audio Panel, from Cal Flame, is a stainless-steel panel that can virtually be mounted to any indoor or outdoor surface. It features a Marine-Grade stereo system with built-in iPod controls that conveniently charge and operate one’s iPod or iPhone. Two 4-inch 72-watt weatherproof speakers, and state of the art remote control are included as well. It also features a large IC-FM Tuner with improved reception and an additional auxiliary port of other MP3 systems.

Fire table from Galaxy Outdoor

Galaxy Outdoor has created a large selection of standard-sized fire tables. Round or hexagonal, they range in size from 38 to 68 inches in diameter. The fire tables are also available in rectangular, square, and diamond shapes; standard sizes range from 36 to 96 inches long. All tables are made from 14-gauge galvanized tubing covered with PermaBase cement board, ready to be finished. Custom sizes are available.


Cal Flame

Galaxy Outdoor

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Functional Flames

The Wickford Media Console from Dimplex

Since flat-screen TVs debuted, the problem of where to put them started plaguing homeowners. If there is a fireplace already in the room, the TV often ends up hanging above it, or off to the side. The media console fireplace solves this problem by combining all of the elements—TV, fireplace, and media storage—into one neat unit.

The Wickford media console from Dimplex is the perfect solution. It is capable of holding a television up to 60 inches and houses two shelved storage compartments for electronic components, DVDs, and other essentials. The transitional cabinet style with its subtle dentil molding and stepped base adapts well to most decors and is enhanced by its rich burnished walnut finish.

The Triple-Function Media Mantel Cabinet from Twin-Star International

The Triple-Function Media Mantel Cabinet from Twin-Star International is ideal for sports fans and home entertainers, and is also well-designed for small spaces. Its left side contains a 23-inch Classic Flame electric fireplace insert. On the right side, behind a locking solid door, there’s a shelf for storage and a thermoelectric mini cooler. The unit has integrated wire management and comes in two shades: empire cherry and oak.



Twin-Star International 

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Maximum Protection

Sometimes an umbrella simply isn’t enough. In many instances, homeowners want enough shade to cover entire patios or at least substantial portions or their outdoor spaces. And that is where retractable awnings come in. Awnings have become more stylish and efficient over the years and will provide ample shade for large areas. Not only do they provide shade on the patio, but they also keep those hot sun rays from getting inside the home as well.

Solair, from Tri Vantage,  introduced their residential retractable awnings in 2010 and things haven’t slowed down for the company since. Solair’s awnings offer a premium shade solution for customers in terms of flexibility and value. With these attractive awnings, customers have the benefit of adding shade inside their home and on their patio. Solair has also implemented design updates to several models as well as to the quick-ship fabric collection to ensure its awnings complement any style of home.

Since 2010, Solair has partnered with 130 specialty retailers and it expects that to increase significantly with the 2012 season.



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BBQ Corned Beef and Cabbage

Patio & Hearth Products Report hopes everyone has a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day weekend.  And if you are looking for a new spin on a traditional meal, try this BBQ Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe:



For the Brisket:

1 gallon water

2 tablespoons pickling spices

1 (5 to 6 pound brisket)

3 cups BBQ sauce


For the Cabbage:

1 head red cabbage

1 head green cabbage

2 tablespoons duck fat

½ cup balsamic vinegar, reduced to ¼ cup

Kosher salt and pepper


For the Potatoes:

10 large white rose potatoes

4 ounces butter

1 cup cream

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

Kosher salt and pepper

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Teak with a Twist

Torbay Collection from Oxford Garden

Teak patio furniture now has an updated look thanks to new sleek designs and added comfort. Manufacturers are also combining teak with other materials, such as wicker, sling, or aluminum. For consumers who desire the classic look of wooden outdoor furniture but want a contemporary twist, here are some beautiful pieces that will turn their backyards into outdoor retreats.

New for 2012, the Torbay Collection is the most recent collection from Oxford Garden that is crafted of all-weather resin wicker and teak. The collection features an armchair and side chair designed to fit all Oxford Garden tables. Known for its affordable luxury, Oxford Garden continues to create classic and timeless outdoor furniture.

St. Tropez Teak Sling Collection from Kingsley-Bate

Kingsley-Bate’s St. Tropez Teak Sling Collection is expanding to include a stacking club chair and ottoman. Designed with a solid teak frame, aluminum hardware and durable Phifertex fabric, this set is ideal for comfort, ease and is convenient where storage space is at a premium. The collection is available in cilantro, sand, black and blue fabrics.


Oxford Garden


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Chairs in Motion

The Hamptons Summer Stripe Deluxe Cushioned Double Swing from The HammockSource

Sipping lemonade on one’s porch while rocking on their favorite chair or swing is an ideal spring and summer image that many people love. For those looking for relaxation that involves a gentle rock back and forth, swings and rock chairs are still as popular as ever and even more stylish. Whether it’s for the porch or patio, it will be the favorite spot for anyone looking to unwind.

The Hamptons Summer Stripe Deluxe Cushioned Double Swing from The HammockSource is perfect for those looking to add some fun to their porch. Hand-dipped multiple times in honey-gold marine spar varnish, the curvy white-oak frame supports an abundantly wide pillowy seat of cottony-soft, ultra-fade-resistant, all-weather DuraCord fabric sandwiching a lavish layer of polyester fiberfill batting. The fabric, part of the Hatteras Hammocks Mariner collection, features bold stripes in alternating blues, golds and whites.

Traditional Rocker from Great American Woodies

Great American Woodies continues as a innovative design leader in the outdoor casual furniture industry by introducing new Traditional Rockers to the extensive line of wood products for the 2012 season. The new rockers are available as part of the Southern Cypress collection which offers long lasting natural beauty and the distinctive Cottage Classic collection in attractive White and Charleston Green stain.


The HammockSource

Great American Woodies

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Luxury & Comfort

The Bungalow Collection from Homecrest

With airfares and gas prices on the rise, people are spending more time at home.  Homeowners are putting money back into their homes, and one area that has been getting special attention is the backyard.  Patio furniture has become more stylish and comfortable over the years, and in many cases, the line between indoor and outdoor furniture has blurred.  Here are two collections that will bring comfort to all.

The Bungalow Deep Seating and Dining by Homecrest is a slipcover outdoor patio furniture collection that offers the utmost versatility with a variety of sophisticated, durable and weather resistant fabrics.  Its’ curvaceous cast feet add visual interest and style to the casual comfort you’ve come to expect from Homecrest.

The Dreux Collection from Ebel

Ebel is pleased to offer its Dreux Collection, new woven wicker designs in two brand new colors (Driftwood and Chestnut) both with a new wide weave.  The Dreux Collection includes deep seating and dining pieces as well as a new luxurious daybed.  By mixing and matching the various pieces, your customer can create an outdoor space that is perfect for entertaining and relaxation.



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Spring Forward

St. Tropez Collection from South Sea Rattan

For most of the country, Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday (March 11). While we lose an hour of sleep, we gain more sun time to spend in our backyards and patios. With spring at the doorstep, now is the perfect time to add a new look that will be enjoyed throughout the rest of the spring and summer. Outdoor furniture manufacturers have introduced exciting new designs that are guaranteed to be strong sellers this season. Here are just a couple.

The St. Tropez Collection is one of South Sea Rattan’s largest collections and consists of every item to complete the ideal outdoor room. The collection features Powder-coated aluminum frames with their new Extra Wide Polyethylene synthetic wicker in an Espresso finish. It consists of a sofa, loveseat, hair, swivel glider, ottoman, curved loveseats, sectional, occasional tables, and two different sizes of outdoor dining tables.

URComfort™ System from Tropitone

The adjustable URComfort System from Tropitone allows you to find the most comfortable position without getting out of the seat. There is an adjustable tension knob on each side of the seat that allows you to restrict or encourage movement. Whether you want less movement sitting at a table or more movement with your feet on an ottoman, the URComfort System can be easily adjusted to your satisfaction. URComfort designs include cushions, traditional single-layer slings, double-layer Duplex slings, and elegant new padded slings.

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Social Seating

Patio furniture doesn’t have to consist of just standard seating and dining collections. For those homeowners who want to create a fun, playful, or elegant mood in their backyards, bar stools are the perfect addition. If you incorporate an outdoor island or bar (and patio heater and lights), you can keep the party going all night long.

The Malibu Bar Set from NorthCape International

NorthCape International’s Malibu Bar Set is a great addition to the already best selling modular collection. It features UV-protected durable flat weave resin on a commercial grade aluminum frame, two woven shelves, and the bar stools fit easily into the shelves for hassle-free storage.

Casa Bistro Swivel Bar Stools from O.W. Lee

The Casa Bistro Swivel Stools, from O.W. Lee, are available in three heights: counter, bar, and pub height. Made from wrought iron, with a dark bronze frame finish and Posh Oat fabric, the Casa swivel stools embody elegance and functionality. All three heights are available in the Villa and Chalet bistro styles as well.

The Leeward Sling Stationery Bar Chair from Telescope Casual

The Leeward Sling Stationery Bar Chair from Telescope Casual is constructed of their popular Marine Grade Polymer which consists of recycled materials.  The MGP frames feature substantial weight for windy locations and the frame also comes in four colors.  With a wide variety of sling fabrics and padded sling also available, homeowners are able to create their own look.  The Leeward Bar Chair also comes in a swivel form.



NorthCape International

O.W. Lee

Telescope Casual