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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