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Splish Splash in the Spa

The Family Connect Series from Cal Spas

A recent article in the Orange County Register pointed out that backyard hot tub sales have been on the rise despite the tough economy. Homeowners are spending more time entertaining at home, which means more money is being spent on outdoor furniture, accessories, entertainment, and even spas. Hot tubs are perfect for those who love to entertain in a relaxed environment. Consumers can select from a wide range of energy-efficient spas, including small “plug and play” tubs and larger swim/spa models.

The Family Connect Series from Cal Spas consists of two 7-foot bench and lounger spas with 36 massage-therapy jets and award winning features. To ensure the ultimate spa experience for bathers, Family Connect Spas feature a powerful, high-performance 5-bhp two-pump system. Both spas feature a breathtaking LED lighting package and cascade waterfall that adds a romantic ambience to any backyard.

The Beachcomber 321 from Beachcomber Hot Tubs

Beachcomber Hot Tubs builds the same quality into every model, from its highest-priced SLB 75 through its lowest-priced 321 model. The 321 offers a solidly constructed, high-quality hot tub with a plug-and-play 110-volt design for customer convenience. Buyers can rest assured that they get the same guarantee and quality with every hot tub that Beachcomber builds.


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Cooling Shade

The PS5000 from Solair

Extended awnings help create the ultimate outdoor-living experience from a design standpoint and also provide strong protection from the summer sun. When extended during peak sunlight hours, an awning can significantly lower the indoor temperature of a home, which can reduce the need for costly air conditioning.

Debuted in 2010, Solair® Shade Solutions is a line of residential shade products from Tri Vantage® that have become very popular with homeowners due to their stylish looks and ability to provide shade in large outdoor areas. The use of Sunbrella® fabrics in Solair awnings means that customers do not need to sacrifice protection from the sun for added style.

The PS2000 from Solair

Solair’s PS2000 features 10’2” of protection, comes with 14 Quick Ship Sunbrella fabric options, and is available in three widths. The PS5000 is available in more than 100 stylish Sunbrella fabric choices and has three projections with custom widths ranging from 10’ to 25’.

With Solair, a homeowner can count on superior quality and style, not to mention the best in protection from summer’s rays.


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A New Player

Lakeview from Peak Season

Peak Season is a new luxury designer and manufacturer of casual outdoor furniture and fireside furnishings. The company prides itself in offering eclectic designs that are inspired from around the world. Designing with only the finest raw materials and using a quality-focused factory to provide years of enjoyment, Peak Season collections are crafted to transform backyards into elegant outdoor rooms. Despite being relatively new to the industry, Peak Season’s name and products are gaining considerable momentum.

One of its notable collections is Inspired Visions, a limited offering of the finest quality outdoor casual furniture. These beautiful pieces combine all-weather outdoor wicker; a handgrained, fully welded aluminum frame; a stone tabletop; and a cast-stone table base for the perfect blending of form and function in an outdoor space.

Outdoor Accents from Peak Season

Peak Season’s Decorative Outdoor Accents are also being well received by retailers whose customers appreciate well-designed outdoor accessories. These outdoor décor items are guaranteed to bring new life to outdoor spaces.



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Shades Above the Rest

Treasure Garden’s Starlight Collar Tilt umbrella.

Outdoor umbrellas are the perfect answer for those seeking shelter from those hot summer days. With more designs and sizes to choose from, homeowners can find stylish market umbrellas that match their outdoor space. As an added bonus, umbrellas don’t have to be restricted to daytime use only. Relaxing in the glow of outdoor umbrella lights is a wonderful way to end the day.

The elegant and durable Starlight Collar Tilt from Treasure Garden sets industry standards for fashion and design for both daytime and evening. With built-in rib lights, the Starlight will light up any party all night long. The Starlight is available in 9-foot and 11-foot sizes.

F-1 High-Tension Shade Parasol by TUUCI

Not only do TUUCI’s parasols provide shade, they can also transform any outdoor living space. This is what Dougan Clarke, chief shade architect for TUUCI, keeps in mind when creating umbrellas like the F-1 High Tension Shade. With a stunning stainless steel cable system, graceful curves, and expansive size, the F-1 will dazzle family and friends.

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Inspiring Designs

Richard Frinier Collection for Sunbrella

The lines are blurring between outdoor and indoor furniture fabric. Designer fabrics for outdoor furniture are all the rage, and homeowners are now able to select from a wide selection of designs that were never available before. Brilliant colors with unique designs and patterns are now part of the norm for the outdoors. These beautiful fabrics also defy the elements since they’re designed to resist fading, mildew, chlorine, and stains.

New European-inspired fabrics from the Richard Frinier Collection for Sunbrella feature Frinier’s interpretation of classic linen constructions and coordinating stripes and jacquards. The Maison et Jardin Collection erases the boundaries between indoor and outdoor upholstery. La Mer and La Plage are two striped patterns with vintage textural surfaces inspired by Frinier’s travels to Mediterranean seaside and coastal villages. The four correlating jacquard patterns are Fontainebleau (floral motif), Fleur-de-Lis (classically styled lily or iris), Volute (scroll-shaped forms) and Orleans (garden gate pattern).

The Rosemary Lane Collection from Phifer

Vintage sophistication meets urban chic in Phifer’s Designed Fabrics Rosemary Lane Collection. Soft green tones – sage, oyster and lagoon – in paisley patterns and textual solids marry with neutral taupe and driftwood hues for a serene, soothing color combination.




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Grilling Gear

The pizzacraft™ Square Tile Pizza Stones from The Companion Group

Cleaning brushes, long-handled tongs, and spatulas are all essentials for mastering the grill. But now chili-pepper grill racks, pizza stones, and hi-tech thermometers are becoming mandatory accessories as well. With the introduction of so many new and fun accessories, barbecuing has become more popular and creative than ever. If you’re looking for some exciting new accessories for the grill, check out these two manufacturers’ products that will enhance the outdoor cooking experience.

The pizzacraft™ Square Tile Pizza Stones from The Companion Group are perfect for pizza enthusiasts. This set of four, thermal shock resistant, cordierite baking tiles is ideal for making individual pizzas on the grill or even in the oven. Reconfigure the tiles to form a larger baking structure for full-size pizzas or loaves of bread.

Barbecue Accessories from Bull Outdoor Products

Whether you’re new to grilling or looking to expand your accessory collection, Bull Outdoor Products has a total of 63 unique items to help with all your barbecue needs. From basic tools like brushes basting tools to woks and koozies, Bull Outdoor prides itself on quality and fun.


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Dancing Flames

Rectangular Fire Pit from Pride Family Brands

Adding a fire pit to one’s outdoor space can bring endless entertainment for family and friends. And with summer at the doorstep, now is the perfect time to take that old fire pit out of storage and replace it with a new one. People will enjoy gathering around the dancing flames, sharing stories and enjoying the ambiance. One manufacturer that strives to make high quality fire pits is Pride Family Brands.

Their Castelle Fire Pit collection features round and rectangular models that feature signature hand-woven aluminum detailing, six of Pride’s most popular cast top designs, and hand-applied decorative finishing that Pride Family Brands is known for. The fire pits are easy to use and weather resistant, making them perfect for first time fire pit owners.

Round Fire Pit from Pride Family Brands

So whether your customers are considering making their first fire pit purchase or need to replace an old model, a Castelle Fire Pit from Pride Family Brands will add fun and atmosphere to any outdoor setting.


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Chic Fireplaces

Lennox’ Ravenna Direct-Vent Gas Insert (Contemporary Face)

Technology has advanced to the point where stylish fireplaces can now be installed in just about any room of the house. Thanks to a myriad of direct vent and ventless options (including electric and gas models), homeowners can now install fireplaces in bathrooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, kitchens, hallways, as well as in traditional family rooms and living rooms. Finding the perfect show-stopping fireplace for one’s home is easier than ever before.

The Lennox Ravenna Direct-Vent Gas Insert (Contemporary face) is the ideal option for those who want to have a more modern look and feel for their fireplace. By eliminating the grills, clean lines keep the focus on the dancing flames and glowing embers.

Napoleon’s IR Series Direct Vent Gas Inserts

Napoleon’s new IR Series Direct Vent Gas Inserts feature Napoleon’s advanced infrared technology and flame modulation. The new XIR gas inserts offer a modulating dual burner system that results in a firebox filled with a stunning triple flame pattern.



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Comfy Couches

Casablanca Sofa by Ratana

Outdoor sofas have become increasingly popular over the years. Adding an outdoor sofa to a backyard or patio space will bring extra seating and comfort for guests. Many of today’s deep-seated outdoor sofas are just as comfortable as those found indoors. A plush outdoor sofa also serves as a focal point for a backyard furniture grouping. Here are a couple of designs worth checking out.

The Casablanca Sofa by Ratana is composed of all weather graphite black color “Sunloom” resin hand woven over an aluminum frame. It features a tapered shape armrest, which is made of 2mm thickness aluminum with special process of punching, bending, and welding. Strong reinforced structure provides both comfort and contract quality.

The URComfort™ Montreux Cushion Sofa from the Monterux Collection by Tropitone

The URComfort™ Montreux Cushion Sofa by Tropitone

The URComfort Montreux Cushion Sofa from the Montreux Collection by Tropitone is a pathway to bliss. Designed by Peter Homestead, the Montreux Collection is sturdy, stylish and jazzy, while delivering deep-cushion comfort. It is available in a variety of styles, finishes and fabric options. The Montreux URComfort cushion lounge chairs are the perfect way to experience peace and well-being outdoors.

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Celebrate National Barbecue Month

The R.H. Peterson E790i

May is National Barbecue Month, which means grilling season is officially upon us.  With perfect grilling holidays approaching, like Memorial Day Weekend and the Fourth of July, now’s the time to bring out the grill or maybe even try out some new accessories and recipes.

The R.H. Peterson E790i is the perfect grill for those who like to entertain during the warm summer evenings.  Whether it’s for a potluck or a small family gathering, the E790i will get the job done.  It offers 792 square inches of cooking surface. The unit also includes a wood chip smoker, back-lit safety knobs, Heat Zone separators and much more.

Phoenix Grill's SearZone by Modern Home Products

The Phoenix Grill, from Modern Home Products, introduces the SearZone Infrared Side Cooker. This optional stainless steel unit has rust-free, anodized aluminum SearMagic cooking grids that heat up faster and cook foods at a uniform temperature.  The reversible grids provide increased versatility with a ribbed side for grilling with sear lines, while the smooth side is ideal for cooking delicate foods.


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