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Peak Season Setting New Standards with Siesta Key Collection


Siesta Key is part of the Inspired Visions Collection.

As the outdoor living space has evolved and become a true extension of the average American home, customer expectation for style and quality has reached new levels.

Peak Season’s new Siesta Key Sectional Seating Collection, from the Inspired Visions Collection, meets consumers’ new standards with exceptional attention to detail, and a warm, relaxed, and inviting presence. Each piece creates “a place to gather together.”

Siesta Key continues a legacy from the Alabama-based Peak Season that is founded on attention to detail and quality-made products. With the belief that these traits are the very essence of what drives today’s consumer, Peak Season strives to lead the market in the area of fine outdoor casual furnishings—and items for the entire outdoor living marketplace.

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Siesta Key features Peak Season’s trademark beauty and durability.

Designing with only the finest raw materials, and using a quality-focused factory to provide years of enjoyment, Peak Season collections are crafted with the intention of allowing consumers to make their outdoor living space a backyard oasis.

Long gone are the days when outdoor furniture choices were limited to standard run of the mill “inexpensive” product. Peak Season gives dealers a focused variety of design and lifestyle options, comfortable “indoor” like deep-seating groups, outdoor fire pit conversation groups, and outdoor gathering sets to complement any showroom.

Customers will respond to looks that redefine traditional and expected, or they may to wish to check out clean, transitional, and elegantly styled collections. All-weather wicker, hand-painted or powder-coated aluminum, genuine stone tops, and the exotic combination or mixing of these quality long-lasting materials provides beauty and durability.

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Saber to Debut Outdoor Kitchen Components with Help from DIY Network’s Kayleen McCabe


New outdoor kitchen components will complement Saber Grill’s built-in grills.

Saber is introducing a new extended line of outdoor kitchen components at the the Nov 9-14 International Pool/Spa/Patio Expo in Las Vegas. There are a dozen pieces in the line, and they complement Saber’s two built-in grills, one of which is a three-burner unit, the other a four-burner unit.

As part of the introduction at the show, Saber is bringing in DIY Network’s “Rescue Renovation” host Kayleen McCabe to build an outdoor kitchen using Saber Grills and the new components. That kitchen/outdoor vignette will be unveiled at The Hot Spot during the BBQ & Beer Bash the Wednesday of the show.

Saber Grills will turn up the heat at the 2013 International Pool/Spa/Patio Expo with live demonstrations, product displays and educational seminars. The largest-of-its-kind expo brings together landscape architects, builders, manufacturers, and retailers from around the globe.

All attendees are invited to join Saber Grills outside on Wednesday night at The Hot Spot for the 3rd Annual Saber Grills BBQ & Beer Bash. Chicken, steak, pork, and fish will be rolling off the grills alongside special surprises whipped up by inspired Saber chefs.

The Hot Spot area is located right off the show floor past the backyard living pavilion in Hall D. Admission to the BBQ Bash is free with all registration packages, but advanced registration is required to attend.

Again, featured this year at The Hot Spot is DIY Network’s Rescue Renovation host Kayleen McCabe. McCabe will be using Saber Grills as the centerpiece for the amazing outdoor kitchen she’ll be constructing throughout the expo.
What: Saber Grills BBQ & Beer Bash
Where: 2013 International Pool/Spa/Patio Expo, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas
When: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 @ 4:30pm

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Couristan Brings the Beauty Yet Again

Dandelion - Dusk

The Dandelion/Dusk features exquisite hand-hooked construction.

After almost nine decades in business, the venerable Couristan brand continues to offer new outdoor/indoor rug creations. Now available to the dealer community, the following three offerings continue the tradition of style and quality that the company is known for.

Emma at home by Couristan™ Collection
Dandelion/Dusk (EG03/0543)
• 100% Fiber-Enhanced Courtron™ Polypropylene
• Exquisite Hand-Hooked Construction
• Water Resistant;Mold/Mildew Resistant
• Provides Durable Performance in Frequently Used Spaces Inside & Outside the Home
• Approximate Pile Height: .25″
• Hand-Hooked in China

Five Seasons® Collection
Sausalito/Beige (3099/2245)
• 100% Fiber-Enhanced Courtron™ Polypropylene
• Featuring a Structured Flatwoven Construction
• Suitable for Outdoor/Indoor Use
• UV Stabilized; Mold/Mildew Resistant
• Pile Height: No Pile (Flat Weave)
• Power-Loomed in Turkey

Berkshire Collection
Alaric/Gold-Wheat (9470/6095)
• 100% Fiber-Enhanced Courtron™ Polypropylene
• High-Low Structured Weave
• Provides Durable Performance in Frequently Used Spaces Inside & Outside the Home
• Water Reistant, Mold and Mildew Resistant; UV Stabilized
• Approximate Pile Height: No Pile Height (Flat Weave)
• Power-Loomed in the EU

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Premium Clean-Face Fireplaces Offer More Choices, More Looks


Contemporary models include a black porcelain liner with driftwood or a decorative rock set.

The Illinois-based American Hearth Premium Clean-Face Fireplace line has added a new dimension to Empire Comfort Systems’ direct-vent hearth offerings. Available in 32-, 36-, and 42-inch models, these all-new fireplaces come in traditional and contemporary models.

For traditional models, customers may add the log set and choose a liner from three brick styles, or the black porcelain liner that reflects the fire to add to the illusion of depth.

Contemporary models include a black porcelain liner with choice of driftwood logs or decorative rock set. Customers also may choose the color for the decorative crushed glass for the burner.

Premium Clean-Face fireplaces allow tile or stonework right to the edge of the window frame. The large, tempered glass window provides more than 1,050 square inches of viewing area on the 42-inch model.

Whether dealers choose to carry the millivolt or intermittent pilot model, these fireplaces work with all of Empire’s control systems—from wall switches to manual remotes to fully programmable remotes.

American Hearth is a division of Empire Comfort Systems Inc. The American Hearth line has innovative products available for dealers looking for more diversified offerings. From vent-free fireplaces to cast iron stoves and realistic log sets, dealers can offer quality and comfort from the American Hearth product line.

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New EPI3T & EPI3C Wood Burning Inserts from Napoleon Bring Multiple Advantages


New wood burning inserts are available in painted metallic black and porcelain enamel Majolica brown finishes.

BARRIE, ON – Napoleon® has added to their wood burning collection with the new EPI3T & EPI3C wood burning inserts. The EPI3T has a traditional flush front with a cast iron surround, and is available in painted metallic black and porcelain enamel Majolica brown finishes  (EPI3TN).

The EPI3C has a contemporary flush front with a cast iron surround, and is available in painted metallic black finish. The EPI3s give customers the option of a wood burning insert that will match any décor, whether it be traditional or contemporary.

Four stainless steel secondary air tubes supercharge the fuel burning process and generates a beautiful display of YELLOW DANCING FLAMES®. Complete with a removable painted black log retainer and a heat circulating blower, both the EPI3T & EPI3C are perfect heating solutions for home or cottage.

The EPI3T & EPI3C are EPA certified and offer up to 55,000 BTU’s with a firebox capacity of 1.8 cu. ft, heating up to 1,500 sq ft. They feature the largest ceramic glass viewing area in the industry at 300 square inches, a removable painted black log retainer, and have a 6-inch flue collar which is adjustable to a 30° offset making them the perfect wood burning inserts for those wanting a clean burning, cost-effective heating source.

EPI3T Features
• EPA certified to be one of the cleanest burning wood inserts available at 2.6 grams per hour and available in painted metallic black (EPI3T) and porcelain enamel Majolica brown finishes (EPI3TN)
• Large ceramic glass viewing area
• Full refractory lined firebox – 1.8 cu. ft.
• Airwash system keeps the viewing glass clean
• Rear rollers and oversized levelling screws make the EPI3T easy to install
• Removable painted black log retainer for easy cleaning
• Removable one piece high density vermiculite baffle allows easy access for chimney cleaning and maintenance
• Safety door switch and heat activated thermal switch for reliable carefree blower performance
• 6” flue collar is detachable from outside or inside the firebox and adjustable to 30° offset

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Treasure Garden Debuts Outdoor Rug Collection for 2014 at Recent ICFA Show

TG Cabana Stripe Blk_WhtBALDWIN PARK, CA – The International Casual Furniture and Accessories (ICFA) Market show may be over, but enthusiasm for Treasure Garden’s Outdoor Rug Collection continues to gain momentum.

Dealers appreciate that Treasure Garden Outdoor Rugs encompass a large selection of weather resistant styles and colorations to coordinate with the company’s umbrellas, as well as casual furnishings across the industry.

“Treasure Garden’s addition of a complete line of outdoor rugs is in response to the growing outdoor room concept and requests from our customers to be a single source for coordinated accessory items to dress these spaces,” said Margaret Chang, COO, Treasure Garden, Baldwin Park, Calif. “We are able to provide the quality sourcing, merchandising and customer service that our customers require along with designs and colors to complement a wide array of outdoor furnishings and shade products.”

Treasure Garden Outdoor Rugs debuted with fourteen style options in two sizes including 5-feet by 7-feet and 8-feet by 10-feet. The rug line is constructed of 100% polyester for durability and soft comfort. Exclusive to the industry, Treasure Garden Outdoor Rugs are quality manufactured and include a one-year warranty against fading.

“With the addition of the rug line and the number of styles available, we are expanding the outdoor accessory options for our retail partners in a major way,” said Jeff B. Dorough, vice president, Sales and Marketing. “As they look to Treasure Garden for quality products and trend setting patterns and colors, this collection will be an extension of this and one that should receive positive response from the outdoor consumer.”

From the Easy Track® series to the state-of-the-art Cantilevers and Collar Tilt Collections, Treasure Garden has the perfect shade solution for any outdoor environment. The retail membership of the ICFA has awarded Treasure Garden with Manufacturer of the Year for Shade Products multiple times.

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HGTV’s Hilary Farr Talks Outdoor Rooms and Fireplaces


Hilary Farr, international home designer and co-host of HGTV’s “Love It or List It.”

Hilary Farr, international home designer and co-host of HGTV’s Love It or List It, rarely gets to showcase outdoor rooms in the television show. That said, she still has plenty of opinions on how to go about decorating outdoor spaces.

Farr has teamed up with Art Van Furniture, which entered the outdoor market in 2009 when it launched Art’s Backyard, a division that specializes in outdoor furniture and accessories.

Farr lives and films the show in Toronto, yet, despite the northern climate she says she has clients who ask for outdoor kitchens and seating areas. “We can guarantee four, maybe five months at the most, of an outdoor living style. So, even if you for only four months of use, with the summer’s long days and in autumn with winter around the corner, a heater, fireplace or firepit with cozy seating is still a wonderful place to entertain. The trend is there for sure. I think it is a reflection of a more laid-back way of entertaining.”

She says outdoor room design has everything to do with space. “The grandeur of the outdoor room depends on the space you have and in Toronto, we don’t have palatial backyards. We have city gardens. We do have a lot of condos in Toronto and they depend on using their balconies and patios as outdoor areas to extend their living space.”

Farr tells clients without a lot of space to invest in “spectacular dining set indoors and beautiful deep, comfortable seating outside. The whole kit and caboodle is just not practical for some locations. We just don’t have the space.”

Big or small, she suggests homeowners walk through the outdoor area when designing the layout. “How will it feel? It should be comfortable to walk in over the summer. You don’t want to burn your bare feet and women’s heels shouldn’t be sinking into the turf. You want to be user friendly. Put down a permeable material. Outdoor rugs are fantastic,” she suggests.

She also recommends avoiding a lot of little chairs and tables. “It looks messy. You want to bring people together. You want shade, so invest in a great umbrella. Make a fireplace or firepit a focal point where people can gather around. My best tip is to create the same feeling outside as you have indoors.”

Her opinion on fireplaces is that contemporary design is here to stay. “They are so wonderful with their crystals and flame design. They don’t make any pretense at being a real fireplace, which is kind of fun. They give ambience and give off heat. They also work with transitional, traditional and contemporary furnishings.”

Yet, she does admit she still has clients who want very traditional gas or wood burning fireplaces, “so it really does run the gamut,” she adds.

With so many choices to make on home design, indoors and out, Farr says she is there to help. Art Van customers have the chance to win an in-home consultation with Farr, lunch with Farr in an Art Van showroom followed by a $5,000 shopping spree where Farr will choose furniture or accessories for the winner based upon their specific lifestyle and needs. Customers can enter at any Art Van location in Michigan, Chicago, Toledo or online at The deadline to enter is October 14, 2013.

When asked if investing in an outdoor room resonates with potential home buyers, Farr’s answer is quick and to the point. “I don’t design to sell.” Her statement echoes the theme of her show; she wants homeowners to love their home and she designs rooms with that in mind.

“When you sell a house, you want it to resonate so that the potential buyer loves it. You have to tweak the heartstrings. So if you can create a beautiful outdoor room, I’m not sure if you’ll get more for your house, but you’ll sell it a lot faster, that’s for sure. Buyers will see your backyard and will want to live in your home.”

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Lennox Hearth Products is Maintaining Considerable Momentum Thanks to a Diverse Product Line that Includes the Envy Direct-Vent Gas Fireplace

Comfortable living room

With a sleek contemporary look, the Envy provides the perfect foundation for a variety of home décor preferences.

Envy™ direct-vent gas fireplaces are known for amazing versatility, and that solid reputation continues to grow. Available in sleek contemporary (pictured) and traditional versions for a realistic masonry look, the Envy provides the perfect foundation to suit a variety of home décor preferences.

The stunning clean face design combines with exceptional performance to make the Envy a perfect fit. Both contemporary and traditional looks offer an expansive ceramic-glass opening and patent-pending Full Flame™ dual burner technology for exceptional glow and flame appearance.

With a wide array of optional accessories to generate additional sales, the Envy provides many possibilities for making the living area warm and inviting. Customers start by selecting a configuration with various design options. Admirers of the the contemporary can select from five glass media options to suit their taste and complement home décor.

Standard Features
• Full feature modulating remote controls all fireplace functions as well as a smart thermostat mode for optimum comfort and efficiency.
• Standard fireplace lighting illuminates interior with 6 distinct settings.
• Available in Traditional with log set or Contemporary with glass media configuration.
• Realistic Hi-Definition logs molded from actual firewood deliver the look of a natural fire.
• Ceramic-glass enclosure panel provides an exceptional view.
• Exclusive Full Flame™ burner technology independently optimizes fuel mixture to generate superior glow and flame.
• Ships with cleanface trim.
• Hi performance modulating blower with noise canceling ducting for quietly delivering heat to the living space.

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Triumph Direct Vent Gas Inserts from Majestic Now Available in Two Sizes and a Variety of Styles

Majestic_PhotoWith four different facings, two sizes, and a variety of colors to choose from, Majestic fireplace inserts allow customers to explore a range of inspiring options to create an attractive ambience.

Dealers seeking to show off a sleek contemporary look, or a more classic feel, will find the perfect options to update existing fireplaces. Thanks to increased efficiency and exclusive convenience features, the fireplace insert performs with style.

Four distinct faces in two sizes are available, including a Contemporary Arched Door, Contemporary Rectangular Door, Glass Trim, or Floating Face. Match these with a choice of three beautiful exterior colors. Even when the Triumph insert is not lit, an Illumination Kit makes the room dazzle any time, and in any season.

Customers can choose from a Traditional Log Set, or Contemporary Stone accented with a unique blend of five Contemporary Fireglass Kits to cast a captivating, iridescent glow across the room.

An additional advantage of this fireplace insert is that it can convert an old, inefficient fireplace into a much more energy efficient, zone heating source. With up to 40,000 BTUs of heat-warming energy, it will add warmth and subtract heating costs.

This perfect fire can be had at the touch of a button, thanks to Majestic’s exclusive Total Signature Command System with touch screen remote. Features like a 30-ft operating distance, and a 3-step variable flame height give customers the power to create the perfect ambience from the comfort of a couch, or even the next room.

Maintaining the desired temperature and circulating heat throughout means maximum efficiency with the Smart Mode® thermostat and standard dual blowers. Even if customers experience a power outage you can count on your fireplace to keep your room toasty warm with automatic battery back-up.

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Islands and Fire Pits from Summerset Professional Grills are Sparking Innovation in a Competitive Market


The Oahu Island by Summerset™ Professional Grills.

Almost two decades of experience is paying off for designers at Summerset™ Professional Grills, a company that is increasingly taking on the leadership mantle in manufacturing and branding.

Grills, BBQ Islands, and Fire Pits are made with exceptional build quality, amazing value, and personal service. Available in finished, unfinished, and partially finished, customers will enjoy creating new memories and exciting conversations with family and friends thanks to Summerset Professional.

Summerset Islands and Fire Pits come standard with rust resistant 1-inch by 1-inch .60 gauge mig-welded steel construction frames, trex railing system, stucco, and porcelain tiles.

Dealers/customers may upgrade to Ameristone to replace the stucco, and granite to replace the porcelain tile. Islands include complete electrical system.

Fire Pits include installation lines, fire glass, and a 14-inch x 20-inch stainless steel access door—and high quality #304 stainless steel burners that push out up to 140,000 BTUs. A 14-inch by 20-inch stainless steel access door, and high quality #304 stainless steel burners push out up to 140,000 BTUs.