The Greater Outdoors
Turning your Space into a Whole New Place to Live
June, 2015 - Issue #128
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Long-lasting, Beautiful & Comfortable Outdoor Furniture
Jim and Mya Carr of Valencia truly turned their backyard into an oasis - and so can you. Intricate scrolls and hand-forged bends have been a hallmark of OW Lee's wrought iron collections. OW Lee also offers the same craftsmanship and artistry in the lighter-weight, easy-care aluminum Ashbury Collection. You can see how amazing this collection blends in with the gorgeous hardscape. It gives the yard a comfortable, yet regal, feel. The Carrs chose custom OW Lee Sunbrella fabric in Garden Trove for the sofa and love seat and they chose Sunbrella Flax for the club chairs with contrasting welting. Put them together with fabulous pillows and the look is amazing. The Ashbury collection and hundreds of other quality outdoor patio collections are available at Oasis Garden & Patio. 255-9909


Revitalize your old outdoor furniture by springing for
new cushions in a weather-savvy fabric like Sunbrella.
Available at Oasis Garden & Patio. 255-9909


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Build an Escape that Rocks
Do you want "a little bit country," an exotic resort or a lagoon feel to your escape? Rock waterfalls are soothing, the sound of a trickling brook can make a pool seem more like a natural part of the environment.

Do you prefer real rock or sculpted rock features? Shallow reef steps or a "baja" step are popular for lounging under an umbrella. How fun and cool is a rock slide? Wheee!

Maybe you need a bubbling geyser. Incorporating plants or planters soften the design, making your rock work feel more natural. Thomas Pools is an expert in creating customized backyard escapes that fit your space, style and budget.

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Choose an All-in-one Contractor and be Cooking in your Outdoor Kitchen in Three Weeks or Less
Here's a novel idea - choose your surfaces from Surfaces USA and have them design, build and install your new outdoor kitchen, too! By working with a wholesale company with experienced, professional installers, you'll have a much wider range of aesthetic options, including rare selections of stunning stone tops. With competitive pricing and a professional designer on staff, there's nothing to lose and so much to gain. You'll be keeping your hard-earned money local while benefiting from trends available now at Surfaces, like granite outdoor kitchen countertops with hand-chiseled edges. Also on point right now: brushed slabs that have a more matte, organic finish (And hide dust like a champ.).
Surfaces USA 775-9404

Add a touch of whimsy - or vintage authenticity - with lights that are so stylish, they even brighten your space when they're turned off! Available from Ma Maison. 799-7983


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Perfectly-integrated Hardscapes
The trick to a refined outdoor living space is to ensure that there's a nice flow between your inside and outside living environments. Turn that trick up a notch and choose perfectly-integrated, natural-looking hardscapes from Mega-Arbel to really give your yard's beauty a boost. Mega-Arbel's scale is similar to natural flagstone. With its irregular shape and textured surface, it creates outdoor spaces that flow harmoniously into the surrounding landscape. This product, and many others, is available at SCV Design Center, Inc. 284-5944
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