Monthly Archives: July 2017

Extend Your Living Space By Creating the Perfect Patio

 

It’s not unusual to have a deck; most single-family homes have some kind of deck or back patio that leads into the backyard. A good majority of homeowners, though, don’t do much more with their deck other than set up a grill and a patio chair or two and call it a day. This tendency to do very little with the deck is a sad waste of valuable space—space that can be a valuable extension of your living area, and a great spot both for outdoor recreation and relaxation.

Your deck and patio area can become the perfect place for hosting summer parties, for enjoying time as a family, for eating meals on a beautiful evening, and so much more. That’s why we’ve gathered up these helpful tips for transforming your deck into the best place to escape to.

Family Fun

Want to take the hassle out of planning spring and summer activities? Look no further than your own backyard for endless entertainment. With a little bit of help, your deck can become the ideal family hangout spot. Just check out some of the following ideas:

  • A large patio table can offer plenty of comfortable seating when combined with colorful cushions and pillows.
  • To keep the party going on into the evening, add some brightly colored lanterns and strings of lights for a cheerful ambiance.
  • Keep a collection of games on hand outdoors so your family can come together for a game of Jenga, Tic-Tac-Toe, chess, Twister, or any other family favorite.
  • Take the exercise outside with a backyard gym on deck or a yoga patio for encouraging fitness while having fun together.
  • A built-in firepit can turn an otherwise boring spot into a place to gather night after night to roast hotdogs and make s’mores—something every family member can appreciate.

Another great addition is the increasingly popular outdoor movie screen so the whole family can gather together for backyard movie night with buckets of popcorn, patio chairs and a sky full of stars as you all enjoy a favorite summer flick.

Relaxation Station

Turn your back patio into a private oasis where you can retire each evening to dine, talk and relax with someone you love. Essential pieces for a truly envious deck include a wide and durable outdoor umbrella for providing plenty of shade and comfortable outdoor chairs where you can spend hours reading or kicking up your feet. Take the appeal up a notch by adding an inviting hammock or two, and you won’t need to leave your backyard all summer long.

Creative homeowners look for backyard design ideas in which they can incorporate a meditation garden with their favorite plants and fragrant flowers, shady trees and lounge chairs for transforming a simple deck into a zen patio unlike any other. Add the soothing sounds of a built-in fountain or other similar water feature and watch all your daily stresses simply melt away.

Hosting Others

Impress your friends and neighbors with an outdoor party unlike any other on your luxurious patio complete with stylish, comfortable patio furniture (like our stylish Bloom Collection) made with entertaining a larger group in mind. If you love eating outdoors from spring through fall, you might want to consider the many benefits that a backyard kitchen can bring. A special countertop for food prep, a simple sink and an outdoor refrigerator can transform your backyard into hub for summer festivities.

Make your party feel more like an exclusive, VIP event with plenty of privacy thanks to the help of lots of enclosures such as detailed garden walls and fences lined with fragrant flowers and green vines. For those who really want to host a great outdoor party, the addition of a hot tub on the deck will boost the summer party experience and can still be enjoyed solo or for a romantic evening as a couple without leaving home.

Camp Kostopulos & RST Brands Come Together To Celebrate Camp K’s 50th Year

Camp Kostopulos is celebrating their 50th anniversary. In honor of this milestone, RST Brands donated their indoor furniture collections and other furniture pieces to the camp for their campers to enjoy.

Since 1967, the Kostopulos Dream Foundation has been “improving the lives of people of all abilities through education, recreation, and growth opportunities.” Via a collection of activities and services, Camp K has helped countless individuals with disabilities to gain self-confidence, learn life skills, and have fun at the same time.

Founded by Dan and Helen Kostopulos, Camp K sits on 25 acres of Emigration Canyon, less than 3 miles outside of Salt Lake City. Originally just a summer camp, Camp K has grown to include so much more.

Camp K’s summer camps are still their most popular activities, but they also have partner day camps, where attendees with disabilities share the facilities with campers without disabilities, helping both learn how to interact and help each other. Another prominent feature of Camp K’s activities are the equestrian programs, which include both group and private lessons. Camp K also (among other activities) holds a number of community-based programs, specialty programs, and team building activities, as well as offering reservations for private functions.

Though many of their activities appeal to the community generally, Camp K’s real passion is helping those with cognitive or physical disabilities. Camp K believes that helping those with differing abilities is important, and tailors many of their activities to helping such individuals have a fun and rewarding experience.

How You Can Help

While donations (cash or otherwise) are welcome, and they help Camp K to do more for more people, they’re not the only way to get involved. Volunteering to help with the camp for special events is a great way to help out and give back to those who need it most.

Whether helping mentor someone in need at an activity, or getting your hands dirty and helping with more manual tasks, there’s something to do for everyone who wants to help. For those who want to make helping others part of their everyday lives, Camp K has employment opportunities.

So join with us, and help Camp K help others find the confidence to succeed in life.

Best Outdoor Furniture for Stargazing

 

Imagine coming home on a Friday night after a long week of working hard, gathering with friends and family on your back patio, and gazing up at the night sky at one of Mother Nature’s greatest masterpieces: the stars. Not only is stargazing a universal activity, but it’s also one that doesn’t require much planning or advanced technology to truly enjoy.

When you’re ready to unwind, instead of turning to the TV, computer, smartphone or video gaming system to give you instant entertainment, consider grabbing some snacks, gathering up your family, friends, and/or neighbors, and making a fun evening out of watching an all-natural, awe-inspiring star show. With these helpful tips, you can transform your backyard or patio space into a comfortable, functional stargazing paradise.

Set Seats for the Stars

It’s important to have enough comfortable, adequate outdoor patio furniture. Instead of simply putting out some lawn chairs and hoping that they do the job, consider investing in quality, versatile seating pieces that give guests options of how and where they can settle in. Check out these star-friendly patio seating options:

  • Luxury chaise lounge chairs: Sophisticated and contemporary lounge chairs with five-way adjustable backrests and fold-out feet allow you to set up a perfect laid-back, stargazing sanctuary.
  • Club chair settings: Comfortable, plush club chairs that have swivel and rocking capabilities are ideal for gazing up at the night sky.
  • Club & ottoman sling chairs: These versatile, practical, and durable sling chairs and ottomans are built for offering leisure outdoor living and can be a great addition to a stargazing-friendly patio set.  
  • Full patio set-ups: Get an all-in-one patio seating option with a plush, luxurious the Resort Outdoor Furniture set or a seating arrangement from the Portofino Collection. A timeless style and quality construction make these sets beyond ideal for stargazing.  From couches and club chairs to sectionals and loungers, you can create a unique, customized seating set-up that fits all your wants and needs.

Don’t Skip the Snacks

What is stargazing without some yummy snacks on-hand? Spice things up a bit with some fun, star-special treats like meteorite Krispie treats, constellation cookies, solar system fruit kabobs, and full-moon sandwiches. Other go-to snacks include things like chips, granola bars, peanut M&M’s, Oreos, and crackers.

Add Fun Accessories

In order to truly create a serene place for fun star-gazing, you should incorporate some fun accessories to make your backyard unique. Some pieces to consider are:

  • Hammocks: What’s better than sitting in comfortable patio chairs and watching a meteor shower? Rocking in a plush hammock and watching a meteor shower. Plush, quilted hammock beds are supported by a cypress wood frame that just summons you to lay back and watch the stars unfold.
  • Fire tables: Fire tables are a must-have piece for fun evenings with friends and family. These pieces help to create a focal point for your backyard and can create a beautiful design element for your space.
  • Pillows: By incorporating decorative outdoor pillows in your patio set up, you’ll be adding a bit of flare to your space while also providing guests with a comfortable place to rest and enjoy mother nature.

Don’t Forget the Star-Gazing Staples

With comfortable seating options, fun accessories, and enough snacks to keep tummies happy, you’ll also need to make sure you have all the staples in order to create a successful night of stargazing. Make a checklist for the following options and keep it handy when you’re preparing for a night under the stars.

  • Telescope and accessories: If stargazing is something you and your family plan to enjoy for years down the road, consider investing in a high-quality telescope for stargazing and accessories like a dew shield, a Barlow lens, Moon filter, or nebula filter.
  • Binoculars: A decent set of binoculars is a great tool to have close at hand while star-gazing and can truly enhance the entire star-gazing experience.
  • Laser-pointer: As you know, it’s virtually impossible to successfully point to a particular star or constellation with your finger. Laser-pointers, on the other hand, make it easy to point out things for everyone to see.
  • Added comforts: Make sure you include items that will enhance the overall stargazing experience. Some staples include blankets, bug spray, music, hats and gloves, information on stargazing for beginners, and any other things that you think your guests might enjoy.

By following these helpful tips, you’ll be able to create a backyard oasis that’s perfect for enjoying star views with friends and family.  

 

 

Room Design Ideas That Give Your Home A Fresh Feel

 

Feng shui: the Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing your spatial arrangement and orientation to better the flow of positive energy.

You probably are familiar with this term. You may have even considered implementing feng shui in your home or have previously tried to use it in your room design ideas. Regardless, there is no denying that feng shui is an art that takes knowledge, practice, and skill to master.

Fortunately, there is a simple, easy way that you can start your path toward feng shui success: rearranging your furniture. Not only is rearranging furniture one of the most affordable, effective ways to give your home’s  interior a fresh, new look, but it’s also a chance to experiment with different living room layouts to find a design that works best for your wants and needs.  

The following five tips can better assist you in arranging furniture, and identifying details that can give your living room and other spaces a refreshed, spirited feel so you can master the art of feng shui.

1. Clear clutter

Before you can even start effectively rearranging your furniture, you’ll have to purge the clutter that’s causing disorder in your home. If your objective is to give your living room interior a quick facelift, go around the space and, with a critical eye, methodically get rid of everything you do not love. Though this process takes time and energy, it is a critical step if you really want to give your room a fresh, harmonized feel.

2. Make a floor plan

You don’t need to be a professional or know how to design a blueprint to draw up a floor plan. First, take inventory of each piece of furniture in your living room, making note of the size, color, and style. Not only will this help you identify which of your current items fit your design plan, but it will also help you decide which pieces of furniture no longer suit your wants and needs.

Second, keep a pocket-sized notebook with color swatches, furniture styles, and measurements with you as you shop for new items. Whether you’re looking for a new sofa or sectional to freshen up your space or a unique bookshelf for organization, having a detailed floor plan will better help you bring your room design ideas to life.

3. Switch it up

Switching up your normal, regular style is a quick and effective way to give your living room a fresh look. One particularly interesting approach is to put out-of-the-ordinary pieces behind your couch. Consider these five unconventional ideas:

  • Shelving: Both wall-mounted and freestanding shelves help to create a unique, dramatic look.
  • Nook: Create a little reading nook or breakfast nook behind your couch by adding a fun set of high-quality chairs and stylish coffee table.
  • Desk: Make the backside of your couch a workspace by adding a conventional desk, chair, and work lamp.
  • Storage: The sofa is a great resource for providing sleek storage.
  • Design: If you have the space and your floor plan allows, consider investing in a couch that has a unique back. Look for sofas with fun tassels, a bold print, or showstopping design.

4. Don’t be afraid of change

One of the biggest things that holds people back from rearranging furniture is the fear of change. However, by starting small—maybe with a sitting room, guest room, or office—you can see how a simple rearrangement adds flair to a space that was previously getting dull. You can also start by removing one or two pieces of furniture to test the possibilities. Remember, too, that no change has to be permanent. If you don’t like your new design, you can always try a different approach.

5. Have fun

Having fun and enjoying bringing new life to your space is one of the most important steps in rearranging furniture. Try different arrangements, change up your color scheme, and add fun decor or accessories to make your living room and your home a welcoming, enjoyable space that reflects your style and character.