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Top Living Room Furniture Trends in 2017

In 2017, we’ve seen many of the past trends being abandoned to create a more functional space. Today, many people are wanting to design a space which speaks to their individualism. A space where they can showcase fine, hand-crafted pieces over self-assembled manufactured pieces.

As you design your own living space which fits your style and needs, here are some home decor ideas for your living room furniture.

The Rise of Green

Greens in all shades and tones are making big waves in interior design, especially as accent walls and pieces. Modern chairs, especially as accent chairs, in a rich emerald green add a pop of color and contrast, instantly bringing your decor up-to date. Neutral colors seem to be here to stay, especially grays and whites, which provide a perfect background for a pop of green. Dark green sectionals layered with softer green pillows, or a dark green accent wall adorned with various shades of green incorporated into artwork indicate a living room updated with the current trends.

Tile

A shift in the style of tile used for flooring and walls has been seen in 2017, with subway tiles being outed as terracotta tile makes big waves. A mid-century modern living room would be current and on-trend with the incorporation of a terracotta tile entryway with a matte finish to avoid the tacky-ness associated with some of the 1970 designs, while still achieving the warmth and charm of the mid-century design era. Wood tile is also trending this year, with geometric designs being favored in lieu of standard arrangements. Stained and treated cement tiles are also being seen, especially in sun rooms that function as living rooms.

Individual Spaces

The open floor plan that has been so widely favored is being replaced by the return of distinct, individual rooms. While inviting and conducive to a night of entertaining, open floor plans allow for the diffusion of smells to areas where food and eating isn’t welcome, and lack adequate noise barriers allowing for more intimate conversations. These factors have initiated the return of closed floor plans with designated rooms and spaces. Living room furniture trends favoring this layout include deep sectionals and sofas, tufted arm chairs, ottomans and coffee tables, and throw blankets that encouraging a sense of retreat, comfort, and tranquility.

Handcrafted Furniture

The appreciation of fine craftsmanship and owning a piece of furniture completely unique from the next is a huge trend in 2017. Seeing furniture as an investment, especially with an understanding the types of trends and pieces that have remained timeless, has created living room designs full of character and quality. This also eliminates the need for transitional pieces, while accent designs can be updated as trends continue to change. Solid wood, durable metals and attention to detail indicate artisanship that should be welcomed into a 2017 living room design.

Metals and Textures

Soft, pastel colors are being ousted by bright, shiny metallics. In artwork and furniture, accent pieces and complementary decor, metal trim is bringing some sparkle and character to your living room in a romantic and classic way. Gold metallic trimming on coffee tables adds a contrast of color and texture also trending this year. Contrasting textures add depth and dimension to your living room, and the combination of linen sofas with leather armchairs, gold trim on wood coffee tables, and complementary colors will complete a trend update on your living room.

As you design or redesign your living room, keep these current trends in mind to create a space aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, and welcoming to guests.

Summer Party Guests Will Love These Interactive Centerpieces

The best backyard gatherings are always filled with laughter and good memories. We all know there’s nothing worse than guests standing around, silent and awkward. The way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to give your guests something to do upon arrival.

Here are eight interactive table centerpiece ideas that break the ice and add the special “wow factor” to a variety of summer party themes.

1. Here’s To the Poets & Painters

If you’re throwing a fete for artists and intellectuals (or hopefuls), scatter the dining and conversation tables with poetry and photography books. The literature and art work is sure to start a curious conversation when coupled with comfortable outdoor couches and chairs.

Additional Accessories

Use easels and hanging lights to display notable words and prints. Present leather-bound notebooks and sharpened graphite pencils at each place setting so everyone can create their own masterpiece.

2. Seasonings & Spice

Working well for just about any festivity, from Indian Festival to Mexican Fiesta, allowing your guests to customize their food and drinks according to their own palate preferences is a surefire way to please even the pickiest party-goer.

Festive Flavors

On dining tables, vases full of fresh herbs that can add flavor to beverages and entrees. Presented in bowls or jars, spices will add just the right amount of kick for each guest’s taste.  

3. Stone Cairn Stacking

Stones are a wonderful element in any natural centerpiece. If your backyard bash is all about loving on nature and the great outdoors, challenge attendees to a balancing rock competition.

Other Zen Activities

Under large patio umbrellas, set up hammocks for a relaxed party vibe.

4. Show Off Your Charcuterie Board

Stack small wooden boards on outdoor side tables and present a smorgasbord of enticing treats down the center of the dining table. Inviting guests to fabricate their own appetizer will be sure to become a memorable (and tasty) part of your summer soiree.

Complementary Components

Choose a variety of bread, cheese, fruit, nuts, slices of meat such as prosciutto or salami, and some olives or sun-dried tomatoes. Honey is also a nice touch.

5. Lego Living

Have your family build some fun creations to use as centerpieces and then pile extra blocks around them. Before you know it, everyone will be in on the fun.

Bonus Benefit

If the kids are busy building, the adults will have a chance to sit back and converse together for hours. Just be sure to provide plenty of outdoor soft seating.

6. S’more Cooking

Fire is a sensational centerpiece and a Fire table is a fabulous addition to any backyard get-together. Just add s’more stuff to get this party started.

Campfire Fun

Everyone loves a good ghost story. Brush up on your tale-telling beforehand and invite others to share their own. Play spooky night games like Ghost in the Graveyard or Flashlight Tag.

7. Sand Castles

For a backyard beach bash, bring the coast to your backyard. Pile kinetic sand (which is more fun with less mess than normal sand) on tables with mini buckets and shovels, then sit back in your lounge chairs and enjoy the scene of sand castles dotting the tablescapes.

DIY Magic Sand

For a homemade version of kinetic sand, all you need is baking soda, baking powder, and dishwashing liquid.

8. Build-Your-Own Bouquet

Let your guests be in on the botanical action when they build their own centerpiece bouquet. Not only will it cut down on the party prep time for you, but this idea also provides guests with a take-home gift.

Furniture Arrangements

Just as flowers need a little finesse to create a beautiful arrangement, so does your garden furniture placement. Give the biggest space to the dining table and chairs. Set up tables and decor in front of doors and stairways you don’t want to be accessed, or to create the ideal space for people to stand and mingle. Keep drinks on a table away from the entrance.

With these incredibly fun and interactive centerpiece ideas, your backyard bash will be the most memorable one yet. Now let’s get this party started!

Visit the RST Brands Booth at Casual Market Chicago

RST Brands is thrilled to be representing our high-quality, luxury indoor and outdoor furniture at this year’s Casual Market Chicago 2017, September 12th through September 15th. Hosted by Merchandise Mart Properties Inc., one of the largest trade show producers in the country, Casual Market Chicago is a four-day trade show that showcases the products of more than 250 manufacturers and fills more than 350,000 square feet of exhibit space. RST Brands stands out amongst these manufacturers as one of the top retailers in the luxury outdoor furniture industry.

Find us at booth #7-6045, where we’ll be showcasing the best of all we have to offer.

Additionally, on wednesday, September 12th, RST Brands will be hosting a cocktail party from 3 to 5 p.m. where guests can meet celebrity designer, Kelli Ellis. We’ll be handing out special gifts at the party, so come eat some delicious hors d’oeuvres and enjoy a large assortment of drinks. And don’t forget to get a picture with Kelli.

 

What You’ll Find From RST Brands

Have you been looking for the ideal pieces of furniture to feature in your outdoor living space? Whether you have a gazebo or patio that needs a furniture facelift with new outdoor chairs and sofas or are remodeling your outdoor space to incorporate high-end seating and entertainment amenities like dining room tables, we have the high-quality, durable, and functional pieces you’re looking for. Furthermore, with several design options to choose from on all furniture styles, you can choose the look that gives your space the feel you’re going for.

At Casual Market Chicago, we’ll showcase some of our favorite pieces. These collections include:

  • Bloom: This line blends modern, industrial compositions and outdoor sophistication to achieve a unique and temporary feel. The mixed-material design is paired with power-coated aluminum frames to offer lasting durability.
  • Deco: Hand woven, rich, espresso-colored polyethylene wicker provides a unique style and taste in an elegant, simple, and remarkably comfortable way.
  • Knoxville: This modern, exclusive design features durable materials and smart proportions for a clean, linear aesthetic that doesn’t just meet your distinguished taste but can also withstand the elements for years of leisure and relaxation.
  • Astoria: With frames made of durable extruded aluminum, and an open-back design with an intricate antique finish to create a timeless look for your outdoor space. And with nearly a dozen different fabric options to choose from, you can create a timeless look for your outdoor space.
  • Resort: Designed for consumers wanting furniture with the utmost luxury. Constructed with the highest-quality materials developed for outdoor use, the Resort Collection is great for hotels, resorts, spas, and homes. Furthermore, the rich, espresso full-round weave and the classic Weathered Grey finish make it a timeless option that will last through the years.
  • Portofino: This updated and innovative design incorporates contemporary styling with rugged durability and amazing comfort to give you furniture that’s longevity matches its quality.
  • Vistano: Created by the award-winning designer ASID Michael Burridge, the Vistano Collection has aluminum frames that are constructed with the highest outdoor standards. With the complete line featuring deep seating, outdoor dining, and more, you can use pieces of this collection to personalize your space.

Incorporating Outdoor Pieces in Your Home

To breathe new life into your home, consider checking out the millions of decor and design booths at Casual Market Chicago. Not only do all these brands offer top-of-the-line products, but with various design elements and finishing options to choose from, you can rest assured that you will be  working with a furnishing company that caters to your most luxurious wants and needs.

If you’re in the Chicago area, be sure to drop by and check out our indoor and outdoor furniture collections at booth #7-6045.

RST Brands Labor Day Deals

Have you been waiting for the perfect time to give your backyard or patio a facelift? Is your living room in need of a new furniture set to freshen up your space? With RST Brands jaw-dropping Labor Day deals, now is the perfect time to invest in new outdoor patio furniture set or a stunning new living room furniture set.

With prices dropping from 15-25% during our five-day sale, there is no better time to buy high-quality, top-of-the-line indoor and outdoor furniture than during the best labor day sale at RST Brands.

This Buy-More, Save-More promotional event runs from August 31, 2017, until September 5, 2017, and offers the following tiered discounts:

  • 15% off products ranging from $0-$999
  • 20% off products ranging from $1000-$2499
  • 25% off products ranging from $2500 and up

So whether you’re looking for fresh, patio furniture pieces like loungers or an outdoor dining set, or contemporary, modern living room furniture sets, RST Brands has the tables, chairs, dining sets, couches, loungers, and more that will help make your decorating dreams come to life.  

Labor Day Deals on Outdoor Patio Furniture

 

  • During our Labor Day sale, we’re proud to showcase some of our most reputable lines. These collections include:
  • The Portofino Home: By combining quality, style, and comfort, the Portofino collection invites homeowners to gather, relax, reflect, and work in an inviting space.
  • The Curated Room: This contemporary, modern collection brings mid-century designs to life by combining colors, textures, and pallets with hardwood frames to ensure longevity in your space for years to come.
  • The Barcelo Collection: With geometric patterns, bold cushion colors, and durable, lasting materials, the Barcelo collection offers an array of different outdoor furniture sets to help you choose the option that works best for you.

By offering the best Labor Day sales, we’re able to offer customers indoor and outdoor furniture sets of unmatched quality for at a price you can’t resist. Shop now and save by using the promo code REST17

Ideas for Designing Your Perfect Backyard Getaway

 

There are so many components involved in designing your perfect backyard. Some are large and invasive projects such as pools and water features, or terraced retaining walls. But bigger isn’t always better, and the addition of tasteful and elegant outdoor furniture and accessories is a simple way to transform your backyard into a space you can’t wait to come home to.

 

1. Define the Dimensions of the Outdoor Area

Measure the area of the space that you are designing so you know what you have to work with. At this point, a sketch of your backyard will be very helpful throughout each step in the design process.

 

2. Identify the Function of Your Backyard

Start the design process by identifying the primary use and goals for your outdoor space. Will it be for outdoor cooking and entertaining, kid-friendly use, lounging and relaxation, sunbathing, or patio gardening? Think of your backyard or patio as a part of your home that can function as another room.

 

3. Choose a Style

As an extension of your home, you may choose the same design style that you have in your home for your outdoor living space. Are your tastes modern and contemporary, traditional, transitional, eclectic, or more French Country? Furniture frames come in a variety of styles, and outdoor fabric color and print options are nearly endless.

Choosing design style will drive all of your purchases including furniture, fabric selection, and accessories such as rugs and pillows. Be sure the style will flow well with the rest of your existing backyard landscaping.

 

4. Use an Online Design Tool

Online design tools are beneficial to help you figure out how you would like to layout your furniture and accessories. It’s a good way to visualize exactly how everything will fit in your space. Your furniture and accessory layout should be cozy but still flow well without feeling cluttered. This step is essential in knowing exactly what you will need to purchase.

 

5. Go Shopping!

After you’ve gone through the steps above to thoroughly plan the design of your backyard retreat you’re ready to buy everything you need for the project. You will be amazed at how dramatically just a few outdoor furnishings will transform a concrete patio into an inviting living area.

Here are some options for you to consider when shopping for outdoor furniture.

 

Outdoor Patio Furniture

Be thoughtful with furniture purchases—you will get what you pay for. Outdoor furniture needs to be sturdy and well-crafted from high-quality materials so it is able to withstand outdoor weather conditions. Don’t forget to consider outdoor furniture covers to protect your investment and keep the furniture clean.

 

Tables

Choose the type of tables that will be appropriate for the function of your outdoor living space. Large rectangular tables are ideal for dining and entertaining, but not if your patio is small and will be used as a sitting area. Coffee tables and end tables function well in sitting areas.

 

Seating

Chairs, sofas, chaise lounge, benches, bar stools…oh my! There are many options for seating—you’re sure to find exactly what you need in a design that you love. The size and function of your patio living will determine the type of seating you choose. A chaise lounge or chair and ottoman are good options for relaxation, and a sofa and chairs are ideal for sitting areas.

 

Patio Fire Pits

Nothing creates a warm, intimate, and even romantic atmosphere quite like a fire table. The kids will enjoy roasting marshmallows, and you’ll love how your fire table lights up the night and provides heat when it’s cold outside.

 

Leave Room for Planters

Be sure to include plenty of space for plants when designing the layout of your outdoor retreat. Potted plants add color, texture, and warmth to an outdoor living space. A fully-landscaped yard can still benefit from including plants into the patio design.

Planters are the ideal accessory to include if your backyard is in an urban area with wall-to-wall concrete. Plant trees, vegetables, flowers, or an outdoor herb garden.

 

Accessories

Rugs, decorative pillows, and garden lighting are components that personalize your new patio oasis. Add pops of color and warmth with these accessories. Garden lights contribute to the mood and atmosphere of your space when the sun goes down. Be sure to include any lighting accessories in your online layout.

 

Patio Umbrellas

Shade any area of your yard with a patio umbrella. Outdoor umbrellas are available in a wide variety of styles and sizes to help you enjoy your backyard oasis even more. The height and angle of outdoor umbrellas are easily adjustable so you can get the most shade at any time of day.

Designing your new backyard retreat is an exciting process. Hopefully, you’re excited to get started! When you thoughtfully plan out your design you can be sure that your outdoor living space can be used any time day or night and in any kind of weather. Enjoying your new outdoor area for entertaining and relaxation is just a few steps away.

5 Modern Arm Chairs & Living Room Furniture Design Tips

 

Several concepts from interior and furniture design should be considered when trying to accomplish a certain look or style in a room. Whether you’re trying to pull off a contemporary style in your living room, a traditional style for your bedroom, or any other design of your preference, choosing the right furniture pieces to pull it all together can be an overwhelming process full of seemingly endless choices.

After all, it is quite frequently the attention to the details that gives a room its polished, defining look. To this end, follow these tips to help you choose the perfect accent chair for your living room.

1. Consider your focal point

When you first enter a room, what is the first thing you see? Adjacent to the entryway is the focal point of the room, so it’s important to ensure adequate thought and attention is paid to this space. In a living room, the focal point may be a fireplace, large piece of art, or sectional sofa. Choose an accent chair with its own unique details that also contributes to the beauty and personality of the focal point—a tufted arm chair, for example—which also contributes to the overall atmosphere of the room.

2. Define the room’s purpose

What do you see yourself and your guests doing in your living room? If conversation and entertainment is the goal, consider an accent chair with an ottoman that encourages conversation and engagement. If relaxation is the goal, perhaps choose a wingback arm chair that entraps heat from the fireplace and surrounds its occupant in comfort.

3. Follow a color scheme

As you select furniture and accent pieces, it’s important to follow a color scheme that compliments the purpose of the room and is attractive to you. Remember, you will be in the room more than anyone else, so while it is important to appeal to aesthetics it is equally important to adhere to personal tastes and preferences. A current trend is to follow a neutral color scheme, one with whites, beiges, and subtle pops of brighter colors, or perhaps a gray palette of various shades accentuated by a linen arm chair.  

4. Mix and match textures

Complementary textures and colors are ideal, even if they are mixed and matched. For example, add dimension to your room by selecting a modern arm chair with a deep seat and luxe material to complement sofa of a similar color but more durable material. Similarly, add an accent coffee table to break up the monotony of the soft textiles with the presence of wood or metal. This creates an aspect of congeniality that invites conversation and promotes relaxation.

5. Consider transitional pieces

As time passes, your taste and preferences may change slightly. New colors may become attractive to you and new priorities may encourage rearranging or going for a new look altogether. As you choose your furniture, consider choosing a few transitional pieces that stand the test of time, providing relaxation as well as sophistication to always suit your needs.

By adhering to a few simple rules of living room furniture design, you can choose the perfect arm chair that will add the finishing touch to the look of your room and create an inviting space in which to live and entertain.

7 Tips to Choose the Best Furniture for Your Living Room

 

Picking out the best furniture for your living room isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Whether you’re trying to choose living room furniture for small spaces or large ones, here are 7 tips to help you get started.

1. Consider the Space

Before heading out to do some shopping (because, let’s face it, that’s the best part of this process), you need to take a moment to consider your space. Have you given thought to what purpose you want your living room to serve? A sitting area? A gathering place? A combination of functions? Once you determine the purpose, finding furniture is much easier.

2. Keep Style in Mind

Interior designer or not, you have your own style. You may love contemporary styles or maybe you’re loyal to the classics. Whatever your style may be it dictates the pieces you choose to fill your home—make sure you stick with that style to maintain the flow of your house. Do you have a specific living room theme you’d like to keep with? Make an idea board with items that fit within your personal style, and use that to help keep you on track when purchasing furniture.

3. Measure the Room

Living room layout is key in helping determine the pieces of furniture you should choose for your space. Are you working with one giant room or perhaps a space that’s broken up a bit, or even an unconventional shape? Measure the space and keep those measurements handy to make sure you choose pieces that will fit in your space and not overwhelm it.

4. Stick with the Basics

Before you go crazy buying decor and pieces to fill your space, make sure you have accounted for the basics, like a couch, maybe a few sitting chairs, and a coffee table. Make a plan and make sure your room has the necessary furniture to allow it to function properly and serve the purpose you determined earlier.

5. Create a Focal Point

Every room needs a focal point, and your living room is no different. Even if you’re looking for living room furniture for small spaces, make sure you pick one piece to be the clear focus of the room, and organize everything else around that. Think a really nice couch, a set of patterned sitting chairs, or a really great bookcase. Finding the focal piece can help you build a theme and design for the entire room.

6. Don’t Forget Comfort

It’s easy to get caught up in creating a Pinterest-worthy space, but don’t forget to keep comfort in mind when choosing pieces for your living room, especially if you intend to spend a lot of time there. If buying online, it is a good idea to request fabric samples, so you can select an upholstery that you will be comfortable with. Also, consider the density of the cushions to assure you will enjoy sitting on your new furniture.

7. Don’t Crowd the Room

When choosing furniture pieces for your living room, don’t forget that less is more. Overcrowding your space makes it look cluttered and can make it difficult for visitors to identify the purpose or focal point of the room. Keep with the living room essentials and choose only chairs and sofa styles that fit within the space to keep the room feeling fresh, clean, and airy.

Worry No More

You no longer have any reason to fret over choosing furniture for your living room. Rely on these 7 simple tips to help you through the process, and you’ll come out with pieces you’ll love.

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.