Outdoor Trends

Creating a functional outdoor living space is the hottest trend. Outdoor living trends are moving away from the usual to creating a lavish retreat in your own backyard. We hope these outdoor furnishing ideas help inspire you to creat your own outdoor paradise.

2015 Pantone Color of the Year - Marsala

The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors.

Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.

Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture.

Evolutionary Psychology Tackles Physical/Mental Benefits of Fire | Patio & Hearth Products Report

TUSCALOOSA, AL – The warm glow and crackling sounds of fire can lower blood pressure, a response that University of Alabama researchers attribute to early humans’ primal reliance on flames for a variety of needs.

An abstract on PubMed states: “For early humans, fire likely extended the day, provided heat, helped with hunting, warded off predators and insects, illuminated dark places, and facilitated cooking.”

A formal study backs up the claims, with results indicating consistent blood pressure decreases in “fire-with-sound” conditions. “Findings confirm that hearth and campfires induce relaxation as part of a multisensory, absorptive, and social experience,” wrote Department of Antropology researchers from U of A.

The cozy data has been widely disseminated in the consumer press via outlets such as The Huffington Post, with post blogger Carolyn Gregoire declaring: “Our enjoyment of gazing at fire may be rooted in evolution, as the act of gathering around a fire dates back to prehistoric times…Campfires also may have provided social nexus and relaxation effects that could have enhanced prosocial behavior. According to this hypothesis, calmer, more tolerant people would have benefited in the social milieu via fireside interactions relative to individuals less susceptible to relaxation response.”

Top 5 Trends for Homes | Inspired Home

Five trends homeowners seek are universal design; greener homes; maximum efficiency; outdoor living spaces; and smaller homes with bigger functionality. read more...

Fire & Heat | Casual Living

Traditionally carried by hearth-oriented patio dealers, more affordable products are attracting new manufacturers and retailers to bask in the warmth and ambience of fire products. read more...