May 9, 2011

Outdoor Beauty with Fabrics

I hope you all had a wonderful week-end and are ready for the start of another great week. Since so many people seem to be hard at work cozying up their "outdoor living spaces" for the summer, me included...what a better time than now to look at some outdoor fabric ideas.

These Zancudo Outdoor Fabrics by Osborne and Little ( feature five fabric designs in various colors.  These are great for outdoor use as they have excellent lightfastness. They also have a soil resistant finish and they actually dry without leaving stains. An excellent choice for your new cushions and pillows for your outdoor "haven" whether poolside, terrace, or patio.

Sunbrella® Chair Cushion
For those ready-made cushions try these cushions by Sunbrella. This is another excellent choice since they are durable and resist mildew,  fading, chlorine and stains. They can be found at Pottery Barn (

Backyard Floral Outdoor Pillows
Or how about adding a little floral garden theme to your outdoor living spaces...the kind you don't even have to water!  These lovely pillows would add some life to any area and are great used with the solid cushions (or stripes).  These ready-mades can also be found at Pottery Barn ( 

Damask Outdoor Pillow
We can even take Damask to the outdoors...with this swirl floral design taken from a 17-century Indonesian Fortuny print.

Another great source for replacement cushions is Lloyd and Flanders...a well known manufacturer of fine outdoor furniture and cushions.  They are designed to "weather" well during all seasons of the year. They will also send you fabric swatches at no charge that you can see up close and personal in order to make your selection. Be sure to visit their website at Lloyd Replacement Cushions.

Damask Outdoor Pillow 
As you can see...whether using solids or mix-n-match patterns...updating and layering these in your outdoor spaces can help create that retreat feeling in a place that you will want to sneak away to for some "down" time...each and every day.  

Have a Happy Monday that is "Simply Irresistible"!

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