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Sunbrella Performance Fabrics

Since the 1960s, the Sunbrella brand has been the go to source for outdoor fabrics including awning and marine grade fabrics.   Now with innovative technological advances in the finishing process, Sunbrella has moved indoors and is considered the leader in the performance fabric industry.

Beginning in 1908, Sunbrella’s parent company, Glen Raven, Inc., began manufacturing cotton duck awning fabric.   It developed the first panythose, parachute materials and was the company that wove the fabric used to make the make the first American flag that was planted on the moon at their weaving facility in Burnsville, NC.

Not all acrylic fabrics are equal.   In traditional dyeing processes, color is only left on the surface of fiber, allowing it to easily fade.  Sunbrella fibers are saturated to the core with UV-stable pigments, making their fabrics resistant to fading and the degrading effects of sunlight.

Pottery Barn

Since the color goes to the core of the Sunbrella fibers, their fabrics can be cleaned with solvents such as bleach without ever discoloring.  The company challenged two kids to making a stain stick.  Check out the video for this wonder fabric:

Sunbrella Indoor Durability Challenge from Sunbrella on Vimeo.

It makes sense, to use a performance fabrics indoors since homes and lifestyles have become more casual.  Choosing fabrics that can withstand the demands of entertaining, kids and pets seems obvious and now the choices ad styles from Sunbrella are endless.

Not all Sunbrella fabrics impart a casual feel, as many of their products match the look and feel of fine interior fabrics.

Thibaut

Sunbrella

The Sunbrella sheer collection is a line of luxurious fabrics comparable to cotton or linen sheers.  Perfect for interior windows with strong sunlight since Sunbrella brand fabrics won’t fade or disintegrate over time.

Sunbrella

Mr. H says: Success is when performance overlaps ambition-Enjoy!

Front Porch Ready

This beautiful Charleston weather has us all craving some porch time.  Here are some ways to enjoy in style

Whitecraft’s South Terrace Collection inspired by designs found at the Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina features faux bamboo and wicker frames.

Whitecraft South Terrace Collection

Whitecraft

It’s hard to choose a design with all the amazing colors and patterns from Sunbrella fabric

Sunbrella cushion fabrics

Sunbrella

Set the stage for a memorable meal with the Williams Sonoma La Med dinner ware collection.  Made of shatterproof and scratch resistant melamine.

Williams Sonoma La Med Dinnerware

Williams Sonoma

Add atmosphere with these adorable green cane string lights from World Market

World Market Cane String Lights

World Market

The soft tinkling of wind chimes swaying in the breeze is the only background music you need

Windchime

Mr. H says: Nothing is better than sitting on the front porch watching life go by-Enjoy!

Friday Five: Get outdoor ready

Ramp up your outdoor space with these five tips:

Spiff up your patio furniture with some new cushions.  Check out these selections from Duralee fabrics (www.duralee.com)

Duralee Pavillion collection

Duralee Stripe Outdoor Fabric

Duralee Floral Outdoor Fabric

Splurge on some new outdoor furniture like the hip Cabana Club Collection from Tropitone

Tropitone Cabana Club collection

The Tropitone Lakeside Collection has a more elegant look

Tropitone Lakeside collection

Treat your plants to an upgrade with some new planters from Gardeners Supply

Gardeners Supply mazzano planter

Refresh or replace oil burning torches and fire pots

Pottery Barn tiki torch

Fire up the grill, but first give it a spring cleaning.  Wash all the grates in warm soapy water and clean the inside surfaces with a stiff wire brush and a little soapy water.

Weber grill

With the warmer weather you’ll want to get bikini ready so here is a yummy and low-fat maple glazed grilled salmon recipe.

  • 2  teaspoons  paprika
  • 1  teaspoon  chili powder
  • 1  teaspoon  ground ancho chile powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground cumin
  • 1/2  teaspoon  brown sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  sea or kosher salt
  • 4  (6-ounce) salmon fillets
  • Cooking spray
  • 1  teaspoon  maple syrup

Prepare grill, heating to medium.

Combine first 5 ingredients. Sprinkle fish with salt; rub with paprika mixture.

Place fish on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 7 minutes. Drizzle fish with syrup; grill 1 minute or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Mr. H says: Spring is natures way of saying let’s party-Enjoy!

New project-Outdoor Room

With the Charleston temps dropping ever so slightly over the last few weeks, we are really getting to enjoy the great weather the Lowcountry is known for.  Spending time and entertaining outside is a tradition in the South and we love our outdoor rooms.  It seems from the Facebook comments that most appreciated a fully outfitted space for those al fresco moments.

I just redid a screen porch for long time Kiawah clients and here are some photos of the results.

Kiawah Screen Porch interior design

Whitecraft dining table and chairs

Sunbrella fabric drapery panels Charleston SCIt’s been exciting to see all the new outdoor products available on the market now.  We certainly took advantage of many of them.  Including all the vinyl rattan furniture from Whitecraft (www.whitecraft.net), Sunbrella drapery fabric from B. Berger (www.bberger.com), outdoor rug from Capel (www.capelrugs.com) and outdoor rated table lamps from Shady Lady (www.shadyladylighting.com)

Here’s a yummy Southern Living punch recipe for your next fall get together:

  • 1 1/2  cups  boiling water
  • 4  green tea bags
  • 1/2  to 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2  cups  whiskey
  • 1 1/2  cups  rum
  • 1/2  cup  fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2  cup  orange liqueur
  • 1  (32-oz.) bottle seltzer water, chilled

1. Pour boiling water over tea bags; cover and steep 4 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar until dissolved, adding additional sugar (up to 1/2 cup) if desired. Combine tea, whiskey, and next 3 ingredients in a pitcher. Cover and chill 1 to 4 hours. Stir in seltzer water. Serve over ice.

Mr. H says: Be sure to take the time to sit and watch the leaves turn-Enjoy!