I'm absolutely thrilled with the ideas and products they shared... As a result, my own wish list has grown far longer, too!
Owner, The Kitchen Director
"I would enjoy having a Kalamazoo lobster boiler. They have a wok cook top and cabinetry configured to create a lowered burner, perfect for lobster or corn. Their cabinetry is stainless and so indestructible that this would be a great New England item."
Kitchen Designer/Design Blogger, Kitchen and Residential Design
St. Petersburg, Fl.
"We actually have installed our outdoor item, a Perlick Beer Tap! We paired it with a double drawer refrigerator unit from Perlick which keeps the beer glasses and soft drinks cold. Perfect match for weekend barbecues!"
Other outdoor pleasures
Outdoor living means more than just a meal with family or friends. It's the entire experience of relaxation, comfort and, yes, even indulgence. Make your weekend special with these designer ideas for spiffing up your outdoor space.
"All Weather Flat Screen LCD TVs. This is my pick !! From SunBriteTV, these flat screen LCDs are designed to be protected from rain, dirt, insects, cratches and extreme temperature ranges and changes. These are a great addition to your terrace or patio, won't disturb your decor since they are very well designed, and most of all can bring a lot of fun to kids and adults.
"I want a Laguna Waterworks outdoor, portable liquid gel fireplace. The open design makes placement more versitile and viewing is easier from multiple directions. Fireplaces add instant ambiance and are great places to gather socially."
"I would love to have an Atlantis Outdoor Kitchen with Teak door styling! Because the cabinet box is made of waterproof Perma-Panel, the cabinetry is perfect for the all-weather climate in which I reside."
Creative Director, Atlantis Outdoor Kitchens
(Confession: I asked Lindsey for her must-have item because I knew she'd mention Atlantis, and this fantastic line has long been on my own must-have list!)
"Nothing adds to a carefree party atmosphere more than paper lanterns. They come in many different shapes and sizes. Stay with one shape and color for a sophisticated look or alternate between round, square and pagoda shapes for a more playful result. They look great indoors or out and can be used to define different areas for eating, conversation, dancing etc."
Interior Decorator/Owner, Design Distinctions
"A retractable awning. My deck faces west and the afternoon sun beats on you...Come sit with me and I'll make you a nice cool beverage while we sit at the bar on my deck!"
Maria Stapperfenne, CKD CBD
Manager, Tewksbury Kitchen & Bath -a div. of Huston Supply Co., Inc.
Whitehouse Station, NJ
"I can't think of anything else I enjoy more than the sound of gently running water. Therefore, my favorite thing is a water fountain. The I-Ball [by Trevi Fountains] is my personal favorite. It incorporates three distinct shapes in a graceful, self-contained, monolith that allows the water to bubble over the top and then cascade down the sides and slowly trickle off the bottom. Very soothing."
Vicky M. Lodge
Owner/Lighting Designer, VML Design & Lighting
Jamie's outdoor gems
In addition to coveting many of the items mentioned above -- especially the Evo grills and Atlantis cabinetry -- I also love outdoor rugs, especially ones that look as stylish as indoor ones.
Carefree, wicker-look furniture is also on my Sensible Style outdoor list. Shown in the photo at the top right corner of the posting is Grandin Road's Chatham series.
Photo Note: I have photos for each of the products mentioned above. However, Blogger's photo upload feature is mostly malfunctioning today. Hopefully, it will be working again soon, so I can get those pictures posted for you!