Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Exclusive Sunbrella European Collection

Where European Design Meets the American Designer

As the demand for more diverse high performance indoor/outdoor fabric has been growing throughout  the United States within the design world - has partnered with Glen Raven Mills Sunbrella to extend the entire European Collection to the U.S. market!  

The efforts of Dickson-Constant - the subsidiary of Sunbrella in France -- to design colors and textures appealing to continents abroad has drawn the attention of many designers throughout the United States.  Allowing for color diversity and unique color combinations the collection brings to life bold new solids and stripes that would not have been created for the US Market.  With over 138 styles this fresh new look combines deep cool pallets and sophisticated contemporary designs throughout the collection that will surely flourish with the new demands of United States based designers searching for unique and inspiring fabrics for all aspects of production.

This collection opens previously closed minds of those who once thought Sunbrella fabric was branded and limited to outdoor use only.  Re-designing for a high-end European Market, Dickson-Constant created a collection durable enough for outdoor use, but with the design aspect catering to interior applications.  Now this collection gives strength and beauty for all areas of interior production such as - indoor draperies, headboards and bed skirts, breakfast nooks, living rooms, dining rooms, sun rooms, and any other area of the home where a furniture grade material is needed.  

Here is what Glen Raven Mills is saying about Dickson-Constant and where they draw their design aspects as featured in Raven Magazine:

"A Dickson-Contant design team drew inspiration for the new Sunbrella collection from international trade shows throughout Europe.  The new fabrics emphasize a "natural" look and feel with offerings such as Natte, Linen and Deauville that suggest cotton.  Jacquard woven fabrics, such as Cadiz and Stone, add flexibility and texture."

Patrick Raguet, Marketing Director with Dickson-Constant had this to say: "We are evolving as a provider of home lifestyle products, and Sunbrella is one of our key offerings.  The new collection is a major step forward in the international evolution of the brand." 

Here are some spectacular shots of fabric featured by Dickson-Constant at an old castle in Italy.

If you are an interior designer this is a must see fabric collection for the 2013 - 2014 year of design! Here is a sneak peak at the European Sunbrella Collection available in the United States exclusively in the coming months at OUTDOORFABRICS.COM

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Replacement Cushions - Revitalize Your Patio

Adding New Cushions OR Replacing Existing Cushions - Make Your Patio BRAND NEW!

An affordable way to renew your outdoor living area is to update your existing furniture with replacement cushions.  Depending on the age of the cushions being replaced - you can either order covers only OR opt to replace both the covers and the foam for a fresh new look.  

Foam should be replaced if there is mold growing on the inside or if atrophy (misshape/sagging) has occurred as well if there is a not-so-pleasant smell coming from the foam when unzipped for inspection.  There are two types of foam when having new cushions made.  High Density Polyeurathane Foam or Outdoor Dryfast Foam.  If your cushions are going to be in a covered or protected area the High Density Foam is more affordable and is a more comfortable foam to use.  The Outdoor Dryfast Foam is ideal for totally exposed cushions as they will dry quick should they get wet frequently, but this foam is a little bit more expensive the the more superior high density foam.

When selecting your fabric for outdoor use the leader in the industry is Sunbrella Furniture Grade Fabric.  Sunbrella manufactures a variety of colors and weaves to choose from making your design selection easy!  Solids, Stripes, Specialty weaves and Jacquards all come with a 5 year warranty against fade, mildew and water resistancy...ideal for outdoor use OR indoor high-performance areas.

Sunbrella Solid 5416 Aruba
Sunbrella Stripe 56001 Dolce Oasis

Sunbrella Specialty Weave 8050 Dupione Paradise
Sunbrella Jacquard 45706-000- El Greco Calypso

After you have selected the fabric material for the body of your cushions its time to decide on your cushion style.  Cushion styles vary company to company; however, the most popular cushion styles are: Wrap Around, Boxed and Welted, Boxed Contrast Welt, Wrap Around with Side Piping, Boxed No Welt or Centerseam with Butterfly Pleats.  Any reputable cushion manufacturer should offer these styles at the minimum for you to choose from.  As well, labor to produce your cushions should remain the same!  The only additional charge should be when you opt to use a CONTRAST WELT, which would be a per yard cost for the material to make the welt.  Do not pay extra for your cushion style selection and be sure that your new covers are made with zippers.  The benefit to manufacturing your new cushions with Sunbrella is that they are machine-washable.  (Visit my BLOG section for a great Cleaning and Care Sheet for cleaning instructions.)  To see images of the different cushions styles visit: Cushion Styles.

Making sure your cushions are a perfect fit to your furniture should be easy!  Replacement cushion sizes and templates are readily available for big brand manufacturer's OR you may supply the dimensions yourself.  If you are hesitant to provide dimensions yourself you may also send a template of an existing cover to your manufacturer to ensure the replication is exactly to your original cushions.  Some replacement cushion covers dimensions and templates are readily available by the cushion manfucaturer making it even easier for their clients.  Some popular furniture manufacturer's are - Smith and Hawken (now sold through Target Stores), Gloster Furniture, Brown Jordan, Summer Classics as well as Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn.

The final touch to any outdoor living room is accent pillows!  These come in a variety of sizes and shapes and are an affordable way to brighten up your patio and add a more custom design aspect to your home.  To view some great pillow styles visit: Patio Accent and Throw Pillows.

When you are ready to send in your request for custom cushions or throw pillows - submit your inquiry via email or by using an easy Custom Cushion Quote Form like: Custom Cushion Quoting Form.  All quotes should be answered in a timely manner - within 24 hours - and manufacturing should not be longer than 2 to 4 weeks with any reputable cushion manufacturer.

Monday, February 4, 2013 - Who We Are distribution centers are located in Miami, FL with three warehouses dedicated to outdoor fabric distribution, custom cushion manufacturing, outdoor drapery manufacturing as well as throw pillows, shower curtains, and outdoor drapery hardware!

Created over 11 years ago as a small fabric resource on line they are now one of the leading distributors of Sunbrella high-performance indoor/outdoor fabric and have expanded worldwide with distribution to over 25 countries throughout the world.

By providing excellent customer service with the highest quality finished products has remained the premium online resource for all of your outdoor living needs.

All of our fabric is shipped within 24 hours of order placement and custom production orders are completed and shipped within 2 to 3 weeks of requests.  With an extensive line of fabric to choose from – carrying over 1000 high quality fabrics you will always find exactly the perfect material to match your exterior design needs.  As well, re-designing your extended living area is easy and affordable with cushion and drapery estimates answered within 12 to 24 hours of submission. 

Whatever your needs are from fabrics to cushions to draperies, shower curtains or patio umbrellas, you can find it all here at

We look forward to working with you and helping you to re-create your home…a happy home – inside and out!

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