He’s expecting it, you know, the tell-tale flat rectangular box done up with a bow. He’ll be gracious about it—he loves anything that comes from you. But Father’s Day is your chance to celebrate the life of an important man, someone who helped form you: imagine the possibilities. This year, think outside the (tie) box. Discover fresh gift ideas for men and surprise him with something unexpected on Father’s Day…Read More
Can you hear the familiar Porgy and Bess refrain? Summertime, and the livin’ is easy—at long last we’ve arrived there: delicious, lengthening days, high sun at high noon, and sun-kissed life outdoors. And with that come life’s big messes: oily sunscreen residue, splatters from granddad’s secret smoked chicken marinade, maybe electric blue Popsicle drippings or a little splash of deep crimson Malbec on the outdoor seat cushions. Ella did not include those words in her lyrics, but they’re proof positive you’re enjoying life.
You already know the Sunbrella® outdoor cushions you use on your garden or patio furniture are resilient: they’re adventure-ready, fade-resistant, willingly take a beating in the weather, and they’re no match for the triple threat: mold, mildew, and moisture. It’s why you bought them in the first place. But even the world’s most nearly-perfect outdoor seat cushion needs a little help now and then. Pull up your wicker chair and pay attention. But before we travel too far down the cushion care and maintenance road, keep three things…Read More
Written by: Deb German
Everybody knows linen is for summer, but what about the other three seasons on the calendar? And what of wearing linen after Labor Day? Growing up in the South during the 60s and 70s as I did meant adherence to long-cherished cultural norms; many gave way to more modern sensibilities during the social tumult of that era, and that’s mainly a good thing. But traditionalists stood resolute on others, to wit: you should never wear linen clothing (nor summer whites, eyelet, seersucker, plaid madras, or dirty bucks) before Memorial Day, nor after Labor Day. Period. I am sure there were agitators who dared provoke the fashion police back in the day, but most people honored tradition where fashion was concerned, and many do still. It’s a big ship that moves slowly, the American South.
Funny thing is, in the here and now—a time characterized more often than not by fashion anarchy—people still care about when and when not to wear linen, and not just way down south: a quick…Read More
Humans sleep about eight hours a day. It’s no wonder we’re so attentive to our beds. We take great care choosing a supportive mattress and the perfect comforters and pillows to create an inviting place to dive into at the end of a long day.
Dogs sleep between 12 to 14 hours each day and, just like us, they long…Read More
I think the Victorians must have known a thing or two about how to live well outdoors; there is no basis in fact for this claim, but my mind’s eye sees a woman of means with her hair swept up above her high collar, wearing an ivory brooch and bustle, sitting at an elegant wicker table not unlike the one in the picture. She is leaning in to speak to the gentleman seated at her elbow. She could be a Vanderbilt, for all I know, opining to her husband about the great, sweeping changes the railroad has brought to…Read More
Written by: Deb German
Anybody who has ever enjoyed the company of a Siberian Husky knows they can be a handful; at one time in my life I lived with three of them in a tiny cottage, incredibly. Three makes a pack, and I’m positive they never viewed me as the alpha (silly human). We wore out a lot of dog beds in those days. When a new…Read More
Wrinkle-free is really what it’s all about when it comes to your travel wardrobe, isn’t it? Who wants to pack a finicky, high-maintenance frock for the road, only to have to iron it when you get there? You want it to reach your destination looking much as it did when you packed it, smooth and crisp.
The modern travel dress and friends of its ilk are engineered to emerge unrumpled, with only a little shake and fluff. But consider this: if it works well on the…Read More
One very early summer morning in another busy chapter of my life a sweet friend phoned: did I want to meet her at the pool so our kids could have a splashy play date? Sure, we’d love…Read More
Written by: Sondra Wolfer
Whether your dog’s name is a classic like Rover, a current pop-culture reference like Kahleesi, or something off the beaten path like Borscht – personalized dog collars will introduce your pooch. . .Read More
It’s true. He’s always way ahead of you and by the time the garage door slides down, he’s at the kitchen door, tail a-waggin’, paws a-pumpin’—the worries of the workday just dropped off your. . .Read More