The Importance of Outdoor Living – Casual Market, 2018 Chicago, IL.

The Importance of Outdoor Living – Casual Market, 2018 Chicago, IL.

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Outdoor furniture has come a long way since I was a young lad in Australia.  I remember when my backside would sink into the striped sling seat of the folding chair and the steel frame would get too hot to pick up because of the brutal Aussie sun.  I still had a wonderful time playing cricket with family, but lounging wasn’t really a comfortable option. I would sometimes eat standing up!

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(above) new slat chairs from the market  (left) Aussie lawn chair that I grew up with 

The times have changed and so do our habits. With the amount of time we spend looking at devices, we deviate from the importance of nature and the environment that effects our well-being.  We miss the connection that the outdoor provides to our sense of smell, sight, sound, and touch.

CAVANNI DESIGN pillows – RIZZY HOME outdoor rug

As a principle designer, I encourage my clients to include an outdoor living plan with your interior finish schedule.  With the new trends in outdoor products, the living room can now extend to the outside without the concerns of maintenance, durability, and style.

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SUNBRELLA’S outdoor fabric collection –  Casual Market 2018, Chicago, IL.

I had the fortune to attend the Casual Market 2018 at the Merchandise Market in Chicago to do a trend report for Michigan’s News 9&10 segment “The Four”.   I was truly impressed by the quality of materials and fabrics that have become fashionable for outdoor living furniture.  Materials like soft marine rope, high density plastic resin, powder coated aluminum frames, recycled plastic fibers, high pressure laminate, braided resin, and galvanized steel, acrylic and polyester fabrics,  have changed the way we dine and lounge outside.  Manufactures have identified that the performance of outdoor products must be at a high quality, durable, low maintenance, and visually appealing.

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Our living rooms have extended outdoors due to the range of furniture that are available.  As part of the design process during renovating or building a new construction, it is important to include the design of the outdoor living environment into your interior design plans as well.  The finish and material selections for the outdoor living space will influence the interior because the outdoor seating has now become a permanent fixture to the floor plan. There is now a wide range of fabric and finish selections to choose from to coincide with the interior design.

(left) POLYWOOD (right) CANE-LINE

I have selected four furniture manufactures from the Casual Market that had exceptional styles, color and material ranges, and collaborative pieces that would blend with the current interior trends from the High Point and Las Vegas Furniture Markets.


A family operated manufacture in Syracuse, Indiana. Their products are trust worthy, durable, and reliable that can withstand all four seasons.  Their lumber is made from HDPR (high density plastic resin) which appears as natural timber.  UV inhibitors and stabilizers protect their lumber from harmful environmental degradation and, along with light stable pigments, run continuously throughout the material.  Polywood has an outstanding selection of the traditional Adirondack chairs, rocking chairs, swings, deep seating, and contemporary sectionals.  Polywood can be used for residential and commercial outdoors.



I was mesmerized by the European styles in the products from Cavanni Design.  Outstanding use of materials and fabrics that can also be used for indoors. Italian designed but manufactured in Ecuador, the beautifully created seating is remarkably comfortable and gorgeous to look at.  Cavanni Design brings a new level of style to outdoor living.



Cane-Line, a company from Denmark, manufacture products that are a lifestyle statement.  They accomplish this through the modern style, quality and–most importantly–comfort of their outdoor (and indoor) furniture. A product line called Moments is setting new standards for multi flexible design with its Scandinavian and elegant, transparent and minimalist design. It is produced with Cane-line Soft Rope and SoftTouch QuickDry cushions.  Cane-line takes the worry out of outdoor furniture with a maintenance-free approach, using quick dry foam for upholstered pieces, all-weather Cane-line fiber wicker, and a coated polyester sling material in their chairs, dining sets, footstools, and more.   The selection of colors is inspired through nature and the environment we live in.



I had always thought that there was a lack of elegant lighting to add to an outdoor vignette.  It became obvious that Les Jardins has improved this category and the direction for functional and multi purposeful outdoor solar powered light fixtures. Designed in France and assembled in Spain/Indonesia, their light box is removable and is designed to fit all canopies in their product line.  Great range of designs and colors make Les Jardins solar powered light fixtures a head of the rest!


Honorable Mentions


You can’t get better hammocks than La Siesta hammocks. Attention to detail is noticeable and their selections of colors and patterns are very good.  Headquartered in Germany, I recommend a La Siesta hammock under your tree.



I am proud to say that this North Carolina fabric manufacture is the trendsetter in outdoor fabrics.  Gone are the days where you only had a few solid colors and stripes to choose from.  It is apparent that Sunbrella’s creative team impacts the trends of most outdoor furniture manufactures.

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The selections of outdoor rugs have improved and Rizzy Home has a variety of unique patterns and colors that will complement the new furniture trends from the Casual Market.  Custom sizes are available.

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If you have questions regarding outdoor product and material trends, please contact Angelo at .





by Angelo Adamo – September 20th, 2018.

2018 Fashion by Genny / Material Board by Four Hands

I have to admit, being born in the 70’s had an impact on my taste regarding fashion, music, and interior trends. It’s no secret that fashions often come back around. This fall expect to see some exciting influences from the ’70s and ’90s, as well as a continuation of traditional fall trends. I am excited by what people are wearing, which in turn effects our interior space and the music we listen to.  My best theory has always been Music + Fashion = Interiors. This theory allows me to predict trends and to stay in touch when designing interior spaces.

Also, traveling nationally to report on the furniture and merchandise markets, you definitely notice a comparison between trends of fashion to interior décor.  Check out the images of latest collections from fashion labels and furniture manufactures.

(Starting from top left) Thibaut, Delpozo, Cushnie Et Ochs,  J.W. Anderson, Bungalow 5, Annie Selke.

For 2018/19 women’s fall and winter collections, plaid, Bohochic, and versatile styles are the pattern trends. Neutrals, earth tones and pastels are all a constant color for fall/winter 2018, with rich and sophisticated hues alongside such as such as tomato/fire red, mustard, olive, navy and emerald as well as metallics, and surprisingly, bright color accents such as yellow and russet orange. These colors and patterns are also apparent at this fall/winter merchandise and furniture markets.

(Starting from top left) Scalamandre, Palecek, Alberta Ferretti.

In jewelry and accessories, we’re seeing a huge re-emergence of colorful acrylics that were highly popular in the late ’80s and early ’90s. The popular flared look of the ’70s is also coming back, but not where you’d expect it. Instead of wide-leg or boot-cut jeans trending, it’s sweaters and tops that are rocking the design. Trends also include cords, stripes, vintage orals, braided details, fringe tassels and voluminous sleeves.

(Starting from top left) Accent Decor, Diane Von Furstenberg, Holly Hunt.

According to the fashion industry, research on the Boho trend reveals that the look is diversifying into a “global wanderer” theme, reflecting tribal print and traditional prints. Fashion and Interior Design for 2018 is more internationally mixed, encompassing many different cultures. We’re seeing this specifically in prints, patterns and color palettes.

(Starting from top left) Baja East, Scalamandre Wallcovering.

For the interior industry, bold pops of color to mix fluidly with neutrals, balancing between vibrant and organic materials are the trend. Colors story is driven by accent pieces like rugs, pillows and art.

Music that reflects Fall/Winter 2018 by Yurrit.


What’s Hot in Home Design: Colors, Textures August 23, 2018 Emily DeRuiter

What’s Hot in Home Design: Colors, Textures August 23, 2018 Emily DeRuiter


Homes reflect the character and personalities of their owners—and some like to stay on top of the latest trends. Angelo Adamo is an interior designer living in Traverse City who recently traveled to Las Vegas to take pictures for Instagram at the Las Vegas Market for International Market Centers.

Having returned from the trip, Adamo has a few design tips you can make use of in your own home. He says there are two distinct styles that are poplar. Modern luxury is going back to “heritage elements,” while another style trend is getting back to nature, opting for simple colors, woods and textures.

Plant life is one way you can add some pop to a room without paining or adding artwork to the wall, Adamo says. And certain colors are “in” right now.

“You see a lot of dusty rose with gold or brass as the accent trim,” he says. “And also, too, you have a lot of deep blues, emerald greens. It’s that vibrancy and the deep colors that make modern luxury more appealing.”
Watch the video above for more details.




Centering a room with a Lantern Pendant

Centering a room with a Lantern Pendant

I have noticed a trend in 2018 the use of metal lantern pendants.  The design of open rooms are driven by the use of natural woods, stone, and cooler colors for residential and commercial interiors.  A metal lantern provides a neutral palette with enough texture and density to balance an open room.  Finding the right lantern could be a struggle so I browsed the websites of my primary trade dealers that I rely on for quality and unique light fixtures.  Below are not top selections of lantern pendants from Circa Lighting, Hinkley Lighting, Arteriors, and Visual Comfort.  Visual Comfort and Circa Lighting have more lantern pendants to select from and there are typically 3 finishes available (aged iron, gilded iron, polished nickel).  My favorite is Thorton Pendant by Arteriors.


 Hinkley Lighting –  Clarendon Pendant (top left), Quentin Pendant (bottom left), Tinsley Pendant (right)

Arteriors  –  Thorton Pendant (top left), Mara Pendant (top right), Edmond Pendant (bottom)

Visual Comfort –  Plantation Lantern (left), Desmond Lantern (middle), Darlana Lantern (right)

Circa Lighting – Westminster Lantern (left), Star Lantern (left center), Neimann Weeks (right center), Greggory Lantern (right)