Sign of the times:
Contrast bias welt is a jolly good alternative to more costly braid trim... Matched pattern ensures quality - seams are virtually invisible.
Contrast bias welt applied to faces of back cushions for "by the sea" chairs.
Practical natural duck cloth slipcovers with arm covers (grandchildren always welcome) will serve well; just remove, shake, and the sand is back outside where it belongs.
Good ideas are going around, from Hampton, New Hampshire to Montego Bay, Jamaica- as featured in Coastal Living, February 2010.
Coming Home after the Thomas Fire...
4 days ago