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Two tastes of summer

Two tastes of summer

We love the versatility of our June dessert and cocktail—strawberry shortcake and summer sangria. They can be made so many ways, but the result is always a fresh taste of summer. Sangria is a wine-based fruity punch that’s perfect for gatherings large and small. And strawberry shortcake? It’s a classic, with fresh strawberries and whipped […]

Three cheers for charcuterie

Three cheers for charcuterie

Summer is the perfect season and reason to build a beautiful, bountiful charcuterie to share at your next gathering. Let’s start with a definition first. Charcuterie (pronounced shar-ku-tuh-ree) is a French term for a branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products, including bacon, ham, and sausage. So, a traditional charcuterie is mostly meats and […]

A menu that sparkles

A menu that sparkles

Let’s salute the season with a menu that sparkles on July Fourth, as well as all summer long. Our suggestions complement all the traditional cookout fare, including hotdogs, hamburgers, potato salad, and classic s’mores. Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad Watermelon Blueberries Feta cheese Mint Leaves Cut watermelon into 1-inch slices. Then, using star cookie […]

Outdoor furniture FAQ

Outdoor furniture FAQ

Buying high-quality outdoor furniture is an investment. You want to be sure you are making good choices, so, naturally, you have questions. We’re here to answer the most common questions that our customers ask in our outdoor furniture FAQ. How is your outdoor furniture made? Our Courtyard Outdoor Furniture collections (Bathing Hut, Boathouse, […]

Let’s live outside!

Let’s live outside!

It’s summertime, and the living is easy. Celebrate the sun in your outdoor space—be it a big patio or a small terrace. Create a “room” that extends the style of your indoor space, then relax and soak up the sunshine. Ideally, your space is large enough for zones: spots for lounging and dining, with decorative […]

The green garden

The green garden

Most everyone can agree that a garden full of color can be quite charming. But not every location is hospitable to these colorful blooms. What to do? Try adding a variety of greens and other ornamental plants like we have done on our 65-acre campus in Aurora, New York. Our biggest patches of blooming green […]

Invite three Bs to the garden

Invite three Bs to the garden

If you want your garden to be at its best, invite the three Bs: birds, butterflies, and bees. Each plays a crucial role in the process of pollination, so having all three in your garden ensures that both flowers and vegetables are in abundance all season long. How do you attract them and keep them […]

Wonderful window boxes

Wonderful window boxes

We’re big believers in the window box, a versatile crowd pleaser with definite curb appeal. In fact, some might say we’re identified with the three iconic window boxes that hang above the archway of our studio in Upstate New York. “They’re like the welcoming committee,” says our estate manager, Corinne Bowman, noting that these boxes […]

Pick some edible flowers

Pick some edible flowers

Your spring celebrations will blossom with creativity when you add edible flowers to cocktails, salads, and desserts. We partnered with @Moonflower Macarons , a small, locally owned pastry shop in Auburn, New York, to make some treats featuring edible flowers. Moonflower Macarons specializes in French macarons, which are naturally gluten-free, and offers a dozen flavors […]

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

On Mother’s Day, we honor the women who gave us our start—as well as our wings to soar. Marietta Bolster, a member of our design team, celebrates her mom, Patience Brewster, the creative force behind Patience Brewster by MacKenzie-Childs. Until her recent retirement, Patience spent decades illustrating the whimsical characters that are captured in the […]

Plant a pizza garden

Plant a pizza garden

Gardening can be a family affair that involves green thumbs of all ages. To make gardening fun for children, make it an adventure that goes full circle—from planting the seeds to tending the young plants to harvesting the bounty. That’s why we love the idea of a pizza garden, which has a circular shape, like […]

Wallpaper that wows

Wallpaper that wows

You might not have considered wallpaper for your home, but have you seen wallpaper lately? The designs are bright, bold, and so much fun. Wallpaper can dramatically transform a room, whether it’s hung traditionally on all four walls, as an accent wall or even on the ceiling. Yep, the ceiling. You can master wallpaper hanging […]