Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spring Preview: the Bay

Hello Wednesday! I don't know about you but the grey sky for the past few days is absolutely killing me, especially after such glorious sunny spring-like weather on the weekend.  The temperature is heading for a little dive, edging close to the freezing point today + bringing along his little flurry friend.  oh well ... C'est la vie and a bigger reason for me to take you all on a tour of the bright, vibrant spring/summer preview at the Bay.

Distinctly Home has done it again and this time double wow with not one, but two incredible collections, destined to add colors and fun for our summer living.  Inspired by contemporary European designs, the two collections feature modern, minimal designs with pops of bold primary colours + a chic retro Hollywood vibe. 

The Tropea collection is all about lounging with friends in style.  With solidly constructed polished chrome frame (those sexy legs remind me of the Bertoia Bird chair), luxe tufted seat cushions that hug your body like a soft, silky cocoon, and that pops of delicious green with the mix of graphic stripes in plum and trendy neon green.  I just love the South Beach vibe of the collection.   Don't you feel like you've just got transported to Ocean Drive? I do!

Retro Chic + glam is what the Tropea Collection all about.  Aside from the gorgeous good look, this collection is made to stay outdoor with next to no maintenance.  Now this is an outdoor furniture set I want for my own balcony.  I am itching for a pair of these super comfortable chaises for those perfect summer afternoon cocktails + naps.     

Now for those of you who has the luxury to take your dining experience out to your deck or backyard during those beautiful summer months, here is a collection you totally need to check out.  The Corsica Collection offers modern, streamline designs and the white table + chairs combo makes the collection truly versatile to complement any color scheme your mood strikes.  

You know what, picking just one color maybe difficult, so why not have it all? I am banana crazy about these hot neon bright tableware and table linen.  That pop of cheerful lemon among the breezy ocean blues + a cloud white backdrop = I died and have gone to summer oasis heaven.

A couple extra shout-outs of this incredible collection.  These high style metal chairs with white mesh back and seat are actually stackable!  How cool is that? (not to mention the ingenious storage saver solution)  My second love is the super fun water-colour floral motif.  It is available as toss pillows and round serving tray.       

Of course Brian has also designed a chic and stylish collection exclusively for the Bay to welcome spring/summer 2013.  The Biscayne Bay Collection features powder coated steel frame with a sophisticated lattice design + cushions in a classic silver sage blue & charcoal grey pipping detail.  The sofa and the club chairs are extra wide and deep to give you the ultimate lounging experience.      

Now that you have set up the outdoor space, it is time to entertain! Here are three amazing products that will take your outdoor oasis experience to a whole new level.  First up is this stylish wine cooler and ice bucket.  Constructed in high-quality BPA-free "Tritan" acrylic, this fashionable couple is virtually unbreakable and scratch resistant.  The "ring" at the top also makes this pair your perfect travel companion: close the lids and off they go!  

Another fab item is the oh-so-chic Biscayne Bay picnic basket.  The silverware, the ceramic plates, the wine opener, essentially everything you need for a picnic is wrapped in this all-weather rattan basket lined with preppy stripped fabric.  I can't wait to dine in style with a little help from this magic basket.  And yes, the basket comes complete with service for four.  Now that is magic!

We also need a blanket as the sun goes down and the evening gets a little cooler.  Check out this super soft and luxurious blanket with a subtle geometric pattern + elegant little tassels.

Remember the super whimsical tea towel I framed up as art last spring?  Well Alanna is back and for spring/summer 2013, Alanna treats us with a full collection including a latte mug, oven mitts, apron, tea towel, and dessert plates all dressed in a whole new pattern that complements the sold out tea towel from 2012.  I love the whimsy and romantic notion of Alanna's collection, especially the bright avocado green ruffle.  So much fun.

If I can only pick one item from this collection, this set of 4 dessert plates Alanna partnered with Lord & Taylor is definitely coming home with me.  Alanna has absolutely blown-me away with these adorable bird cage designs.  Perfect as-is to bring a smile on your face every time you use the plates, but I may just have them framed as art!  

As you can see, I am a big fan of the Tropea Collection and just love how these images turned out with some help from Instagram

These outdoor living collections by Distinctly Home and Gluckstein Home are available at the Bay starting this month and the playful + colorful collection by Alanna will hit the stores in April.  If you are thinking about treating yourself with a magazine worthy outdoor living space this season, it is time to check out the Bay.  You won't come home empty handed!


  1. thanks for this lovely post, tim! all we need is warm weather and sunshine now.

  2. Thanks ladies! I love the collections and Alanna, your plates are coming home with me!

  3. Love this! So cheerful and optimistic, amazing how we just CRAVE colour in the spring. :)