Create outdoor spaces that shine: Hannawa Falls home great example of life with nature

Peggy DeYoung

Summer is finally here. Whether it is along the shores of the St. Lawrence River or Lake Ontario, at a retreat in the woods or backyard in town, outdoor living is a necessity.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Northern New Yorkers spend as much time as possible outdoors. Today, many new products are designed for outdoor living, tolerating sun, wind and the elements.

The classic Adirondack chair is still a favorite. The angle of the seat and back and the wide arms, make this classic comfortable. On the terraces and deck of this Raquette River camp, the Adirondack furnishings are made of Brazilian cherry, which is stronger than teak and naturally resistant to moisture and mildew. Wicker furniture has also been used in summer retreats for many years. The Bar Harbor sofas and chairs are historical reproductions using natural woven wicker with a modern protective finish for covered and screened porches.

When it comes to maintenance, no cushion is the best. However, cushions add comfort and color. Sunbrella, a long time manufacturer of outdoor woven fabrics, stands the test of time. Each fiber is treated to protect the fabric from fading and mildew. Fabrics can be cleaned with a solution of water and bleach. All seats will get wet but quick-dry and open cell foam cushions are designed to shed moisture.

Outdoor living in Hannawa Falls

Outdoor friendly fabrics make colorful hammocks and hammock swings in awning stripes an affordable and fun alternative to rope models.

Woven outdoor area rugs are now being made of the same yarns used to make hammocks. These soft, colorful rugs resist fading, mold and mildew, and can be easily hosed cleaned.

Celebrate summertime by incorporating bold patterns, bright colors, nature’s motifs of dragonflies, butterflies, red geraniums and perennial flowers in accessories and add a fun tablecloth and candle lanterns to complete your special outdoor space.

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Peggy DeYoung is a nationally certified interior designer who owns the Porch and Paddle Cottage Shop in Clayton. Contact her at