Family Leisure Spots Top Outdoor Living Trends for Spring 2011

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Based on the buying habits of their customers nationwide, Family Leisure and have announced the trends they have spotted for Spring 2011.

Based on the buying habits of their customers nationwide, Family Leisure and have announced the trends they have spotted for Spring 2011.

“Over the last five years there’s been a huge jump in customers’ desire to nest at home as the economy continues to recover,” said Kevin Prefontaine, President of Family Leisure Indianapolis. “We are seeing a continuation of consumers spending their time and dollars enhancing their at home experience with fresh, new, exciting additions.”
The top 5 trends in outdoor living for Spring 2011, as identified by Family Leisure and customers, are:

Fireplaces. Whether you are trying to create a simple BBQ area or an entire backyard paradise, outdoor fireplaces are “hot” right now. There are a variety of options to consider when building an outdoor fireplace, from size, color and materials.

Pergolas. Pergolas extend outdoor living space through a horizontal trellis work supported by columns or posts, either attached to a structure (such as your home) or standalone. “We are seeing an increase in standalone pergolas, which offer customers a separate conversation area aside from a patio or sunroom,” Prefontaine said. Pergolas are also a more affordable option for some consumers.

Outdoor Kitchens/Grill Islands. Grill islands and outdoor kitchens can be made from the highest quality materials and are increasingly being made to customers’ specifications. The stone, stucco and tile are available in a variety of shapes and colors to match any outdoor décor. Consumers are looking for the best cooking results and an inviting, easy-to-clean kitchen with add-ons like pizza ovens and warming drawers. “We’re also seeing customers add lighting and outdoor stereos systems to create the perfect ambiance for outdoor entertaining,” Prefontaine said. To help generate ideas, you can visit the custom projects Family Leisure has worked on Family Leisure Outdoor Rooms.

Fire Pits. “The beauty of a custom outdoor fire pit is that they can be used nearly year round and can be as simple or as elaborate as the customer wants, depending upon their budget,” Prefontaine said. Fire Pits can be made from a variety of materials to match or accent a customer’s existing décor. Fire Pits can be customized any way that you could imagine, even featuring your family name or favorite sports team’s logo.

Patio Furniture. The last few years have seen a huge increase in the availability and options of quality patio furniture. “Instead of buying disposable pieces, we are seeing more and more customers invest in quality patio furniture – sturdy, well-made items that will last a lifetime,” Prefontaine said. “You can feel the difference in the weight and you can tell the difference when you sit on a piece of quality furniture as opposed to a cheaply made item that might last a year or two.” There is a wealth of options available on the Family Leisure website -

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Family Leisure has over 40 years of experience in the home recreation and leisure products industry. With more than 50 different product categories to choose from, including swimming pools, hot tubs, patio furniture, pool tables, tanning beds, bar stools and swing sets, if you want it, they have it. They strive to provide quality products at a great price, with unsurpassed customer service. is one of the fastest growing online retailers in the country, with a 400% increase in revenue in the last 12 months. With the ability to now ship their products anywhere coast-to-coast, they have quickly made their presence known on a national scale.


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