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Time To Fire Up The Grill
Light, easy, healthy & delectable - Grilled Salmom with Peppered Soy Glaze Recipe
Start with an easy, homemade marinade. End with perfection. Malaysian-inspired salmon feels the heat from ginger and red and black pepper, balanced by tangy soy sauce and a pop of citrus from fresh lime. Add a side of grilled bok choy for one bold finish.
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Black Pepper, Coarse Ground
1 teaspoon McCormick® Ginger, Ground
1 teaspoon McCormick® Garlic, Minced
1 teaspoon McCormick® Sesame Seed
1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Red Pepper, Crushed
1 1/2 pounds salmon fillet
Mix all ingredients except salmon in small bowl. Reserve 3 tablespoons for brushing. Brush remaining marinade on top of salmon. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
Place salmon, skin-side down, on grill over medium heat. Cover. Grill about 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork, brushing with reserved marinade halfway through and during the last few minutes of cooking. To remove salmon, slide a long spatula between the skin and flesh of the cooked salmon, leaving the skin behind.
Outdoor Entertaining
LA Lifestyle
Customize your outdoor living experience for taste, mood & moment.

"The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life."
Marie Kondo
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Summer Entertaining Style
Brighten your outdoor living space with color & set the mood for summer to fun!

A modern white canvas adds an element of glamour and gives a cooling vibe on hot summer days.

Summer Hot Spot
Save energy and improve functionality with a new kitchen remodel. Summer is the perfect time to brighten the busiest room in your home. Start with an open accessable layout and end by adding fun decor accents.
Dare To Dream
The Lifestyle You Dream Of Living
Details in design is what brings the true beauty to a space. From choosing the right hardware or custom designing the right hardware for manufacturing, to lighting fixtures, appliances, artifacts, art and furniture.

A great design team can take your space and shape it to the lifestyle you dream of living.
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Artistica Relaunch
Editors Pick from High Point Market

The relaunch of Artistica Home has allowed the company to introduce entirely new design perspectives with fresh material sets, and to reimagine some of the most successful designs dressed in fresh looks and new finishes

“The relaunch also includes an extraordinary assortment of occasional and accent pieces,” Robert Yount, President of Artistica Home. “All reflect our passion for creating silhouettes whose designs are captivating, whose materials are eye-catching and unexpected, and whose hand-applied finishes speak for themselves.
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High Point Market
The must-see event in home furnishings. The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point, North Carolina, every six months. Serious retail home furnishings buyers, interior designers, architects, and others in the home furnishings industry can be found in High Point twice a year. For a list of designers in your area visit
Benefits of Landscape Lighting
Proper lighting around a home or business has been shown to reduce crime potential by up to 50%. By lighting dark shrubs and facades, you can eliminate hiding places and increase visibility for neighborhood watch and police patrols.

Dramatic, beautiful and breathtaking effects that increase curb appeal and add value to your home.

Accent lighting allows you to enjoy your yard even at night. An aura of elegance surrounds your property, while creating a soft and inviting ambiance to greet your guest at the door.

Special Occasion Landscape Lighting:
You can also customize specific zones depending on the occasion. An entrance mode illuminates the driveway and pathways for coming home at night, and an entertainment mode is perfect for total display. Creative modes can also be designed where lighting is installed close to the home, creating mosaic patterns on the walls as it shines through the landscaping. Just think of the possibilities!

Lighting by Artistic Illumination
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Key To Elegant Outdoor Living
Experience Archonomy Design Build

Archonomy is a blend of the words Architecture and Anatomy; because architecture shapes our human experiences on a daily basis. Our aim is always to diminish complexity to make life easier and better for people. Our responsibilty is to help preseve the earths resources while meeting the design demands.

Landscape Architecture imposes itself upon nature. Beautiful visionary design and our complex ecosystem need to combine naturally to create a true sense of space.
A detailed look at Ryan Hughes Design Transitional Signature Project

The Transitional project by Ryan Hughes Design Build illustrates a smooth transition from the beauty and style of interior spaces to comfortable and inviting outdoor living.

As one moves further into the covered outdoor space, calming waters and fire features welcome you for entertainment and enjoyment. From submerged lounging in the pool area to fireside deep seating, to a complete outdoor kitchen and conversation spot, each element is custom crafted to blend with the overall style of the home.

Transitional, geometric shaped swimming pool features tanning ledge with ledge loungers. Modern outdoor furniture, unique fire features, an oversized, wooden pergola with stone columns and glass tiles all create the perfectly styled backyard.

In pewter and blue, the all weather wicker with weather-resistant cushion deep seating by Patio Renaissance Catalina offers a welcome and soothing spot for relaxation within the modern outdoor living room.

An elegant, transitional style swimming pool and patio area with unique fire features is at the centerpiece of this outdoor living area. Stepping pads over glistening waters and glass tiles, are accented by the surrounding wooden trellis with stone columns. A lounge area on each side with modern outdoor furniture creates the ultimate in entertaining and relaxation.

The complete rear exterior was renovated with custom, precast door and window moldings, new wood ceilings and beams along with stone wainscoting. These unique enhancements allow for a convenient flow from indoor to outdoor spaces.

The sight and sound of waters flowing creates an added elegance the the outdoor space. Glass tile and copper spills are surrounded by cusom concrete ledge and pavers. Photography by Joe Trainan

Seating area with Patio Renaissance Catalina woven wicker outdoor furniture (driftwood weave color) surrounding glass tiled fire pit nestled in corner of tastefully landscaped modern lanai with travertine paver flooring.

Luxury outdoor kitchen. Patio Renaissance Barstools, Fire magic appliances, mosaic glass tiled backsplash and bar table, ledgestone bar with granite top and travertine decking.
Trends to Enhance Your Outdoor Living Space
No matter the season or the region, outdoor living is more popular than ever, as homeowners look to "bring the indoors out" and create spaces that are true extensions of the home. The newest designs in outdoor living spaces do not simply feature the look of the indoors, but the functionality as well.

"Advances in all-weather materials have made it possible for homeowners to enjoy more and more of their favorite activities outside," said Adam Zambanini, vice president of marketing for Trex Company "The movement toward 'outdoor rooms' has evolved into fully functional outdoor kitchens and entertainment centers that make it even more difficult to determine where the indoors end and the outdoors begin."

These simple tips can add interior function to your outdoor oasis:

Absolute Al Fresco
While grilling and al fresco dining are longtime hallmarks of backyard entertaining, outdoor kitchens are now finally living up to their name. From storing seat cushions to keeping drinks cold, today's outdoor kitchen accessories can make outdoor spaces look as put-together as the rest of the home.

Lights, Please
Lighting is another "bright" idea for adding versatility to the outdoors. Lighting systems that incorporate deck lighting and other exterior lighting work together to create ambiance that can be adjusted for any setting. By choosing which outdoor elements to highlight, it's easy to change the look of an outdoor living space without moving any furniture.

Connection Protection
The idea of enjoying a favorite show or movie outdoors has always been enticing, but not exactly practical. However, with advancements in both equipment and equipment storage, enjoying the big screen experience in the great outdoors has never been easier. Electronics manufacturers now offer televisions and entertainment equipment specifically designed for the outdoors, taking into consideration differences in lighting and outdoor acoustics. Meanwhile, storage options now include durable, wall-mounted television and entertainment centers that beautifully conceal and protect pricey electronics from the elements.

Material Matters
Just because people are spending more time on their decks doesn't mean they're willing to put in extra hours for maintenance. Wood alternatives, particularly wood-plastic composites, are especially popular due to their low-maintenance features.

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Modern Mediterranean
Modern Mediterranean Outdoor Space by Ryan Hughes Design
The bold use of color warms all social areas alongside glistening tile and decorative lighting in the Modern Mediterranean outdoor-scape. In the heart of coastal Florida, spa-like splendor is captured with tropical yet European features. All are balanced within this outdoor design from Ryan Hughes Design Build. Multiple levels of travertine tiles and decorative glass create multiple lounging and living spaces in the outdoors. Towering palms to gentle water sprays to crackling fires allow for exotic sights and sounds. Outdoor rooms for cooking, dining and entertaining extend from the home through engineered architectural arches and columns.
Cozy, modern outdoor living space with outdoor kitchen with granite bar, stunning glass tile, L-shaped sofa, fireplace, water feature, woven furniture, custom fabrics and ambient lighting. Modern Mediterranean outdoor environment with tropical landscape, stunning swimming pool with shimmering glass tiles and unique water features. Elevated seating area with sleek outdoor furniture with custom coordinating fabrics. Modern outdoor kitchen with granite bar featuring unique mosaic glass tiles, beadboard ceiling and custom furniture with jewel-toned fabrics.
Spectacular tropical backyard with free-form swimming pool, raised spa with water features, shimmering glass tiles, fire pit, travertine decking, dramatic led lighting, modern outdoor furniture and lush tropical landscape. Modern backyard living room with built in fireplace with water feature, woven outdoor sofa, bead board ceiling, travertine floor, stone columns surrounded by lush landscaping.
Cozy, modern outdoor space with fire pit, stunning glass tiles, outdoor kitchen, woven outdoor furniture, free-form pool with led lighting and travertine decking.
Overflow Pools
Florida luxury living manifested with this perimeter overflow pool by AAA Custom Pools, Inc.
Dare To Dream
Natural Light
Natural light is the fundamental element for your home studio. The many benefits of natural light include a better mood, cost efficiency and productivity. Brighten your space with sky lights, lighter curtains, mirrors & glass accessories.
Dare To Dream
Dare To Dream
Add functional, appealing features for a desirable home.
Turning your home into the living space of your dreams takes effort and commitment, but while the weather is warm and motivation is on your side, it's time to put your visions to the test. Whether you choose to start your renovation project on the inside or outside, for fun or for function, the important part is committing to getting it done and doing it right. That includes finding the right materials and products to suit your specific needs and style, whether it's for closet organization, a beautiful kitchen upgrade, adding features like skylights or anything in between. Your dreams and desires for your home are attainable and within your reach, so long as you're devoted and willing to put in the time.
Natural Light and Fresh Air from Above
You can brighten your space in an eco-friendly way with Energy Star-qualified, solar-powered fresh air skylights from Velux America, which provide natural light and ventilation to reduce energy costs. Adding solar-powered blinds can further increase energy efficiency. The skylights carry a 10-year, no-leak installation warranty and, along with the blinds, operate by remote control, closing automatically when it rains. Both products, along with installation costs, qualify for a 30 percent federal tax credit.
Versatile Home Storage
It's time to get organized. Turn any closet or area in your home into a designer-inspired storage showcase with ClosetMaid's SuiteSymphony line. This affordable, DIY system is available in multiple finishes and styles, and offers accessories such as doors, drawers, shoe shelves and expandable hang rods for total customization.
Functional Furniture
Ideal for enjoying a serene cup of coffee or welcoming guests for some outdoor fun, you can liven up your backyard space with a patio furniture set to help both aesthetically and functionally. The right set for your deck, patio or yard can lend a pleasing element to the eye and a comfortable spot to sit and eat, drink or rest after a friendly game of whiffle ball. Available in myriad colors and combinations, look for patio furniture that matches your style and personal preferences.
Backyard Getaway
Find a comfortable temperature and enter your most relaxed state at any time with your own backyard hot tub. The gateway to a restful opportunity, a hot tub gives you a chance to close your eyes and unwind whether it's the end of a long day or starting out your Saturday morning. With varying options like in-ground or above and a multitude of sizes, plus the ability to tune individual jets to your liking, a backyard hot tub can be the perfect personal oasis.
A Finishing Touch
Bring everything together in a kitchen or bathroom with the subtle feature that can sometimes be forgotten – the faucet. Extravagant or simple, modern or classic, the faucet can serve multiple aesthetic purposes like catching attention upon entering the room or simply complementing the design elements around it. Adding the final touch with the right faucet can be a beautiful way to wrap up a room.
Photo Courtesy of Velux Skylights
LED Conversion
Halogen lamps are a thing of the past and costly. Convert your Halogen system to an LED system that can last up to 15 years saving you thousands of dollars in energy costs and lighting maintenance.
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Backyard Retreat
Expert, award-winning pool builder, Ryan Hughes Design/Build has created an outstanding backyard retreat perfect for entertaining. Several cozy lounge areas surround the geometric shaped pool including an oversized, square fire pit area with bench seating, a wooden pergola supported by stone columns encloses a comfortable outdoor sectional with custom fabrics and a glass tiled fire table. The patio dining area is complete with an outdoor kitchen and overhead television within view of the in-pool loungers and adjacent seating areas. Night is the perfect time to enjoy the cozy atmosphere with the use of multiple textures; regal wooden pergola, stone columns, drapery accents, tropical foliage and the most exquisite of elements. Modern pool with raised spa and sun shelf with ledge loungers is perfect for sunbathing or nighttime tv viewing. The infinity edge of the pool displays a wall of shimmering blue glass tiles. This wall creates the unending illusion from the house vantage point. The shallow overflow pool with built-in ground lighting illuminates the edge, transforming this design into a shimmering yet tranquil waterfall art.
Personal Color Story
The secret to a more vibrant, energetic, and happier life can be as simple as a strategic pop of color. In her fifth book, Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color, Moll Anderson reveals how readers can transform their lives for the better by revamping their surroundings.

"Life is full of color, and color holds so much power in our lives that most people don't realize," says Moll Anderson. "Color is so much more than meets the eye. It goes beyond something purely visual as it is a full-on sensory process that serves as an amazing source of energy that affects our mood, feelings, and even our behaviors."

"With this new book, I want to inspire and help others get in touch with their true inner selves to unlock their own personal color story," adds Anderson. "By looking through past moments and memories – whether positive or negative – this book will teach you how to find your truth and how taking a journey with color can transform and makeover your life."
Florida Pool Designer
AAA Custom Pools Launches New Website
AAA Custom Pools just launched a new website and social media accounts featuring their breathtaking outdoor living projects. #floridapooldesinger
Cup of Coffee in a New Way
Artistic Illumination
Beautiful Illumination of this Victorian House in Clovis California by Artistic Illumination #outdoorlandscapelighting
Outdoor Dining
Outdoor Dining Inspiration
Mirroring the stainless look of the well-appointed outdoor kitchen, a contemporary aluminum and glass dining set within an outdoor pavilion delivers casual dining in style. A Ryan Hughes Design. Photography by Joe Traina

Trade Events
MIFF 2017 Gamma Wood (pictured), continues to churn creative designs to attract buyers and has embarked on high technology automation to ensure consistent high quality and to meet increasing orders.
Art & Design
deiNERI stand'ART: An Innovative Way to Bring Visual Art to Outdoor Decors With its high-quality modular unit combined to a stunning artwork, this new product perfectly blends art and design. It offers new design possibilities and practical solutions to challenges of privacy, separating spaces, and managing flow, while contributing to the aesthetics and emotional expression of any space.
Outdoor Theater
Trend Report
According to members of the Jenn-Air Design Advisory Council, some of the latest kitchen design trends include functional items like kitchen islands designed to look more like furniture pieces and open shelving for displaying favorite items.
Cup of Coffee in a New Way
Star Illuminations
Illuminator to the Stars, Artistic Illumination, Hollywood Hills gallery. #hollywood #hollywoodhills #hollywoodlandscapelighting