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  • Beth Harris Interiors - Relish New Orleans

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    This beautiful home located in New Orleans in the French Quarter underwent a transformation with the help of Beth Harris Interiors from Relish New Orleans

    Beth Harris Interiors

    The project consisted of furnishing all three stories and the guest home as well as the repairing the flagstone courtyard, new site furniture, and planters with urns.  Over all the project took four months to complete and the home was never lived in by the owner.  

     

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  • Relish New Orleans-Beth Harris Relish New Orleans

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    Old Metairie's Favorite Store- Relish New Orleans 

    Relish New Orleans Home Deocr

    When traveling along Metairie road in the Old Metairie area, you will find a retail shop called Relish New Orleans.  Relish is located at 600 Metairie road and everyone knows about those rail road tracks.  Relish is located in a modern strip that has four other businesses.  

    Barre3 

    I-land Pedi Spa

    City Greens 

    Pelican Coast

    Relish New Orleans, or Relish as many call it offers a personally curated collection of clothing, home decor, bedding, gifts, and accessories.  Customers can shop online or visit their retail location.  

    Relish New Orleans Top Brands  

    Bella Notte Linens 

    YAYA Woman 

    Wacoal 

    CP Shades

    Relish New Orleans Orchids

     Relish New Orleans is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.  Learn more about the retail store here. 

     

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  • Primo's Patented Oval Design

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    Oval Beats Round Every Time

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    Primo's Patented Oval Design

    The unique patented oval shape delivers the highest cooking flexibility and efficiency of any other ceramic grill. It creates two different and distinct cooking zones. If you've ever tried to grill a steak and vegetables at the same time it's likely that the steak came out fine, but the vegetables came out too charred. Or you had to roast the vegetable first, then keep them warm while you grill the steaks. We ran into the same problem. Now you know why we developed the Primo Oval.

    Primo's Oval Design gives you more control when cooking foods that require different temperatures and locations to the natural lump charcoal. Commonly referred to as "two-zone" cooking, it's the ability to simultaneously cook with direct and indirect heat. It's similar to turning off half the burners on a gas grill, but Primo offers all the flavor of a natural wood fire!

    Grill thick sizzling bone-in ribeyes while roasting farm fresh corn on the cob on the other side. Round ceramic grills may promise, but can't deliver the extremely efficient cooking abilities of a Primo Oval.

    Primo's Multiple Cooking Methods

    Grill mouthwatering juicy cheeseburgers, bake authentic wood-fired pizza, roast a turkey, or smoke a beef brisket to tender perfection. Virtually any food and recipe can be cooked on a Primo Oval Grill.

    A Primo Grill allows you to grill, bake, roast, smoke, sear, braise, sauté, barbecue, carmelize, flambé, broil, fricassee, pan-fry, baste, parboil, boil, poach, scallop, simmer, stew, stir-fry, and more.

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    Grilling

    (Direct Cooking)
    One-Zone

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    Grilling & Roasting

    (Direct & Indirect Cooking)
    Two-Zone

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    Baking, Roasting & Smoking

    (Indirect Cooking)
    One-Zone

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  • Choosing The Perfect DoorMats For Your Home

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    Laying personalized doormats outsides a homes entrance serves as a friendly and decorative welcome to visitors. Personalized doormats send a warm and cordial message to visitors besides serving a functional purpose of trapping debris, dirt, and moisture. In effect, they keep these substances away from indoors floor or carpet. Therefore, having a doormat at every entry of the house or home is a better way to cut down on vacuuming and sweeping.

    Personalized Coir Doormat with Monogram

    With different designs and colors, shopping for a doormat can be a little confusing for buyers, and you might even end up lacking the doormat of your choice. That’s why it’s best to opt for a personalized doormat as it will fulfill all your needs regarding materials, size, shape, color, pattern and other considerations. Here is what you need to know before buying personalized doormats:

    WHY SHOULD YOU HAVE DOORMATS?

    Whoever coined the phrase "being treated like a doormat" didn’t know the usefulness of the front doormat. Doormats are incredibly useful for the following reasons;

    1. Trapping dirt and moisture- Doormats helps to clean up nearly 85% of the moisture and dirt that enters a home or building. This saves you the cost of having to sweep, mop or vacuum. The scrapping surface of the mat traps the dirt making your cleaning work easy.

    2. Improves indoor air quality- all the debris and dirt that makes its way to the indoor floor and consequently end up polluting the air inside the house. Though allergens like mold spore and pollen might not be visible to the naked eye, they are certainly on the soles of the shoes considering all the areas we travel on foot. As aforementioned, doormats reduce contaminants, moisture, and dirt that hop aboard the soles of the shoes for free board and room in your home. The mat traps pollutants leaving the air in the room fresh and clean.

    3. They reduce the possibility of falling- chances of falling or slipping increases greatly when either the shoes or floor is wet. Moisture reduces the gripping ability of the shoe leaving you vulnerable to slipping. Wiping your shoes on entrance mat reduces the possibility of slipping as moisture will be collected by the mat.

    So, don’t underestimate the importance of a mat. It’s a very crucial component in the house. Choose mats that can scrap and those that are durable. You can get durable ones on Life on Plum. In fact, it’s good to personalize yours so that it appears unique and takes up the design you prefers.

    TYPES OF PERSONALIZED DOOR MATS

    1. Scraper Mats

    These are placed at the entrance of the home and act as the first line of defense to keep moisture and dirt from getting indoors. It's an outdoor mat. They are quite abrasive and have edges that rub against the soles of the shoes. The mats can be designed to hide dirt inside so that they appear cleaner for longer periods. You can customize yours to have a welcome message or your name written on it.

    2. Interior Mats

    These are in the second line of defense and supplement the scraper mats. Interior mats should be placed at the house entrance to catch dirt, water, and dirt particles. Make sure that these mats don’t have a slipping backing such as rubber as that can cause slipping. You can also put it in the ideal place by using non-slip tape. Many interior mats have scraper qualities but aren’t as rough as their scraper mats. Interior mats can also be personalized to have a unique design and color that matches the interior.

    3. Indoor/Outdoor Mats

    These can be personalized as well. However, they should have good absorption and scraping abilities. Even if you get a mat that can work as both indoor and outdoor mat, it’s still important to place two mats before entering the house.

    4. Decorative Mats

    These mats tend to be attractive and are not necessary designed to catch dirt or dust. Check the mat’s material and absorbency to make sure that it’s durable enough. Here at Life on Plum, we offer that service. We personalize them for you so that your mat will look exactly the way you wanted it to be.

    FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A DOORMAT

    1. Purpose

    Decide where the mat is going to be placed. If you intend to use it to absorb dirt and moisture, the mat needs to have good scraping ability. If it's going to be an indoor mat, make sure it has a non-slippery base.

    2. Size Matters

    Choose a mat with an ideal size for the available space. If the mat is too small, people will walk straight without wiping both feet; one foot will step on the mat while the other one will be landing on the other side of the mat. A large mat inside the house is perfect for people who need a gentle reminder that they’re supposed to remove their shoes. By placing shoes alongside the mat will send the message to them clearly.

    You can place the mat in a portrait manner rather than landscape position to ensure that both feet come into contact with the mat. Ideally, a door mat should take about 80% of the doorway width.

    3. Its Thickness

    Some doormats might be too thick, which can keep the door from closing. They can also create uneven floor leading to unintended falls and slips for people who are not paying attention.

    4. Consider Customized Mats

    You can order your fully customized mat that has a message or company logo written nicely on them. They will offer low-cost advertising solution. They will be effective in getting your message or brand recognized by the public. You don’t need to pay a fortune to have several personalized mats made as here at Life on Plum will do that at cost effective way. Customized mats also raise your brand awareness, and customers will easily recall a logo that was emblazoned on the doormat.

    5. Beware of Fading

    Outdoor mats might need to be replaced more frequently as the sun makes them fade. Similarly, mats placed on carpeted or hardwood flooring can create uneven fades. Therefore, make sure to alter the locations after some time.

    When buying any doormat, make sure you know the purpose you intend to fulfill, and the message you might need to pass through.

    WHERE TO BUY PERSONALIZED DOORMATS?

    Doormats range from designer to designer and can be found on several online sites. Life on Plum has been a reliable site where one can get customized and personalized mat. Order yours today.

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  • A Comprehensive Guide To Buying Garden Benches

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    A garden bench can transform your yard or garden into a place to linger and sit for hours. It allows people to relax on the weekend or after work, stargazing, reading, or simply admiring the serene environment and surrounding plants and flowers. Garden benches can be decorative if arranged in a way that complements the range of garden plants; from modern to picturesque. There are many considerations to make when purchasing a garden bench to ensure that you purchase a bench that suits your garden style and preferences.



    Here is an all-inclusive and comprehensive garden bench buyers guide to help one make an informed and enlightened purchase decision.

    WHAT ARE THE FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING GARDEN BENCHES?

    1. Space Available

    The amount of space available in your garden dictates the size and type of furniture to buy. Do you have large garden size with acres of space or just a balcony? Whatever size of the garden you have, we (Life on Plum) have options that suit your needs. However, before making the purchase decision, make sure to have the exact measurements so that you don't end up buying something that will not fit in your garden space.

    2. Purpose

    What purpose will you be using the garden benches for and who’ll be using the furniture? Is it meant to accommodate your friends and family or will you be relaxing by yourself? By having a general understanding of how you will be enjoying your garden living, you'll get a wider scope of the number of seats needed and the style they should take.

    3. Nature Of Access

    How you’ll be setting your garden furniture is another important consideration that you ought to make. For example choosing non-foldable or heavy option might not be an ideal option for spaces that are in the interior areas of the garden as they might be difficult to carry because they might not fit in the pathways.

    4. Storage

    Don’t forget to consider where the furniture will be stored when not in use. Do you have ample space to keep it outside when not in use or will you have to move it out of the way when they aren’t in use? Certain materials like hardwood can withstand all-weather conditions and therefore you should consider that as well.

    If you have to move the benches around, then smaller, lightweight benches can easily be moved and stored in a garage or shed.

    5. Maintenance Needed

    Consider the amount of effort you’re willing to invest in caring for your garden benches. Certain materials call for more work than others. Are you able to apply paint or protective treatment every year? Or are you looking for furniture that is less demanding? This is a crucial consideration as you want to enjoy your garden benches for years to come.

    6. Price

    We all have our budgets for anything we prepare to purchase. Usually, better and durable quality is more expensive as they have been made by top-quality material that guarantees durability. There is a wide variety of options at different prices.

    7. Comfort

    For many, this is an essential consideration. Benches that are high enough and wide enough; high slapped backed and shaped benches can provide ideal comfort for relaxation. You can combine them with tables of the ideal height.

    BENCH DESIGNS

    Garden benches come in a wide variety of options to bring beauty and comfort to any yard and garden setting. Some common design options include benches with arms and backs and flat benches. Some benches are loaded with features designed for added comfort, including high backs, contouring, and rollover edges. Other benches focus on decorative elements, from romantic to minimalistic. Here are some common bench styles;

    1. Planters Benches

    These benches bring your garden to the bench with planters at both ends. This adds color and softness to the bench, making it striking and inviting.

    2. Garden Bench Arbors

    These benches feature a roof and sides and are usually latticed to enable climbing flowers and plants grow over the top. Tucked-away and shady, arbors are an ideal and cozy place to relax in your garden.

    3. Tree Benches

    Tree benches have a semicircular or circular shape and wrap around the base of a tree trunk, creating a round seating area that is shady. For those who fancy benches and sitting in a shady location, these impressive benches can make an excellent option for you.

    WHERE IS THE BEST LOCATION TO PLACE YOUR BENCH?

    The best spot for your bench is as a chosen having considered several things including the view you want while relaxing on your bench and how the bench will look when it’s placed in that spot. Many people prefer to have their benches placed at the end of the garden, facing back towards their house to give them an enjoyable and full view of the entire garden. This position prevents the bench from looking out of place.

    TIPS TO MATCHING GARDEN BENCHES TO YOUR GARDEN

    Matching a garden bench to a yard takes a little vision and planning. Space, weather condition, garden plan and intended use should all be considered.

    1. Color

    The color of your garden bench can be selected to match or contrast the colors of the surrounding outdoor furniture or the garden. Garden that has a lot of light colors might be best complemented by dark, pale wooden benches. Conversely, gardens with dark-colored furniture can be complemented by dark-stained wooden or cast-iron bench.

    2. Garden Bench Size

    After identifying the best spot for your garden bench, be sure to consider the measurements of the location. Make sure to include the projected growth of nearby trees and plants in the maximum height of their growth.

    3. Convenience And Coziness

    If the bench is intended primarily for occasional use and decorative purposes, the appearance should be paramount in the selection process. If, however, the bench is for regular use, then comfort and convenience should take precedent during the selection process.

    For added comfort, you can use cushions. However, they must not be pinned permanently as they are affected easily by adverse weather and also require occasional replacement and washing.

    Conveniences with a storage area of side-trays for refreshment might also be considered.

    4. Weather conditions

    Weather may dictate the material one chooses and therefore, its best to choose materials that can withstand temperature extremes. Some materials like wood are poor thermal conductors and are slower to heat up or cool down. Therefore, wooden benches make an ideal choice than aluminum and iron for extreme temperature.

    GARDEN BENCHES MATERIAL

    Garden benches are available in a variety of materials, from durable solid wood to purse-friendly plastic. Each has its unique benefits and cons.

    1. Wooden Garden Benches

    They bring a timeless and natural loom to your garden and complement your garden environment.

    The best thing with wooden benches is that they are comfortable, long-lasting, and introduce a traditional look that blends well into the garden. They don’t get as hot in the sunny days as other garden materials.

    Some of the most common softwood materials used includes:

    Cedar- This has red or white color and weathers well. It is insect resistant and is one of the most popular materials for making wooden benches. Benches made from cedar can last for close to two decades if treated as recommended.

    Redwood- It is reddish brown and experiences minimal shrinking and warping. They are durable and can last for longer if treated and refined well. They are resistant to insects and decay.

    Pine- Benches made from pine are less durable than those made from cedar and redwood. It needs sealers to give it a fine finishing. You can paint them to achieve your preferred color.

    Wooden benches are also made to endure all weather conditions, are stable in windy conditions and are easy to clean with water and simple soap.

    However, you’ll have to treat them regularly to keep them in good conditions especially if you leave them outside all the year long.

    2. Hardwood

    Garden benches made of hardwood are made from eucalyptus or acacia. Hardwoods have increased durability because of their high oil content. They require treatment at least once in a year to keep them in top conditions. Some of the hardwoods used for making garden benches include;

    Teak- this is a dense hardwood with fine grain. It’s known for its remarkable durability in adverse conditions. It’s dark-brown or golden and sometimes reddish. Benches made from Teak are extremely durable and virtually need no maintenance. Due to their massive demand, it has become expensive and a depleted natural resources. To avoid buying fake products, buy teak that is labeled “plantation grown”.

    Oak- This is a heavy and strong hardwood with a coarse texture, unique grain, and light color. It is not as durable as teak and calls for covering and sealing during adverse weather conditions.

    3. Cast Aluminum

    Garden benches made from cast aluminum are highly durable, lightweight and are resistant to corrosion and rust. It can be manipulated to take various decorative styles. They can last for an indefinite period. However, they need to be repainted every year.

    4. Cast Iron

    Garden benches made from cast iron are extremely heavy. They can be remolded into various decorative benches designs. They are extremely durable but are prone to rust. To prevent them from rusting, coat with rust-resistant powder to ensure maximum durability.

    5. Resin

    It’s made from recycled plastics. Benches made from resin are durable and lightweight. They can easily be contoured to be more comfortable. Benches made from the high-quality resin can last for an indefinite period and can withstand all weather conditions. They are easy to clean with water and soap.

    6. Concrete

    Garden benches made from concrete are extremely heavy and can be sculpted to introduce a classical accent to the garden. Most of the benches made from concrete are durable. Benches made from low-quality concrete might crack in extremely cold temperatures, and therefore, it’s advisable to check before purchase that it’s labeled “no maintenance required”.

    When choosing garden bench material, durability, appearance, and cost should be considered. It’s also advisable to choose a bench that will suit the local weather conditions.

    Sustainable Materials

    Those who want to buy environmental friendly materials should consider benches made from recycled aluminum, recycled plastic, or benches made from reclaimed wood or concrete. These are often comfortable, durable, and attractive.

    HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR GARDEN BENCHES

    Wooden Benches

    Wooden benches should be treated as soon as you purchase them to increase their lifespan. Hardwoods such as acacia and teak are rich in natural oils, which act as preventive elements against decaying due to water. However, if you want to preserve the color of hardwood benches and prevent them from fading, you should treat it with protective oil or stain.

    Softwoods including cedar and pine must be protected regularly from water which can split them and UV rays which can weather them.

    Use oil to nourish and preserve your wooden furniture if you want them to have a more natural finish. The oil needs to be applied twice a year. Stains give the benches an opaque finish and deeper color that changes the appearance of your benches. With stain, you don’t have to reapply more often like oil as they give your furniture a greater level of protection.

    Metal Aluminum Furniture

    Garden benches made from aluminum metal furniture don’t rust. Consider the powder-coated range as they are scratch-resistant and waterproof. When cleaning use soapy water and smooth clothing.

    Cast Iron

    Look for benches that are powder-coated to protect them against rust. However, if you have a bench with no powder-coating, treat with an anti-rust solution.

    Plastic Furniture

    If you have benches made from plastic, use a pressure washer or pressure hose to get rid of any stubborn dirt that might be on the furniture. A leaf blower will clear fallen debris easily. You can also wipe plastic garden furniture with dampened cloth.

    WHERE TO BUY DURABLE, STYLISH, AND CONTEMPORARY GARDEN BENCHES

    Once you know the kind of garden benches that fit your garden, you can browse our wide selection of garden benches on the Life on Plum site to see which bench suits your budget. Choose them from the comfort of your home so that you can make a considerate decision.

    THE BOTTOM LINE

    Garden benches add a decorative element to your garden as well enabling people to enjoy the garden spaces in tranquility and comfort. On Life on plum, you’ll get them in a wide range of designs and materials that suit your personal style and garden.

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