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The creating of a new Sunbrella collection. Greg Voorhis and Emily Cosgrove with Joe Ruggiero to create the new Joe Ruggiero Collection for 2013. Bold new looks for Joe.

Flowers from the garden. Simple arrangement with bright mix of flowers. No need to spend time arranging. Nature does it for you.

Color brings interest to any garden and designer, Joe Ruggiero uses Sunbrella, Trax/Persimmon in his own garden. “I like the pop of color. This Trax/Persimmon fabric looks the same as it did when I first installed it ten years ago. The California sun is brutal but Sunbrella can take the heat.” The furniture is all from The Joe Ruggiero Collection for Terra and is called Chelsea. Faux Bamboo design in a Rust finish.

Any day in Malibu, California is fun but even better if you take a great companion.  Here is our JR/Sunbrella Tote in the pattern Deville/Parfait. This colorful pattern goes anywhere and is totally easy care.

In our garden we have a dining terrace that we use for entertaining or summer lunches. It is there that I like to display some of the succulents we have in the garden. I like to create “tablescapes” to give this area interest and subtle color.

I like to create projects with my grand daughter. Here I used old magazine clippings and paper to create houses and dolls. So easy and fun with a child helping.

Some of the most beautiful gardens in America are located in Santa Barbara, California. This enclave of beautiful homes overlooking the Pacific Ocean was the vacationland to many American Industrialists and Movie Moguls and the gardens they created in the early 20’s were modeled after the glorious gardens of Europe.  Here are some historic photos of of their estate gardens.

I always like to share restaurants I visit as I travel. I especially like Fig & Olive in West Hollywood, a great experience. Located on Melrose Place among some of the top Decorator Showrooms, this is a romantic spot to have lunch or dinner. Besides the great food try the olive oil sampler

The look of a favorite sports coat. The pattern: Pebbles, part of the Joe Ruggiero menswear collection of upholstery fabrics for Sunbrella.

The look of men’s shirting fabric. The pattern: RAZZLE from Joe Ruggiero’s menswear upholstery fabric collection for Sunbrella.

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