I’m Ashleigh Lynn, your gal Friday for all things outdoor living. I’m passionate about the outdoors and all of the great adventures that you and your family can have together out there. I compile, write and share everything that you’ll see on “Ashleigh’s View,” my own little mini-blog on this site. Here you’ll find photos, inspiration, what I’m up to, and what I’m obsessed with at the moment. I love bringing you the latest recipes, activities and tips, so subscribe to my RSS feed. You can connect with all of my social profiles here as well. I’m a dog lover and I’m equally passionate about my day job as an elementary physical education teacher. I’m honored to be able to promote OpenBrook’s mission to change the world through charitable giving with each sale. As the lead Lifestyle and Entertaining Expert at OpenBrook, I like to think I’m in the know—for all things patio!
OpenBrook Is Committed To Making A Difference Through Charitable Giving
With OpenBrook being a brand committed to trying to make the world a better place, there was no way that we wouldn’t set up some sort of charitable system, but what we’ve done with Plant a Tree, Feed a Child, we’ve really raised the bar on what giving truly means as an organization.
Any purchase made on OpenBrook.com will translate into a tree being planted and a hungry child being fed. Our goal has been, and always will be to make a difference, and that’s what we’ve done here. Though we obviously want to be known for our high-quality patio furniture and environmentally safe materials – we’d also like to be remembered as the company who cares.
How it works is quite simple. After you’ve made your purchase, we donate $25 to Love Without Boundaries, which is enough to feed a child a nutritionally-balanced school meal for two weeks. As for the tree, we donate to Plant-It 2020, who puts 85% of that donation towards the planting and caring of the trees which are planted on public land, where it won’t be cut down.
OpenBrook, Plant-It 2020 & Love Without Boundaries – Together For Good
None of this would have been possible without the support of Plant-It 2020 and Love Without Boundaries. Both of these wonderful organizations have been extremely supportive of our mission and vision.
Plant-It 2020 is a non-profit organization that plants indigenous trees properly, which are then maintained and nurtured. They plant the tree where you prefer, in the US and abroad, and plant it in a location where it won’t be logged in the future. They choose trees with the best survival rates for the area. Plant-It 2020 also coordinates city tree-planting events throughout the US to encourage activity and awareness. They also provide environmentally safe cooking stoves to needy families, as well as providing forestry, soil and biochar education to people around the world. To give directly to Plant-It 2020, visit their Contribute Page here. http://plantit2020.org/contribute.html
Love Without Boundaries is a charitable foundation that assists thousands of children in China through foster care, nutrition, education, orphanage and medical assistance programs. Their mission is to improve the lives of impoverished and orphaned children by providing healing and hope.
There are many children in China with special needs that are abandoned to orphanages, with the way it works, these children are not allowed to attend public schools. Instead they are educated through the orphanages, and through LWB’s “Believe in Me” School programs. Often these children have trouble concentrating and learning because they are so malnourished. To make your own contribution visit Love without Boundaries here.https://www.lovewithoutboundaries.com/donate
It doesn’t matter whether you make millions of dollars or minimum wage — we can all make a difference for good — together. If you would like to learn more about OpenBrook’s Open Earth Commitment or Plant a Tree, Feed a Child, please visit the respective links.
OpenBrook, A Luxury Outdoor Furniture Brand Is Officially Open For Business
It is with great excitement that I can finally announce that OpenBrook, a luxury outdoor furniture brand is officially open for business. What we’re doing here at OpenBrook is exciting. Not only are we offering high-end patio furniture to the masses, but also making charitable contributions with each purchase made through our Open Earth Commitment.
OpenBrook And Their Mission
If you haven’t heard yet, we’re committed to planting a tree and feeding a hungry child every time a customer buys anything from our website. With offerings ranging from single pieces of patio furniture, to full-on luxurious patio sets, OpenBrook has you covered for all your outdoor seating needs.
The available furniture sets are all modular, giving you the flexibility to really make your new outdoor space entirely your own, while every piece we sell is made from high-quality resin wicker, which can resist the harsh cold and blistering heat, and will not rust or breakdown like regular wicker, while also being made from partially recycled materials. Right now we only offer the sets in two different colors, Sand and Charcoal, but to make sure that there is diversity, we also offer our Sunbrella cushions in Red, Blue, and Natural color options. We chose Sunbrella cushions because they were the perfect complement to the Resin Wicker we’re using for the furniture. Not only will the Sunbrella material retain its color – it will also survive the harshness of the seasons. The Sunbrella fabric is great on its own, but when coupled with the Urecel Quick Dry foam, you have a match made in heaven. Urecel Quick Dry foam is fire retardant, coated to prevent smells, mold, and fungus, while also drying 100% faster than standard foam. With quality furniture that rivals anything offered by big-name brands, OpenBrook saves you money by cutting out the middle man. You buy directly from us, we make a donation, and you save money!
Why Choose OpenBrook?
Having great furniture and competitive prices are great, but if you don’t have something that makes you stand out from the competition, it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. This is why OpenBrook is proud to announce that we will be utilizing carbon neutral shipping for all goods purchased from us. Our goal has always been to help preserve our wonderful planet in any way we can, and this is just a small step in that long journey.
OpenBrook, making the world a happier place, one piece of luxurious furniture at a time!
Storing Your Outdoor Furniture During The Cold Winter Season
Storing Your Outdoor Furniture During The Cold Winter Season
For those of you who have been too busy preparing for the holidays to notice… Summer is long past, fall is coming to an end, and the wonderful season of winter is quickly surrounding us! Cold weather natives all know that the times of fair-weathered outdoor entertaining are over, and parties are being moved to more comfortable indoor settings. If you haven’t done so already, you should definitely be thinking of how to store your outdoor furniture products for the winter months ahead. It might sound like more of a hassle than an aid, but properly cleaning, protecting, and storing your outdoor furnishings will be a vital step in prolonging its lifespan causing you less strain and stress in the future. Below Openbrook.com has listed a few simple tips to assist you through this fun-filled task (hence the sarcasm).
Step 1 - The first step in the process is cleaning the items. There are multiple routes you can go with this, but it is really the type of surface the furniture is made from that designates the cleaning supplies needed as well as the effort level that will be required of you. Here are some examples.
Fabric - Most outdoor furniture pieces have some kind of fabric (upholstered) seat covering. The best way to ensure your fabric is clean is to thoroughly vacuum the surface removing any stray particles, hair, dust, etc., remove any stains using a non-bleach stain remover and a toothbrush, carefully wash with a mixture of warm water and mild detergent, and ensure each fabric item is thoroughly dried (using air dry).
Plastic and/or Glass – For these most simple surfaces to clean, all you really need is a damp rag and some warm, soapy water. Wipe away the dirt, rinse, and dry. Glass cleaner may be used for glass surfaces. For any scuff marks, use a baking soda and water mixture and scrub the affected area with a toothbrush prior to the cleaning process.
Wood - For all wood and real wicker surfaces, the easiest method of cleaning them is to use a power-washer (on a low setting). If additional cleansing is need, use a rag to wipe the surfaces with a reasonable amount of mild soapy water. Repeat the rinse cycle. Again, allowing thorough dry time is essential so mold and mildew do not begin to produce.
Metal – Before you begin cleaning your metal furniture surfaces, you must ensure that no rust buildup has occurred. If you see rust, here are three removal solutions:
- Vinegar : Pour onto the rusted surface, let sit for at least thirty minutes, wipe away rust with a damp rag, rinse and dry the area.
- Baking Soda & Water Paste : Spread a plentiful amount of paste onto the rusted surface, let sit for at least thirty minutes, wipe away rust with a damp rag, rinse and dry the area.
- Steel Wool or Sandpaper : To remove rust stains with steel wool or sandpaper, simply scrub the affected area in a circular (wax on, wax off) motion. This might take a few tries. Wipe clean the remaining particles with a rag.
Step 2 – The next step in the process is protecting your furniture. Once everything is clean and dry, you will want to apply a clear sealant coat to preserve the items from potential wear/tear from the elements (rain, snow, wind, humidity) and from any little critters (insects and small animals). Most local hardware stores carry a sealant spray coating for any type of surface (metal, wood, plastic, glass, etc.) Speak with a sales associate to find the best protectant for whichever surface you’re looking to cover. After application, ensure you leave plenty of dry time before storing the items. The only exceptions to this step are your fabric or upholstered pieces. After being cleaned and dried, those can simply be stored indoors.
Step 3 – The final step in storing your outdoor furniture is…actually STORING it. If you have access to an indoor storage facility such as a large covered porch area, a small shed, an outbuilding, a pay per month storage facility, I would highly suggest using that area to salvage your furnishings from the potentially harsh weather conditions. You can recruit family members, neighbors, or even an inexpensive moving company to carefully transport the items. It’s as easy as that! However, if you do not have access to an indoor storage facility, it is vital that you invest in some type of water-proof covering to place over the top of the furniture. Your local hardware or furniture store should have a few choices if you are interested in purchasing a cover set. An alternate, less expensive route would be to use a large tarp-like cover (something you might have at the house) to secure over the furniture.
*For furniture sets that are marketed to last outdoors, we still suggest taking these same steps listed above to prolong the lifespan of your furnishings. If you have the materials and the time, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
To conclude, if you take the time to adequately clean, protect, and store your treasured outdoor furnishings, your mind (and your wallet) will be at ease later on down the road. If you lack the time and/or the resources to go through the entire storage process, really any combination of the steps listed above will help.