In 2005, Rory and his wife Mary were fortunate enough to move to one of the most beautiful areas of the country, Amelia Island, which can only be described as “Paradise!” Located off the Northeast coast of Florida, Amelia Island is part of the Sea Islands which are a chain of tidal and barrier islands on the Atlantic coast of the United States.
Other than the obvious beauty of the island, Rory and Mary are surrounded by state parks, an abundance of wild life, gorgeous isolated beaches and experience near perfect weather year-round. Amelia Island holds stunning and breathtaking views that will make you want to leave all your worries behind.
Rory says, “We find it to be an outdoor paradise and love watching as pelicans, herons, egrets, and ospreys fly overhead, dolphins swim off the coast and turtles nest in the dunes. Life around us — on the beach, in the ocean, in the sea marsh — constantly reminds us how wonderful it is to live so close to nature. Our place is located in the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort… so we’re also surrounded by golf courses, tennis courts and many other resort amenities.” This makes sense why Rory wanted to create an outdoor area on the patio roof deck… to enjoy the fantastic views!
Rory had an idea to create his own patio deck oasis by designing a seating area that would be modular and easy to interchange. Using his appreciation of design, he constructed a unique hand-crafted set of chaise/ottoman outdoor furniture pieces, made from trex wood, a recycled plastic usually used as a wood alternative for decking and fencing. Rory chose this material for its weather-resistant qualities and longevity.
He used the trex wood to make the square furniture bases. He later realized that he would need to drill drainage holes beneath the bases to allow water to flow through, in the case of hard rain. However, he wanted outdoor cushions that were strong, long-lasting and comfortable.
He searched online for “custom patio cushions” and Cushion Source was at the top of the list. Rory said the site was easy and functional, but best of all, Cushion Source had tremendous options for creating the custom-made cushions he needed to finish his outdoor area.
His obvious choice was to select Sunbrella fabric. Sunbrella is known for its amazing resilience. Made of 100 percent solution dyed acrylic fiber, Sunbrella comes with a five-year warranty against fading in harsh sunlight, mold and mildewing, and is very easy to clean. Moreover, Sunbrella offers a variety of fabric choices, from stripes to patterns to solids which are pretty enough to use indoors and out. Sunbrella fabrics ensure your outdoor space isn’t compromised by the lack of choices and options.
Sunbrella Air Blue fabric was chosen for the lumbar pillows. The combination of white and blue really highlight and reflect the sun and sky. Rory said, “Our objective was to select a color that would accent the beauty around us, while also providing a clean and contemporary look.” Sunbrella Natural was great choice and the cushions really make a statement.
After Rory’s concept became reality, they have been looking forward to spending time with family and friends. As you can see, the view is just amazing!
Rory describes the outlook from his balcony, which has “unrestricted views of the Atlantic Ocean from the east to the west, gorgeous sunsets. We can watch dolphins and occasional whales to the east – coupled with dozens of bird species and nesting turtles. From the west, we look out over several miles of sea marsh – where we are able to watch the migration of the boats on the intra-coastal waterway. The view to the west also has sea oaks with Spanish moss. Being on the top floor, the pelicans fly in formation directly above. You can almost feel as though you can touch them as they catch the thermals.”
Rory’s designed these square ottomans to be moved around into different configurations. This is ideal for outdoor gatherings and dinner parties. You can interchange them into any position. Some may want to lounge, while others may want to sit and chat. Of course, it helps to have this patio space right off the kitchen, a perfect extension of the dining room.
Rory and Mary have it all: great weather, fantastic views and a perfect place to relax and enjoy it all. It doesn’t get any better than that!