Your Furry Friend will LOVE Our New ‘Life with Pets’ Collection

It’s safe to say our furry friends are more than just pets – they are family! That’s why we launched a high-quality, sustainable pet collection so you can spoil your pets, Country Living style.

Our carefully curated selection of premium pet products is perfectly crafted for your beloved cats and dogs with ethically sourced ingredients and eco-friendly materials. The Country Living Life with Pets Collection includes the cutest toys, treats, feeders, leads, and walking accessories to put a smile on your pup’s face. And we know you love your well-decorated home, so why not bring that energy to your pet’s home products as well with country chic, colorful pet beds, blankets, food containers, and more.

If your playful, snuggly pets are anything like ours, we know you may have a few stuffing-robbed toys and worn-in (and let’s be honest, maybe even a little stinky) dog beds. It may be time for a refresh on your pet products! So, check out the collection and snuggle up with your pet on the porch with a natural chew, play a game of tug-of-war, or go for a walk in true country fashion.

13 Ideas to Transform Your Outdoor Space with The Trex® Outdoor Kitchens Collection

A celebration of outdoor culinary artistry, this photo gallery features some of our favorite projects featuring Trex® Outdoor Kitchens. Here, we invite you to immerse yourself in a world where design meets functionality, highlighting exceptional projects crafted by renowned designer Bobby Berk and the HGTV® Smart Home in 2023 and 2021. From chic modern aesthetics to timeless elegance, each kitchen exemplifies outdoor living, offering inspiration aplenty for transforming your outdoor space into a culinary haven. Join us on this journey as we explore these remarkable creations, redefining the essence of outdoor entertainment.

Country Living Magazine and JoJo Modern Pets Launch the All-New “Country Living Life with Pets” Line

(2/26/2024)—Hearst Magazines, in a brand licensing deal with JoJo Modern Pets, announces the debut of the “Country Living Life with Pets” collection. This venture perfectly aligns with the ever-evolving needs of today’s conscientious pet owners, reflecting Country Living’s signature aesthetic, while also emphasizing quality and sustainability. This partnership was brokered by Brand Capital Marketing, Country Living’s exclusive global licensing representative.

“For most of us, the two most important things are our pets and home,” says Savina Singh, founder of JoJo Modern Pets. “When I started our pet supply company out of my apartment over a decade ago, I was shocked how ugly all the items were for the pet industry. Our mission at JoJo Modern Pets is to make beautiful, innovative, and unique items for your pet and home. This partnership with Country Living allows us to stay true to our mission and expand our audience, as Country Living shares our values and similarities with the communities we reach.”

JoJo Modern Pets has been making pet supplies for the modern pet parent since 2012. The “Country Living Life with Pets” collection will include eco-friendly toys, treats, feeders, leads, and walking accessories. An expansion of the line will have pet beds, blankets, food containers, and more. These items will be exclusively distributed through AmericanPetSupplies.com and available on other direct to consumer channels like Macys.com, Target.com, Walmart.com, and Amazon.com.

“The modern pet parent is using social media more and more to not only learn how to be a better pet parent, but also to learn where to get the necessary supplies to care for their pets,” says Danielle LaVeau, Managing Director of American Pet Supplies. Danielle and a community of content creators will be making fun videos and downloadable booklets with ideas for treats, DIY crafts, and activities to increase the bond between pets and pet parents. “Over the years, we’ve made so many great friends in the industry, including Hilary and Patti from Hound Hugger DIY. Like so many pet parents, they are huge fans of Country Living and love the cozy and comfortable aesthetic of the brand.” To celebrate the launch of “Country Living Life with Pets,” they collaborated on a free booklet filled with quick-and-easy dog treat recipes that readers can make at home. Many of the recipes work perfectly with the treat trays included in the “Country Living Life with Pets” collection.

Stay up to date on the “Country Living Life with Pets” collection with Danielle, Hilary and Patti, and Country Living on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok @americanpetsupplies, @houndhuggerdiy, and @countrylivingmag. For more information about the line, please reach out to savina@jojomodernpets.com or call us at 1-855-226-5656.

For more than 40 years, Country Living has been a field guide to the good life, showcasing ideas and inspiration for laid-back living, regardless of geography, in the categories of home design, food, entertaining, family, gardening, and pets. Country Living is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst, a leading global, diversified media, information, and services company. Hearst Magazines, the world’s largest lifestyle publisher, has a portfolio of more than 25 powerful brands in the U.S. that inspire and entertain audiences across all media platforms. Hearst Magazines’ print and digital assets reach 150 million readers and site visitors each month—57% of all millennials and 53% of all Gen Z adults over the age of 18 (Source: comScore/Simmons Multi-platform fusion 5-23/S23). The company publishes more than 200 magazine editions and 175 websites around the world.
Country Living’s editorial offices are located in Birmingham, Alabama. Follow Country Living on TwitterFacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

12 Must-See Pergola Ideas to Transform Your Outdoor Space

Welcome to our captivating photo gallery showcasing a stunning array of pergolas from Trex, where every image tells a story of outdoor elegance and innovation. Step into a world of architectural marvels, including standout projects crafted by renowned designer Bobby Berk, as well as featured installations at the prestigious HGTV® Dream Home in 2018 and 2023, and the HGTV® Smart Home in 2021 and 2022. From sleek modern designs to timeless classics, each pergola exudes charm and sophistication, inspiring you to transform your own outdoor space into a haven of style and tranquility. Explore these breathtaking creations and embark on a journey of imagination and design excellence.

Bobby Berk Transformed a “Hideous” Backyard Fountain Into a Chic Oasis

When Bobby Berk first laid eyes on the backyard of his Los Angeles design firm’s HQ, two words sprang to mind: sad and boring. Massive concrete slabs dominated the limited square footage, hemmed in by a drab retaining wall. The existing plantings and small patch of grass felt random and purposeless.

“There was this beautiful—by which I mean hideous—fountain that looked like it was from Versailles or something,” says Berk, “and the hillside was just completely underutilized.” Cut to the finished project—a luxe outdoor oasis that now functions on multiple levels, literally, but more on that in a sec: It’s ideal for business meetings, team brainstorms, and off-duty gatherings around the gigantic marble table. “It may be the ‘office house,’ but this is the house that I have all my friends over to for dinner parties,” the designer adds. Here’s how he created versatile digs equally suited for work and play.

The original patio footprint featured a mix of red clay tile, brick, and grass. He swapped it all for gravel and large inset pavers. “This may be controversial, but I’m not a fan of turf between the pavers. My Virgo ass walks in and all I can see are the squares,” Berk says with a laugh. “I like using gravel that’s almost the same color because it adds texture and pattern without that pattern becoming all you can see.” The brick retaining wall got a glow-up in the form of brushed concrete that echoes the underfoot palette, while a monochrome mosaic added visual interest and defined the dining zone from the kitchen.

From there, Berk worked his way up to previously untapped parts of the yard. New steps lead to a Trex pergola and seating area that peers toward the area’s iconic Wisdom Tree Hike path, while a firepit spot at the highest point of the property is the perfect place to take in a sunset. “The way we set up the hill, it’s like every space has a different view,” he says.

“Without the planters, this would be a very different space—kind of cold,” Berk says. “They not only add texture through the materials but also greenery.” And while, yes, some of the pots were definitely on the pricey side, he is a champion of cheapies, too: “We brought in smaller ones that look like terracotta but are actually plastic.” A perennial rule? “Don’t be afraid to mix and match and do high and low!”

Just like indoors, everyone wants to crowd around the cook: The large island (by Trex Outdoor Kitchens) is great for predinner cocktails while the chef is on prep mode or at the Caliber grill. Berk also sourced a marble-topped Sutherland dining table big enough for 10, which lately he’s been setting with finds from Minted. “It has a whole designer marketplace now that we’ve been using a lot, from textiles to napkins and plates, and a lot of it is from the individual makers,” he says. Though he did away with the original fountain, he wound up adding his own next to the dining zone. This one is aesthetically on point but also plays a pragmatic part: drowning out any freeway noise you might otherwise hear echoing through the canyon hills.

TREX® Protect™, TREX® Seal™ AND TREX® Rainescape, Now Warrantied For 25 Years

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., (May 2, 2023) – Reinforcing their commitment to providing industry-leading waterproofing products for decking contractors and DIYers, the makers of Trex® Protect joist, beam and rim tape, Trex® Seal ledger flashing tape and the Trex® RainEscape® deck drainage system, have extended the warranty timeframe across their entire product portfolio. All of these products are now warrantied against defects in materials or workmanship under normal and proper use for a period of 25 years from the date of purchase.

“We believe so strongly in our products and are confident in their performance and the advantages they deliver to contractors and homeowners,” said Dave Kile, CEO of IBP, LLC, which manufactures and markets the waterproofing products through a licensing agreement with Trex Company. “These warranty extensions give our customers additional assurance that the investment they make in their outdoor space will be protected for decades to come.”

Extended from 20 to 25 years, the updated warranty terms apply to the complete lineup of Trex-branded waterproofing products, including:

Trex RainEscape

The Trex RainEscape under-deck drainage system is an ideal solution for those wanting to fully protect their deck’s foundation from moisture damage while optimizing the usability of the space beneath an elevated deck. Using an integrated network of troughs and downspouts applied above the joists of the substructure, the system captures and diverts water away from the deck to create dry space underneath. Once protected, this space can be used for storage or outfitted with furnishings and accessories to create an additional outdoor living area. Gas and electrical lines can be safely and discreetly run between the deck surface and soffit ceiling below to power lighting, ceiling fans, grills, appliances, electrical components and more.

Trex Protect

Combating the damaging effects of Mother Nature and Father Time, Trex Protect effectively shields the tops of joists, beams and rim joists from moisture that can lead to the development of rot and wood decay. This self-adhesive butyl tape also seals deck fasteners and helps deck screws hold longer and stronger by preventing moisture penetration and defending against splitting that can result from seasonal freezing and thawing. Available in widths for joists, beams and rim joists, Trex Protect works on horizontal and vertical surfaces and is applied as a “cap” (vs. wrapping), which allows the wood to breathe. It also won’t bleed, dry out as quickly, or curl up and hold water like many asphalt-based tapes.

Trex Seal

In addition to covering joists and beams, protecting the ledger board with proper flashing is critical for ensuring the structural integrity and longevity of a deck. If not properly sealed, water can penetrate the ledger board, eventually leading to rot and decay. Offering a superior alternative to traditional ledger flashing, the award-winning Trex Seal is an 11”-wide protection tape reinforced with an aluminum liner, offering the best performance features of both metal and tape flashing in one easy-to-use product. The 11” width provides complete coverage of the ledger board and seals any gaps between the ledger and the substructure. It also forms a tight seal around hardware to create a comprehensive waterproof barrier. A convenient 5.5” double-release liner allows installers to bend and set Trex Seal into place without it flexing back like other flashing tapes.

“For today’s homeowners who are increasingly investing in premium, low-maintenance decking, like Trex®, that is engineered to last for decades, it is only logical that they would want the substructure to last just as long,” noted Kile. “Whether a deck is built with wood, composite or another type of material, our products can enhance its performance, longevity and enjoyment by protecting the foundation and providing added peace of mind.”

To learn more about these innovative Trex waterproofing products, visit www.trexprotect.comwww.trexseal.com or www.trexrainescape.com.

About Trex® RainEscape®, Trex® Protect™ and Trex® Seal™
Trex® RainEscape®, Trex® Protect and Trex® Seal products are manufactured and sold by IBP, LLC under a Trademark License Agreement with Trex Company, Inc. RainEscape is a federally registered trademark of IBP, LLC. A 25-year Limited Warranty is provided by the manufacturer.

About Trex Company, Inc.

For more than 30 years, Trex Company [NYSE: TREX] has invented, reinvented and defined the composite decking category. Today, the company is the world’s #1 brand of sustainably made, wood-alternative decking and deck railing – all proudly manufactured in the U.S.A. – and a leader in high performance, low-maintenance outdoor living products. The undisputed global leader, Trex boasts the industry’s strongest distribution network with products sold through more than 6,700 retail outlets across six continents. Through strategic licensing agreements, the company offers a comprehensive outdoor living portfolio that includes deck drainage, flashing tapes, LED lighting, outdoor kitchen components, pergolas, spiral stairs, fencing, lattice, cornhole and outdoor furniture – all marketed under the Trex® brand. Based in Winchester, Va., Trex is proud to have been named 2023 America’s Most Trusted® Decking Brand and one of 2022’s 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers by IndustryWeek. For more information, visit Trex.com. You may also follow Trex on Facebook (trexcompany), Instagram (trexcompany), Twitter (Trex_Company), LinkedIn (trex-company), TikTok (trexcompany), Pinterest (trexcompany) and Houzz (trex-company-inc), or view product and demonstration videos on the brand’s YouTube channel (TheTrexCo).

POLYWOOD CEO Doug Rassi on bringing Country Living into outdoor furniture

Doug Rassi – CEO and Co-Founder of POLYWOOD – discusses sustainability, design and POLYWOOD’s Country Living collaboration.

Outdoor furniture firm POLYWOOD has been a pioneer in the ‘faux wood’ category, and was the first company in this sector to pick up the Lillian B. Winchester Design Excellence Award back in 1995.
Earlier this year, POLYWOOD teamed up with Hearst to launch a Country Living furniture collection, which spans items like patio dining and lounge furniture to rocking chairs and swings.

We spoke with Doug Rassi – CEO and Co-Founder of POLYWOOD – about sustainability, design and how POLYWOOD brought Country Living to life in furniture.

Doug, it’s great to connect. To kick us off, for anyone new to POLYWOOD, talk us through what you guys do?
Since 1990, POLYWOOD has been creating beautiful outdoor furniture made from sustainable materials, including landfill-bound and ocean-bound plastics. In fact, we recycle an average of 400,000 milk jugs a day.

All our furniture, from the classic Adirondack chair to our new PW Designer Series collection, is designed and built in our facilities in Syracuse, Indiana, and Roxboro, North Carolina.

Off-Site Manufacturing and the Outdoor Living Industry

For generations, outdoor living projects have been handled with an on-site, make it happen, strategy. A set of plans and a team of skilled builders made it all come together. However, times have changed and the number of skilled craftspeople available for any particular project has dwindled to a point of near extinction.

According to an NAHB survey, approximately 85% of builders and remodelers state they cannot find enough skilled carpenters to keep projects on track, driving up the costs of construction and making more projects unprofitable.

Enter Off-Site Manufacturing (OSM). A construction technique where building products are manufactured in a controlled factory environment and then installed on-site in order to reduce the number of skilled workers needed to complete the project. The benefits of off-site manufacturing for outdoor living projects are wide and varied.

Architects and designers can specify a product and know the product they choose will deliver quality to their client and look just as they designed. For builders and contractors, OSM can shorten build time, offer a higher quality finished product, reduce build costs, increase job site safety, and reduce waste.

Despite the growing need and the fact that “kit homes” were being sold by Sears, Roebuck & Co. starting in 1908, off-site manufacturing has mostly remained a niche building approach. Until recently.

With a shortage of skilled workers on the rise, companies in the outdoor living industry are turning to off-site manufacturing to cover the skilled labor gap and provide products that exceed those being built on-site.

Three outdoor living manufactures leading the way are Structureworks, makers of pergolas and shade structures, Danver, manufacturer of stainless steel outdoor kitchens and Eldorado Stone, an architectural stone manufacturer of modular fireplaces.

So why do these companies believe in the value of off-site manufacturing?

World’s First Firearm NFT Developed Through Digital Arms & Barrett Licensing Partnership

Murfreesboro, TN- Barrett Firearms Manufacturing Inc. (”Barrett”) announces it has entered into a long-term exclusive licensing agreement with Digital Arms to design, develop and market Barrett branded Non-Fungible Tokens (“NFTs”).

Digital Arms is bringing an NFT trading platform to the firearm, gaming and hunting marketplaces. For the first time ever, firearm enthusiasts and collectors will be able to purchase branded firearm NFTs and use them in games and other digital platforms. Working closely with Barrett, the leader in long range large caliber precision rifles, the company has begun developing the first ever licensed firearm NFT through a license deal brokered by Brand Capital Marketing. The Barrett .50 caliber Model 82A1® is the world’s most recognizable semi-automatic long-range rifle, used by civilians, sport shooters, law enforcement agencies, the United States military and more than 70 State Department approved countries around the world. Along with its sibling the Barrett M107, the Model 82A1® is also the official rifle of The State of Tennessee.

Chris Watkins, Digital Arms Founder, said “Barrett is one of the most aspirational firearm brands in the world and we are proud to lead with this iconic brand in our Digital Arms NFT ecosystem. Not everyone can afford a Barrett firearm, but this is a unique and exciting opportunity for gun, hunting and gaming enthusiasts as well as digital currency collectors to digitally own a limited-edition collectible. This partnership with Barrett lays the foundation for more partnerships with firearm manufacturers/brands in our platform to transform and lead the firearm NFT marketplace.”

Sam Shallenberger, Barrett President, said “We are looking forward to offering our brand enthusiasts as well as today’s gamers and collectors the opportunity to own exact digital replicas of a variety of Barrett firearms, including the one-of-a-kind Barrett Model 82A1®, which has served dedicated sportsmen and proven to improve our military readiness in every rugged environment around the globe.”

Colour Republic and Country Living Announce Launch of “Country Living Floral Collection”

New York, NY – Colour Republic launched the Country Living Floral Collection licensing partnership with Hearst Magazines’ Country Living. Freshly picked and artfully arranged, the Country Living Floral Collection offers unique floral designs for every occasion that can be delivered straight to your home to make each moment —and each place you put them—feel even more special.

Consumers can view the wide range of floral varieties, including colorful roses and mixed blooms at www.CountryLivingFlowers.com. The collection is now available for purchase exclusively on the Amazon Marketplace and bouquets come with a keepsake vase option.

“Working with a 30-million strong community like Country Living  enables us to bring the joy of flower delivery directly to consumers’ homes using high growth channels like e-Commerce,” says Kacy Fabie, Head of Digital & eCommerce at Colour Republic.

Colour Republic’s mission is to make life more joyful by designing environmentally friendly bouquets, perfect gift for birthdays, holidays, special occasions, and just to brighten someone’s day. Sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, the flowers are farm-fresh quality and sustainably grown in Ecuador.

“Nothing brightens a day like fresh flowers, and we’re thrilled to be able to send readers colorful clippings from the countryside courtesy of this new collaboration,” says Rachel Hardage Barrett, Editor-in-Chief of Country Living. “Country Living has long embraced a slower and more deliberate way of life—a point of view that resonates with readers now more than ever—and nothing says “stop and smell the flowers” like having a fresh bouquet on hand.”

This partnership was brokered by Brand Capital Marketing, Country Living’s exclusive global licensing representative.

www.brandcapitalmarketing.com 

ABOUT COLOUR REPUBLIC – A STORY BEHIND EVERY FLOWER

Colour Republic is a grower of fresh cut flowers specializing in sales to both eCommerce and mass-market customers in the United States and Canada. Colour Republic brings the beauty and quality of Ecuadorian flowers from farms high in the Andes Mountains straight to your home and delivers custom-made floral solutions for retailers of all sizes. Colour Republic offers unique designs that directly reflect market trends, so customers receive a great floral experience from start to finish, and is proud to provide customers unmatched quality, innovative floral solutions, exceptional customer service, and sustainable growing practices. Learn more at ColourRepublic.com. Follow Colour Republic on Facebook and Instagram.

ABOUT COUNTRY LIVING

For more than 40 years, Country Living has been a field guide to the good life, showcasing ideas and inspiration for laid-back living, regardless of geography, in the categories of design, food, entertaining, family, gardening, and pets. Country Living is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst, a leading global, diversified media, information and services company. Hearst Magazines’ portfolio of more than 25 powerful brands in the U.S. inspires and entertains audiences across all media platforms. Hearst Magazines’ print and digital assets reach nearly 165 million readers and site visitors each month — 70% of all millennials and 69% of all Gen Z over the age of 18 (source: comScore/MRI 1-20/S19). The company publishes over 300 editions and 245 websites around the world and attracts more readers of monthly magazines than any other publisher. Country Living’s editorial offices are located in Birmingham, Alabama. Follow Country Living on TwitterFacebookPinterest and Instagram 

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