Have you heard? We’ve opened a new location! The two-level store is tucked into the heart of Georgetown (1037 33rd Street NW) in a charming brick building. Oh, and you can’t miss us because we’ve decked out the front of the store with not only our name but also a painting of one of our iconic Courtly Check enamel kettles. In our tradition of working with the most creative artisans, we hired a street artist to create this custom graphic for our storefront.

The store will offer a completely new retail shopping experience, showcasing products on floating slabs, in both minimal and rustic settings, while featuring branded graphics on the interior of the store. “The store has a very modern feel, and you’ll notice how graphically driven it is,” says our director of stores, Alexandra Testa. “We wanted this location to be all about discovery and storytelling through deliberate product groupings, so you’ll find everything you’d need to create a personalized table setting in one area—from the dinner plates to the candles and serving pieces. We want people to play with the different combinations in real time.”

Start out on the first floor, where our everyday products will help turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. If you’re in the market for more luxe special occasion items, head up to the second floor. There will also be plenty of social media opportunities throughout, so get ready for your close-up! We’re encouraging guests to not only touch and arrange our products but to also snap a picture and share with friends and followers on their social accounts.

“We’re so excited to call Georgetown home for our very first experiential store,” says Creative Director and Chief Brand Officer Rebecca Proctor. “This store will feel very different than anything we’ve ever done. We’re looking to bring our unique designs and passion for entertaining to life. Our brand is about not taking yourself too seriously, mixing and matching, and celebrating fun and community. The store will convey that energy.”

And because we love you, we’re offering a gift with purchase for our Georgetown customers. Here’s what you need to do to get yours: Purchase eight tabletop items from the store, set up your own place setting and snap a picture, then post it to your social media accounts with the tag #MCGEORGETOWN. So go on—show off your superior hostess skills. We hope you love our newest store as much as we do!

If you haven’t noticed, we can’t resist a good party or meal. Food, family, and friends are meant to be celebrated, and we work hard to create serving pieces that add that something extra to every table setting. One of our favorite meals? Brunch! You get the best of both breakfast and lunch. Plus, it’s a nice meal to have guests over for because it’s a little more casual than a sit-down dinner. Here are some of our favorite tidbits to make it easy and delicious.

Make your own mimosa bar! Not only does it give guests a chance to mix up their drinks just the way they like them, but it makes it easier on you. Set out pitchers of different juices (orange, apple, cranberry, pear, grapefruit) and a few bottles of chilled champagne. The bright colors of the different juices make it a really beautiful sight! Or skip the bubbly and just have a juice bar instead. Swap in flavored seltzer to add a bit of carbonation.

Buy local and fresh. There’s something about a bouquet of local flowers from a farm stand, crusty baked bread from your local bakery or a friend, or fresh eggs from the farm down the road that adds that extra touch. Plus it lets you recommend your favorite local businesses to friends.

Bake your bacon. This method turns out to make much less of a mess and provides more even cooking/fat rendering. Plus you avoid those pesky burns from grease splatters, and you don’t have to spend your time watching it.

Be smart about how you use your space. Short on extra room? Think outside the house! If the weather is cool, set up a drink station on the porch. It acts as a refrigerator, and it’s no big a deal if something gets messy. Put out a citrus press and a bowl of grapefruit, oranges, limes, and lemons so people can make their own concoctions. Place glasses, mugs, champagne, a coffee carafe, milk, and sugar all in the same area.

Set up a buffet instead of a sit down. Use a sideboard or small table to set out plates, napkins, and utensils, etc. Be eclectic about what you put out. Use those inherited formal and everyday sets—don’t forget your favorite MacKenzie-Childs pieces! You’ll get plenty of compliments on all the beautiful china and pottery, and it’s a great conversation starter when you can tell people about the origins of the different pieces.

Choose some dishes you can make ahead. Some great brunch standbys are a quiche or a frittata bake. Quiches are easy to add to or mix in whatever you have on hand: meat, herbs, veggies or cheeses. Make them the night before, heat them slightly, and serve with light, lemony vinaigrette.

Try a BYOBB. Or a build-your-own bagel bar. Include a variety of bagels (seeded, cheese, herb, everything, fruit) and spreads, like homemade flavored cream cheese (start with regular cream cheese as a base, whipping in fresh herbs, veggies, spices, dried fruits). Have jams, apple butter, and peanut butter for a sweet take, with fresh fruit slices and toppings, like lox, capers, scallions, pickled onions/veggies, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts, avocado, hardboiled eggs, and cured meats.

Have some solid recipes on hand. Use tried-and-true recipes or get recommendations from friends. The last thing you want is to try something new and have it turn out badly. Here are some of our favorites: Blueberry French Toast Casserole, Spinach and Gruyere Quiche with a Hash Brown Crust, Crescent Bacon Breakfast Ring, Kentucky Benedictine Tea Sandwiches, and Blueberry Gingerbread.

Don’t forget a cheese platter. But give it a twist. Place slices of fresh bread and English muffins next to the toaster with cheese spreads, jams, and jellies—Stonewall Kitchen’s Garlic Onion Jam and Old Chatham Hudson Valley Camembert are both delicious.

There’s something so cozy about curling up with a cup of your favorite tea and a good book. And thanks to fall’s cooler temperatures, it feels even more indulgent. A steaming mug of tea is a calming morning ritual, so why not be particular about the methods you use to brew up a cup?

Brewing tea is an art form, and while we all have our preferences, we’re pretty convinced that the Brits do it best. We spoke to a close friend of Rebecca’s, Martyn Lewis, about how it’s done on the other side of the pond. Here’s what he had to say:

1. Boil the water once! Sure it’s tempting to leave the kettle full on the stovetop and just turn on the burner when you’re ready for your next cup. “The water that is boiled should only ever be boiled once. This is very important, because it impacts the taste of the water and the concentration of minerals. Basically for me, water boiled twice does not taste as good when you make tea with it,” says Martyn.

2. Let the water stop boiling before you add the tea. Start by pouring a little boiling water into the pot to warm it. Then once the water stops boiling, pour it over the leaves or tea bags. Don’t pour actual bubbling boiling water onto the tea—it can affect the taste of the tea. Leave it to steep for three to five minutes and stir again. But the timing gets personal. How do you drink your tea and how strong do you like it?  Make it to your own taste. A good marker? The color—the deeper it gets, the stronger it usually is.

3. Mind the milk. If you drink your tea with milk, add the milk to the cup and pour the tea into the milk, not the other way round. “This is the British way of doing it, and when I was growing up, it was the only way we poured tea,” says Martyn. “Now with the advent of bags and brewing in the cup, you need to add the milk second, as adding the milk stops the brewing process immediately.”

4. Loose leaf vs. a tea bag. Loose leaf is preferable, but tea bags are incredibly convenient. “For afternoon tea when there is the tea strainer at the table, then you would always use loose leaf in your pot. If you’re using bags, the larger bags with more room for the tea to move around are going to give better results, in my opinion. The smaller bags have a restricted area in which the tea can brew, which I feel limits the taste. Look for larger bags or the types that are pyramid shaped,” says Martyn.

5. What is the right time? “In the U.K., we have regular tea time and afternoon tea. Regular tea is any time of the day and can be just tea or it can be served with a biscuit (cookie) or some other sweet. We do have a habit of dipping our biscuits into our tea. Try it! This is frowned upon and potentially a sign of bad manners, but it tastes so good, especially if the biscuit has chocolate on it. Getting the biscuit into your mouth before the now tea-saturated end drops into the tea is a true art form!

Happy sipping!

Have you been following the #CampCourtlyCheck hashtag on Instagram this week? We’re playing host to a few of our favorite bloggers. While we’re busy having a big lovefest and giving them an inside look at the history of our products, we wanted to share their blogs and links to shop their MC product picks below. Check them out:

Kristy Wicks of KristyWicks.com
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve been in love with MacKenzie-Childs.  My fondest memories include lunch dates with my family at Neiman Marcus and spending most of my time (along with my mother and sister) poring over all their beautiful selections. From the floral and check to the lattice designs, there is something for everyone. All five of the products that I have selected today reflect a little of me. While I tend to lean toward the more clean and tailored designs, I do love mixing a little floral pattern for interest and color. I believe it’s important to make your home not only elegant but fun!”
Lattice Cachepot
Architect’s Topiary Urn
Courtly Check Enamel Everything Bowl
Morning Glory Dinner Plate
Houndstooth Throw

Laila Fazli of Designs By Laila
“I picked these five items because growing up, my mom loved a beautiful table setting and a beautiful garden. Whenever we had guests, my mom always made sure everything looked presentable on the table. She was very passionate about the table looking ‘too pretty to eat’ and always instilled that in me as a child. Having beautiful pieces from MacKenzie-Childs to set your table with or having a beautiful outdoor setting is so sentimental to me. Now that my girls watch me set the table, I know they will carry with them the passion for entertaining as much as I did. And whenever my mom comes over to visit, we both enjoy having a bite on pretty pieces together. It’s such a delight!”
Butterfly Garden Mug
Parchment Check Enamel Two Tier Sweet Stand
Architect’s Topiary Urn
Courtly Check Fluted Cake Stand
Courtly Check Small Fluted Oval Platter

Sandi Johnson + Shalia Ashcraft of The Spoiled Home
“Both of our homes are filled with items we love and pieces that are meaningful to us. Neither of us wants to be defined by a particular style. We both mix modern and rustic and unexpected elements. Mainly, we want our homes to reflect our personalities and what we hold dear. We want pieces that remind us of our childhood and make our houses feel like homes. We don’t play by design rules; we just find pieces we love and make it all come together. People get too caught up in the rules. MacKenzie-Childs, however, gives us those unique pieces and patterns we crave. Each mixed pattern, each whimsical design — they all come together as fabulous pieces of art and make us feel, in a weird kind of way, connected. That’s why we love MacKenzie-Childs. We especially love the classic black and white Courtly Check pattern.”
Courtly Check Enamel Two Tier Sweet Stand
Courtly Check Heart Bowl
Courtly Check Rattan & Enamel Party Tray
Courtly Check Enamel Everything Bowl
Courtly Check Enamel 3 Qt. Tea Kettle

Nicki Wszelaki of A Tufted Life
“I have admired MacKenzie-Childs since the first time I spotted the beautiful and whimsical pieces throughout my grandmother’s house. My own collection was started at my bridal shower and continues to grow! When decorating my home, I love to mix up different styles, so Mackenzie-Childs fits right in. It is so hard to pick a favorite pattern, but I’m always drawn to the Courtly Check pieces — I just can’t resist the black and white!”
Courtly Check Enamel 3 Qt. Tea Kettle
Awning Stripe Welcome Mat
Courtly Check Rabbit Tassel
Courtly Check Fluted Cake Stand
Blooming Martini Glass

Mysha Bolen of Remington Avenue
“I recently started collecting MacKenzie-Childs, and I couldn’t be more excited. I love the artistry each individual piece contains.  Now I know why this brand has such a loyal following. The attention to detail and the timeless designs will last a lifetime. I love to integrate all the different styles into my home and share with my readers unexpected ways to merge them all together in a cohesive fashion.  MacKenzie-Childs has so many fun serveware pieces that can double as decor throughout the home. I’m obsessed with the Courtly Check and the Flower Market collections.  The bold patterns and vivid colors of these two collections will always have my heart!”
Courtly Check Enamel Everything Bowl
Courtyard Tote
Courtyard Outdoor Rug
Flower Market 7-Qt. Stockpot
Flower Market Charger

Take advantage of the energy that comes with a seasonal shift. While summers are meant for vacations and time spent away from home, fall is all about feathering your nest and entertaining family and friends. In the spirit of change, we spoke with our creative director, Rebecca Proctor, about some of her favorite products that you can swap in with existing accessories to add a cozy touch to your home decor.

Houndstooth Throw
“There might be nothing softer than this blanket! I live in the northeast in an old stone house, so I always have a blanket wrapped around me when I’m reading a book or watching a movie,” says Rebecca. “Drape these throws over a couch or loveseat, or place one at the end of a bed. They add a nice pop of color and texture. It’s a fantastic gift too.”

Wild Rose Rugs
Swap in one of these beauties in an entryway or hallway. “I love that the patterns on these rugs feel really graphic and bold. It’s a very modern, refreshed floral. The colors tie in perfectly with our Studio Underpinnings collection, but they’re highly versatile and will work with a variety of decor styles. Rugs are the perfect item to swap in and out—I just got new fall rugs myself,” says Rebecca.

Inverness Pillow + Houndstooth Beaded Pillow
Pillows might be the quickest and easiest way to change the look and feel of a room. “There’s no such thing as the pillow police! I drive my husband and son crazy with my obsession. I’m a freak about pillows and have a whole closetful that I like to pull from, rotating new ones in and out,” says Rebecca. “Play with color and texture and vary the sizes and shapes. If you’re looking for a foolproof size combination, try mixing a 22-inch, an 18-inch, and a lumbar pillow. Play with the arrangement and don’t forget to give them a little fluffing or a karate chop here and there.”

Autumn Vine Wreath
A new wreath on your door practically announces that a new season is here. “If you think about it, a wreath is one of the first things guests see, and it’s an easy way to show off seasonal decor. When you change a wreath, it’s like you’re changing seasons too. I love that this wreath is totally secular—not tied to a specific holiday—so it can be left up all autumn long. It looks beautiful hung on a door and fits right in with fall accents like pumpkins, ornamental cabbage, kale, or mums,” says Rebecca.

Courtly Check Moose + Courtly Stripe Pumpkin Candlesticks
Candles help create a cozy ambiance at any gathering, helping guests to feel warm, welcome, and included. “These candlesticks are great if you’re going for a harvest theme but still want a refined look. The black and white checks make them so versatile,” says Rebecca. They’d look really pretty running down a long farm-style table. You can switch in different tapers too, which gives them a whole new look. A pair of candlesticks will never go to waste; they’re always handy to have around if you love to entertain!”

MacKenzie-Childs’ favorite feathered friend has quite the life story! We spoke to our estate manager (and Simon’s mom), Corinne Bowman, about how this lovable and social mascot waddled her way into the company’s heart.

Here is the whole story from Corinne’s perspective:

Simon hatched late from the flock of geese we had on the property. Her mother was low in the pecking order, but she built a nest, then sat and sat until she hatched three babies. Somehow, Simon got separated from the rest of the flock. We found her because she was making a tiny peeping noise on the other side of the fence, and we rescued her. She was just a tiny ball of yellow fluff; I could hold her in one hand!

Since we couldn’t tell whether she was a boy or girl, we ended up choosing the name Simon, and it stuck—even after we found out she was a girl. From the start, she was a very different goose. She was happy being held, while any other goose would fuss like crazy, and she spent her early life living in the barn on the property. At night, she’d get tucked into her little dog crate full of straw. I would come back in the evenings to let her go swimming and open the barn doors so she could get some fresh air.

Normally, geese imprint on another bird, but she ended up imprinting on me instead! She grew up with barn cats, and even when she was a tiny little thing, she’d run around after them with her little wings raised, putting them in their place. To this day, her favorite snack is dry cat food.

Eventually she outgrew her dog crate, and since we couldn’t keep her outside, we kept her with the sheep, and she lived with them for a few years until we had some particularly rambunctious lambs. Simon ended up with a broken wing, and we took her to Cornell’s animal hospital, where she was able to get amazing vet care and her wing healed perfectly. After that, Simon got her very own secure home that we built.

Since Simon was a lone goose, when it came time for her to lay eggs, nothing happened because the eggs remained unfertilized. And try as she might, no matter what Simon did, she wasn’t going to be able to hatch babies, even though she sat for a month. We had to go in and take her off the nest and remove the eggs, and we’d take the straw too so she wouldn’t build a new nest. It was really sad.

But then the flock hatched four babies, and somehow they got under the fence and over to Simon’s side. The babies ran right under the fence and snuggled up under Simon’s wing, and she claimed them as her own. Simon was so happy! We ended up letting the babies decide where to go, and they all stayed: three boys and a girl. All the babies are bigger than she is now, but they all live in harmony. There is no pecking order, and they follow her everywhere. While Simon was human-imprinted, her babies are only human-friendly.

This noble little goose has had quite the life and has inspired plenty of MacKenzie-Childs products. She’s had her own Christmas ornament, kids’ dinnerware set, and a line of ceramics, and she even made it onto a couple of Barn Sale T-shirts. Plus, we have visitors from all over the country who come here to see her. If you ever make it to our Aurora campus, be sure to stop by and say hello to Simon and her babies!

Do you know what we love most about our customers? Their creativity! Well that, and their appreciation for our quirky and playful home items. While all of our products are thoughtfully designed and covered in pretty patterns, they’re also versatile and ready to be used in many unexpected ways.

So don’t be afraid to think big when it comes to entertaining this season—make your serveware and favorite pieces work harder and smarter for you. Your guests will be raving about your ingenuity and your tasty food! Here are some of our favorite ways to make our products do double duty—but don’t be afraid to find your own too.

The Courtly Check® Pedestal Platter
Not just for serving up sweets—although it always gives any cake that certain something—this item is incredibly versatile. Use it as you see here, topped with pillar candles and greens (eucalyptus is shown). Or place your kitchen soaps and sponges on top to keep the area next to your sink neat and organized. But wait—there’s more! Use our cake platter in your office to corral smaller supplies or in your bedroom to display a few favorite pieces of jewelry or pretty perfume bottles.

Flower Market Wood Paper Towel Holder
It would be ridiculous to use this paper towel holder only to hold your paper goods. You might not realize it, but it was meant for so much more. Pile it high with spools of ribbon, use to it keep chunky statement bracelets organized, or stack it high with bagels when you’re serving brunch. One of our favorite holiday uses—to keep cookie cutters organized while you have them out throughout the season.

Flower Market Small Colander
This small kitchen staple can do some seriously pretty work when it’s used for entertaining. While it’s great for its intended purpose of rinsing fresh veggies, it also can hold fresh flowers in a pretty arrangement. Feeling festive? Kit it out with candy-sprinkled cake pops to bring the fun in a deliciously sweet way. Have a whole pie on hand you want to display? Top the upside-down colander with a round plate, and you’ve got an instant display worthy of the yummiest blue-ribbon pie.

Busy Bee Lantern
Lanterns can light up your life in more than just the expected way—and this detailed beauty is especially fit for multiple uses. Let your green thumb go wild and create a terrarium in its base, or simply let it serve as a showpiece for dried flowers and grain stalks. At holiday time, nestle in a friendly snowman figurine and mini evergreens to create a frosty forest scene, or simply fill the lantern’s body with shiny mini glass ornaments.

Cookie Jar & Everything Bowl
There’s never such a thing as too many hands in our cookie jar—especially when you get creative with its uses! From clothespins that need a home to dryer sheets and beyond, every little household helper looks prettier in this elegant glass jar. As for the Everything Bowl, it truly can turn anything into a piece of art. From your eclectic yarn collection to fresh citrus from the farmers’ market, this bowl can turn the seemingly mundane to marvelous in a flash.

The sister pattern to our insanely popular Courtly Check®, Parchment Check was designed to be a softer version of our signature black and white pattern. Initially, Courtly Check was a small decorative element used to separate other patterns and give your eye a rest. But it took off, and now it’s a customer favorite. We spoke with our creative director, Rebecca Proctor, about its origins.

Parchment Check was inspired by love letters. “I love handwritten notes, and one day I was cleaning out my closet and pulled out a suitcase belonging to my grandmother. Inside was a little bundle of letters that she and my grandfather had written back and forth during their courtship,” says Rebecca. “There was one letter that was especially dear. Unfortunately, my grandmother wasn’t around to give me the full story, but this incredibly special letter had been opened and folded back up so many times, it had a checkerboard pattern.” And that was the inspiration for Parchment Check—the soft colors of the aged paper, and contrast of light versus dark where the paper was folded to form the checks. We added the hints of green and sky blue as our own artistic take on it.

Something interesting to note is the way the pattern varies between our ceramic and enamelware pieces. For our ceramics, we do an on-glaze technique using China paint. We then drag colors through the checks and add a 22K gold lustre. When applied, the lustre looks bright red because the gold is suspended in oils so that it can be brushed onto the piece. When fired, the oils burn off, and it morphs into a rich, luxe gold. It’s always a surprise! Our enamelware glaze is made with ground glass mixed with minerals to get the colors, then that’s mixed with water and painted onto the steel surface. If you look at Parchment Check enamelware, it’s more of a butter yellow, while our Parchment Check ceramics have more beige undertones.

“I love how neutral and soft the color palette is and how it appeals to many different tastes,” says Rebecca. “It’s easy on your eyes, and it allows the food to be the star of the show. Because it’s so neutral and soft, any color pops on top of the surface.”

Looking for some ideas on patterns to combine with this classic? Rebecca suggests Parchment Check as a complement for Courtly Check. Or try it with Kings Corners or Morning Glory, two of our newest patterns. It’s so soft and feminine, but still bold. Use Parchment Check as a layering tool, too; it gives your eye a break and helps to create wonderful barriers.

“There are no rules! Have fun and try different things together…find your own interesting combinations—even if that means using only one pattern or mixing a bunch of them. That’s how we do it, and we know you’ll come up with stunning tablescapes of your very own,” says Rebecca.

Happy table setting!

While we’re sure you’re a pro at writing thank you notes—after your wedding, it’s the sheer volume that can be a little daunting. But don’t worry! With a little organization and some of these helpful pointers, you can sit down and write out each card with love and gusto. You’ll make all of your guests feel as special as you did on the big day.

So grab a bottle of something refreshing, your new life partner, blank cards, and some nice pens, and make a night of it. It will make it feel fun and allow you to reminisce on the whirlwind that was your wedding day.

1. Say thanks! Yes, a bit obvious, but be sure to say it. Your card has to start somewhere, and this opening line will give you the momentum to move through the rest of the note. Also, while you’ll go on to thank them for the wedding gift, don’t forget to thank them for their presence at your wedding too. Let’s face it—it’s a huge part of what made your day so special.

2. Mention the gift specifically. Instead of just saying “thanks for the gift,” mention by name exactly what you were given. It shows an attention to detail and makes the card feel more personalized.

3. Tell how it helped or what you’ll use it for. Here’s the best part of your card; the part that makes people feel really wonderful. Write down how you’ll use their gift or where you’ll place it. Tell them that you’ll think of them each and every time you see it, because you will.

4. Wrap it up. Finish your note off with a personalized sentiment. Wish them luck on anything exciting they have going on, tell them you’d like to see them soon, mention grabbing dinner, or plan a visit. Or mention something memorable they did to help out on your wedding day.

5. Finish with the sign-off. And just like that, you’re done! Close the card with a simple X’s and O’s, “love,” “yours truly” or a silly inside joke that your friends or family will smile at. Don’t be afraid to add a little quirk and personality to your sign-off.

Looking for a gift for someone else? We have some fabulous ideas for unique gifts that are sorted by occasion, recipient, and price. There’s truly a little something for everyone.

Or if you have another special occasion coming up—whether it’s a wedding, a baby, or a milestone—sign up with our gift registry to add beautiful ideas for your table and home to the list.

After a summer of dinners outside, stargazing, drippy ice cream cones, and hopefully lots of use, your outdoor furniture is probably in need of a little love. So before summer is over and you pack it up for the season, here are some general guidelines for caring for our outdoor furniture from our furniture product manager, Suzanne Patterson.

“Even though it might sound obvious, to get the most longevity out of your outdoor furniture it never hurts to care for it, cover it up, and move it to a safe space before harsher weather heads your way.  Putting in a little maintenance here and there will keep pieces looking good,” says Suzanne.

Here are some basic care guidelines:

To clean the frame: Before you cover and store for the winter, you’ll want to thoroughly wipe down the frame to get rid of any accumulated dirt or grime. Wipe it down with a soft microfiber cloth and a solution of water and mild dish detergent. Dry completely and then store.

For cushion stains:

Cleaning mold and mildew: While our Sunbrella fabric cushions don’t promote mold growth, mold can grow on substances on the cushion if they’re not removed. To zap mold and mildew, spray the entire area of the cushion (spraying the whole thing prevents water rings) with a solution of one cup bleach, one-fourth cup mild dish soap, and one gallon of water. Let the solution soak in for fifteen minutes and then clean the surface with a clean towel or soft bristle brush.  Rinse thoroughly and air dry.

For more specific stains:

Berry stains: Combine one-fourth cup dishwashing liquid and one-half cup or one cup white vinegar per one gallon of water. Clean with a towel or soft bristle brush and let dry.

Ketchup, mustard, bird droppings, coffee, juice, and tea: Combine one-fourth cup dishwashing liquid per one gallon of water. Clean with a towel or soft bristle brush and let dry.

Butter, salad dressing, suntan lotion, tomato juice, and tree sap:  Apply cornstarch to absorb as much of the stain as possible, remove excess with a straight edge, and clean up the residual with dishwashing liquid and water and let dry.

Candle wax: Apply a heated iron over a towel and then treat with isopropyl alcohol. Then clean with one-fourth cup dishwashing liquid per one gallon of water. Let dry completely.

Wine: Combine one-fourth cup dishwashing liquid, one-third cup white vinegar, and one-half to one cup isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide per one gallon of water.

With a little care now, you’ll be enjoying our outdoor furniture pieces for years to come!

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