Tucson artist Neille Olson creates a kind of steeped-in-color beauty that never fades. Her canvas? Cast-stone tabletops. Her medium? Stained glass.
Stained glass is Neille’s art and her craft. First produced in ancient times, the medium requires the vision to conceive a beautiful design, as well as the precision and patience to see it through to completion.
Each table begins with the inspiration. Sophisticated botanicals. Timeless geometrics. And fluid organic forms. Then Neille and her team of artists get to work – individually cutting and placing by hand as many as 3,500 glass, marble and travertine tiles onto each tabletop. As when working on a puzzle, the satisfaction comes when the whole picture emerges from these thousands of painstakingly selected tiles.
True to the nature of artisanal work, the real beauty is that each of these mosaic tables adopts a character of its own. Deep, sophisticated hues and intricate patterns transform with the daylight into iridescent waves of color, and then glisten with opaque mystery by nightfall.
This unique dance is what makes each of Neille’s tables so appealing. And she’s been making them for Frontgate for more than 20 years. Every season she receives cards, letters and emails from people showing her tables gracing their gardens, porches, poolsides and balconies. And to Neille, that’s a gift that’s as enduring as her art.
The most coveted alfresco dining spot of the season?
It’s a private table, available anytime you want. Surrounded by leafy gardens or maybe a sweeping view. It’s tranquil. It’s inviting. And it’s right in your backyard.
Dine out of doors, and every meal feels like a celebration. Plus, alfresco dining can be a breeze – chill a bottle of wine, toss something simple on the grill, and set a table with flickering outdoor candles.
Nestled in a lush backyard or tucked into an urban rooftop garden, the perfect outdoor furniture changes everything. Round or rectangular, oval or extending, your dining table should exude style and be flexible enough to host a romantic dinner for two or a lively family feast.
Our Carlisle Dining Collection serves up sumptuous style in any setting, from palatial terraces to intimate verandas. One of our most versatile collections, Carlisle even has options for a lazy Susan or umbrella. Plus, you have a choice of tabletops, including latticed cast aluminum, handpainted Italian terra cotta tiles, or a marble and travertine mosaic.
The Cassara Dining Collection delivers a full menu of options to suit your space, with additional pieces to create a complete outdoor dining experience. Rustic in appearance yet smooth to the hand, each piece is handcrafted from plantation-grown teak.
If you like the timeless texture of woven wicker, our Palermo Dining Collection will agree with your tastes. Similar to sets seen throughout Europe, Palermo’s dining chairs are generously proportioned with a gentle, supportive curve that will invite you to linger for hours.
If you live by the mantra that when it’s summer, the living is easy, then you probably love using the grill to prepare warm-weather meals.
Anyone who has ever grilled pizza knows how mouthwatering it can be. But pizza cooked in a wood-fired outdoor oven is even more sublime. Cooking over real hardwood permeates the crust with smoky nuances and imparts a crispy yet tender texture. It’s the ideal canvas to showcase scrumptious seasonal ingredients.
Grilled pizza is also perfect for casual entertaining with guests of all ages. Liven things up by having your family and friends create their own pies. Simply make the dough and toppings ahead of time (or use store-bought dough), then set up stations where your guests can assemble their own variations. Consider offering a “house” flatbread pizza, as well as traditional ingredients.
The nautical look burst on the cultural scene in the ’20s. And its self-assured cachet has been making us feel smart ever since. In the height of the summer, does anything look as crisp as stripes? Or as brisk as cool blues?
Just as nautical couture is making a splash, the maritime look is having its moment in home decor, too. The quintessential stripe goes big and bold for a compelling statement. Patterned rugs have latticework that suggest boating knots. Navy outdoor throw pillows anchor the look with a splash of color and whimsy.
The new nautical is the classic sailor-chic reimagined – polished, but not overly preppy. The items here are ideas so spirited, they’ll be making waves on your patio for summers to come.