Outdoor fabrics aren't usually what you consider stylish or comfortable. Laurie Bell is a textile chemist and fabric designer who set out to change that. Her rugs, cushions, umbrellas and more are a breath of fresh air.Summer is on its way — how does your outdoor furniture look? It takes a beating from sun, rain, and all types of weather, and usually the solution is to upholster your pieces in what feels like commercial-grade tarp. Laurie Bell, a Southerner who knows how to entertain outdoors, used her chemist background to create a USA-made, poly-based fabric that feels luxurious. And it comes in more than just two colors! Standard and custom cushions can be made in any of the fabrics. Bold-patterned rugs and umbrellas that withstand the heat complete the room. Pour the lemonade and grab a pair of shades — outside is your new favorite space.
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As a textile chemist and fabric designer, I knew I could find a better performing outdoor fabric. So I set out to engineer and design a premium line of outdoor furnishings and accessories that are fashion-forward as well as universally more luxurious, longer-lasting, easier to care for, and customizable to an individual's own needs.