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Why Wicker?

Why Wicker?

Traditional or contemporary. Indoor or outdoor. Natural fiber or vinyl. Cushions or no cushions. Neutral shades or bright colors …. Is there a type of furniture with more options than wicker? Dating back to the ancient Egyptians, natural fibers have been woven into baskets, tables, chairs and other household items. But modern technology has taken “wicker” to a whole new level.

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One of the best known wicker manufacturers in the United States is Lloyd Flanders. Since 1906, when Marshall B. Lloyd began producing baby buggies and natural fiber furniture in Menomonee, Michigan, “Lloyd Loom” has been synonymous with quality wicker. Joined by the Flanders family over a quarter of a century ago, Lloyd Flanders has led the way with innovations and improvements to the original product. And, while Lloyd Flanders is now one of many manufacturers making woven furniture for outdoors, the best of them share some common standards- beginning with the frame. Our manufacturers use only aluminum and stainless steel on their all-weather wicker frames. This is crucial because if the frame begins to rust, the lifespan of your furniture will be very short indeed. The combination of a well-made aluminum frame and coated fiber or virgin vinyl wicker means many years of enjoyment. This is furniture that will be in the family for generations.

“Great furniture is not woven to fill spaces in the home.
It is woven for the spaces in our lives.
It is woven for laughter, and for family.
It is woven for romance, and for quiet contemplation.
It is woven for rest, and for play.
We believe great design, craftsmanship, and life-long durability are all intertwined.
That is why our furniture has become a part of so many lives.”
© Lloyd Flanders

Visit Especially Wicker at 82nd & Dean Rd. in Indianapolis, or for more information.

Living the Dream on Geist

For many, living on a lake is a dream. This certainly holds true for one Indiana family whose lakeside paradise home is currently under construction at Geist Reservoir. Located in the Springs of Cambridge on Geist's main body of water, this large luxury homesite is preparing to leverage all the beauty and serenity that Indiana's second largest manmade lake has to offer - from its breathtaking views and shorelines - to its abundant foliage, wildlife, and endless recreational possibilities.

"My husband and I both grew up near the water, so we always had the dream for our family to live in a location where our children could enjoy all the benefits lake living has to offer," says the homeowner.

That dream will soon become this family's reality. In fact - it's a reality that even Indianapolis residents and visitors can experience this spring as the home was selected as the 2015 Indianapolis Monthly Dream Home.

While genuinely honored to be associated with Indianapolis' premiere luxury home tour, this civic-minded family is even more proud of how the Dream Home tour will draw attention to the growing Geist and Fishers community.

"We enjoy Geist very much. The area has so much to offer in terms of its schools, restaurants, amenities, and all the new developments. It's the perfect place for our family," adds the homeowner. It's also the perfect location for a home that can fulfill dreams of lake living.

Read more about this Dream Home in the 2015 issue of Lake Living Indiana and register here to win 4 tickets to see the home during the show tour going on now through May 25 and receive a gift card to Bella Vita on Geist.

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