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Business SpotlightSouth Miami

Living Alfresco Assists Clients With Outdoor Design and Decor

Looking for a way to make your outdoor patio an extension of your living space? Living Alfresco offers high quality furniture and distinctive accessories specifically designed for your outdoor space. Not just a furniture store, Living Alfresco provides a personalized furnishing service for outdoor living areas. Owner Betsy Fantis specializes in transforming outdoor spaces into livable, comfortable extensions of the home to be enjoyed for many years to come.

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Just some of the great items available at Living Alfresco.

Whether you love entertaining, relaxing, or both, Fantis can find the look you want with fine outdoor furnishings specifically made to withstand our unique South Florida environment.

What began in 2005 as a small home business, Living Alfresco has evolved into a storefront open to the public and the trade. “I love the outdoors and furnishings,” said owner Fantis. “My whole idea was to make ‘outdoor rooms’, not just patios.” Whether it is furniture, lanterns, pillows, or rugs, Living Alfresco, conveniently located in South Miami, is your best outdoor resource. Why buy from a catalog or on the internet when you can receive the assistance, price and customer service you’re looking for right here locally?

As an outdoor decorator, Fantis has always assisted clients by going to their homes to see the space itself and get a feel for what her clients want to do. “I always determine if the purpose for the space is to be out in the sun, to dine, to relax, or all of these,” Fantis explained. In addition to determining a style, Fantis works hard to make sure her designs work with Florida’s weather. “Our environment is very wet and salty, with the sun beating down, so I am careful in selecting products to carry that will withstand our environment,” she said. Her purpose is to create “not only a beautiful place, but one that will withstand time as well.”

After moving from a home studio, Living Alfresco opened a showroom in the warehouse district by Bird Road. They have since moved to a more visible location on Red Road, off of Sunset Drive. With its own convenient parking lot, Fantis is thrilled with her new location and the surrounding stores she has as neighbors. Upon entering the store, visitors can view a sampling of all of the lines carried by Living Alfresco. Clients are then invited to sit down and discuss their desires and budget. Fantis still offers her personalized service of going out to the homes of her clients to “take pictures, measure, and listen to what people want,” she said. “Then, we come back with a solution.”

Although homeowners can use Living Alfresco’s services themselves, many designers frequent the showroom seeking Fantis’s help. Offering trade pricing, designers are welcome to work with Living Alfresco on behalf of their clients or along with them. Regardless of who the clients are, Living Alfresco supplies an A to Z turn-key service including planning, aiding in determining what  fabrics, pieces, and rugs to add, delivery and installation. “We don’t just sell outdoor furniture,” Fantis said, “we create outdoor spaces.”

Living Alfresco is located at 7291 Red Road, South Miami, FL 33143. For more information please call 305.668.5700 or visit www.living-alfresco.com.

Brooke Bloom Lam