Anniversary of Woodstock inspires summer fashion, decor

  • This metal patio or deck chair is part of the tie-dyed, Sixties trend that is strong now on the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival.

    This metal patio or deck chair is part of the tie-dyed, Sixties trend that is strong now on the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival. Courtesy of Northwest Metalcraft

  • Northwest Metalcraft in Arlington Heights sells a Volkswagen-inspired minibus cooler to keep your beverages cold.

      Northwest Metalcraft in Arlington Heights sells a Volkswagen-inspired minibus cooler to keep your beverages cold. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • This brightly colored frog figures for the garden or deck are part of the current

    This brightly colored frog figures for the garden or deck are part of the current Courtesy of Lurvey Garden Center

  • This colorful, retro, metal patio set is reminiscent of the psychedelic Sixties era.

    This colorful, retro, metal patio set is reminiscent of the psychedelic Sixties era. Courtesy of Northwest Metalcraft

  • This cast iron cauldron firepit is reminiscent of the campfires music fans sat around during the Woodstock music festival.

    This cast iron cauldron firepit is reminiscent of the campfires music fans sat around during the Woodstock music festival. Courtesy of Northwest Metalcraft

  • Northwest Metalcraft in Arlington Heights sells a Volkswagen-inspired minibus cooler to keep your beverages cold.

      Northwest Metalcraft in Arlington Heights sells a Volkswagen-inspired minibus cooler to keep your beverages cold. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Colorful, hand-woven throw rugs are a casual accessory that were also popular in the Sixties.

    Colorful, hand-woven throw rugs are a casual accessory that were also popular in the Sixties. Courtesy of Lurvey Garden Center

  • Macrame table runners and plant hangers at Lurvey's hearken back to the days of rope hammocks.

    Macrame table runners and plant hangers at Lurvey's hearken back to the days of rope hammocks. Courtesy of Lurvey Garden Center

  • Homeowners can hearken back to their "inner hippie" days with this floor-to-ceiling, decorative curtain made of bamboo loops.

    Homeowners can hearken back to their "inner hippie" days with this floor-to-ceiling, decorative curtain made of bamboo loops. Courtesy of Lurvey Garden Center

  • This colorful, retro, metal patio set is reminiscent of the psychedelic Sixties era.

    This colorful, retro, metal patio set is reminiscent of the psychedelic Sixties era. Courtesy of Northwest Metalcraft

  • Lurvey's offers floor lamps decorated with hand-woven natural vine.

    Lurvey's offers floor lamps decorated with hand-woven natural vine. Courtesy of Lurvey Garden Center

 
By Jean Murphy
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 7/1/2019 12:23 PM

The famous Woodstock music festival that took place in upstate New York in 1969 has long held an exalted place in music and pop culture history. So its 50th anniversary this summer has brought it to even further commercial prominence.

Peace signs, colorful furniture and decor, and tie-dyed T-shirts are all part of the scene this summer. Commemorative concerts by artists who were there -- the Who, Santana and Jefferson Airplane's new version of themselves, "Jefferson Starship," and others -- are also plentiful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

A fun place to display your hippie leanings is outdoors -- on your deck, patio or porch. These are generally fun, informal spaces where wild, funky decor works.

Northwest Metalcraft at 413 S. Arlington Heights Road in Arlington Heights has a multitude of Woodstock-style items for your outdoor spaces, said owner Dan Mayer. For instance, it sells unique, rustic, brightly painted metal chairs and tables that look great, particularly on a covered porch that is somewhat sheltered from the elements (because it will rust and the paint is part of the allure).

The furniture, as well as metal coolers in the shape of hippie minibuses, and planters and animal sculptures for the garden, is all made overseas using old oil drums.

Mayer said Northwest Metalcraft also offers hammocks and rope hanging chairs, made of either cotton rope alone or cotton rope enhanced with quilting. The hammocks must be hung in a space of at least 16 feet and come with screws to secure them to mature trees or porch posts.

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A plethora of different wood-burning firepits are also available to mimic Woodstock's campfires.

"These are huge sellers. We even have heavy, copper ones that hold up better than the thin steel ones," Mayer said. "We even offer firepits on which you can grill a burger or cook a pizza."

Lurvey's Garden Center at 2550 E. Dempster St., Des Plaines, can also offer Woodstock-style decor for your outdoor living spaces.

For instance, they offer a line of beautiful "yellow leaf hammocks," woven by women in rural Thailand. Each hammock "creates sustainable weaving jobs and empowers Thai families to break the cycle of extreme poverty for good," according to the label.

They are also fade-proof, weather-safe and very soft, said Tom Partipilo, outdoor living and home decor coordinator.

Homeowners hearkening back to earlier days or even their "inner hippie" while decorating outdoor spaces can also find macrame table runners and plant hangers at Lurvey's. There are also hand-woven throw rugs, a striking floor-to-ceiling decorative curtain made of bamboo loops, and large accent lights with shades made from tobacco leaves that are brightly colored using natural dyes and then decoupaged.

Lurvey's even offers a line of unique floor lamps decorated with hand-woven natural vines and brightly colored psychedelic ceramic frogs as tall as 2½ feet for placement in a garden or on a porch, patio or deck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Many of these items, however, should be stored indoors during the winter, Partipilo cautioned.

Finally, Lurvey's, too, offers a line of wood-burning fire pits and ceramic "chimeneas" which can add to the Vietnam War-era atmosphere in your yard while you are playing 1960s rock music in the background.

Long live Woodstock!

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