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3 Ways To Use Your Sugar Kettles

by briansfurniture |November 30, 2020 |0 Comments | Blogs, Sugar Kettles

Sugar kettles are, without a doubt, an iconic relic of Louisiana’s history. Now found commonplace in Southern decor, sugar kettles are being used for a variety of purposes. The Sugar Kettle experts at Brian’s Furniture wanted to share some outdoor ideas to help make your landscape pop. Let’s take a look at just how versatile decorating your outdoor area with sugar kettles can be!

A Beautiful Fountain 

A water feature adds a certain “je ne sais quoi” to any landscape or garden. And sugar kettle fountains are a beautiful and easy way to transform your outdoor area. The most simple way to install a fountain is just by using a sugar kettle and water pump. We offer many different style fountains, ranging from simple sprinkler fountains to beautiful bronze bird fountains. Whatever look you’re trying to achieve for your sugar kettle fountain, Brian’s Furniture has many options for you.

A Stylish Fire Pit

A cast iron sugar kettle fire pit is a stylish addition to any outside area. And luckily, transforming your sugar kettle into a firepit is a breeze. The heavy cast iron bowl works perfectly as an instant and beautiful fire pit. Although, you might want to add some small holes at the bottom of the sugar kettle to allow for rainwater drainage. This also helps with ash disposal when washing your sugar kettle fire pit out. We have a large selection of sizes that’ll fit your every need. Creating your own outdoor fire pit area is as simple as setting up some chairs around your brand new sugar kettle fire pit. Grab your blankets and enjoy the crisp nights around a warm fire with your friends and family. 

A Louisiana-style Planter

Possibly the most simple use for a sugar kettle is converting it into a planter. Whether you opt for the fiberglass or cast iron sugar kettle, simply drill a drain hole in the bottom and you’re ready to plant! The beautiful pop of color from flowers or greenery paired with the uniqueness of the sugar kettle adds a perfect Louisiana touch to any outdoor space.

Our Selection Of Sugar Kettles in Port Allen

With hundreds of Louisiana-style cast-iron and fiberglass sugar kettles in stock, we have the largest selection in the South. Additionally, our team can even ship them to you if you’re too far away to visit. Our unique Louisiana-style sugar kettles are available from 2′ to 7′ in both cast-iron and fiberglass. From outdoor products to home furnishings, Brian’s has something for everyone! 

Have a question? Don’t hesitate to call us at 225-346-0896 or fill out a form online. We look forward to providing the right sugar kettle for you.

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Outdoor Furniture: 5 Ways to Make Your Yard Beautiful

by briansfurniture |November 11, 2020 |2 Comments | Outdoor

Tired of looking out into your backyard and feeling like it needs a refresh? Not an expert on landscaping and gardening, but still want to spruce things up? Turn your dull backyard into a place to call home with the right outdoor furniture and accessories. Create a wonderful outdoor environment for relaxing and entertaining with Brian’s Furniture.

Patio Sets

When it comes to revamping your backyard or outdoor living space, the first step is proper patio furniture. The best place to start is with patio sets. Incorporating a beautiful patio set into your deck or patio space creates a central gathering place for your guests. Patio sets are available in a huge variety of styles, including cast aluminum. You can make them even more comfortable with the addition of colorful cushions. Add a large umbrella to the mix, and you’ve got the perfect outdoor meeting space for family and friends (and for outdoor dining too)!

Backyard Swings

When you think of a relaxing outdoor space, you might picture yourself lounging around with a cup of coffee on a cool morning. What better place to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather than a backyard swing? Whether you hang a swing from your porch or under a tree in your space, swings add a relaxing seating option to any yard.

Sugar Kettles

You may not have heard of sugar kettles before, but once you do, you’ll start getting loads of new ideas. Sugar kettles are available in both cast iron and fiberglass and have a multitude of uses. For example, they make incredible planters for large plants, amazing fire pits, or can be turned into water fountains. They make a striking focal point for large gardens or landscaped areas. Sugar kettles could even be turned into an outdoor fish tank if you’re aquatically inclined.

Outdoor Fountains

Few outdoor decorations can match the beauty of fountains. Whether you choose a small cast aluminum fountain or a decorative bronze fountain, they make a perfect addition to any outdoor landscape. Fountains are available in a variety of styles. They can be simple and decorative or even feature statues of birds, animals, children playing, and more. With so many styles out there, you’ll be able to find the perfect piece that not only reflects your personality but adds a peaceful focal point to any landscaping.

Outdoor Decorations

Once you take care of the essentials, it’s time to consider outdoor decorations for your space. Some decorations and accessories to consider include birdbaths, planters, decorative posts and pedestals, urns, and even wall art. 

Outdoor furnishings are available in hundreds of styles and can be personalized to every homeowner’s taste. This is where the real fun begins! Choosing the right decorations and accessories helps your backyard feel more like home and adds a touch of color to any space.

Create Your Perfect Yard at Brian’s Furniture

Ready to give your yard the refresh it deserves? Check out the fantastic selection at Brian’s Furniture in Port Allen. Take your outdoor spaces to the next level with the professionals.

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The Sweet History Of Sugar Kettles

by briansfurniture |November 2, 2020 |42 Comments | Outdoor, Sugar Kettles

Jesuit priests brought sugarcane into south Louisiana in 1751. After some experimenting with growing sugarcane, a thriving sugar industry was made in Louisiana that continues today. The sugar kettle was born out of necessity and found on the Louisiana sugar plantations. Sugarcane was cooked down in these sugar kettles to produce sugar in a fast and efficient way. If you live in Louisiana, you’ve undoubtedly seen sugar kettles used in our local landscaping and architecture. Sugar kettles are especially evident in the southern cities of Louisiana, like New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Cast Iron

Sugar kettles were used in 19th-century plantations where sugar cane was cooked down to produce sugar in these large iron pots. But this wasn’t a one-hit-wonder, these giant kettles had other uses as well. 

Because they’re typically made out of cast iron, they could withstand the heat. That meant cast iron sugar kettles could produce large amounts of food for the plantation. Eventually, using the sugar kettle to make sugar and food was phased out by other more efficient methods, so other uses were found.

Fiberglass 

Even though we don’t use sugar kettles to produce, this iconic symbol of Louisiana history has remained prevalent to this day. While the uses for sugar kettles changed, so did the materials used to make them. As sugar kettles transitioned into a more decorative role, fiberglass sugar kettles became a popular option. Because fiberglass is a lot lighter than cast iron, it’s easy to understand why one would choose this option while decorating.

Sugar Kettles Today

Sugar kettles have become an icon of Louisiana design and culture. Take New Orleans for example—they’re everywhere! From planters and fountains to simple estate ornaments, these sugar kettles are used in a variety of creative ways. Can’t wait to get your hands on one? Fret not, Brian’s Furniture has you covered. We have one of the largest selections of sugar kettles in the South!

Our Selection Of Sugar Kettles

With hundreds of Louisiana-style cast iron and fiberglass sugar kettles in stock, we have the largest selection in the South. Our team can even ship them to you if you’re too far away to visit. Our unique Louisiana-style sugar kettles are available from 2′ to 7′ in both cast iron and fiberglass. Wondering how to use them? They make beautiful planters or water fountains in nearly any yard. Or perhaps get your own cast iron kettle for a fire pit. From outdoor products to home furnishings, Brian’s has something for everyone! 

Have a question? Don’t hesitate to call us at 225-346-0896 or fill out a form online. We look forward to providing the right sugar kettle for you.