Meet Ipe.

Jensen Leisure has brought the full range of its experience to bear in masterfully constructing its new line of furniture, made from FSC® certified Ipé (EE-pay) wood. With an impressive range of traditional and modern designs, and styles that have stood the test of time, Jensen offers something for every home. A strikingly beautiful chocolate brown color, Jensen Ipé weathers with strength and elegance. Ipé is incredibly strong and dense, with very high wear durability. Weather has little to no negative effect on Ipé. A handsome chocolate brown when new, the sun gracefully transforms Ipé to a mature, elegant silver patina. By using only FSC® certified wood, Jensen Leisure Furniture is working to maintain the long-term well-being of the forests and the people who depend on them.

The Ipé used in Jensen Leisure Furniture is certified to meet criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®), a non-profit organization that sets international standards for responsible forestry. By sourcing materials in this manner, Jensen Leisure Furniture is helping to conserve the rainforest and enhance the standard of living in its surrounding communities. Relax with outstanding manufacturing quality, a ‘no nonsense’ five-year warranty, and excellent attention to detail from a caring, family owned company. With Jensen, you can rest assured that you are helping to promote rainforest conservation while enjoying your Ipé furniture of truly unprecedented quality.

About Our Ipé Wood

With over five million acres (twice the size of Yellowstone National Park) of FSC® certified forest under management, Bolivia is the world’s leader in sustainable management of natural tropical forest. CIMAL/IMR, the manufacturer of the entire Jensen Leisure Furniture Ipé collection, is directly responsible for the management of approximately half of this area.

The Chiquitania Forest Reserve – Jensen Ipé comes from the 2,120,000 acre CIMAL/IMR Chiquitania forest reserve in Eastern Bolivia. The Chiquitania reserve is a unique formation of natural tropical dry forest. It is located in the southwest corner of the Amazon basin, lying directly west of the Brazilian Pantanal, the world’s largest continguous wetland. The Chiquitania Forest provides critical habitat for many rare and endangered animals, including the Harpy Eagle, Jaguar, the Howler Monkey, and numerous species of neotropical migratory birds.

Because of the nature of tropical dry forest, trees here grow very slowly. Consequently, some of the world’s strongest and most durable woods come from the Chiquitania Forest. Ipé (also know as Tajibo in Bolivia), is among the most abundant tree species in these forests.


CIMAL/IMR foresters carefully manage the Ipé in their forest reserves according to the demanding criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council™. Tree harvesting is planned to minimize impacts and preserve the forest’s natural biological diversity.

Ipé is incredibly strong and dense, with very high wear durability. Weather has little to no negative effect on Ipé. A handsome chocolate-brown when new, the sun gracefully transforms Ipé to a mature, elegant silver patina.


One fantastic example of the durability of these timbers are the Ipé posts and beams found in the original Jesuit missions in Chiquitania dating from the 18th century. After more than 200 years in service these structural members are still sound.

Other applications where the strength and durability of Ipé has been long recognized are in the deck boards of the historic Solferino Footbridge which crosses the Seine River in central Paris, in the famous boardwalk at Atlantic City, NJ, and in the wood slats in all of New York City park benches.

Grill Me Another!

Among the advantages of living in Georgia is the year round enjoyment of the outdoors. Homeowners are seeking to leverage their investment by maximizing the comfort and utility of their outdoor living spaces. As homeowners embrace outdoor living, demand for outdoor lifestyle products continues to grow.

The “outdoor kitchen” is a central theme of the outdoor lifestyle, and has evolved from luxury amenity to mainstream feature. Well designed and engineered outdoor kitchen components offer limitless opportunity to create a satisfying outdoor cooking and entertainment experience. A carefully crafted outdoor kitchen strategy can help a homeowner successfully navigate the maze of options available. Some suggestions to consider when installing an outdoor kitchen:


Imagine the end product. Envision the cooking and entertainment experience desired. Inspire your imagination with what you dream of your outdoor kitchen to look like.

Identify the space

 Unlike a conventional kitchen in the interior of your home, the design of an outdoor kitchen has few boundaries to restrict imaginative, functional and comfortable interpretations.

Research is important

to help you filter through the components of an outdoor kitchen and the cooking experiences they deliver. Lifestyle magazines, technical journals, product catalogs, consumer reviews and personal experiences are excellent sources of clarity and inspiration.

Prepare a budget

Grill islands can be constructed in place or purchased in pre-fabricated form. Whatever your choice, the grill remains central to all outdoor kitchen designs, including gas grills in liquid propane or natural gas, charcoal grills, electric grills, infrared grills, combination grills, pellet grills, metal smokers, ceramic smokers, etc. A refrigerator, sink, warming drawers, storage shelves, ice maker, refreshment center, pizza oven, side burners, searing station, ceramic smoker and many other amenities rarely found indoors can be incorporated into the design. The choice is limitless, as is the level of quality and investment.


An outdoor kitchen is often part of a greater outdoor living strategy. It can also be crafted as a do it yourself project. With the breadth of quality, selection and functionality of outdoor kitchen products, it is desirable – and ultimately less painful –to enlist the assistance of outdoor living specialists to help you navigate the myriad of options available.

Buy Quality

Finally, buy quality and avoid disappointment. We speak from experience on this point. Your outdoor kitchen has to withstand the elements year round and should ideally be constructed with materials that offer optimum performance in all of conditions. For example, high grade, high performance gas grills and grilling related components are generally constructed with rust and fatigue resistant commercial grade stainless steel and casted aluminum burners.

Homeowners are “investing in place” and seek greater comfort and utility from all areas of their homes, including outdoor living spaces. An outdoor kitchen represents an investment that increases the value of your home and enhances the enjoyment of your outdoor living spaces. Smokers, searing stations, and other outdoor kitchen amenities enable you to prepare flavorful meals with greater variety and sophistication than are often possible indoors. Outdoor kitchens are fast becoming central gathering points for entertaining family and friends. After all, it is said that people gather in the home where they are most comfortable.

The High Road

Translated in English, Camino Real represents the Highroad…

The Camino Real Collection offers stylish comfort and long-lasting durability. Each piece starts with premium materials such as strong aluminum tubing and 100% virgin vinyl, hand-woven to withstand environmental elements. Camino Real, a traditional silhouette available in high-back comfort, will make your outdoor living space your favorite get away.


Summer is coming.

If an outdoor living space is in your plans, you are not alone! According to the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA), eighty percent of Americans plan to purchase outdoor furniture or accessories this year. Hearing their call, manufacturers are producing beautifully designed outdoor furniture collections made to handle all that Mother Nature can offer. Not surprising therefore that outdoor living products represent the fastest growing segment of the furniture industry.

With the introduction of fade resistant fabrics, durable structural materials such as cast aluminum, teak, Ipe and much more, outdoor living is highly desirable and easier than ever. Add fire features like rust resistant fire pits, high performance gas or charcoal grills, a brush of color with throw pillows and other fabric accents, and voila, your outdoor living space is a year round destination for family fun, entertaining friends, or simply for quiet enjoyment and relaxation!

Is your outdoor living space ready for summer? No worries, we have your back. Our blog will provide you with insightful tips to help you avoid the common pitfalls associated with creating inviting, stylishly comfortable outdoor living spaces.

Check out the first step to building your outdoor space!


So you want to build an outdoor space. Great!

The first step to building your own outdoor living space is to start imagining it. What do you want to use it for? Will it be mainly for basking in the sun, dining, or sitting around with family and friends? How big will your space be?  These are some important questions you need to answer before you start.

Keep a timeframe in mind in order to help you understand what can and what can’t be done. Don’t overwhelm yourself with the bulk of it, and instead take in what you can. You might even need to extend your timeframe if the projects are bigger.

While imagining, think of a realistic budget of the entire plan. This is a very important part. Imagining your outdoor living space includes thorough research of what you want to use it for, what needs to be done to create the space, and how much will it cost. Quality products will cost more but they will last much longer than cheaper sets.

When in doubt, Pinterest it out!

Lay It all Down!

Time to break some sweat!

Laying the foundation is among one of the most important steps for building your outdoor patio. There are many varieties of foundations you can do.


Brick patios are a timeless design that is not too difficult to lay. Before starting, please consult a professional for further information.


Mulch is probably the easiest to lay. It is not the most conventional foundation but for small budgets, black mulch with colorful accented furniture can make your patio look sleek and stylish. 


Stone is considered one of the more difficult foundations. Prices vary depending on size, color, and style. Stone patios can look stylish with touches of luxury. Before starting, please consult a professional for further information.


Decking is among the most popular patio styles. It offers a natural, timeless style at an affordable price. Although it takes some work, a deck patio is well worth it. Before starting, please consult a professional for further information.

If you missed out, here is the first step on building your dream patio!

Decisions, Decisions

Now is the time to decide.

There are three principal outdoor furniture categories: dining, deep seating and sectional seating. Within each category, there are many different designs and styles available. Outdoor furniture is available in many materials including wood, wicker, synthetic wicker, Aluminum, and Iron.

Dining is a great option for those that like to sit with the family while enjoying a barbecue. It is a timeless configuration that you won’t regret! Seating is another classic way to give your patio utility. Add throw pillows with ambient lighting to accent the rest of your furniture. For a more modern look, add a sectional to your outdoor living space. These modular pieces can accommodate your space no matter or how large or how small it is.

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We will happily forward information about your selection. If you prefer, we will schedule a personalized appointment with one of our outdoor design specialists.

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