Beautiful Outdoor Garden and Patio Furniture
Retro and sophisticated, a shiny matched set feels like you’ve moved your whole dining room outside.
A curvy, graceful object, such as this table, is as luscious from a distance as it is up close. This investment piece is a remake of a famous design from the 1940s (as are the matching chairs). The frame will develop a nice patina over time—or you can keep it shiny with brass polish.
To buy: Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan dining table, $1,375, dwr.com.
Wide, spacious, comfortable seating encourages guests to linger for long, chatty dinner parties.
To buy: Walter Lamb for Brown Jordan dining chairs, $825 each, dwr.com.
Add special-occasion sparkle with a lamp or another such unlikely table accessory. For safety, use clear duct tape to secure the lamp cord to the table leg and the extension cord to the deck or patio.
Rainbow Rec Room
Low, soft, and topple-proof, a kid-friendly scene of easy, bright pieces makes the most of a lively green backdrop.
While watching the kids play, grown-ups need to kick back. Angled seats that are solid, substantial, and ventilated are just right.
To buy: Cruz lounge chairs, $349 each, roomandboard.com.
Soft (so no flying bodies will be damaged) and weighted (so the kids can’t shift it, but you can), this durable lunch/drinks/tea-party spot with water-repellent fabric withstands spills and light rain.
To buy: Boyd Outdoor Cocktail ottoman, $499, roomandboard.com.
Kids will use stools as private tables, fort material, and even sometimes as a place to sit. Those with colorful, wipe-clean tops are a great marriage of functionality and decorative punch.
To buy: Emu Retrouvé wire poufs, $748 each: coalesse.com.