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Summer is the season of fun and relaxation, fun really being the keyword here, so keep that in mind when you go furnishing shopping, suggests Nicole Andrew, style editor at luxury online furnishing retailer Perigold. “Let it be an extension of your indoor space. There’s no need to sacrifice style just because you want it to be functional,” she adds. But what does that mean in practical terms?
“Think about the size of your space, how much sun and shade it gets, and whether children and/or pets will be spending time there. If so, and you’re going with upholstered cushions and furniture, you may want to consider a slightly darker fabric, but one that won’t retain heat if the area gets direct sun,” Andrew explains.
Outdoor spaces often feature large concrete areas, which don’t necessarily bring up an image of coziness. To make them more homey-looking start off by adding a couple of rugs and pillows.
“A throw, or a basket of them, will ensure you and any guests will be cozy no matter the time of day. No need to be shy about plant life, either —potted flowers or greenery add an extra touch of life,” says Andrew.
Amber Uhl, an interior designer at Havenly, also says that pillows, for example, are a great way to add texture and color. Another way to make your garden cozier is through lighting.
“Opt in for uplighting along your fence line and house, bistro lights with Edison bulbs for under overhangs, and lanterns with solar operated lights inside around the furniture areas,” she suggests.
Here we rounded up the chicest pieces of outdoor furniture and décor pieces that will instantly upgrade your garden or patio.
Cane Line Breeze Patio Chair
This patio chair sports modern, geometric-inspired design that’s also extra-wide for maximum comfort.
To buy: $982, perigold.com
Seasonal Living Bowness Ceramic Coffee Table
Add a pop of color to your garden with this gorgeous handmade glazed ceramic table—it is the quintessential statement piece of furniture.
To buy: $2,142, perigold.com
Brannon Outdoor Fire Pit
“A concrete or metal fire pit can really elevate a space and provide a great gathering space that invites you and your guests to stay awhile,” says Uhl.
This one does double-duty as a coffee table and sports timeless wicker design.
To buy: $2,735, horchow.com
Serena&Lily Lido Striped Rug
“An outdoor area rug is an item that is commonly overlooked but a stylish outdoor rug can really complete an outdoor space,” says Uhl.
Add a cozy vibe to your backyard with this classic navy and white rug. It is handwoven in India from a sturdy polyester-based thread that is wear and tear resistant.
To buy: from $398, serenaandlily.com
Urbia Mixx Stecca Cascata Garden Stool
This modern concrete-and-teak stool can also work as a side table or a planter stand.
To buy: $370, perigold.com
Restoration Hardware Vintage String Lights
Turn your garden into a whimsical place (with unlimited Instagram potential) with these beautiful string lights.
To buy: $180, restorationhardware.com
Outer The Standard Patio Set
Enjoy the long summer days outdoors with this elegant wicker set that consists of two corners and two armless chairs (you can pair them as you wish for a combination that works for your outdoor space). The foam cushions are water-, mildew-, stain- and fade-resistant so you don’t have to worry about the occasional summer rain ruining them.
To buy: $3,300, liveouter.com
The White Company Coriander & Citronella Outdoor Candle
Stock up on these gorgeous candles that come in glazed Belgium-made pots. Not only do they look pretty and smell fresh, but their citronella scent also repels mosquitoes.
To buy: $49, nordstrom.com
Port 68Dragon Blue Square Planter with Stand
Add some character to your outdoor area (and practice your gardening skills) with this handcrafted blue and white porcelain planter sitting atop a black wooden stand.
To buy: $235, horchow.com
Pottery Barn Torrey All Weather Wicker Chair
Work on your tan or simply enjoy a good book on this weatherproof chaise that includes water-repellent cushions. Invite a friend to join you since it comes in a pair.
To buy: $2,748, potterybarn.com
CB2 Pod Hanging Chair with Cushion
This comfy handwoven pod will become your favorite place to hang out this summer. It’s made from sturdy faux wicker and comes with an easy to clean plush cushion.
To buy: $800, cb2.com