Your Outdoor Oasis Tool Kit
If there's anything we know, it's that there has never been a better time to lose yourself imagining a summer backyard party filled with everyone you love for when this is all over. Ours would have an Aperol Spritz fountain, an array of bright berry pies, and likely involve making clay model interiors (we've been very into this project by Eny Lee Parker). Instead of thinking about your backyard, patio, deck, or porch as the lingering project that will never end, take this time to think about what you need and the summer activities you often indulge in.
Don't have huge dinner parties or a large family? A dining table that takes up a ton of room won't be your favorite. Don't like to crisp up in the sun? A chaise isn't for you! Beyond being the perfect time to dream up an outdoor scape, we have new Blu Dot Outdoor that just touched down online, the Knoll Outdoor Sale started yesterday, and shh don't tell anyone but even a Fermob savings event may be starting on April 9th.
1. Keep it light with a Portable Lamp
Our picks: Carrie LED Lamp + Balad Lamp
There's always going to be a use for an outdoor light, and one that is portable will make your life so much easier, think about walking the dog at night, a poolside luminary, a quick dinner centerpiece, etc. Super light and rechargeable, the Balad Lamp and the Carrie LED take the cake as they both have handles and come in a variety of colors.
2. Utilize Fun, Multi-Application Seating
Our picks: Bumper Outdoor Ottoman + Maya Lin Stone
There's nothing better than a moveable piece of furniture that can act as your side table, footrest, extra seating, or patio art installation. These versatile pieces can help you make more seating in a pinch without having to lug chairs in and out of the house. The new Outdoor Bumper Ottoman by Blu Dot is upholstered in Sunbrella and the Maya Lin Stones are molded out of 100% recycled polyethylene, which means easy stain cleanup and fewer worries.
3. Create a Comfy, Lounge Corner
Our Picks: 1966 Adjustable Chaise, Mate Lounge Chair, Outdoor Cuba Chair
No matter if it's a chaise, lounge chair, or hammock we're all in search of the perfect outdoor nap, more vitamin D, and a place to lay when we're trying to have some alone time. The 1966 Chaise is such a classic, its contour version is great too, making it perfect for (responsibly with sunscreen) soaking up the sun. Two new outdoor lounge chairs on the scene are the outdoor version of the Cuba Chair which we've previously raved about, and the Mate Lounge Chair we saw in NYC that comes in the most perfect color-ways.
4. Attune Your Dining Setup to You
Our Picks: Bistro Table and Chairs + BK15 Dining Table, BK10 Chairs
Whether this is a Bistro Table nook, a more elaborate setup like the BK15 Dining Table, or a cluster of lounge seating and coffee tables, somewhere to gather and scarf down barbecue food is essential. Think about the entertaining you enjoy, the number of people you normally have over, the food you serve, and go from there. These two are easy favorites for us, the Bistro Collection is the perfect solution for the space-conscious and the BK Collection is ready for the chicest dinner ever to be had.
5. Amplify Coziness with an Outdoor Rug
Our Picks: Tide Weave Rug + Market Fringe Floor Mat
The piece that takes everything up a notch is having the comfort of a well-made outdoor rug or mat under your feet, it will add a level of serenity that quickly rivals your living room. You can't go wrong with either of these woven rugs, they're washable, made to handle messes, high-traffic, and anything the best backyard party can throw at them.