Outdoor furniture, garden gear and fun extras to pick up in anticipation of the warm days to come.
Something about a sunny day amid all the recent rain makes the craving for springtime fun all the stronger.
Don’t bottle up that longing — channel it into sprucing up your deck or patio with some new furniture, special plant containers and fun little extras. Here are some ideas for those who are ready to commit to spring, no matter what the weather says.
Create spaces to lounge that invite relaxation and socializing with some new furniture pieces.
The new, limited-edition Ikea Jassa Chaise ($79) and Cushion Covers ($6–$7 each) have a Southeast Asian influence, featuring natural materials and a laid-back, artsy vibe. The handmade rattan chaise is an on-trend look for summer, and the oversized cushions provide style and comfort.
Add a modern take on the Adirondack chair with the new Loll Designs Lollygagger Lounge Chair ($512 at lolldesigns.com). The all-weather piece is made from 100 percent recycled plastic (mostly milk cartons) and is available in 11 vibrant hues.
Get real laid-back with Layback Co. Canvas Hammocks ($110 at laybackco.com), a new line of hammocks out of Vancouver, B.C. Five fun prints can be found on 100 percent heavy cotton canvas, and a line of lighter-weight nylon hammocks are available for beach and campsite fun.
Light up your alfresco dinner parties with the new Fermob Balad Lamp ($114–$245) and Stand ($241–$396 at 2modern.com). Two lamp sizes and two stand sizes, all in an array of colors, let you customize your setup. The lamp has a rechargeable LED bulb with two brightness settings, and looks equally good indoors or out.
Add a garden bed to your yard, even if you have a small space, with the Woolly Pocket Lil’ Meadow Raised Bed ($90 at woollypocket.com). At 2-feet-by-2-feet, it’s got a small footprint, but can grow herbs, lettuces or even a cherry tomato plant for snack-time plucking. The frames are made from recycled, breathable material and are available in neutral or vibrant hues.
Activate your vertical space with Dig Gardens’ Braza Wall Planters ($49 at diggardens.com), made from heavy galvanized sheet metal with brass details. Left outdoors, they develop a rusty patina that contrasts beautifully with green plants.
Multifunctional pieces are always nice, and the Blue Caribou Tofino Plant Stand ($82 at bluecaribou.ca), made in Okanogan, B.C., can hold a range of pot sizes, or act as a side table. The powder-coated steel pieces are available in black or white.
Bring helpful pollinators into your yard while adding an element of summer fun with Bambeco’s Sweet Pineapple Bee House ($25 at bambeco.com). The drilled holes draw bees to the piece that’s handmade from Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood.
Small details can add a lot of personality and style to a space.
Hang hip iron artwork with the Bend Wall Arrow ($60–$70 at bendgoods.com), available in copper, gold, white, black and orange. Pick a shade that contrasts with your siding to add an element that really pops.
Summer means fun, so add some whimsy to your yard with stainless steel 3D Garden Pinwheels ($14–$17 each at uncommongoods.com). They’ll last longer than the plastic variety and add just as much visual pleasure.
You’ll impress your guests when you serve your barbeque on Terrain’s Tropical Foliage Melamine Plates ($12 each at shopterrain.com), featuring beautiful plant prints on shatterproof bamboo melamine.
Don’t forget the kids (and kids at heart). Provide sweet summer memories with a tree swing. It’s a great DIY project, or you can pick up The Original Bench Swing ($160–$200 at theoriginaltreeswing.com), a sturdy, handmade piece constructed from quality, weather-resistant materials.