Celebrate the break in the heat with patio and deck gear that goes from summer into fall.
Didn’t get to spend as much time outside as you wanted during our extra-hot, smoky summer?
Make up for lost time during the shoulder season, as temps cool to manageable levels and friends return from summer vacations. To enhance the experience, add a few fun (and cozy) pieces to your patio, deck or yard, and soak in the great outdoors while you can.
Snap up one or two pieces of comfy, practical outdoor furniture before it disappears from stores. You and your guests will appreciate it.
A loveseat is both cozy and space-saving. The Ikea Applaro Loveseat with Hallo Cushions ($330) is modular, so it can serve as a couch or two chairs, or be expanded on in the future.
If you’re a fan of all things quirky and bright, the Rotoluxe Infinity Bench II ($430–$470 at kuldesigns.com) will be right up your alley. Available in nearly every color of the rainbow, it fits two people and can include an optional solar-powered LED unit for furniture that doubles as lighting.
With its tropical vibes, the CB2 Ixtapa Lounge Chair ($249 at cb2.com) will help you hold on to that last taste of summer, even as PVC cord and a powder-coated steel frame help it stand up to fall weather.
Accents & lighting
As the skies grow darker, bright and colorful accents are more necessary than ever. And, for practical reasons, it’s a good time to make sure you have adequate lighting in your outdoor space.
Available in four sizes, the Couristan Monstera Indoor/Outdoor Rug ($20–$379 at Nordstrom) features a lovely tropical pattern that adds a pop of color and softness underfoot.
The Allem Studio Cherry Outdoor Pillow ($44 at burkedecor.com), with a cheerful cherry-blossom pattern, is so lovely you can bring it indoors to use during the winter months.
Lighten and brighten your outdoor space with the new Fatboy Bolleke Hanging Lamp ($99 at shop.fatboyusa.com), which has a simple looping cord so you can hang the sleek LED light anywhere, indoors or out. Four chic cord colors allow you to mix and match groupings for dramatic effect.
Available in green, pink, yellow and aqua, the World Market Mini Colored Glass Raya Tabletop Lanterns ($10 each) are handcrafted by artisans in India and hold a tealight candle for an elegant tabletop addition.
Cooking & cuisine
If you’re spending time outside, you’ll probably need a snack, or at least a drink.
Chill those last bottles of rosé in the Cathy’s Concepts Rustic Anchor Ice Bucket ($83 at Nordstrom). An anchor stamp gives it a fun nautical feel, and its removable metal insert makes it easy to clean.
The only thing better than pizza is enjoying a fresh-made pie on the patio. The Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven ($300 at Sur La Table) bakes pizzas in just five minutes. And it’s portable, so you can bring it tailgating or on your early-fall camping trips.
Store all your food and drinks in the CB2 Escale Cooler Cart ($549 at cb2.com), with cooling tubs and a roomy bottom rack. Its all-weather wicker material makes the cart durable, and you can easily wheel it inside for loading or storing.
It’s hard to enjoy hanging outdoors when you’re chilly. But there are plenty of ways to keep warm as we enter the cooler months.
The Arhaus Grey Round Outdoor 36’ Fire Pit (on sale for $699 at arhaus.com) looks great and will keep you toasty. If you don’t want to mess with smoke from firewood, you can also use gel fuel canisters with the fire pit.
If a smaller option is needed, check out the Floz Design Fuoco Tabletop Firepit ($95–$135 at Digs, Ballard), made from sleek stainless steel and ceramic, and available in two petite sizes.
The Grandin Road Halogen Floor Patio Heater ($279 at grandinroad.com) is another easy way to keep your patio warm when the sun goes down, operating on a regular 110-volt current, allowing you to forgo propane canisters.
Or just cuddle up under the Bliss Home Spirit Stargazer Throw ($97.50 at blisshomeanddesign.com). Hand-loomed in India, the light, breathable cotton is a chic solution for that post-sunset chill.