While I am definitely not a landscape designer, in the summer, my attention gravitates towards creating inventive outdoor rooms. This summer, it started with dressing up a client’s patio for summer entertaining, subdividing a teeny tiny space into both dining and lounge areas, adding outdoor curtains and casual lighting. (Photos are coming as soon as the geraniums are planted in the flowerboxes). Now I want a lounge area in my own back yard.
Here is my dream, a mixture of fire and water, lounge and dining spaces with a modern feel. It was created by a Jack Merlo, a landscape designer in Australia. Be sure to check out his inspiring website. I bet he would travel to the US for the right project.
A backyard sanctuary includes many elements, not just furniture, but that is a fun place to start. Here is some lounge seating that I am coveting that is sleeker, higher quality and sexier than the patio sets you find at big box home stores.
Fermob USA is a website filled with bistro sets, chaise lounges, unique occasional pieces and lounge chairs in gorgeous vibrant colors.
Teak is a material commonly used for outdoor furniture. This laid-back sectional would be great for entertaining or an afternoon snooze.
Archie’s Island is a company with more colorful options. Their palettes make me want to vacation in the caribbean, but the adirondack style chairs, dining furniture and benches are just as appropriate for those of us in landlocked states.
This cross between a porch swing and a hammock would be perfect for relaxing and sipping lemonade.
Photo: Penobscot Bay Porch Swings
Originally designed in 1966 for Knoll furniture, Richard Schultz outdoor furniture is iconic modern design. Mr. Schultz now partners with his son, Peter, to manufacture unique outdoor furniture including his original 1966 designs, shown below.
Sutherland Teak – Designed to be a continuation of the companies interior furniture, Sutherland Teak is designed with comfort and durability in mind. This collection has both traditional and contemporary pieces.
Janus et Cie is an innovator in outdoor furniture design. Their collections include pieces made of teak, weather resistant faux wicker, metal and HDPE made from recycled bottles. Janus et Cie has an huge catalog, but here is my favorite piece.
Stay tuned for my next blog highlighting some fun outbuildings, cottages, conservatories and shelters for your backyard retreat.