Make It Pretty: Fresh Inspiration For Great Outdoors

Feb 15, 2014
Veronica Brandy

outdoor patio inspirationEnjoy, share, breathe — With the good weather coming back, why not making your exterior an extra room? A quiet and friendly place to relax? To surprise your guests and enjoy nature in your patio, make it as comfortable as your living room! Discover our selection of furniture, accessories and inspirations for the outdoors.
(Headline picture: Denise McGaha Interiors)

outdoor patio dining chairs

Outdoor patio dining chairs — A stylish set of dining chairs dress up almost any space. They become a key feature when you can actually start making outdoor plans for a good dinner with friends. Here are our nine favorite contenders:

Top row:
1.
 Smith & Hawken 2-Piece Wood Folding Patio Chair Set – $130.00 Target
2. Woodard Metro Stackable Dining Wrought Iron Side Chair – Set of 2 $239.99 Amazon
3. Stacking Armchair, red – $79.95 Pier 1
4. Threshold Harper 2-Piece Metal Patio Dining Chair Set – $165.99 Target
5. Alfresco Home Martini Stackable Bistro Chair Cherry Pie – Set of 2 – $236.00 Amazon

Bottom row:
6.Threshold Afton 2-Piece Metal Patio Stacking Chair Set – $90.00 Target
7. Alfresco Home Martini Stackable Bistro Chair Paloma Grey, Set of 2 – $236.00 Amazon
8. Jardine Folding Chair $99 – $396 Westelm
9. Caluco San Michele Side Chair – $366.00 Hayneedle

patio floor ideas

Patio floor material — Wether you opt for a wood deck or a classic stone pavement, there is always a material of choice that will fit the style of your garden. While wood creates very graphic contemporary lines that enlarge space , traditional tiling adds majesty and a Mediterranean flair that cannot be ignored. From left to right:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4

outdoor patio dining chairs

Fire Features — There’s nothing cozier than a chilly spring evening spent in the patio around a fire pit. Good stories, memories and roast marshmallows what could be missing? If you hesitate between gas and wood, know that if gas fire pits are easier to maintain, they are more costly and not really suitable for grilling food.

Top row:
1. Lava Rock Natural Gas Fire Bowl – $129.00 Restoration Hardware
2. Cast-Iron Fire Bowl, Design by Søren Slebo – $325.00 Design Within Reach
3. Black Outdoor Fireplace, by Brookstone – $141.65 Amazon
4. Esschert Design Low Firepot – $115.00 Amazon
5. EcoSmart Dish Outdoor Fireplace – $890.00 Room & Board

Bottom row:
6. Leisurelife Florence Coffee Table/Firepit – $139.99 Target
7. Threshold 26″ Square Fire Pit – $79.99 Target
8. Esschert Design Fire Basket Rectangular – $83.60 Amazon
9. Real Flame Hampton Fire Bowl – 247.89 Amazon

outdoor patio benches

Outdoor benches — Cozy and friendly, an outdoor bench sided by a coffee table or dining table is a great invitation to spare some good time chatting and talking under the trees. You can opt for built-in benches to perfectly fit with your patio layout. From left to right: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

patio outdoor chaise lounge chairs

Chaise lounge chairs — A fresh cocktail, a good book, sunglasses and SPF… If we are still far from this perfect equation, nothing prevent us to scout for good lounging chairs for when the weather allows it. These features really caught our eyes

Top row:
1. Strathwood Basics Hardwood Chaise Lounge – $129.99 Amazon
2. Polywood Euro Chaise, Gloss White/Aruba – $855.42 Amazon
3. Rusa Adjustable Chaise with Wheels – $1,155.00 Design within Reach
4. Smith Barnett Dynamic Wicker Chaise Lounge – $525.59 All Modern
5. Smith & Hawken Brooks Island Wood Patio Chaise Lounge – $259.00 Target

Bottom row:
6. Leisure Season Chaise Lounge with Pull-Out Tray  – $179.99 Amazon
7. Basics Chaise Lounge Chair, by Strathwood – $149.99 Amazon
8. Rawley Textilene Chaise Lounge Chair, by Strathwood – $199.99 Amazon
9. Griffen All-Weather Wicker Chaise Lounge, by Strathwood – $334.99 Amazon

 

outdoor patio light fixtures

Outdoor light features — To lighten up your evening gatherings, and create a warm, friendly atmosphere, a set of table lanterns, or strand lights are the perfect accessories. Here are our favorite so far:

Top row:
1. Porcelain Hurricanes, Dotted – $19 – $49 Westelm
2. Eva Solo Hurricane Table Lamp – Amazon
3. Points of Light Candleholder, by Corr-The Jute Works – $10.00 Ten Thousand Villages
4. Round rattan lantern, small – $27.50 Kouboo
5. Indoor/Outdoor Mini Oriental Style Lanterns – $15.00 Amazon

Bottom row:
6. Bamboo Lantern – Frontgate
7. Solar Garden LED Light/Candle Light, by Solite – $19.95 Amazon
8. Contemporary Classic Style Lamp Candle Holders Lantern – $23.10 Amazon
9. Dark Sky Outdoor Wall Washer Sconce, Ceramic 49.90 Amazon

patio design ideas

Landscaping and accessories — Adding details like a small fountain, big vases, or rocks give the outdoor space a sense of depth. Play with the 4 elements: fire, water, earth and air! from left to right: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

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