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 the 9th.
Here’s a rundown of the functional essentials for any outdoor setup
1. Keep it light with a Portable 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.
Our picks: Balad Lamp + Carrie LED Lamp
2. Utilize Fun, Multi-Application Seating
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.
Our picks: Bumper Outdoor Ottoman + Maya Lin Stone
3. Create a Comfy, Lounge Corner
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.
Our Picks: 1966 Adjustable Chaise, Mate Lounge Chair, Outdoor Cuba Chair
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
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 amount of people you normally have over, the food you serve, and go from there.
Our Picks: Bistro Table and Chairs + BK15 Dining Table, BK10 Chairs
5. Amplify Coziness with an Outdoor Rug
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.
Our Picks: Tide Weave Rug + Market Fringe Floor Mat
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.
Bonus items: A Pitcher + Cloth Napkins
Please save the environment, there is no time left for single-use plastic or paper napkins so cloth napkins are a bonus tip we highly suggest. We’re obviously fans of our linen napkins – as they’ll always fit in with any table, they’re washable, and have that lived-in linen look (that perfect crinkle if you know what we mean). And serving any batch cocktail or fresh lemonade calls for a pitcher as beautiful as your mixed drink creation, we love the hand-blown glass of the Cinch Pitcher.