It’s that time of the year again: the sun is shining, the flowers have sprung, and suddenly your patio has become the most frequented area of your home. In honour of the summer hosting season, we’ve rounded up 5 pieces that will instantly update your outdoor living area, whether it’s a sprawling backyard or an itty-bitty balcony.
A CREATION WITH A CAUSE
Delve through your summer reading list while relaxing in a whimsical crochet hammock. Created by a group of young artists in Nicaragua, a portion of the proceeds from each hand-woven hammock goes back into the artists’ local community to fund scholarship programs and health check-ups. Pottery Barn hand-woven hammock, $566.
This sculptural pitcher is the perfect vessel for serving sangria at your next patio soirée. The textured jug is made from bohemian glass from Prague, and comes in an emerald hue (pictured here), a bright sky blue or translucent grey. Apartment 48 hobnail pitcher, $155.
Whether placed outside in the garden or inside your home, a planter that plays with lines and negative space makes a solid statement. Each planter comes equipped with a smooth, white pot hand-cast in Austin, Texas by artisan Kelly DeWitt. Strategic drainage holes at the base allow room for excess water, leaving the exterior clean and shiny. KKDW tall planters, $225.
Kim Seybert is known for creating lavish designs in both womenswear and tableware. Her series of handmade table runners are intricately beaded in whimsical flowery patterns— a perfect finishing touch to any table setting. Kim Seybert rainforest runner, $937.
TIPTOE THROUGH THE GARDENIAS
Spanish designer Jaime Hayon has created a contemporary furniture line inspired by the garden, exclusively for BD Barcelona Design. The Gardenias Collection is a mix of both indoor and outdoor cast aluminum furniture designed in organic shapes to blend in neatly with backyard flora. The pieces are not only impactful, but comfortable; a stay-cool finishing keeps surfaces from getting too hot when exposed to the sun. Visit bdbarcelona.com for more information.