Just in time to welcome spring, home furnishings companies have unveiled their new offerings for outdoor enjoyment. Take a look at our picks for refreshing and renewing your backyard, patio, or terrace. Once chunky and clunky, outdoor furnishings are becoming virtually indistinguishable from their indoor counterparts. To wit, Williams-Sonoma Home’s new Pescadero sofa could easily move into the living room. Its minimalist frame exemplifies modern glamour.
The Pescadero sofa ($1,695) has a polished-nickel finish and is covered in hand-woven synthetic rattan.
A perfect way to add a splash of color to your porch: Target has paired up with legendary Finnish design company Marimekko to produce outdoor décor, furniture, and tableware that sport the company’s bold prints. The limited-edition collection will hit stores April 17.
Prices for the Marimekko collection range from $8 for sunscreen to $500 for a paddle board.
Rustic yet refined, Pottery Barn’s new Abbott and Tolland dining table chair set combines the solidity of
concrete with airy metal-and-wood folding chairs. The set ($3,493) has an inviting informality.
Outdoor rugs made of durable polypropylene are designed to resist dirt, mildew, and fading. One of the latest designs from rug manufacturer Jaipur Living has a restful green and blue palette.
This bird-patterned rug is available in three sizes, starting at 2-by-3-feet. $66 at Wayfair.com.
Key to an outdoor room is a comfortable seating arrangement: The furnishings buzzword for this these days is "chat group." West Elm’s new line of Portside outdoor seating lets you build your own sectional from five different components.
The Portside pieces are made from FSC-certified wood with a wire-brushed surface. The four-piece sectional shown is $2,996.
Minneapolis-based Loll Designs recycles plastic milk jugs into cheerful outdoor furniture; one of its latest offerings is a Rope Swing, available in 10 different colors.
The Rope Swing ($277), shown here in leaf green, is made from 100-percent recycled plastic.
A sleek, contemporary take on a fire pit, the Real Flame board-form rectangle propane table is inspired by cast concrete and is new for 2016. Contact the company directly for pricing and availability.
The fire table is made of fiber-cast concrete, weighs around 180 lbs. (somewhat lighter than basic concrete) and is fueled by a propane tank, which can be concealed under a matching side table.
Otomi promises to be the next big trend in textiles. The Mexican embroidery tradition makes an appearance in Pottery Barn’s summer product lineup via the indoor/outdoor Otomi Embroidered Pillow.
The embroidered pillow ($59.50) is made of water-repellant polyester.
While you’re browsing new outdoor furnishings, you can also find inspiration in Houseplans' collection of Backyard Living Plans, specifically designed to maximize indoor-outdoor living. Here are three, including Plan 433-2 by architect Ross Anderson at the top of this post, to whet your appetite.
Plan 928-11, above, by Visbeen Architects includes both a covered porch and a deck. And Plan 888-17 by architect Nicholas Lee, below, opens to a deck running the length of the house. Time to sit and take a sip!