July
15
2014
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From $135, at West Elm

The Dining Set

The key to an outdoor dining set? You want the quality to be good enough to last, but you don't want to feel bad setting a wet beer bottle on it. And you may want to consider a compact and foldable set for when you need to make more room. This one is constructed from powder-coated metal and weather-resistant eucalyptus wood.

A Man's Home

Outdoor Living

Summer's the perfect time to extend the same sense of style and design you bring to your place outdoors. Whether you've got a small balcony in the city or a proper backyard with a patio, here are a few simple steps to bring some of that hotel rooftop bar sex appeal to your home.

 
 

The
Lounge Chairs

The problem with most outdoor loungers is that they're bulky. This minimal Italian design is scaled low and broad, offering a generous seat that's ergonomically designed to be surprisingly comfortable. And forget about cushions. This sleek seat makes them superfluous.

$219 / $100, at CB2

 

The Fire

It's like the TV of your backyard. The thing that everyone congregates around and watches, whether they're interested or not. Sure, there are cheaper fire pits out there, but we appreciate the simple styling of this cast iron version. Plus, its smaller size makes it easy to convert into a wood burning barbecue grill.

$325, at Design Within Reach

 
 

The Lights

Some string lights are an easy way to upgrade your patio or backyard. They provide a soft, subtle glow and give the space a sexy resort-like glow. There are all sorts of different styles, but we're partial to the old school appeal of these elongated replica Edison bulbs approved for outdoor use.

$25, at Amazon

 
 

Source of Sound

If you're trying to hear the music from inside by keeping your door open, you know there are better options. This rugged wireless speaker system is durable enough to just leave outside. Plus, it's solar powered, meaning you'll never worry about it needing power. The speakers easily play for up to eight hours and also pull double duty as a USB charging station for phones.

$76, by Eton

 

Greenery

No matter how big or small your outdoor area, you could always use a few plants to give the space some life. The key is finding hearty greenery that's relatively hands-off like ferns, palms and succulents. Plant them tightly in a natural looking pot like this and let 'em grow.

$60 / $40, at Terrain

 

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