May 21, 2013

Patio Playtime

Colour and comfort, function and flexibility will turn the outdoors into stunning living areas this summer.


If patio furniture is a key trigger of summertime, then our outdoor space is about to be fully loaded this season.

From bistro sets to high-end dining extravaganzas, designers have created myriad pieces to bring you firmly out of hibernation and transform the outside into another room.

The style will all depend on your mood: Want to be hugged by a round-backed chair or sink deep into a corner sectional with a book? Want to be upright and elegant at the dining table, or be treated to an intimate setting for two?

There’s plenty of functional flexibility, too — extendable tables for those extra guests, cantilevered umbrellas to hit that perfect sweet spot of shade, and even ingenious removable parts to store your beer or wine within easy reach.

In terms of hues, there are hints of the Emerald Green Pantone crowned as its 2013 Colour of the Year, as well as our long-running love affair with taupe and classic wicker tones. Colourful trimmings such as wind chimes are effortless additions, as well as a slew of interchangeable cushions and rugs to whip up just the right atmosphere in seconds. No need to get up: We’ve already hunted down some of the best patio furniture sets and accessories…

Snuggle up

Take the Calypso Mocha swivel lounge chair ($549) for a test drive at Crate & Barrel, along with its brightly hued Rocha set (sofa, $699; dining chair, $189; rectangular table, $649; bench, and Juniper umbrella with black frame, both $399). For added colour, see its pillow range, like this outdoor Arroyo ($34.95). Crate & Barrel, Oakridge Centre, 650 West 41st Ave., Vancouver (604-269-4300;

Movable feast

In the heart of this functional, stylish Altaro oval drop-leaf table is a removable spot for your beer or wine or for hiding/storing things not being used. Made of teak, it costs $2,499 (price for six chairs and one table is $5,121) at Ginger Jar, 1420 Fell Ave., North Vancouver (604-988-7328;

Hit the deck

Those clever creators at Vancouver-based Gallant & Jones have added to their line of stylish deck chairs with this Ogunquit version ($270) and footstool ($140). Online at (604-420-1350).

Table for two

This Malorca collection bistro set ($149.99) is a solid addition to a more compact patio. From Bouclair Home, 1090 Lougheed Highway,
Coquitlam (604-395-4368; and 3091-152nd Street, Surrey (604-536-3618).

It’s about chime

Let the elements do the talking on your patio with a wind chime ($9.99) and throw in some bright lumbar cushions (including stripes and red colours, $14.99 each) to spice up the outdoor ensemble. Bouclair Home, 1090 Lougheed Highway,
Coquitlam (604-395-4368; and 3091-152nd Street, Surrey (604-536-3618).

Go bright, and go home

Not for shrinking violets, Ikea blooms this season in turquoise, yellow, black and white for its Psvago easy chairs ($29.99), and in myriad colours for its Springkorn flatwoven rugs ($49.99 each) and cotton cushion covers ($4.99 each). Ikea, 3320 Jacombs Rd., Richmond (866-866 4532; ikea.comca); 1000 Lougheed Hwy., Coquitlam (604-636-1000).

Take a seat

Check out Moe’s Brisbane set for a smart way to entertain in a soothing green hue — from coffee table with clear glass (from $459) and ottoman (from $428) to the star attraction of the sofa (from $1,818) and its cosy corner (from $908). Moe’s, 1728 Glen Dr., Vancouver (604-687-5599;

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