In the old days, an ice-cold beer on the back deck with a few buddies was enough. Today, the back deck is the hub of the home for the summer months, doubling as an outdoor room complete with all-weather rugs, statement lighting, eye-popping furniture and sophisticated accessories. Here are five perfect pieces to transform your outdoor space.
Pottery Barn’s Del Sol salad server set.
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These brightly coloured salad servers will jazz up any dish. Made of durable melamine and designed to look like hand-painted earthenware, the Del Sol set will work for both casual and more formal dining occasions. $17 to $19. potterybarn.ca
eq3’s Dansk brass watering can.
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Big enough to water a few boxes at a time, but not too heavy to lift, elegant Dansk brass watering cans are a statement piece that can turn the most mundane of activities into a stylish event. $69. eq3.com
Contemporary-styled Normandy lanterns — available at Restoration Hardware.
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Warm metals like golds and brasses are the go-to metals this year and paired with white or natural candles, these contemporary-styled Normandy lanterns look sensational placed on tables outside—and on your fireplace once the weather cools. Starting at $625. rh.com
If you’re looking for a dramatic centrepiece for your outdoor dining table, consider Restoration Hardware’s antique shells filled with succulents and rock plants.
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If you’re looking for a dramatic centrepiece for your outdoor dining table, consider Restoration Hardware’s antique shells filled with succulents and rock plants. Each 18th century clamshell is hand cast in resin, making it unique and extremely hardy. Leaving the shell out all year will only improve its patina. $179 to $495. rh.com
IKEA’s PS Vago outdoor chairs.
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All-weather stacking furniture is a must for summer. Available in either white or emerald green, IKEA’s PS Vago outdoor chairs are comfortably curved and light enough to be moved around to follow the sun. $29.99.ikea.ca