25 May Affordable, Stylish Patio Furniture: Is it Possible?
Summer comes fast to my hometown of Jackson Hole, and leaves just as quickly, which means when the sun starts shining and the temperatures rise, I spend as much time as possible basking in the rays—hiking, mountain biking, or lounging by the pool with my girls.
Yes, I admit, we are spoiled living in one of the most beautiful places in the world. But, even if you live in the middle of the city with a tiny little deck or terrace, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the summer with style.
The Quest for Stylish Patio Furniture
So here’s the thing. I love my patio with its view of the Grand Teton. But that jaw-dropping vista means I need outdoor furniture that 1. Doesn’t take away from the views, 2. Doesn’t look cheap, and 3. Can withstand nightly entertaining.
Of course there is a lot of magnificent looking outdoor furniture on the high end, but usually on the more wallet-friendly end, you are stuck with a lot of cheap teak and plastic.
After A LOT of searching around, I stumbled on Serena & Lily a couple of years ago and fell in love with their line of simple, elegant pieces that also have a perfect touch of boho-meets-modern.
Elements of the Perfect Outdoor Space
Raise your hand if your patio has a table and chairs and not much else…you know who you are. Of course you need the basics, but to make an outdoor room pop, you need to bring some of the indoors out.
Play with elements typically reserved for your living room or dining room. Bring in an outdoor rug to add pattern and color. Stools are both sturdy and provide additional seating for guests to sit and munch on BBQ.
Replace cheap outdoor pillows with sexy, boho-vibe versions that add texture and color.
Upgrade your plastic outdoor dishes and serving pieces to something sleek, modern and made out of durable materials like resin or enamel. Both of these materials are perfectly durable, but much sexier and sturdier than grocery store trays.
Ready for Your Patio Makeover?
In a world of same-ness, the only thing you need to create major style is to embrace what you love. Don’t feel relegated to only using “outdoor furniture” outside. Buy a vintage bar cart to fill with cocktail necessities. Search for a couple of show stopping lanterns for when the sun goes down. Drape chairs with inexpensive vibrant saris (you can find these on Etsy for a steal) or funky fabric from the 60s. It’s summer! Have fun and kick back with a stiff margarita. You deserve it.
Here are some of my top picks for a seriously stylish summer that leaves enough in the bank for a killer pair of sandals and a big floppy hat.
Parisian Bar Cart, $995
The bar cart just got better. In homage to the centuries-old églomisé tradition, the backs of two glass shelves are carefully gilded with antiqued silver leaf. The result: A refined, reflective finish I just love. For effortless entertaining, the top shelf doubles as a removable tray. I love the sleek refined look that mixes classic with updated cool, perfect for summertime.
Sundial Chair, $1,850– $2,350
The shape is fabulous, it’s beyond comfortable, and it swivels on a dime. The fabric easily weathers the elements and keeps shape so no need to worry about this beauty, it’s built to last and adorable as hell.
White Resin Salad Bowl and Servers, $98–$298
Each resin piece is crafted by hand, creating wonderfully organic shapes with simple sophistication. Perfect for entertaining or as your new weeknight go-to, these up your dinner presentation in no time. The bowl has earned a permanent place at my table as a stand-alone piece of art.
I like that they have all the best design elements of an indoor pillow, but are made for the outdoors. Textural, fabulous, unexpected – it’s one of those pieces that belongs in your mix. It easily matches with other colors and has that added bit of comfort for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors.
Meet your new floor plan: Comfy, coastal pillows that perfect the art of lounging around. Outfitted in weather-hardy fabric and go-anywhere colors, you can layer them with abandon. No guest will go without comfortable seating.
Sachem Drink Table, $450
The iconic bowtie shape of this curvy ceramic design brings a strong sculptural element to the room. And it couldn’t be more versatile – I love the way it looks indoors or out, as a side table or extra seating.
Sling Chairs, $395
The classic sling pairs a sleek teak frame with weather-friendly fabrics in a range of solids and patterns – so you can withstand the elements in style. The laid back style is perfect for lounging—hello sun bathing!
All Weather Rugs, $98–$895
Its comfy thickness makes it ideal for any space that gets a lot of foot traffic (even indoors), and the classic palette goes with anything. Easy to clean and durable enough to weather the elements, a must have for any outdoor space that needs a little splash of color and pattern.
To create the look, artisans shape molten glass over a kiln, following an ancient technique. Each one differs slightly from the next, making each set truly unique. The color coming from each one when lit up at night is divine. I can’t wait to spend my summer nights on the patio with these twinkling away.
Resin Party Bucket, $395
San Francisco artist Tina Frey sculpts her resin pieces by hand, creating beautifully organic shapes with simple sophistication. A work of art in its own right, this is an entertaining essential that can work casual barbecues or fancier fêtes. Now all you need are some frosty drinks to fill it with.
Maritime Outdoor Pillow, $295
This pillow brings Serena’s ode to the nautical life indoors, with bright hues to delight color enthusiasts. The colors just scream summertime and I love it.
Inverness Chair, $295
Inspired by the beautiful French café chairs found on their travels, the designers used them as a starting point for these simple chairs. Crafted of sustainable, Grade A teak, they’re made to last a lifetime and comfortable to boot. I love these chairs, they are so chic in an understated way.
Teak Table, $1,295
Although narrower than your standard dining table, the table comfortably seats 6 to 8 – and it’s made of high-quality teak to last for many years to come (vs. cheap stuff that cracks in a few months of outdoor exposure). I’m thinking of adding some bright table decor to dress it up for different occasions that I can easily change up.
Hanging Rattan Chair, $495
Inspired by a Scandinavian design from the 60s, the sculptural frame is hand made of bent rattan with a scooped seat that cradles you as you float. I can see myself spending time lazily relaxing in this swinging chair this summer—true perfection.
Crosby Teak Dining Table, $1,495
A favorite table for entertaining alfresco returns in a fun new form. I suggest letting the teak age beautifully over time, until it takes on its signature silvery grey hue. And the size is perfect for smaller spaces or even as a beverage or appetizer table for your next party.