School’s out and the backyard will soon become the most prized room in the house.  Whether you’re grilling, chilling or building a fort for the kids, there are lots of great options for making your backyard the oasis that it’s meant to be.

Photo courtesy of Jamie Durie.

Create your own piece of Bali with a seating area using vintage rattan or all weather sofas and a coffee table for the perfect place to out your feet up and have a drink.  Upholster cushions in a tropical indoor outdoor fabric and serve up the Mai Tais.  Photo courtesy of Sunset Magazine


If your look is more Hamptons than Hawaii try a woven and aluminum classic set with cabana striped pillows like this from Frontgate.


If you prefer the desert modern look, these white upholstered outdoor couches are a perfect mid century modern touch by the pool.  Photo courtesy of Frontgate.

If you’re lucky enough to have a backyard on the water, take a page from the Surf Lodge in Montauk and keep the dining super casual with some striped beach chairs and a low wicker table.

A picnic table is a great seating option for the kids.  Photo courtesy of the Surf Lodge.

Maybe the tax man was good to you this year so why not build an outdoor dining room like Jamie Durie complete with built in banquette and fireplace.

For a nautical look and some shade, a striped umbrella like this one from West Elm will do the trick.

Nothing beats the heat like a cool, covered cabana for an afternoon nap or some quiet time with the kindle and a good book.  Photo courtesy of Circa 39 Hotel in South Beach.

You could fit an entire family in one of these nesting pods from Dedon.  But why would you?

A Morrocon canopied day bench and side table give a backyard a bohemian look and feel.  Photo courtesy of Coastal Living.

Shopping List


Striped pillows by Heidi Merrick

Striped beach chair from Island Beach Gear

Indonesian bench by World Market.

Tribal carved side table from World Market.


Hoyt outdoor sofa by West Elm

Hoyt pendant lamp by West Elm

Kerry Cassill beach umbrellas

Whatever your style, take a leap of faith and have a great summer