This is set to be the year of the outdoor entertaining space, and the Wayfair WayDay sale has you covered, if you know where to look. But the sale is only on for today, so act fast!
With some clever editing, Wayfair is actually one of the best outdoor furniture brands to shop from. So I've weeded out all the strange-looking gnome lamps and the life size figurine of a yeti (seriously) to bring you the pieces that I think will make a backyard to impress.
I'm a huge convert to the outdoor rug - I used to think they'd get dirty immediately and not be worth the hassle. But I bought one last year which survived pretty well (despite my puppies). And what they do is help to zone an area around which seats and a table and a gas grill or whatever else you have magically become an entertaining hub.
Rich and warming
Terracotta is the color of outdoors - of pots filled with lavender and rosemary in the Med. This area rug does the same job, bringing a flash of heat to your backyard.
Upright chairs - as opposed to loungers or outdoor chaise lounges - are essential for an entertaining space. So much easier to have a conversation from, and so much neater and less bulky to store.
Smart and chic
These evoke everything that's currently on-trend for indoor dining chairs - cocooning forms, rounded edges, bold colors. Add a throw pillow and you could happily sit in this all night.
Outdoor dining tables
This is the shape I like for an indoor table - and it works for outdoors, too. Round, so it's convivial, and a central pillar so the legs don't get in the way. The concrete finish is smoothly alluring.
The full dinner party
The color of wood, this contrasts well to hard landscaping such as concrete tiles or white-washed walls. And it's so large! You can easily fit ten chairs around it - 12 if you squeeze. The summer party starts here.
An essential part of an outdoor party - there's no point if you can't see your guests. Modern lights are all battery powered, so easy to move around and group as you wish.
Not only doe this have a super warm glow (out of the white part at the bottom of its bottle shape) but is also works as a table lamp or hanging lantern. So move it around for whatever you need - two or three from a tree would look like heaven.
With the olde-worlde charm of a latern this battery-powered light is so cheap you could easily festoon a whole walkway with them. They're light and easy to move - I'm imagining guests carrying their own one to light their way around the yard.
Outdoor throw pillows
Of course, you're going to need to get comfortable, and an outdoor pillow will entice you to nestle in. I like these to be colorful - a dash of something fun that truly lifts the more neutral bigger pieces.
Designed by Justina Blakeney, I love how it's motif transports me to the tropics. Use to soften one of those upright dining chairs I mentioned earlier.
Outdoor egg chairs
Of course, every entertaining space needs a chill out zone, and that's just what an egg chair is for. Freestanding or hanging, they both work to carve out a little nook for peace.
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