After experiencing two sunny days in a row with temperatures hovering around 70 degrees, I know summer is just around the corner.

For those of us who live in the Northwest, as with all who live in northern climates, it can’t arrive too soon.

And like a bear coming out of hibernation, the lure of being out-of-doors is simply too strong to ignore.

We feel re-born.

We want to be outside and enjoy our private outdoor spaces. Free to relax, dream a little, enjoy friends and family, read that summer romance novel. And we absolutely love to eat out meals under umbrellas, clear blue skies, and evening sunsets.

Take a look at these photos of different styles and materials of outdoor furniture. These examples come from a Belgian outdoor furniture company MANUTTI.

They are beautiful, comfortable, and practical. After all, it does rain and storm even during the summer.

Mindfully designed, your private outdoor spaces can truly make you feel like you’re on vacation without even leaving your property!

We're kicking off our search with wicker furniture. Resin wicker is weather resistant so can be left out for years in the sun, snow and wind thanks to its synthetic polyethylene make-up, unlike regular wicker that would only last about a year out in the elements before it started to break down and lose its beauty. All weather wicker is widely available and looks great when teamed with tables of other materials too.

We’re kicking off our search with wicker furniture. Resin wicker is weather resistant so can be left out for years in the sun, snow and wind thanks to its synthetic polyethylene make-up, unlike regular wicker that would only last about a year out in the elements before it started to break down and lose its beauty. All weather wicker is widely available and looks great when teamed with tables of other materials too.
Resin wicker chairs come in all manner of shapes and sizes, but check out these armchair style pieces that have been teamed with a wooden table, the look is très chic! With a few extra cushions added to soften the backs of the seating, guests are more likely to linger later for after dinner drinks. Don't forget to leave a few cozy throws around too, just in case some guests begin to feel the nip of the breeze as the sun goes down. A patio heater is also a handy way to keep guests warm and toasty into chilly evening time, or if you'd like to set a more atmospheric scene, how about an attractive outdoor fireplace or centrally placed fire pit?

Resin wicker chairs come in all manner of shapes and sizes, but check out these armchair style pieces that have been teamed with a wooden table, the look is très chic! With a few extra cushions added to soften the backs of the seating, guests are more likely to linger later for after dinner drinks. Don’t forget to leave a few cozy throws around too, just in case some guests begin to feel the nip of the breeze as the sun goes down. A patio heater is also a handy way to keep guests warm and toasty into chilly evening time, or if you’d like to set a more atmospheric scene, how about an attractive outdoor fireplace or centrally placed fire pit?
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We're not discovering a brand new idea here, wicker outdoor furniture has been around for a very long time, but it really can look amazingly contemporary when selected in the right silhouette.

We’re not discovering a brand new idea here, wicker outdoor furniture has been around for a very long time, but it really can look amazingly contemporary when selected in the right silhouette.
The black seat cushions on these keep things looking sharp and bang up to date.

The black seat cushions on these keep things looking sharp and bang up to date.
The chairs can have a lovely light look, especially in a white finish with a slimline outdoor table.

The chairs can have a lovely light look, especially in a white finish with a slimline outdoor table.
Black wicker can look pretty cool too though–team with matching decorative bowls or fruit baskets for a cohesive look. A buffet of colorful summer fruits will zing against the backdrop of a black table too.

Black wicker can look pretty cool too though–team with matching decorative bowls or fruit baskets for a cohesive look. A buffet of colorful summer fruits will zing against the backdrop of a black table too.
These sets are great for both modern and traditional gardens.

These sets are great for both modern and traditional gardens.
White wicker chairs

Outdoor wrought iron furniture has always been a firm favorite, so a dining set of this style is definitely worth consideration when kitting out your garden patio or pool deck. The main draw back however is that these pieces are typically very weighty to move around, so they don't make a great choice if you commonly move your chairs to follow the last rays of the setting sun.

Outdoor wrought iron furniture has always been a firm favorite, so a dining set of this style is definitely worth consideration when kitting out your garden patio or pool deck. The main draw back however is that these pieces are typically very weighty to move around, so they don’t make a great choice if you commonly move your chairs to follow the last rays of the setting sun.
Solid and traditional, and elegant in design, these pieces make the perfect place to serve brunch, or sip tea in the sunshine. This chair design has a timeless appeal, and a neat table completes the look perfectly.

Solid and traditional, and elegant in design, these pieces make the perfect place to serve brunch, or sip tea in the sunshine. This chair design has a timeless appeal, and a neat table completes the look perfectly.
Black wrought iron outdoor furniture
Wrought iron outdoor chairs
Wrought iron chairs table
Now, onto teak finish, another sophisticated choice. Sets like these have a laid-back feel whilst retaining a smart edge.

Now, onto teak finish, another sophisticated choice. Sets like these have a laid-back feel whilst retaining a smart edge.
Teak chairs look warm and inviting, especially when matched up with a teak table.

Teak chairs look warm and inviting, especially when matched up with a teak table.
This table would even look at home in an interior setting.

This table would even look at home in an interior setting.
Round teak table
Outdoor dining benches are extremely in vogue right now, and provide a great opportunity for squeezing in a few extra diners at the table.

Outdoor dining benches are extremely in vogue right now, and provide a great opportunity for squeezing in a few extra diners at the table.
Colorful exterior chairs are a fun and bold choice.

Colorful exterior chairs are a fun and bold choice.
Wood black outdoor table
Outdoor table
White outdoor chairs
Outdoor dining set
Subtle colors that blend into the surroundings keep things looking clean and uncomplicated.

Subtle colors that blend into the surroundings keep things looking clean and uncomplicated.
Wood white outdoor dining suite
Round white outdoor table
Black outdoor chairs
A white simple lined set has always looked fresh.

A white simple lined set has always looked fresh.
White outdoor dining set
White outdoor furniture
Outdoor dining stools
Don't forget you can mix and match all manner of colors and materials in a modern setting.

Don’t forget you can mix and match all manner of colors and materials in a modern setting.
Black outdoor dining chairs
White wood outdoor dining set
Contemporary outdoor dining bench
Modern outdoor table chairs
Outdoor table chairs set
Surrounding nature can inspire your color palette, like this cool blue ocean scene.

Surrounding nature can inspire your color palette, like this cool blue ocean scene.
Green blue outdoor chairs
Outdoor dining
Outdoor dining bench
Metal outdoor furniture
Modern outdoor dining set
Modern outdoor chairs
Gray outdoor chairs
Orange outdoor chairs will bring sunshine to the dullest of days.

Orange outdoor chairs will bring sunshine to the dullest of days.
47 Orange white outdoor dining set
48 Round outdoor table
49 Outdoor wicker wood dining chairs table

50 Chic outdoor dining suite

Photos: via INTERIOR DESIGN IDEAS

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around


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