Spruce up your open-air space

LAZY DAYS Make the most of what’s left of sum­mer by up­grad­ing your pa­tio to cre­ate an out­door cook­ing and din­ing space to re­lax and en­ter­tain

The Hamilton Spectator - - STYLE - DE­BRA NOR­TON Toronto Star

1. Coastal metal ex­ten­sion ta­ble in sal­vaged lum­ber fin­ish

If a DIY ta­ble is not an op­tion and your bud­get is healthy, this ta­ble de­liv­ers a beau­ti­ful rus­tic mod­ern look. Hauser Canada, $2,699.

2. Nor­raker bench

A durable, bud­get-friendly bench made out of white birch tucks neatly un­der a ta­ble when not in use. For a larger ta­ble, po­si­tion two benches on ei­ther side of the ta­ble or mix in some chairs. Ikea.ca, $89.99.

3. Or­ganic throw pil­low, drift­ing ca­noes

Soften a hard bench or chair with a cush­ion like th­ese play­ful de­signs that Kai­ley Ste­wart hand-prints onto soft or­ganic cot­ton can­vas from linoleum stamps she carves her­self in her Toronto area stu­dio. Cot­tage Cloth, $79.

4. We­ber por­ta­ble propane gas grill

A por­ta­ble grill fits neatly on top of a ta­ble sur­face. To be safe, be sure to cover the ta­ble sur­face with flame-proof metal sheet­ing to pro­tect the sur­face from sparks. Lowe’s Canada, $349.

5. In­door/out­door cata­ma­ran stripe rug, 4-by-6

An easy-to-care-for in­door/out­door rug made of polypropy­lene is the per­fect ad­di­tion to a pa­tio or porch. Just like an in­door-room rug helps de­fine the space and adds some colour and tex­ture. Hauser, $240.

6. Gal­va­nized drink dis­penser with stand

Fill a drink dis­penser with your favourite sum­mer drink, per­haps lemon­ade or san­gria. Pot­tery Barn Canada, $79. Cre­ate an out­door drink sta­tion with a sparkling wa­ter maker. It’s per­fect for out­door spa­ces as it does not re­quire an elec­tric con­nec­tion. Set out some slices of fresh fruit and syrups so guests can eas­ily cre­ate their own fizzy drinks. So­dastream Canada, $119.99.

8. Danby con­tem­po­rary clas­sic bar fridge

A bar fridge with a retro feel will do nicely for an out­door en­ter­tain­ing space. Best Buy Canada, $399.99.

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