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
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.