Porch & Gar­den

En­hance your sum­mer with new fur­ni­ture, great tools, a planter, or even a pool.

Old House Journal - - Inspired + Timeless - By Mary Ellen Pol­son

1. TAKE A PLUNGE

Grace­fully sized like foun­tains, these salt­wa­ter plunge pools come ready to in­stall with an en­gi­neered con­crete shell, tiled in­te­rior, vari­able speed pump and fil­ter, and LED pool light. The stan­dard size mea­sures 7' x 13'. $21,750. Soake Pools, (603) 749-0665, soake­pools.com

2. SPRING FOR­WARD

In­spired by steel spring chairs first made in the 1940s, the Gra­cie chair uses a sim­ple can­tilevered de­sign that al­lows the oc­cu­pant to gen­tly bounce cares away. They’re of­fered in sets of two, in four play­ful col­ors. $269. Crosley Fur­ni­ture, (800) 815-4796, crosley­fur­ni­ture.com

3. CALL THE JETSONS

Perched on ta­pered, Atomic Age legs, the Astrofire firepit can be con­fig­ured to burn wood or propane/nat­u­ral gas. Crafted from hand-rolled 14-gauge steel, it comes in seven col­ors. The 22"-wide pit has a table­top op­tion. $1,450–$1,750. Box­hill, (520) 909-6109, shop­box­hill.com

4. THE WRIGHT PLANTER

De­signed for the en­trance to Frank Lloyd Wright’s stu­dio, the Oak Park Stu­dio Vase is made of cast sand­stone. At 34 ¾ " wide x 23 ½ " high, the medium size matches the scale of the orig­i­nal; it weighs 800 pounds. $1,424 be­fore ship­ping. Oak Park Home & Hard­ware, (773) 836-3606, oak­parkhome-hard­ware.com

5. MON­TANA FORGED

The trowel, gar­den rake, and square hoe in the Har­vest gar­den tool set are hand­forged with tra­di­tional black­smithing tech­niques. Each tool is shaped over an anvil, joined with solid steel riv­ets, and set into a hand-turned han­dle of black wal­nut. $204. Kauf­mann Mer­can­tile, (855) 848-3778, kauf­mann-mer­can­tile.com

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