Lamp­light warms up out­door decor

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Ques­tion: This sum­mer we want to rein­vent our large prop­erty that backs onto a lake to ac­com­mo­date more out­door en­ter­tain­ing. A tra­di­tional set­ting with a mod­ern edge is what we like. Any ideas are ap­pre­ci­ated.

An­swer: You are for­tu­nate to have lots of room to spread out and en­joy life un­der the sun and stars. After time spent hik­ing, boat­ing, play­ing wa­ter­sports or vis­it­ing lo­cal flea mar­kets, it’s won­der­ful to gather around and share the day’s ex­pe­ri­ences. The choices in out­door fur­ni­ture styles to­day give you the op­por­tu­nity to se­lect seat­ing and ac­ces­sories that suit any lifestyle and bud­get. For en­ter­tain­ing a group you re­quire a con­ver­sa­tion zone that is set up so that peo­ple are fac­ing each other, com­fort­able and able to re­lax and chat.

Sec­tional seat­ing is the most prac­ti­cal; you can con­fig­ure it to suit the crowd and add on pieces to en­large its scope. The con­tem­po­rary look of the X8 Sec­tional seen here has a stain­lesssteel frame topped with nat­u­ral teak. A fire is a wel­come fo­cal el­e­ment year-round. To­day’s fire pits are sleek and clean, and larger mod­els pro­vide added ta­ble sur­face. The rec­tan­gu­lar Avera Fire pit has a con­crete hous­ing and ei­ther a nat­u­ral gas or propane burner.

Out­door light­ing will con­trib­ute to a cozy set­ting, just as it does in­side. The Lady Jane floor lamp presents a stun­ning light show. It be­longs to a col­lec­tion of Ital­ian fur­ni­ture fea­tur­ing a lac­quered sur­face dec­o­rated us­ing a spe­cial en­grav­ing method in­vented by Ser­ralunga to cre­ate the ef­fect of light and shade. If you have a path­way lead­ing to your en­ter­tain­ment area or are look­ing for a unique way to light up a section of the gar­den, the Bon­heur is a show­stop­per. Also by Ser­ralunga, Bon­heur is made of im­pact-proof poly­eth­yl­ene and has a wide base for sta­bil­ity. Both lamps are elec­tric and are fit­ted with LED bulbs. For out­door in­stal­la­tions it is al­ways ad­vis­able to have a li­censed elec­tri­cian en­sure that wires and plugs are prop­erly sit­u­ated and pro­tected. Check out these and a wide range of out­door prod­ucts at www. ard­out­door.com. They de­liver through­out North Amer­ica.

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