Is there anything better than sitting outside with a barbecue grill firing, friends laughing and a beverage or two? We New Yorkers don't have the opportunity for outdoor entertaining all year round, so we cherish when we do. If you're lucky enough to have a deck or backyard, make it an extension of your home with furnishings from any of the below, depending on your budget and taste!
Bludot - 140 Wooster Street
This Minnesota designer is known for its modern take on furniture, and its outdoor line is no exception. Its sofas, ottomans, barstools and tables all boast a clean, classic appeal.
BoConcept - Multiple Locations
Straight from Denmark, BoConcept allows you to personalize your pieces to accommodate the largest - and the smallest spaces. Have a tiny, narrow terrace? They'll help make it a cozy outdoor haven with pieces that will look just as good inside!
CB2 - 451 Broadway - 979 Third Avenue
Crate & Barrel's younger sibling has a terrific selection of pieces, from contemporary to colorful, at prices that won't break the bank.
Design Within Reach - 979 Third Avenue - 903 Broadway - 110 Greene Street
Find pieces from some great architects and lines here: Case, Stua, EMU Design Studio, Philippe Starck and Brown Jordan. A great way to make your patio as stylish as the rest of your home.
Fortunoff Backyard Store - Multiple locations
You have to leave Manhattan, but take a visit to one of the great New York names. Which remains in business with its outdoor furnishings, from aluminum to wicker to teak. It's still "The Source!"
Home Depot - 40 West 23rd Street - 980 Third Avenue
A one-stop shop - you can fix up your deck or yard, then equip and furnish it with the barbecue, chairs and tables. Even pool noodles.
Knoll Home Design - 1330 Avenue of the Americas
If you like mid-century style, run, don't walk here. The outdoor line isn't called 1966 for nothing - clean, contemporary, evoking a time and place that will differentiate your outdoor space.
Ligne Roset - 250 Park Avenue South
Luxury that's always at the cutting edge of furnishings, and its outdoor line is no exception. These pieces have distinctive shapes that often cradle the user - they're cool, comfortable and perfect.
Modani - 40 East 19th Street
Fabulously durable, cleanly classic and infinitely cool - Modani makes outdoor furniture that uniquely combines informality and luxury.
West Elm - 112 West 18th Street - 1870 Broadway
Not only can you find dining and lounge furniture at this sister store of Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma, look for the pillows and accents that will personalize your space.
Take advantage of our all-too-brief summer by sprucing up your outdoor space. And save a seat for me! Happy shopping!