Katie Rosenfeld: New England Patio Chic

March 22, 2011

With so many options for outdoor furniture these days, it’s hard to choose and commit to one style. Being a New Englander, though, I am inclined to stick to the classics–but with a modern twist.

I have been on a search for new takes on outdoor style that will brighten a patio and marry well with typical New England homes, while not being so avant garde that they are intimidating to look at or fight with the surroundings. Let’s face it–this is not LA.

The pieces below offer high design with a strong nod to time-honored forms. I can see them on the patio of a shingled Cape house, in the backyard of a contemporary home, on the deck of a center-hall colonial or on the terrace of a Boston apartment. They can also be mixed in with classic teak pieces or even wrought iron for a more eclectic look. That is just what I like best about any piece: versatility.

This Lloyd Loom Nemo lounge chair (carried by Janus et Cie at the Boston Design Center) reminds me of the iconic Bertoia chair and table in woven, exterior-safe form. Love it! To me, this design transcends time and place–perfect anywhere from southern California to Maine.

Photo courtesy of Lloyd Loom of Spalding.

This porch swing by Loll from Design Within Reach would look so cool in front of a crusty Cape house; very Sixx Design.

Photo courtesy of Design Within Reach.

This Janus et Cie Emerson bench is mountain-outdoor chic!

Photo courtesy of Janus et Cie.

This 111 Navy side chair from DWR (made from 111 recycled plastic Coke bottles) is retro and modern: a true classic. And paired with a teak table, a winner.

Photo courtesy of Design Within Reach.

The Adirondack! A New England staple, now with with a funky round back, and locally made by Archie’s Island in Winchester, Mass.

Photo courtesy of Archie’s Island.

Okay, you had me at faux bamboo! But this octagonal coffee table in weatherproof colors? Give it to me now!

Photo courtesy of O’Brien Ironworks.

Another modern interpretation of a classic: wicker: the Pigalle loveseat takes wicker porch furniture from shabby chic to major chic!


Photo courtesy of Janus et Cie.

–Katie Rosenfeld
Katie Rosenfeld is a residential interior designer who believes everyone’s home should reflect their own personality. She has lived and worked in Boston, Los Angeles, New Jersey, New York and Florida. She currently resides in Weston, Mass., with her husband, two daughters and a poodle named Trudie. Please visit Katie’s own blog, Bogle Street, and Web site.

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