NEW IDEAS FOR CREATING AN OUTDOOR PARADISE – JUST OUT THE BACK DOOR
BY CHARLYNE VARKONYI SCHAUB
Whether you are in the mood to redecorate with brand new outdoor furniture or to give your old furnishings a new life and new look, we have some attractive solutions for your home. A few tips when shopping: Look for powder-coated aluminum and Sunbrella fabrics to withstand South Florida weather.
Under the Tuscan Sunbrella
Laurie Jenkins, a Sarasota-based designer, features a Tuscan Collection in her new branded line of rugs, umbrellas, ottomans, pillows and made-to-order cushions. The chairs feature Nadia Damask Terra, a custom Sunbrella outdoor fabric, ($342 for seat/back cushions and $148 for matching ottoman). The loveseat cushions ($465) are Monsango Diamond Brass. The 6-by-9 foot outdoor rug ($799) is Majolica Tile Terra/Tan. And the pillows range from $79.20 to $136 each. Available at www.lauriebell.com, 336-362-4133.
Ikat, a fabric woven from tie-dyed yarn and reminiscent of exotic locales, has been a hit on the fashion runways. It now can make your patio or poolside fashionable as well. Beacon Hill has launched its Outdoor Ikats Collection, a contemporary take on the classic motif inspired by original silk fabric from Uzbekistan and woven with Sunbrella yarns. Ibi Ikat (shown) is an interpretation of an antique silk Uzbek robe and retails for $95/yard. Available at the Nessen showroom, Suite B-260, Design Center of the Americas, 1855 Griffin Road, Dania Beach, 33004, 954-925-0606, www.nessenshowroom.com.
If you are looking for a touch of Old World styling, check out the Sienna Collection from Pride Family Brands, a manufacturer with headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. Sienna features a classic scroll motif on the chair backs. It is powder coated for outdoor durability and highlighted with a hand-applied antiquing finish. Suggested retail for three chairs, a swivel rocker and a 48-inch round table is $2,944. Available at Patio Shoppe of Coral Springs, 7355 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, 33065, 954-752-0161; and 1201 Federal Highway, North Palm Beach, 33408, 561-776-9990, www.patioshoppes.com.
Richard Frinier, one of the best known and most iconic of outdoor furniture designers, has created Summerland, a collection he describes as the “artful combination of the classic and the contemporary.” The collection, for Dedon, is constructed with a synthetic resin in a herringbone pattern hand woven over powder-coated aluminum frames. It comes in tamari (brown tone) and bleach (light sand). The Summerland arm/dining chairs (starting at $1,190 per chair) are shown with Frinier’s Panama glass-topped dining table ($3,065). Available at Casa Casual Furnishings, 240 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 33134, 305-446-6163, www.casafurnishings.com.
Retro is in, particularly nostalgia for the 1960s and ’70s. Los Angeles furniture designer John Caldwell picked up on the trend with Sunset, a 1960s inspired design with soft curves, for Gloster. Willow colored fibers are hand woven over powder-coated aluminum frames in this semi-circular sofa ($3,625) and ottoman ($1,775). Available at Carls Patio, see www.carls-patio.com for locations; and Patio.com, 3060 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 33431, 561-395-8035.
Botox for furniture
If you spent a lot of money for your outdoor furniture, you expect to keep it for years. But the culprits of moving furniture inside to protect it from hurricanes and our South Florida weather may have taken a toll on the finish. If your furniture is in good structural condition, you can make it look brand new with sandblasting, two coats of architectural grade powder coating, welding repairs, restrapping, new slings and replacement cushions of outdoor Sunbrella fabrics. The whole piece must be refinished, which allows you to easily select a new color. You can call for an in-house visit and estimate or email photos. Available at Absolute Patio Furniture Restoration, 1254 NW 21st St., Pompano Beach, 33069, 954-917-2715,www.Absolutepowdercoat.com.
Inspired by its namesake butterfly, Michael Berman designed Papillon, this elegantly curved chaise for Brown Jordan (starts at $3,225). Subtle wing details give a nod to tradition, but the overall shape is sleek and contemporary. It can be teamed with Berman’s Sun Wing (starts at $1,685) from the same collection. Available at Brown Jordan Showroom, Suite C-154, Design Center of the Americas, 1855 Griffin Road, Dania Beach, 33004, 954-923-0899,