Not to mention chilling on the front porch with a mint julep, sinking into an Adirondack chair, cold beer in hand after a good weeding and mowing session.
Then there’s the garden parties.
The bottom line is that it’s time to start thinking again about your green spaces and about how to relax and entertain in your outdoor spots.
As always, our thoughts run to the old and the tried and the true — great Mid Century Modern patio chairs, fabulous old world flower pots and porch rays, party ware that can make it in all kinds of weather.
So here are three hot things to look for in the antiques and vintage world when you’re putting together or freshening up your outdoor spaces this season.
Patio Furniture Brights
Neutral is so last century. Clean? Maybe. But energetic? Not so much.
Punch it with color and you’ll make so much more of a statement. Especially on a patio where the thrill of the surrounding nature gives a playful complimentary backdrop for your sunny outdoor disposition.
In Mid Century and even 70s garden furnishings everything old is new again. Even vinyl strapping (flat, corded, or woven) makes such a fun splash against bright green grass, a cool cement patio, poolside, or on a deck.
Look for bright brights — yellows, neon green, pumpkin orange, and yes even flamingo pinks.
Pair it with a fun cigarette stand for that old throwback still sucking down a cigarette (which is better smoked outdoors and better left in an ashtray than on your pretty lawn!)
You will be saying “Mad Men” without saying anything extra at all.
It’s a Natural World
From Florida Room to backyard, one way to amp up your earthy appeal is with furnishings and accents that focus on the natural world. Think botanical prints, lush landscape or still life paintings, and planting pots, planting pots, planting pots!
Old world cement planters, or glazed pots become the perfect setting for sumptuous plants that are as simple and easy to care for as a blooming Begonia.
Add a wire topiary form in — whether in the pot or a garden space — and instantly you’ve got architecture, dimension, texture, and height. What’s not to like?
We’re also big on dividing screens — rattan, straw, wooden hinged doors, etc.
Get a Little Light Industrial
To define space don’t overlook the power of a good window or shutter. Hanging from a porch a repurposed window can create enough of a barrier that your space is set yet still feels light and airy.
Tin ware in flower buckets, farm bins, and old tubs (tin or ceramic) offer more vessels to set around for more greenery and flowers or simply for storage for those grab-it outdoors things you need, things like charcoal, sand, citronella candles, etc.
Nows the moment to get your spring on. It’s so easy to start feeling behind the eight ball about it. Every weekend is so chock full of things to go and places to be and events and just needing downtime.
But now, while the season turns, it’s the perfect time to get out there in your outdoor spaces — whether just a balcony or a whole outdoor suite — and prep it for the luscious season ahead!
— Ellen Boden, Proprietress, Staunton Antiques Center