Shop Like a Decorator for Your Patio or Yard
Designer Virginia Cheek shares her shopping list to help you make the most of your outdoor space.
Turning your home’s outdoor space into your favorite place to hang isn’t as daunting as it may seem. Atlanta designer Virginia Cheek helps clients design and furnish patios of all sizes, and she’s sharing some intel with us. Shop her picks!
Walker Edison 7-Piece Modern Rattan Chat Group in Brown
For a mod look, Cheek loves this piece. “You can mix and match the pieces to create a setting that works in your space.”
Modway Shore Aluminum Mesh Outdoor Dining Set in Silver/Black
If you’re lucky enough to be able to use your patio year-round, you’ll love this all-season dining set. “The weather-resistant lightweight aluminum frame and polyester mesh seats are durable and functional yet fashionably modern.”
Metro Seneca 3-Piece Folding Outdoor Bistro Set in Brown
If you’ve got a small space, go for this bistro set. “It’s perfect for having coffee in the morning or for adding intimate seating to a larger space,” Cheek says. Plus, it quickly folds into a slim profile for easy storage.
Modway Bean Patio Stand-Alone Swing Chair in Coffee/White
There’s lots to love about this retro-fun swing chair, says Cheek. It’s got a chic design, plus its powder-coated steel frame makes it durable.
Safavieh Lattice Coin 18.5-Inch Garden Stool
This garden stool is super-versatile. “Use it for extra seating or as a side table,” says Cheek. “It doesn’t take up space and can have fantastic visual impact—especially if you put several together in a group.”
Oriental Weavers Riviera Trellis Indoor/Outdoor Rug
An indoor/outdoor rug can help connect your spaces. This one can withstand wear and tear and can be cleaned with a hose. Adds Cheek, “The dark, rich color will hide dirt and pollen well, and the earth-tone pattern goes with a lot of different outdoor furniture styles.”
Campania Abrielle Planter in Terra Cotta (Set of 2)
Terra-cotta planters look great in any outdoor space. These modern versions get high marks for their unique shape and height.
30-Foot 10-Light Outdoor String Light Set
String lights for dinner parties? Absolutely, says Cheek. They add a warm, festive ambience.
Hanover Pyramid Propane Patio Heater
To extend the outdoor season, rely on a heater, says Cheek: “This unusual pyramid design dresses up its utilitarian purpose and adds an artistic statement. It’s a modern take on a heater.”
Del Sol Original Mason 2.15-Gallon Beverage Dispenser
Set up two or three of these must-have dispensers with different drink options at a party, says Cheek, so that people can serve themselves. “The Mason jar shape and logo give you a classic design.”