Outdoor Living Ideas

7 must-haves to recreate your own backyard retreat.

by Merri Grace McLeroy Mar 2014 Also on Digital Edition

Gourmet Grilling

Yesterday’s lonely grill simply doesn’t satisfy the outdoor culinary aficionado who is looking for creative ways to upgrade outdoor patios with spacious cooking and grilling stations. Grill manufacturers have stepped up with some delicious solutions.

The Big Green Egg Cooking Island provides ample storage space for grilling accessories, while the counter provides space for meal preparation.

Find it at: Parasol Garden Furniture in Palm Beach Gardens or Jupiter Grill Center


Modular Seating

Modular seating collections are well suited for both contemporary and transitional-style settings, allowing for versatility. These types of seating options can be customized into a multitude of configurations, allowing homeowners to further personalize outdoor areas.

Gloster’s Casa Modular Set is an example of a modular seating unit. Its mix of bright, stainless steel accents with dark, metallic covering conveys an entertaining visual contrast that easily creates a great focal point.

Find it at: Island Living & Patio in West Palm Beach


Fantasy Islands

Why leave the kitchen inside? Sophisticated, fully-equipped kitchens provide maximum flexibility in design without costly construction – and can be easily rearranged. Additionally, numerous collections include oversized islands and fire pit tables with additional storage.

Gensun Outdoor Kitchens offers free-standing cabinets, grills, appliances, countertops, accessories – including the kitchen sink for those who want a fully finished outdoor kitchen without costly construction.

Find it at: Patio Shoppe in North Palm Beach or Casual Living Patio & Poolside and The Table & Chair Shop in Jupiter


Custom Acc Outerments

Outdoor furniture collections are increasingly being designed to allow for customization and flexibility in order to complement existing groupings. Consider incorporating flexible modular pieces or chat groups, investigate enhanced fabric and finish options and new grilling choices, utilize luxurious pillows, bolsters and rugs, and add accessories like a bar, hammock, fire pit, chaise and/or love seat to complete the outdoor experience.

Southwestern influences and classical elements fuse together in Pride Family Brands’ Telluride Collection. Pride’s website offers numerous cushion and sling fabrics and finishes along with furniture customization and room planner tools. Other brands also offer customization.

Find it at: Carls Patio or Fortunoff Backyard Store in Palm Beach Gardens


Low Maintenance Pieces

While teak and natural wicker are classic, they are high maintenance. Low-maintenance collections are all the rage, from powder-coated aluminum to marine grade polymers that can beat the South Florida heat and humidity and increase enjoyment.

Telescope Casual Furniture’s Bazaar Sling Dining Collection is constructed of marine-grade polymer, a recycled high-performance plastic that is cool to the touch on hot days, and is mildew- and mold-resistant.

Find it at: Sunniland Patio in West Palm Beach


Shades of Light

Functional shade accessories play an important role for allowing homeowners to enjoy backyard spaces all year long and during the day or at night. The accumulating assortment of shade accessories ranges from high-end lighting designs and heating systems to protective shade covers and sturdy umbrella locks.

TUUCI’s Plantation Max Cantilever creates a cool retreat for both contemporary and traditional spaces. Featuring TUUCI’s Aluma-TEAK finish, it has the natural feel of a hardwood finish combined with the durability of the company’s Amor-Wall Aluminum. The oversized parasol provides up to 144 square feet of uninterrupted shade.

Find it at: Patio World Home & Hearth


Haute Style

While traditional outdoor furniture and accessories never go out of fashion, contemporary, industrial-style designs are also taking their place in outdoor rooms.

This now includes popular outdoor fire pits designed with an industrial flair that provide sophisticated entertaining solutions for the great outdoors. Outdoor Greatroom Company offers an abundant selection of high-style fire pits including this granite and stucco Uptown 1242 fire pit table.

Find it at: OutdoorRooms.com