How to Create an Enviable Outdoor Space

These pieces from Sarasota home furnishings stores are sure to make your outdoor space shine.

By Carol Tisch October 1, 2015 Published in the October 2015 issue of Sarasota Magazine

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Intent on creating outdoor spaces that seamlessly join interior rooms with the patio, pool and garden, Sarasota consumers are in synch with national trends and moving their dining rooms, living rooms and kitchens outside. Local stores have responded with irresistible furniture and accent pieces that inspire everything from private reading nooks to grand entertaining rooms. From fire pits to conversational seating groups, here are new products for the coming season.


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Set a romantic table with Vietri sea glass dishes in fun coastal  fish and starfish shapes ($23-$33) with metallic forms covered in smooth glass in fashion colors. Indigo West, 134 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 487-7160.


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Designed by the renowned Philippe Starck for Sutherland, the Robin chair recalls his iconic ghost chair, with natural

teak frame, slatted seat, polished aluminum back and optional raised upholstered seat. Available through designers.


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Luxurious yet durable outdoors, the Connexion collection designed by Richard Frinier for Brown Jordan (at top) allows for flexible conversation seating with everything from chaises to a corner sectional and ottomon. Total for all four pieces shown starts at $9,755. Home Resource, 741 Central Ave., (941) 366-6690.


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New from Tommy Bahama Outdoor living, the Misty Garden collection features French and English-inspired deep seating, dining and accent pieces of cast aluminum in soft ivory with flowing lines and classic quatrefoils (lounge chair, $1,445). Norris Home Furnishings, 8001 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 556-0501.


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Virginia-based Kingsley-Bate uses farm-grown Javanese teak in its designer outdoor collections, which include Sonoma dining side and armchairs ($559 each), shown with a Tuscany 73-inch dining table ($1,649). Keyzee Patio, 7501 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 922-8900.


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Couture fabric house Thibaut introduces the Portico collection of Sunbrella outdoor fabrics for glamorous pillows, draperies, seat cushions and even custom shade umbrellas (from $78 to $180 per yard). Order through Jonathan The Interiors and The Wallpaper Store, 7350 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 924-3640.


Recalling midcentury modern design that’s ideal for Sarasota patios and balconies, the fun and contemporary Cancun armchair (at top) of all-weather wicker ($675) and side table ($225) come with slender powder-coated frames. The Sarasota Collection Home Store, 622 Central Ave., (941) 955-8313.

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