Rattan and wicker may have coastal connotations, but you don’t have to live near a body of water to get that summery vibe, which we highly recommend getting into to welcome the warmer months.
With its woven top and metal base, this lightweight plant stand from Ikea adds fresh summer style without breaking the bank.
SOLFROSFRO Plant Stand, $20.
Bring a slice of Parisian life home with this lovely quartet fashioned out of strong bent rattan and neatly handwoven all-weather seats and backs. Also available in red, black and other colours. Table not included. Paris Bistro Collection, $416 to $1,662.
Take a Seat
Ditch the desk for an afternoon lolling on this bucket babe of a seat that shows off the beauty of wicker. We love the stylish airy, open-weave seating that’s designed to live outside, rain or shine. Montauk Nest Chair – Antique Palm, $949.
When Lighting Strikes
This lazy loopy looker is exactly what you need to get that beachy vibe in your living room. To keep the motif going, throw in a few rattan baskets, a jute rug and palm-print pillows. Wicker Arch Floor Lamp, $370.
Put This Baby in the Corner
If boxy isn’t your thing, we recommend this curved set that adds a luxurious feel to any patio. Black is so on-trend. Ideal for tight spaces, the pieces boast a powder-coated aluminium frame wrapped in durable wicker. Boracay Corner Sofa Set and High Table, $1,999.
Most of us aren’t lucky enough to have a pool, but who cares? Wheel this woven bar cart to the deck and load it up with ice and drinks and you’re set for summer entertaining. The shelves flip down and the unit is insulated to keep bevvies cool. There’s also two convenient stemware racks. Stratford Insulated Cooler Cart, $330.
Got an expansive space to fill? Then this handsome set-up is for you. And the cushions are strapped in quality Sunbrella fabric, so fading won’t be an issue. Be sure to accessorize with pillows – we love these watery blue ones that are perfect lakeside.
Allen + Roth Prescott 6-piece Conversation Set, $2,500.
Weave Found Our Crush
Stunning in its simplicity, this beauty is almost – almost – too nice to sit on. At the very least, keep the cat far away from this fine-spun rattan sofa that strikes a balance between luxury and relaxation whether placed on the porch or by the pool. Windsor Woven Sofa, $2,498.
If money is no object, pick up this exquisite sinewy lounger designed by New York-based architectural firm Gabellini Sheppard and available worldwide. The low-slung sculptural piece bridges bed and chair and sits on a powder-coated steel frame.
Fibonacci Vantana Double Chaise, price available upon request.
Time for a Cat Nap
Garfield deserves a stylish spot to coil his little body into, and for that there’s this cat bed made of banana leaf that recalls 1960s egg chairs. The mat is removable for easy clean-up.
PawHut Wicker Rattan Elevated Cat House, $55.
Bring boho style to the yard with this relaxing rattan set that you can buy individually or as part of a series. Switch up the pillows, cushions and outdoor carpets and it’s like a whole new space. Don’t forget the plants and pillows. MASTHOLMEN Series, starts at $150.
Baskets are the ultimate catchall: toss in towels, blankets, toys, laundry, magazines, whatever, and you’ve de-cluttered in no time. We love the coastal feel of this shapely bamboo basket that boasts a herringbone detail and sturdy handles.
Julianna White & Natural Wicker Basket, $150.
For Discerning Tastes
This luxury seat that hails from Toronto’s newly opened Minotti showroom in Toronto’s east-end King Street Design District sports a beautiful silhouette. The refined piece is part of a collection that features chairs in two heights and coordinating ottomans in some really cool colours like khaki green, shown, and mustard. (Minotti, by the way, is an Italian company that’s been around for decades.) Colette Outdoor Chair, $6,840.
Styling for summer? Think outdoor living room, like this perfectly kitted out patio configuration that you can purchase individually or as part of a set. We love the two-toned, weathered grey wicker – super chic! CANVAS Beaumont Conversation Set, from $750.
Read a book, surf online or just plain chill out on this spacious daybed with retractable canopy – no sunglasses required; just an icy beverage or two! Hampton Bay Deerfield Wicker Patio Daybed, $900.