5 fine furniture and decor finds that will spruce up your patio

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      With sun-soaked forecasts and longer days come a season of al fresco entertaining. To help get your patio in tip-top condition for guests, we've rounded up a few furnishings and decor items that will breathe new life into your outdoor space.


      Maui Lounge Chair at Moe’s Home Collection.

      Riding the curve

      File this one under splurge. The Maui Lounge Chair and Ottoman at Moe’s Home Collection (various locations) is about as far away from the standard deck chair as you can go—playing with notions of wicker with its textured polypropylene-and-polyethylene-blend material in neon orange or bright lime green.

      Space-age curvy, it’s comfortable, sturdy, and light enough to move around from grass to flagstone to wooden deck ($1,899). Go with the theme and add bright pillows and matching lanterns, or just let it make its own bold statement amid whites or neutrals.

      > Janet Smith


      Drifter the Brand's Moroccan sabra silk cushions.

      Nomadic at heart

      After months of Vancouver downpour, sometimes we need a little escape. Local interior collection Drifter the Brand brings the exotic home with one-of-a-kind finds from all over the world. Its round jute rugs ($265), made from Bangladeshi hemp and hardy enough to withstand monsoon, add a bohemian flair to any patio floor.

      Zone out into a Zen state with Drifter’s hand-carved minimalist Buddha head (from $105) made of solid stone, sourced on a trip to India. Need some luxe pillows for your patio daybed? Look no further: Drifter’s African Bambara mudcloth pillows ($95) and Moroccan sabra silk cushions ($80), hand-loomed from agave cactus fibres, have got you covered.

      > Francesca Bianco


      Fermob's Balad garden lantern.

      Let there be light

      Even though the days are getting longer, we still need to let the light in. The Balad garden lantern (from $130) by Fermob brings functionality to the outdoors and creates a welcoming glow for a late-night tête-à-tête. A French manufacturer, Fermob is world-renowned for producing garden furniture that boasts both comfort and clean lines.

      The company’s three-legged Sixties chair ($456) is a nod to the swinging ’60s and a groovy addition to any garden space, coming in a range of colours from storm grey to plum. All Fermob pieces are available at Örling & Wu (1563 West 6th Avenue or 28 Water Street).

      > Francesca Bianco


      Scott Landon Antiques’ 1920s decorative garden sink.

      Destress and distress

      Scott Landon Antiques (2567 192 Street, Unit 105, South Surrey) recently moved from its South Granville HQ to a 10,000-square-foot warehouse further afield. With over two decades in the antique business, Landon is the king of sourcing and restoring vintage and industrial pieces.

      Landon’s 1920s decorative garden sink ($1,295) with cast-iron legs and a lion’s face for a waterspout is a whimsical addition to any balcony nook. Simply plant a sinkful of succulents and, rain or shine, the planter will flourish. Let Landon’s salvaged 1920s and ’30s worn wooden barrels ($475 each) add a rustic elegance to your outdoor space as bar tables to set down a gin and tonic, or use them to showcase some summer greenery.

      If you can’t make it out of the city limits, Scott Landon Antiques has an online store showcasing its collection at the Scott Landon Antiques website.

      > Francesca Bianco


      Braided-rope pouf at Gild & Co.

      Modern meets vintage

      At Gild & Co. (4415 West 10th Avenue), each antique carries with it a unique and well-worn history. With summer (supposedly) around the corner, take a nap on an antique Canadian Pacific Railway mail cart turned daybed with a custom mattress and bolsters ($2,650). It’s a timeless piece that will only get better with age, the perfect spot to curl up with a good book on a sunny afternoon.

      If you have a smaller space, add some organic texture to your terrace with a braided-rope indoor-outdoor pouf ($324), also found at Gild & Co. Made of eco-friendly recycled polyester, this pouf is ideal for space-saving seating or as an ottoman to just kick back and relax on.

      > Francesca Bianco