If you scored an overnight camping reservation before the province’s website crashed, then excellent work. But if you realized too late that summer 2020 likely means you’ll be staying close to home, fear not. With social distance measures firmly in place in public parks and on restaurant patios everywhere, it’s best to think outside the box. Or, in this case, inside the backyard and balcony.
It’s the perfect time to turn your outdoor space into summer’s newest destination—of course, between you and five other socially distanced friends.
My Lounge Chair
If you thought beanbag chairs were for ’70s hippies, you wouldn’t be wrong. But you also wouldn’t be wrong if you thought of them as uber modern outdoor seating, as is the case with My Lounge Outdoor by Woodnotes. Shaped like a tetrahedron (a triangular pyramid), this comfy, squishy chair in Saimaa Pearly Grey is both sleek and sturdy with its washable wool-like cover that’s resistant to salt water, pool water, and harsh UV rays.
It’s perfect for lounging poolside or for a solo stretch on the balcony to better reflect on all we’ve lost and gained over these past few months. Its frameless design means it’s easy to haul inside on those rainy days, too.
When you’re planning your outdoor oasis, it’s key to think of it like a living room. Centre your pieces around a carpet like the Ikat Mix indoor/outdoor rug from West Elm for a conversation starter. Handcrafted and sustainably sourced, this reversible piece adds just the right hint of colour and pattern to not overwhelm your overall design. Plus, your pretty purchase helps preserve rug-weaving traditions in India via West Elm’s collaborations with artisans and craftspeople.
This three-seater porch swing by Mermelada Estudio reimagines the traditional wood version with its thick black rope and handwoven PVC-rattan wrapped around an aluminum frame. A thoroughly modern take on the lazy days of summer.
Celeste Plant Stand
It’s well known that plants not only improve air quality, but also lower stress, along with a host of other benefits. Studies have shown that even hospital patients who gaze at greenery heal faster than those who look at buildings. So if you’ve been stressed lately, a little greenery might be just what the doctor ordered. These contemporary planters promise to add a hit of stylish colour and visual interest to any outdoor space.
Lately, we’ve had a lot of time to dream of better days to come—and table tennis fits the bill. Originally an 1880s parlour game, it’s now synonymous with college ping-pong (or whiff-whaff to those Brits). The indoor/outdoor Brunswick Parsons Teak Tournament table brings the game back to its elegant roots and comes certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).