Picking the Perfect Patio Set

Your outdoor space can be just as stylish and on-trend as the rooms inside
your home!

Desginer Lauren Oviatt with Oviatt Designs shares her favorite patio sets of
Summer 2012.

Once the warm weather hits we all want to be outside, enjoying time with
kids, family, friends and neighbors. Outdoor spaces are becoming more
and more popular and so is the idea that these spaces can be just as stylish
and on-trend as the rooms you decorate inside your home. With dozens of
offerings on the market today there is certainly a style to suit your own
personal taste.

Decorating Style: Cottage/ Coastal
Lauren’s Patio Pick: Pottery Barn Weatherby Sofa

This image conjures up all that is wonderful about living near the water.
How can you look at this image and not want to be in it!? What I love about
this piece is that you know it is comfy and inviting… the type of sofa that
calls to you. The painted white finish, chunky frame and ‘x’ detail are all
nods to the coastal style. Pillow-back pieces = instant relaxation. This
piece is more for the “lounger-at-heart” and less suitable for formal

Decorating Style: Modern
Lauren’s Patio Pick: Frontgate Cloud by Gloster Furniture

Gloster furniture is a well-known fine outdoor furniture brand. They have
partnered with Frontgate to introduce this particular collection, which
combines the best of indoor furniture with the durability and weatherproof
qualities of outdoor furniture. These pieces are not inexpensive, but they
are super modern and very high quality. They are constructed with a
stainless steel frame and weatherproof cushions and fabric. The best thing
about this collection, it is completely modular… you can tailor its
configuration to suit any space. I love how they look like comfortable
indoor pieces.

Decorating Style: Traditional
Lauren’s Patio Pick: Restoration Hardware Kingston Collection

This set from Restoration Hardware has to be my personal favorite. It
totally reminds me of a garden party on a Southern summer’s night! I love
the latticework in this Chippendale style, and the fact that it is made of
weathered teak adds to the graciousness and formality of this collection. It
is stunning by all angles – which is great for those who have open patio
areas where your furniture on major display. This is a classic set that will
ALWAYS be ‘in’.

Decorating Style: Retro
Lauren’s Patio Pick: Grandin Road Retro Collection

This set is so much fun. I have a few friends who I can see falling
completely in love with this collection. The style and construction of this
set screams retro to me! It is finished with a durable powder-coated finish
and even though it will heat up in the sun, there are two things I really love
about this collection: 1) You can choose from four options (red, white, aqua
and retro lime) and 2) each piece has a gliding mechanism. Wouldn’t we all
rather be rocking or gliding anyway?!

Decorating Style: Transitional
Lauren’s Patio Pick: Restoration Hardware La Jolla collection

We haven’t yet talked about all-weather wicker, but it is fabulous and one
of the newer technologies in outdoor furniture. You get the look and
character of wicker with the wear of heavy gauge weatherproof material
and a sturdy aluminum frame. The sloped arms and clean frame are the
features that say “transitional”. I think this set has universal appeal. Once
again you are offering a seat that is just as comfortable as your family
room sofa. The lines are sleek but you still have plenty of room to lounge.
I love the options for customization on these pieces as well. Five wicker
finishes to choose from and over 50 cushion fabrics that are all-weather
and suitable for outdoors. You can really make these pieces your own.

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