Shades of Spring
Spice up the neighborhood for your feathery friends with a stunning collection of Egg Bird Feeders by J Schatz. Available in 10 glossy colors, including Hot Red, Aqua and Olive, the feeders are handcrafted of ceramic earthenware with a weatherproof aluminum base, and are both durable and squirrel proof. Call (866) 344-5267, or visit www.eggbirdfeeders.com.
Modern Outdoor brings a sexy simplicity to the back yard with the Talt Collection. The minimalist steel-frame pieces are softened with vibrant square cushions in lime green, turquoise, orange, snow white or sunshine yellow. The frame comes in stainless, or powder coated in white, silver, or steel gray. Visit www.modernoutdoor.com.
Laneventure’s line of outdoor furnishings offers nearly 200 choices of outdoor fabrics, so you can design every detail of your outdoor living space. Four fresh new collections were launched this spring, including Hopeless Romantic, featuring feminine gardens, botanicals and old-fashioned beauty in celadon, rose and cream; and Island Life (right), with tranquil and tropical hibiscus and lemon shades. Laneventure is carried through Park Place in Washington, DC, (202) 342-6294, or visit www.laneventure.com.
Pollack Fabric introduces its first group of fabrics for outdoor use. The Weather Or Not collection offers four designs in 31 colors, with a variety of surface textures from woven Sunbrella acrylics that are fade, soil and mildew resistant, to a faux leather surface made of 100 percent polyester. Available through Donghia in The Washington Design Center, (202) 479-2724, or visit www.pollackassociates.com.
The Camano Collection by designer Terry Hunziker for Sutherland offers simplicity of design in sturdy, comfortable pieces for lounging. Yachting (right) combines durable teak with textured, powder-coated aluminum, while the Deck designs are crafted of solid teak, and Camano Beachfront is a marine-grade enameled mahogany. All three groupings come in several wood finishes, and can have cushions ordered to match, in a wide selection of Perennials outdoor fabrics. Visit www.sutherlandteak.com.
Looking for a simple gazebo, arbor or cupola? Try Vixen Hill, a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of modular outdoor structures. Their selection of products includes gazebos, garden houses, pavilions and porches in a variety of trim styles, doors and details. All crafted of premium-grade Western Red Cedar products, the pieces can be designed to your specifications for assembly with or without the help of a contractor. Visit www.vixenhill.com.
Louis Soleil by John Hutton for Sutherland is a handsome line of fully upholstered seating that brings the luxury of the inside out. Durable enough for year-round outdoor use but with meticulously hand-carved frames in a more formal style, these pieces are generously proportioned for dining or lounging. Available in dining side and armchairs, lounge chair, occasional chair and chauffeuse. Visit www.sutherlandteak.com.
For truly delightful tabletops in the summer months, add some festive dishes to your collection. Lily Platters by Michael Aram bring a pleasant balance of whimsy and elegance to outdoor entertaining, with a collection of three sizes of platters in forged stainless steel, plus plates and coasters and clever gold-plated dragonfly accents. Visit www.michaelaram.com.
The new Eden Bay collection from Country Casual is a stylish wicker seating set made of weatherproof and colorfast manmade fibers hand-woven over a durable steel frame. Clean-lined and classic, the pieces come in natural- or rich coffee-colored weaves, and a choice of three upholstery colors. Call the Rockville showroom at (800) 289-8325, or visit www.countrycasual.com.
The lapping of water and sizzle of the grill don’t need to be the only serenades on the patio this summer. Try installing one of Sonance’s al fresco audio designs to bring your favorite music out-of-doors. The widely praised Mariner line of outdoor speakers offers accurate, wide-range performance, and features a weatherproof polypropylene enclosure that can be painted to match the surroundings. Visit www.sonance.com.
In The Ultimate Backyard (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, Layton, UT, 2006; $40), author Michelle Kodis takes the reader on a tour of tranquil outdoor spaces across climates and styles. From an outdoor room on the Oregon coast to petite urban patios, she shows that no matter the size or budget, back-yard spaces can be places of serenity and rejuvenation.
From finding the site to choosing the balance of plants, building a water garden can be daunting—but it is easier than you think. In Can’t Miss Water Gardening for the Mid-Atlantic (Cool Springs Press, Nashville, TN, 2005; $19), horticulturalist Teri Dunn walks readers through the step-by-step process of creating the perfect oasis in the garden, including colorful plant directories and profiles of recommended plants for the mid-Atlantic and New England regions.
Part of Taunton’s Idea Books series, Outdoor Living Idea Book by Lee Anne White (Taunton Press, Newton, CT, 2005; $20) features tips and ideas on designing outdoor spaces for The New American Swimming Pool: Innovations in Design and Construction, edited by James Grayson Trulove (Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 2001; $55) is a compilation of 40 case studies that looks at pools across the country as sources of inspiration. It presents an array of pool styles, from modern and geometric to lagoon-like and from a secret wooded pool to an open, beachfront expanse. The book includes ground plans and elevations as well as advice on surrounding landscaping.
Haddonstone’s Clifton Coade Collection comprises faithful reproductions of original designs created by the renowned Coade Stone and Doulton manufactories in London in the 18th and 19th centuries. Whether you are looking for a stunning urn to set off a classic English-style garden, or something unique such as these plaques depicting putti with seasonal attributes from nature, Haddonstone offers a variety of details to embellish your garden. Visit www.haddonstone.co.uk.
Whether or not your yard has a pool, you can enjoy the soothing sound of water with a water element. Stone Forest’s hand- carved granite designs range from traditional European-style wall fountains to Zen-like sculptures that pour water silkily over orbs of stone. The Basalt Dome Fountain is a one-of-a-kind fountain that can grace any courtyard or lawn with style. Visit www.stoneforest.com.
Just because the weather turns chilly doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice time on the patio. Pour a glass of wine and curl up around the L-shaped Cal Flame BBQ Island, perfect for long evenings of conversation. With extended arms for spacious seating and coordinating stucco and tile, the island is the perfect spot to relax at the end of a day—any time of year. Visit www.calspas.com.