How fitting that this light fixture actually looks like it belongs outdoors. This custom-crafted, six-light Twig Chandelier (38"W x 36"H), developed by Adirondack Mountain artisans for Meyda, can be used within covered patios (it's rated for damp locations) but can be customized for wet locations (and a flush-mount version is also available). About $3,300; 800.222.4009.
Nights in White Canvas
The Loxley Bed, designed by Philippe Starck for Sutherland Furniture's RobinWood Deluxe Collection, is the picture of medieval romance - and elegant outdoor style. The soft landing pad (84"W x 105" H x 87" D) is made of natural teak, with polished aluminum detailing and washable outdoor fabric choices. Available to the design trade; 800.717.8325.
Target calls this the Orbit Lounger, perhaps for its circular Atomic Age styling.
The portable Celstron NexStar 8 SE telescope features 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain optics and has all the bells and whistles you'd want in a deep-space viewer, including an F10 focal length, the ability to find a specific star or planet (there are 40,000 objects in its database), a digital hand controller, plus PC-operation and GPS compatibility; $1,400; www.telescopes.com or 800.303.5873.
Richard Schultz's Wing Collection of open-minded aluminum chairs and tables aims to allow cool breezes, refreshing pool water, or the warmth from fire pits to really reach us. Plus, they're just really good looking, in powder-coated finishes of pearl, blue, yellow, red, green, light bronze and dark bronze (with tabletops available in porcelain, teak or bamboo). Chairs, available with or without pads, start at $3,150; 215.679.2222.
At Your Feet
Outdoor rugs can look as good as indoor ones, as is the case with the Persimmon Area Rug from Home Decorators Collection, available in terra cotta or sage green with a natural leaf pattern. (Yes, friends, that's the shape of a persimmon leaf.) It offers the look and feel of natural fibers but the durability of synthetic fiber, which makes it easy to clean as well as stain- and mildew-resistant. Eleven sizes are available; prices range from $17 to $269; 877.537.8539.
One of the sleekest, deepest whirlpool tubs to be had is the new Blue Moon by Duravit. At 55"W x 21"D, it's nearly twice the standard depth of other contenders, and is likened to a mini pool. The relaxation unit can be adjacent to a wall or left freestanding (perfect for an indoor-outdoor bathroom). It features inspection-friendly acrylic or teak inserts and 10 LED spotlights inside (with colored LED lighting options available). From $8,500; 770.931.3575.
If you haven't noticed, red is the hot new appliance color this year, and that goes for outdoor ones, too. Here's a great-looking, great-cooking grill from Char-Broil that uses evenly distributed infrared heat to get its message across. Because of that, it uses one-third less gas, and won't catch fire from dripping food juices (there's no open flame, which also helps keep food moist). The grill, with rotisserie and 13,000 BTU side burner, offers a wide temperature range for everything from slow-cooking to intense searing. With storage underneath; $599; 866.239.6777.
Sure, the bold colors and modern floral prints are fun, but the true power of these Flower Plates is rooted in their construction - of lightweight, practically indestructible melamine. Another plus: They're 11 inches wide, the ideal size for presenting whatever you're serving, with all the sides. In a variety of patterns; $6.95; www.crateandbarrel.com or 800.967.6696.
Keep your cool with this nautical-style 54-inch Sanibel ceiling fan from the Hunter Fan Co. It's rated for damp environments like covered porches and features washable off-white sailcloth. It also promises a quiet motor and wobble-free performance. In both bronze and white finishes; about $200; 888.830.1326.