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Take It Outside

Backyard retreats are trending, and the latest outdoor furniture from Safavieh could help make this your best summer yet.

This open porch features a contemporary take on teak outdoor furniture. The armchairs and loveseat are angled back, in the manner of Adirondack chairs, for extra comfort. Matching lanterns with burnished teak frames have rechargeable LED lights. They’re all part of the Safavieh Outdoor collection.

Cast aluminum furniture with graceful lines and a soft ivory finish looks picture perfect atop a bluestone patio. This collection features a classic quatrefoil pattern and French botanical styling.

Coastal flare comes worry-free, thanks to ultra-realistic raffia wicker made of durable resin. The deep seating pieces have rolled high-back cushions
for added comfort.

Reflecting the relaxed way people live today, one of the biggest trends in residential architecture and design is to treat the outdoors as an extension of the house. Covered porches are back in a big way. Patios, decks and gazebos are being furnished like living rooms, and gardens are being shaped into outdoor “rooms,” with hedges and herbaceous borders as walls.

Safavieh is embracing this trend by expanding our commitment to outdoor furnishings. The recently opened Safavieh Outdoor design center at 2 Channel Drive, Port Washington, N.Y., features the collections shown on these pages and many more.

To help you start dreaming and planning your own backyard retreat, here are seven top tips for design success:

1. Choose quality. You want furniture that’s attractive, comfortable and durable—built to withstand the elements and look great year after year. Today’s quality is better than ever, thanks to advances in furniture and textile technology, such as sturdy synthetic wicker and weather-resistant, colorfast fabrics.

2. Be colorful. Outdoors, you have the opportunity to use stronger colors than you might be comfortable with indoors. Fuchsia cushions, anyone? That said, there’s nothing wrong with neutral, natural shades, such as sand, slate gray or beige. You can add pops of color with patterned accent pillows and accessories, the same as you’d do indoors.

3. Mix and match. Vast expanses of perfectly matched furniture can be

Architectural details from the Winterthur estate and archives inspired this cast aluminum dining set. Klismos-influenced armchairs are paired with a table supported by massive garden urn pedestals.

In this rustic poolside pavilion, the seating is fashioned from the latest UV-resistant resin wicker, which has been individually finished with an antiqued application for a mellow, timeless look. The metal tables and bar cart provide a pleasing visual counterpoint. All furniture shown is available from Safavieh Outdoor.

The tables in this curved, contemporary wicker collection are topped in Weatherstone, which emulates honed limestone.

Designed to look like teak, this furniture collection is actually made of maintenance-free aluminum with an antiqued finish. The triple-bar detailing straddles the line between traditional and modern.

boring. Combine different styles of furniture made of different materials for the same curated look as in your living room. Wicker seating and low metal tables, for example, look fantastic together.

4. Finish the floor. If you’re furnishing a covered porch, treat the floor as you would an indoor space: Use all-weather rugs to define seating areas and add a polished appearance. Today’s indoor-outdoor rugs are even appropriate for use on open patios and decks, where rugs provide good looks, slip protection and bare-footed comfort.

5. Fire it up. Whether on a porch or as a freestanding patio feature, an out - door fireplace provides the same dramatic focal point as an indoor hearth, and it extends the outdoor living season deep into fall or even winter. In open areas, a fire pit admirably serves the same purpose. Tall, gas-fired heaters, as you’ve seen at outdoor cafes, are a less expensive alternative.

6. Ensure evening ambiance. There’s magic to being outside after sunset. As in your indoor living spaces, soft lighting is key to creating a relaxing night - time environment. Few people have enough sources of lighting in their rooms, indoors or out. For your porch or patio, consider LED or incandescent lights with dimmer switches, battery-operated candles or lanterns, real candles, old-fashioned gas lanterns (there’s nothing more charming), and landscape lighting that extends the magic into the distance.

7. Favor functionality. The function of today’s outdoor living spaces goes far beyond comfortable seating. Outdoor kitchens, built-in bars with entertainment centers and cabanas for lounging are all part of the current scene. Even if you’re not into lavish entertaining, you’ll appreciate the convenience of a nearby refrigerator stocked with cold drinks.

Ready to relax? Stop by the new Safavieh Outdoor design center at 2 Channel Drive, Port Washington, N.Y., for a look around and a free consultation.

For bold visual appeal and added durability, the armchairs and matching table were designed with extra thick aluminum frames.

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