Decorate outdoors this spring

Whether you’re revamping your deck or sprucing up your fire escape, these new products can help make your outdoor space enviable.

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Credit: Wayfair

If there’s an elegant way to dismount from the traditional hammock, we haven’t figured it out. This upright one from Wayfair is perfect for smaller spaces and clumsy loungers.
$39, www.wayfair.com

Credit: Kalamazoo
Credit: Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo’s Artisan Fire Pizza Oven is an investment, but we’d say the returns on being the guy with an Artisan Fire Pizza Oven in his backyard are pretty sweet. After preheating for 20 minutes, this baby churns out Neapolitan-style pies in under three minutes thanks to two sets of burners that produce 42,000 BTUs.
$6,795, www.kalamazoogourmet.com

Credit: IKEA
Credit: Ikea

Ikea’s Gottgora Lanterns are the perfect way to dress up a Plain Jane tealight.
$13, at Ikea stores

Credit: Restoration Hardware
Credit: Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware makes it easy to add a little twinkle, whether you have room for one of their spa-worthy Laguna fire tables or just a starry strand.
Concrete natural gas fire table, $1,609; Street Fair Light String, $50-$55, www.restorationhardware.com

Credit: West Elm
Credit: West Elm

What can we say: we love a bar cart. West Elm’s outdoor-friendly one is made from responsibly harvested tropical hardwoods and finished with a beachy driftwood stain.
$679, www.westelm.com

By the numbers

According to a new study by the American Society of Landscape Architects, lighting is high on the list of outdoor space improvements for 2014, with 94.2 percent of respondents rating upgrades as very in-demand. Also trending are eco-friendly design elements, including native plants, water-saving drip irrigation and rain-water harvesting systems.

Sunny sips

What to serve al fresco this summer? When we’d rather mingle outside than muddle in the kitchen, we’re loving Sauza’s new ready-to-pour sparkling margaritas (www.sauzatequila.com). The only thing we’d add: Kikkerland’s reusable anchor ice cubes ($5 for 6, www.kikkerland.com).

 



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