Ultimate Flexibility: Indoor and Outdoor Furniture

By Sklar Furnishings

Featured Products, Brands & Designers

August 18, 2016

One of the best things about life in Florida is that we’re able to enjoy the outdoors year-round. The unique way we use our homes reflects that; we move fluidly from dinner to drinks on the patio, or from swimming to an indoor lunch. Our outdoor furnishings should reflect this flexibility, letting you repurpose them as your changing plans require. Pieces that are attractive enough for indoor use, yet durable enough for outdoors, can move between spaces as needed with the same ease you do.

When choosing an outdoor dining or side table, look for a design that complements your indoor furnishings. Doing so will create a harmonious effect with real indoor-outdoor flow, and give you the option to bring it indoors for occasions when another table is required. Our favorites include the angular, ultramodern Faz, made of molded polyethylene resin; the simple and elegant Ella by Phillipe and Normand Couture; and the colorful T-Table by Kartell.

Add stylish, low-maintenance seating to the mix and you’ll rest easy knowing you can always accommodate extra guests, indoors or out. Durable seating is available in an array of inspiring forms, from poufs to sofas, that look good wherever you place them. The River Stones Pouf combines a steel frame with a soft foam cover in your choice of 14 colors, and with its compact size it’s easy to move. The Flat Four-Seater looks like a contemporary and elegant indoor sofa, but its vinyl upholstery and light aluminum frame make it safe for the patio or poolside. Kartell’s Magic Hole Armchair and Sofa are made from light, shock-resistant molded polyethylene, available in three bold, high-contrast colorways.

Weather-resistant and cord-free lamps let you illuminate your outdoor living area beautifully, and can be moved to wherever they’re needed. Vases Floor Lamps weigh close to 100 pounds each, so they’re stable in gusty weather and look fantastic with white or colored LEDs. Much smaller but just as pretty, the Kartell Battery Lamp charges via USB cable and offers up to six hours of portable illumination. Another innovative outdoor light is the Uma Sound Lantern, which provides a warm glow and 360-degree high fidelity audio through a Bluetooth-enabled speaker in the base.

Enhance your outdoor living area with accessories. Hang a large mirror like the Casanova on an outdoor wall overlooking your patio or garden for a luxe indoor/outdoor look. A set of Faz Planters, from the same collection as the Faz Table (above) will add a striking touch to any large garden or contemporary living room. Even some artworks, like the robust Visitor Sculpture, are suitable for outdoor and indoor use. Speak to a Sklar interior designer for style inspiration and advice on creating an outdoor living space that lives up to the rest of your home.

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