Perk Up Your Porch With a Touch of Mod Design
Bright colors, sleek shapes and contemporary patterns are everywhere this summer
1. Portable Potables
Part of the Tommy Bahama Tres Chic collection, this teak wood and brushed stainless steel bar cart has sleek lines and plenty of storage for outdoor entertaining necessities. Find it for $1,999 at Great Gatherings in Downtown Crown in Gaithersburg (240-801-6010; www.greatgatherings.com).
2. Pattern Play
This geometric print outdoor rug can anchor a seating area or stand out under a picnic table. Made of polypropylene, it’s durable and easy to clean. The Momeni Baja multicolor rug comes in seven sizes, priced from $24.99 to $446.99, through Bed Bath & Beyond in Rockville (301-770-4330; www.bedbathandbeyond.com).
3. Under Cover
You’ll have it made in the shade when your neighbors see this cool umbrella. Originally designed in 1955, the Midcentury Sunshade rotates easily to block out the sun. The price is $999 for the shade, $545 for a 30-inch stationary stand and $553 for a mobile stand at Design Within Reach in Georgetown (202-339-9480; www.dwr.com).
4. Neat Seats
Outdoor furnishings giant Brown Jordan has reissued its 1961 Tamiami chair collection. The aluminum frames and crisscross vinyl straps are customizable in 12 bold colors that can be mixed and matched. The vinyl lace lounge chair retails for $475 at Sheffield Furniture & Interiors in Rockville (301-881-6010; www.sheffieldfurniture.com).
5. On the Side
Pretty and practical, these chic lattice ceramic accent tables work as a surface for a drink or book, or extra seating. They come in five cheery colors, and are available for $199 through Pottery Barn in Bethesda (301-654-1598; www.potterybarn.com).
6. Fruit Stripes
A sassy little striped pillow never goes out of style. The watery blues and warm citrus tones punch up neutral upholstery instantly. The Chromatic Micro-Striped outdoor pillow is available in two shapes—square and lumbar—for $39 and $35 through Crate and Barrel in Spring Valley in the District (202-364-6100; www.crateandbarrel.com).