It was bound to happen. Following a six-year drought, the likes of which we hadn’t seen in a century, Northern Californians have been swimming in torrential downpour and its soggy aftermath. Rainfalls from February 2017 onwards have topped typical annual measurements in some areas, and the rest of us have seen significant precipitation for the first time since 2010. It’s no wonder, then, that my longing for All Things Outdoor is in full swing. I’m envisioning a luscious warm summer just around the corner, and lots of opportunities to do what we West Coasters do best—celebrate al fresco.
Not usually attracted to patio furniture, I’m salivating over a fabulous find that kicks my summer dreams into high gear.
This Laguna Day Bed Set has my sun-seeking senses primed and ready, mostly because it delivers a perfect hybrid of outdoor lounging and protective shelter. Hey, when you’re sun-sensitive, you shouldn’t be relegated to the safety of a house.
So, why this one? That’s a no-brainer: party, party, party.
A disc-shaped lounger formed by curved components offers the flexibility of parting it for use in a festive setting as needed. Picture the configurations available, and you’ll appreciate its ingenious design. Start with a tastefully curved settee, a piece which is charming on its own. Add a pair of benches and a round ottoman, and you’ll begin mentally scattering them around a patio or poolside setting for a group of up to six.
Toss in a fabulous canopy offering respite from blinding sun, and you have a first-rate setup for more intimate gatherings after the shindig is over.
It doesn’t hurt that the Laguna comes in wonderfully neutral colors. A bronze wicker frame is always chic, and cushions are available in complementary shades of antique beige and taupe. Together, they form a fashionable, island-inspired ambiance worthy of the purpose for throwing incredible outdoor parties.
It even comes with four coordinating pillows that add texture and dimension. How can you beat that?
I wouldn’t settle for a low-quality ensemble, which is why the durability of this one caught my eye. With a frame made from high-performance wicker that covers all-weather, powder-coated aluminum, I know it’s likely to last far beyond the included three-year warranty.
And the use of beloved Sunbrella canvas on its cushions and canopy also adds a note of confidence. This weather-resistant material negates any concerns we used to have over the longevity of outdoor furniture when exposed to the elements.
All of this discussion over quality and durability shouldn’t overshadow the residual benefits of this clever ensemble. Hosting is hard work, and the opportunity to retreat to a round lounger with a demi-canopy sounds opulent, especially when it includes a great read and perhaps a cold beverage or three.
Then it’s time to get on the stick and plan the next successful gathering for fellow sun-seekers who know how to mix it up in the great outdoors. Pack it in while you can, as we never know when an El Nino is around the corner.