By Julia Malacoff

Published on March 28, 2017

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It’s almost spring, which means it’s time to dust off all that outdoor furniture in your garage or basement—or for something a little bit more fun, invest in a new set. Why spring for something new? Well, we’ve got news for you: Patio furniture has evolved in a major way. Case in point is Stori Modern’s collection of edgy, sleek, and playful pieces. Bold colors, sophisticated design, and creative seating solutions are all part of their collection meant for your outdoor space. Instead of worn-out wood and flimsy metals, we’re talking fade-resistant fabrics, sturdy iron, and synthetic wicker that will stand up to those summer thunderstorms. We’ve rounded up our favorite picks from their collection, and while we’re at it, we’re giving you our best outdoor decorating tips to help you figure out how to make your space special. That’s what we call a win-win.

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Don’t be afraid of color.

Outdoor spaces are an amazing place to experiment with color, especially when you have a lush green landscape like the one shown here. If you really want to go all-out, pick out a matching table and sofa like Stori’s Graphic Love Seat and Graphic Coffee Table

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Seek standout pieces.

We’ve all seen the same, standard-issue outdoor furniture. Everyone has it; no one loves it. The stuff you find in most stores can be bland, boring, and feel like a total disconnect from a well-designed interior. Luckily, there are statement items like the Novel Coffee Table that are made especially for the great outdoors. 

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Simplicity is a virtue.

If you are short on room, or are just not ready to invest in a major outdoor entertaining space, pick a few essential but exciting pieces of furniture to create an area that matches your personal style. This bright yellow Journal Dining Table and Journal Dining Side Chairs set are an ideal example of backyard decorating minimalism done right, and serve as proof that you don’t have to go overboard to achieve an awesome outdoor area.

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Find your focal point.

One way to make sure your patio or deck furniture ties together seamlessly is to pick one attention-grabbing piece, like this edgy red Memoir Dining Table, and arrange the rest of the items you select around it. This makes it obvious where people should congregate in your space and ensures that there isn’t too much going on design-wise to appreciate what you’ve pulled together. 

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Go big or go home.

Have a big family? Lots of friends who come over in the spring and summer? Then you’re better off getting a wide variety of seating options to make sure everyone’s happy. This Novel Six Piece Seating Set, which includes a sofa, lounge chairs, and ottomans is a stellar idea if you really do need to accommodate a lot of people, since each piece has the potential to seat more than one person. Plus, when there aren’t a bunch of people around, the ottomans can be stuck in front of the couch and chairs for an optimal lounging setup. 

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Prioritize comfort.

The best summer nights spent outside are ones that involve margaritas, BBQs, and great conversation. The last thing you want to be thinking about is how uncomfortable your seat is. To make sure you never have to take a break from your guests to take a break from your chair digging into your hamstrings (ouch!), pick chairs that have ample and plush cushioning, like this Fairy Tale Dining Armchair

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Go graphic.

You can’t go wrong with black and white. It is pretty much the most classic color combo ever, especially if you want to keep things looking clean and crisp. The Graphic Lounge Chair makes keeping it classy super easy. Bonus points if you add an edgy rug to your space for a fun POP!

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Pick a pastel.

Brights might not be your thing, and that’s totally okay. Lighter shades like this fresh green will fit in well with a more bohemian outdoor arrangement. Complete the look with lots of plants, ceramic decorative accents, and maybe even a Moroccan-style throw pillow or two. Snag the Journal Dining Side Chair in mint to get started on this outdoor oasis.

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Make it about the details.

Outdoor setups that incorporate unexpected design touches, like the fun backs on these Fairytale Dining Armchairs, are the best ones in our book. These kinds of details are one of the best ways to keep things interesting if you’re committed to a neutral color palette. 

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Set up anywhere.

No patio? No problem. The most important element to creating your own little oasis in your backyard is that you have the right furniture. If you’re not sure where to start, check out the Memoir Dining Table and Memoir Dining Chairs.

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Little update, big impact.

If this isn’t the season to overhaul the whole back yard, don’t worry. A new set of fresh and funky pillows provide a small touch with major effect. Looking for something fun and playful? Check out these cheeky banana pillows. All thats left to do is sit back and sip on some summertime rosé.