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Outdoor Essentials for Summer

June 26, 2020

Summer is finally here! Now that the days are long and sunny, we’re spending as much time as we can outdoors. We love our outdoor space, and I’m currently in the process of decorating our backyard patio area. We finished painting the exterior of our house, and you might have seen us redoing our outdoor screened in porch on Instagram. In the meantime, I’ve been on the lookout for beautiful furniture and accessories to turn our patio into an outdoor oasis. I picked up some pieces during the Serena & Lily Memorial Day Sale that have been great for use at home and on beach trips, and I love them so much! Here are some of the things that have been helping me turn my beach trips and staycations into luxurious getaways!

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1. Capri Fouta Beach Towel in Harbor

This is the perfect beach towel! Woven in the style of Turkish towels, the Capri Fouta Beach Towel is lightweight while still being ultra-absorbent. The cute stripe pattern and tassels on the end make it just as stylish as it is functional. Use it for laying out at home or stash it in your beach bag for your next seaside trip.

2. Hanging Rattan Chair

Hanging egg chairs are all the rage now, as is rattan furniture. Combine two trends in one with this Hanging Rattan Chair. Inspired by Scandinavian design from the 60s, the sculptural frame is hand made of bent rattan with a scooped seat that cradles you as you float. The heavy-duty hanging hardware is super sturdy, and the basic design means you can customize the look of your chair with your own throws and pillows for extra comfort and style!

3. Beach Stripe Pillow Cover in Navy

The bold navy stripes on this Beach Stripe Pillow Cover make it a timeless piece of decor, perfectly suited to any nautical or coastal space. Made out of weather-hardy and stain-resistant material, it’s great for use in outdoor spaces, especially if you have kids or pets! Navy double-decker tassels adorn each corner for a fun accent.

4. Outdoor Riviera Bar

I love Serena & Lily’s Riviera collection, and this Outdoor Riviera Bar is a stunning piece of furniture that can transform your porch or patio into an entertainer’s dream! Part bar, party party bucket, the outdoor console is always ready for a good time. Two removable teak lids offer a work surface that hide the water-tight bins beneath. A teak shelf below the bins provide plenty of storage for drinks, glassware, and other bar essentials. The gray and white weave make this functional piece into beautiful decor, and it’s built to withstand the weather.

5. Summerland Outdoor Bell Pendant

What outdoor space is complete without a little bit of lighting? Add some ambiance to your space with the Summerland Outdoor Bell Pendant. The open-weave design of this pendant gives the light fixture an airy feel with plenty of texture. The woven resin is weather-friendly and mimics the look of rattan, bringing the coastal vibe into the outdoors without worrying about fading or damage.

6. Director’s Chair in Classic Stripe Navy/White

The director’s chair is one of those simple, classic designs that never goes out of style. With navy and white striped fabric, it adds the perfect beachy touch to any outdoor space. The all-weather Sunbrella fabric repels water, resists mildew and endures sun, heat and rain without fading. The frame is made of solid teak, so it’ll stand the test of time, too! Styling a smaller space? This chair folds up easily for storage!

7. Whitewashed Rattan Hurricane Lanterns

Update the classic outdoor lantern with these whitewashed rattan versions. The Whitewashed Rattan Hurricane Lanterns feature a rich leather handle and a hurricane lantern made from recycled glass. The white coat over the rattan strikes the perfect balance of light and airy with natural distressing, bringing lots of texture in a little package. Buy a set of three to vary the heights and create a striking composition in your outdoor decor!

8. Teak Beach Chair in Gingham Coastal Blue

Y’all, I’ve found the perfect beach chair! No more struggling with hot aluminum frames that are awkward to carry and don’t last more than a season. This Teak Beach Chair is everything you could ask for! The classic gingham print in a coastal blue and the solid teak frame make for a timeless accessory, but the chair is more than just pretty; it’s super functional, too! You’ll stay comfortable with the canvas seat and attached pillow, and a zippered pocket on the back is the perfect size to store a towel and your next beach read. The angle of the chair is easy to adjust by the arms, and when it folds down, there are straps to carry the beach chair easily like a backpack. This has been tried and tested on the Charleston beaches and it’s going to be my go-to from now on!

9. Beach Umbrella in Gingham Coastal Blue

Pair your perfect beach chair with the matching Beach Umbrella and stay out on the beach all day comfortably! With a matching blue gingham print and stylish tassels, this umbrella makes for the perfect beach set-up. The threaded end screws into the sand so you don’t have to worry about this umbrella blowing away at the slightest gust of wind. An easy-to-adjust hinge in the middle of the pole allows you to choose the perfect angle of shade as the sun moves across the sky, and helps the umbrella fold down to fit into its matching carry bag, so you can tote it from beach to home with ease!

10. Campania Round Beach Towel in Canary

Getting tired of all the blue? I’m definitely not, but it’s fun to brighten up your outdoor decor with the perfect beachy yellow. The Campania Round Beach Towel is absolutely dreamy, from the plush Turkish cotton to the lounge-worthy round design. The design is inspired by a vintage botanical print, and twisted tassels give it that extra touch of luxury to turn your average beach day into a getaway.

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