Summer in New England is precious because it is so hard-won and so fleeting.. We like to spend as much time as we can outside, so it’s great to have a well-designed outdoor space that can be that summer living/dining room. Ideally, you want to have a table to gather and dine, some lounge-y chairs for relaxing, and if you're lucky add in an outdoor kitchen, a fire pit, and a pool!
If you’re in the city and tight on space, I say have those lounge chairs take center stage, and consider a gateleg table with a small footprint that can expand when you entertain. A stone-capped wall on a patio can double as a bench to create more space.
A chic umbrella is a must as well! There are so many amazing options, just watch your outdoor space to see how the light moves through the day and you’ll know where the best spot it, if you need one that tilts, etc.. We love a classic stripe, or a pagoda shape. Choose one that works with the look of your home's exterior.
Finally, accessorize with outdoor cushions, lanterns, and potted plants with varying heights and you’ll be ready to live your best life this summer. Cheers!