Outdoor dining doesn’t require paper plates and plastic cutlery. Set the table in soft sky blue. Just add coffee and your favorite breakfast for an absolutely serene spring morning.
Crate and Barrel | Buy
Opt for cloth instead of paper napkins for your next warm weather gathering. Gingham adds instant picnic style to your outdoor table. Mix it up with red and blue for a patriotic twist.
Pottery Barn | Buy
(Set of 6)
Kick off your first annual summertime bocce ball tourney with this authentic set made in Italy, where they know a thing or two about bocce. Or, just encourage some friendly competition at your next backyard barbeque.
The Wildflower Seed & Tool Company | Buy
Be prepared for summer block parties with this set of nature-inspired and nature- friendly outdoor dinnerware. The best part? No broken dishes when an impromptu football game sends a stray ball in your direction.
All Modern | Buy
Whether you’re dining in the backyard or on a full-fledged picnic, you’ll need some tunes. This radio is powered by the sun, making it perfect for outdoor festivities of all sorts.
Brook Farm General Store | Buy
For generous servings of leafy spinach or romaine, ordinary salad servers just won’t do. Use these mango wood paddles to scoop up refreshing salad greens with panache. Bonus points are awarded if you’ve grown your own ingredients.
Anthropologie | Buy
If you’re in need of some outdoor inspiration, look no further. From cocktails to canapés, Denise Gee’s guide is filled with photographs and recipes for planning your next porch party. Now, will you be serving Tipsy Tea or June Bug Mocktails?
Chronicle Books | Buy
When that afternoon garden party inevitably continues past sunset, these recycled glass lanterns turn dining at night into a festive evening gathering.
West Elm | Buy
($20 for Set of 3)
Add style to the quintessential summer outing with the Yellowstone Picnic Basket. Fully equipped with the basics, just add food, invite a few friends and head outdoors.
Target | Buy
Our house, is a very, very tiny house…Isn’t that how the song goes? Regardless, these tiny homes make for darling candleholders.
Object | Buy
This rosy linen throw pillow is easy to adore, indeed.
love maki | Buy
Green up your patio, or bring the outside in with this shag rug. Either way, you’ll enjoy this cozy alternative to actual grass, minus the maintenance.
Grandinroad | Buy
Stray paperclips, keys and all sorts of odds and ends will gather nicely in this cast iron butterfly dish. With an almost Rorschach quality to it, it also makes an interesting piece of décor all on its own.
Jayson Home | Buy
Sink into the deep and cozy Sundero chair and risk never getting out again. Just be sure to apply sunscreen before you get too comfortable.
Ikea | Buy
With Earth Day coming up, give some thought to planting your own garden. Mark your veggies with this lovely set of hand hammered vintage silverware. Earth Day Bonus: A portion of Wooden Hive’s annual sales are donated to the Honey Bee Conservancy.
Wooden Hive | Buy
What is better than clever decor? Clever decor that is eco-friendly. The Soji Solar Lantern sucks up sunlight all day long and burns bright long into the night. This attractive lantern is also weather resistant, should the rain dampen your patio.
Bambeco | Buy
Your nod to Easter does not need to involve bunnies and fake grass. Pottery Barn keeps it subtle but spring-worthy with crackle egg candles in an array of soft pastel colors, that, thankfully, do not require dyeing.
Pottery Barn | Buy
(On sale; prices vary by size)
A cake stand adds instant fancy to any party or gathering. Jadeite is the perfect spring green to elevate sandwiches, cheese, or anything else you’re serving. Of course, you can also use it for serving cake.
Fishs Eddy | Buy
If you could design your own museum, what would you include? In nearly 1,000 pages, Phaidon created an imaginary art museum suitable for your coffee table. The Art Museum houses imagined galleries and rooms with everything from Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to the Tomb of Tutankhamen – making it perfect for that spot which currently only houses the remote control.
Phaidon | Buy
Still struggling with the weekend time change? We’re with you. Frame this sunny print and hang it in your bedroom as a subtle reminder to rise and shine, even if it is dark when the alarm goes off.
One Sydney Road | Buy
This wooden radio manages to be nostalgic and modern at the same time. Turn the wooden dials in search of your AM/FM faves, or plug in your iPod to rock your current playlist.
The Curiosity Shoppe | Buy
Does your front door need a new look? A coir doormat covered in poppies is cheerful solution. Or, maybe you’d prefer a zigzag welcome. You can have both for less with Garnet Hill’s Buy One, Get One Half Off Bright Sale.
Garnet Hill | Buy
(Sale continues through March 13, 2012.)
Dress up your entryway with a touch of Bali. Handcarved from teak root, each polished bowl is truly one of a kind and makes a great stand-alone piece, or an exquisite landing spot for your keys.
Foreign Affairs | Buy
Spruce up your sofa for spring. A new outfit for your throw pillows should do the trick. We are fans of Dwell Studio’s which pairs buttery yellow with calm and elegant grey.
Whitlock and Co. | Buy
Create your own abstract centerpiece with this set of teak architectural building blocks for grownups. Permission to play, granted! Comes with a drawstring bag for clean-up time.
Jayson Home | Buy
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