or the ultimate in simplicity and convenience, try Crate and Barrel’s tobacco-colored resin wicker furniture sets. Add, subtract or rearrange seating options with these Ventana modular pieces, which include left and right arm sofas and loveseats as well as armless chairs and corner pieces. To complete the pictured look, add coordinating pillows and hand-woven table squares. Then to protect yourself from the sun, consider the UV-reflecting free-arm umbrella with wheeled stand for easy positioning. Sofa sectionals retail for $3,349- $3,999; table $219; umbrella with stand $699; loveseat $1,299; transitional sofa pieces $699-$899. All available at crateandbarrel.com or local stores.
Whatever happened to the old-fashioned patio? It’s at Ethan Allen. With their new
Gazebo collection, hand-woven white wicker and vibrant hand-crafted fabrics come together for a fresh yet traditional look. Stain, fade and mildew-resistant materials make all pieces, from dining sets and loveseats to rockers and swivels, suitable indoors or out. Gazebo swivel $949; occasional table $319; pillow $69. Visit ethanallen.com or their showrooms in Tustin (714-368-0811) and Laguna Niguel (949-349-0101).