A Perfect Summer Starts with Great Patio Furniture

first_imgThis durable table is made from sustainably sourced tropical hardwood and can seat up to ten people when expanded to its full size. The surface of the wood has a protective topcoat and is wire-brushed to add a rustic finish that will have dinner guests feeling like they’re dining beach-front. Sets are available with matching chairs or benches, so you can customize the feel and function of your space.See ItAbbot Chunky Leg Rectangular Dining Table & Torrey Chair Set – Pottery BarnAdd some real wow-factor to your patio with a dining set that can double as a statement piece. A truly unique contemporary, natural look that combines Ecoline synthetic rattan with a bold concrete and hardwood table, the Abbot dining set will add some real wow-factor to your patio. Each table in the line has hand-finished touches that make it one-of-a-kind, and the canvas seat cushions are comfortable, weather-resistant, and easy to clean.See ItRegatta Console-Bar-Work Station – Crate & BarrelIf you’ve got a large area to work with, you can turn your patio space into a full outdoor entertaining experience by adding some fun but functional furniture. This console/bar/workstation has a top that opens up to reveal a stainless steel ice tray, so you can keep drinks cool in the center and still have plenty of surface space for food on either side. It also includes steel hooks on the side for utensils or towels and is made from sustainably sourced teak that is incredibly durable against the elements.See ItFor Small SpacesÄpplarö – IkeaWhen you’re working with a smaller patio space, a low profile and easy storage can become just as important as style when it comes to your furniture. Ikea’s Äpplarö makes proper use of small spaces and adds a hit of high-end style at the same time. The table and chairs can be folded for super-fast, low-profile storage when not in use, and that can hold its own as a focal point, even when the rest of the set is tucked away.See ItMosaic Tiled Bistro Table – West ElmThis alluringly minimalist table has a surface of hand inlaid concrete tiles that creates a modern mosaic for a touch of pure artistic elegance in your outdoor space. The solid hardwood base is available in three finishes, so you can pair with the chairs of your choice for a contemporary space. Equally perfect for your morning coffee or evening whiskey — or hell, morning whiskey.See ItAbbot Ultimate Bar & X-Back Barstool Bistro Set – Pottery BarnYou may not have the space to turn your patio into a backyard version of Cheers, but if you’ve got a little wiggle room and well-designed furniture, you can maximize your area with a bar set that includes some simple seating. Made from solid wood, the Abbott Ultimate Bar has a built-in bottle opener, hooks, drawers, and foot rest, a removable shelf, and a hardy concrete top for a bold natural finish that can hold up to some serious mixology. The set comes with two matching steel bar stools that are sealed with a protective weather-resistant coating, so you can leave them out all winter without worry.See ItIbiza Double Lounge Chair – RHIf your space is big enough to warrant an outdoor sofa, but can’t accommodate a full sectional, may we suggest the Ibiza Double Lounge? The shape alone should be enough to convince you — this whimsical postmodern lounger looks just like a perfect dollop of whipped cream. The beanbag-style interior fill makes it as yielding as a marshmallow, but it’s surprisingly sturdy with a water-resistant performance fabric shell encasing a sound structural base of quick-dry foam. In other words, you can have that second daiquiri without fear of a slow slide onto the concrete.See ItFor Full Relaxation ModeArholma – IkeaIf you see a lot of summer lounging and backyard gatherings in your future, this outdoor sectional from Ikea will create a comfortable space that will make you forget about those boring old living room days. Made from durable plastic rattan, this set has a natural look that can stand up to the elements. And you can customize it with a variety of plush cushions and bold pillows.See ItDune Double Chaise Sofa Lounge – Crate & BarrelSome days, ya gotta lounge. And when you do, why bother with a patio full of one-trick-pony furniture that’s just going to harsh your mellow? This Chaise Sofa Lounge from Crate & Barrel can be easily moved into different positions to suit your mood. If you want to kick back with a book, put it into the chaise lounge position and start reading. Want to spend a summer night beneath the stars? Move it into its fully flattened position. If you’ve got company, it becomes a couch. With a classy modern design and mesh upholstery that prevents fading, staining, molding, or damage, this is an incredibly versatile addition to any patio.See ItDomed Wicker Daybeds – RHWhen you’re confronted by the ageless conundrum — to sunbathe or to take shelter — Restoration Hardware has your answer. Their domed wicker daybeds offer an overhead canopy that provides respite when the day gets oppressive, with sloping side panels that provide a little privacy for … you know, whatever. Meanwhile, the wicker’s open weave still lets in warmth, a breeze in the warmth you crave. Choose from the pyramidal Nevis, the egg-shaped Spartan, or the elliptical Cayman. Any one of these sexy loungers will accommodate you and a friend (or two) for a little retreat of your own.See ItThe Lap of LuxuryThe Grid Collection – GlosterThe time has finally come. You’ve toiled your way through starter furniture and basic patio sets, flexing your creative muscles every step of the way to keep your outdoor space light and inviting on a budget. Now you’re settled into your space and you’re ready to make that next leap: full Bond-on-a-veranda-style, cutting edge, sharply-designed patio furniture that will last you through a lifetime of admiring toasts from party guests.The Grid Collection from Gloster is built around materials like powder-coated aluminum and natural teak that make for an intensely sleek, modern look that still retains plenty of organic inspiration. All cushions are tightly woven for ultimate comfort and durability and have a water-resistant coating on both sides to keep the elements out. The pieces in the collection blend seamlessly, so you can hand-pick the furniture that best suits your needs and build your perfect outdoor entertaining space. All that’s left to do is kick back with a martini (shaken, not stirred of course).Article originally published by LeeAnn Whittemore on April 28, 2017. Last updated by Chelsea Batten on May 11, 2018. The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout Editors’ Recommendations Cold beer. Hot nights. The sounds of summer and the company of friends. As you gear up for sunny days ahead, you may be re-thinking your outdoor living space. When that first summer sunrise sweeps over your patio, you don’t want to see those bright rays lighting up a beaten-up table or bleached-out lawn chairs.Whether you’ve got a large backyard or an apartment balcony, there are plenty of great options for updating your patio space to create a relaxing and inviting area worthy of dinner parties, morning coffees, and game nights alike.For Large Patio SpacesMarbella Modular Sectional – RH Crafted of sustainably harvested natural teak, the Marbella Sectional is one of those seating units that seems to stretch on into the sunset. We love the ultra-deep seats, low-slung design, and the stylish box base that makes it easy to mix and match sections. This is the ideal outdoor sofa for gathering all your favorite flaneurs to sip cocktails and catch rays in an attitude of vainglorious repose.See ItPortside Expandable Dining Table – West Elm The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now center_img The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Small-Space Furniture for Living Tiny The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventurelast_img read more

Environmentalists prepared to fight new oil and gas regulations in Quebec

MONTREAL – Opponents of oil and gas development in Quebec say they’re prepared to ramp up their fight amid expectations that the provincial government could release new regulations on resource extraction in the coming weeks.At the end of last year, the government passed legislation to enable production of oil and natural gas. In May, Natural Resources Minister Pierre Arcand said rules governing that activity would be released a month later and since then, both industry and opponents have been eagerly waiting for them.Carole Dupuis of the Regroupement vigilance hydrocarbures Quebec, which opposes oil and gas development, said her group will take their battle to communities in an effort to prevent an energy industry from taking off in the province.“If our politicians aren’t there to defend us, the public will defend itself,” said Dupuis.Patrick Bonin, a climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace, said the push towards fossil fuel development runs counter to the province’s global commitment to combat greenhouse gas emissions.“If the government was serious about its intention to respect the Paris Accord, then obviously there wouldn’t be any project to get the green light,” he said.While the province may be better known for its wealth of hydroelectricity, it has plenty of natural gas. According to both the Quebec Oil and Gas Association and Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, it’s believed to have enough natural gas to meet its needs for at least a century.About 15 per cent of the estimated 176.7 trillion cubic feet of gas mainly in the Utica Shale formation along the St. Lawrence River is believed to be recoverable, the Canadian Energy Research Institute says. A similar proportion of the 43.6 billion barrels of oil is recoverable primarily beneath Anticosti Island, though on Friday the government announced an end to drilling there.The regulations will permit fracking — which has riled some — but questions remain over where drilling will be allowed.A de facto moratorium on fracking has been in place since 2012, but the law passed in December will allow for it as long as companies secure authorization under the Environment Quality Act and social licence (though it’s still unclear what constitutes social licence).Arcand was unavailable for comment, but a spokesman said the government’s goal is to have the strictest legal framework on energy development in North America.Pierre-Olivier Pineau, a professor specializing in energy at the University of Montreal HEC business school, said the government can’t politically afford to have regulations that aren’t stringent, even if the chances of widespread production are slim.Junex (TSX-V:JNX) and Petrolia (TSX-V:PEA) are seeking to extract oil and gas in remote regions of Gaspe, and Pineau said he believes they won’t face much opposition, partly because they’re in economically stressed areas.Neither energy producer responded to requests for comment.Michael Binnion, CEO of Calgary-based Questerre Energy Corp. (TSX:QEC) and president of the Quebec Oil and Gas Association, said he hopes the regulations will be strong enough to gain public confidence that their water, air and land will be protected.It will then be up to energy companies to secure social acceptance from communities, something Binnion concedes is largely lacking. Questerre Energy has drilled test wells on about 405,000 hectares it holds in the Utica Shale formation.“We don’t think the regulations by themselves are going to open a floodgate at all,” he said. “We think the regulations could open the door to a discussion about the benefits and impacts.”Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. Environmentalists prepared to fight new oil and gas regulations in Quebec by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 31, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more