Minimalistic outdoor rooms are the newest decorating frontier, and Sarasota stores have everything you need to create a terrace or patio that rivals the trendiest indoor spaces. Modern, even futuristic contours, lots of white and playful pops of color are making fashion news all over town.
Get Floored Celebrity designer Thom Filicia’s new outdoor rugs for Safavieh ban boring brown from the patio. The star of Style Network’s Dress My Nest uses yarn of recycled soda bottles and bodacious colors like this (5-by-8-foot rug, $199). Shah Abbas Rugs, 4801 S. Tamiami Trail (941) 366-6511.
Moon Beams For romantic evenings with a modern edge, dress outdoor spaces with lighting by Flos like Philippe Starck‘s Super Archimoon (shown) or the futuristic "45" pole lamp (prices on request). Light Up Your Life, 1620 N. Tamiami Trail (941) 330-0422.
Garden Icon Richard Schultz creates outdoor furniture with a modern twist. His trade-only collectibles (Petal coffee table, $2,740; end table $1,260) are available from interior designers like Sally Trout, owner of Current, 83 Cocoanut Ave. (941) 365-5323.
Design Alfresco Marcus and Pam Anast have created an outdoor decorating oasis in the back yard of their Rosemary District store, with trendsetters like Kannoa's Asian modern all-weather wicker Soleil chaise ($1,650). The Sarasota Collection Home Store, 622 Central Ave. (941) 955-8313.
Perfect Wave The Brown Jordan Wave collection defines the new coastal chic. Look for an innovative sail-shaped table and chairs covered in parabolic stretch fabric for cool suspension seating. Pieces from $599 to $2,849 at Robb & Stucky Patio, 7501 S. Tamiami Trail (941) 922-8900.
Alter-Ego Designers are abuzz about Ego Paris, a hip young outdoor furniture company that brings French élan to American lanais. Museum-quality modern designs and trendsetting colors are irresistible. Check out the new Kama divan and Tandem duo sun lounger. Through designers; www.egoparis.com. Photo by A. Chideric, Studio Kalice
Sun Screen A dreamy daybed ($8,190) from Spanish outdoor furnishings couturier Gandia Blasco is enveloped in white to glamorize the pool while screening out harmful rays. Home Resource, 741 Central Ave. (941) 366-6690.
Friendly Fire? Eco-friendly portable fireplaces, that is. Choose from Eco-Smart Fires’ myriad cutting-edge designs and save the planet: Styles like Fusion ($7,900) are fueled by denatured ethanol. American Grill & Hearth, 2381 Clark Road, Sarasota (941) 925-3985; Sarasota Design Center, 1413 Boulevard of the Arts (941) 870-0040.
Backyard Stonehenge Designed by Dedon with exclusive distribution by JANUS et Cie, the Obelisk ($8,837 list), contains four chairs and table that fit together to form a surreal sculpture (inspired by the Neolithic stone menhirs at Carnac, France’s version of Stonehenge). Through designers including Sarasota Design Center, 1413 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota (941) 870-0040.
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Check out the new Woodtec porcelain tile by Porcelanosa. Formed into strips like real hardwood flooring, it’s great for outdoor patios. Fisher Tile, 2337 12th St. (941) 362-7820.
Stop by Ethan Allenfor a peek at Biscayne, their first outdoor furniture collection. Ethan Allen, 5251 S. Tamiami Trail (941) 924-3875.
Dress up the patio with Kartell’s famous see-through Ghost chair or poly-carbon Lizz; they work equally well indoors or out. IOPTICS, 446 Burns Court (941) 955-5133.
Add a cool breeze to your lanai with Modern Fan’s chic architectural ceiling fans rated for damp locations. Light Up Your Life, 1620 N. Tamiami Trail (941) 330-0422.