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14 Outdoor Products Designers Swear By | Architectural Digest


The temps are finally warming up after a long winter, which only means one thing: The season for barbecues, garden parties, and alfresco dining (sans heat lamp) will soon be upon us. With that in mind, AD PRO polled designers on the outdoor products they’re loving for the deck, patio, and lawn now.

These days, it seems designers are embracing fire pits, among other party-ready accessories—think sprawling seating options and conversation-piece lighting. With all of the at-home entertaining we’ve been doing over the past years, it’s time to take things up a notch. Pros are moving beyond the basics and bringing bold style outdoors.

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Here are the must-have outdoor products designers are ordering for their clients and themselves.

Fire Pits of All Shapes and Sizes

A Wood-Burning Fire Pit

“I use this Tiki Portable Pit, which is great in L.A. because you can sit outside all day. I never knew I wanted a small campfire outside my home, but I love it! One log burns for four to eight hours. I have propane tanks for a fire pit on my rooftop deck, but using the gas always makes me nervous. With this model, you simply throw a piece of wood in it, and you’re good to go with a cozy fire!” —Breegan Jane

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An Easy-to-Clean Fire Pit

“I have been eyeing the Solo Stove Bonfire for my new house for a few weeks now. I’d love to be able to have friends and family over for a few drinks around the fire in the evenings. And I know my kids would be all about some s’mores! As a single mom, I want something that’s compact, not too smoky when lit, and easy to clean up. And, of course, the designer in me loves that it’s attractive and has simple, clean lines.” —Caroline Harvey, Simply CH Lifestyle and Interiors

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A Fire Pit With a “Built-In” Look

“I am currently eyeing this outdoor fire pit from Pottery Barn. I love the concrete finish and the best part is the hidden tank feature—no awkward propane tank or tank holder in sight, so design-wise it has a really seamless, built-in look, and you can put it anywhere.” —Hema Persad

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Trinity Concrete Fire Table

Kitchen and Dining Must-Haves

A Barge-Sized Cooler

“This Party Barge was my Mother’s Day gift last year! We actually built it right into our outdoor kitchen area. It’s perfect for displaying drinks, cut garnishes, and other essentials.” —Ellie Mroz, Ellie Mroz Design

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A Killer Bar Cart

“Outdoor entertaining is still very prevalent post-2020 and will likely be going forward. I am eyeing the Torrey Bar Cart from Made Goods for a new outdoor space.” —Laura Casey, Laura Casey Interiors

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Weather-Ready Furniture

Seating for a Crowd…

“We have the Joybird Scout convertible sofas, and they are game-changing. They convert from loungers to sofas. You can use them for hanging out in the sunshine and then switch them to party mode for when you have guests over. And the fabric is super durable. We love ours.” —Bari Ackerman, Bari J.

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Scout Outdoor Convertible Sofa

“I can’t stop thinking about the entire Jane Outdoor collection from Montauk Sofa. I love outdoor furniture that feels luxe and plush and like something that you might also use inside but that just happens to be set in your backyard or on your terrace. The pillowy cushion and mattress, especially on the lounge, look so luxurious and comfortable to me and would be instantly relaxing to hang out on.” —Emma Beryl Kemper, Emma Beryl Interiors

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“Having recently moved into a second home in Miami, my entire life seems to have taken a shift to outdoor living. As a designer, I’m constantly looking for great designs that can do double duty—this durable bench from Arhaus is a favorite.” —Mikel Welch

Tulum Outdoor Dining Bench

… or Solo Enjoyment

“My family just moved into our newly renovated home in Snowmass Village, Colorado, which has a beautiful deck with vast views of the continental divide. Currently, I am selecting our outdoor furnishings to create an exterior extension of our home for relaxing and entertaining. I am in love with the Sutherland Great Lakes Collection. This line uses organic shapes and neutral wood tones that tie in perfectly with the mountainous environment. The Great Lakes Lounge Chair is definitely on my list and will give our outdoor space the cozy, sophisticated atmosphere we are looking to achieve.” —Laura Umansky, Laura U Design Collective

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“I’ve had my eye on the Havana bar stools by Summer Classics ever since we used them in a project last year. They have a weather-resistant ‘cane’ back that is so summery and pretty, but holds up great to the elements.” —Christina Kim, Christina Kim Interior Design

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Festive Acapulco Chairs

“I have an Acapulco chair in my backyard and love it. They’re super comfortable, never get too hot in the sun, withstand weather well, and come in lots of beautiful colors! And because they’re such a classic design, they really work with any aesthetic.” —Kerra Michele Huerta, Kerra Michele Interiors

A Statement Light Fixture

“An outdoor product I am obsessed with and can’t wait to use is the Giraffe Outdoor Chandelier Lamp by Marcantonio. It’s such a great piece to create some unexpected whimsy in the backyard.” —Travis London, Studio London

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Giraffe Chandelier Lamp by Marcantonio

Plant-Parent Essentials

A Hydroponic Growing System

“Something I’ve been eyeing for my outdoor space is a self-watering vegetable tower. I want to learn how to grow my own food and stay dedicated to eating healthier this year!” —Kara Thomas, Studio KT

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A Watering Can With a Long Reach

“I have been looking for a new watering can for my outdoor potted plants, and this long-reach beauty from Terrain is perfect. I love the classic black and gold color mix. It fits nicely into any exterior decor as well as looking great indoors too!” —Stephanie Gamble, Stephanie Gamble Interiors

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