Get the Look: Curating a Contemporary Patio

It’s Memorial Day weekend (in case you, like, forgot you had a long weekend) and I’m headed out to the Cape.Today I partnered with Wayfair to re-imagine my contemporary patio.

We have a simple and spare bluestone patio, cut cleanly into the grass, two steps down from the house. It’s a nice contrast to the more wild (and surely overgrown) landscape beyond. If we had the budget, I would replace our sturdy wood loungers with sleek contemporary lounge chairs topped with brightly colored cushions, and a wood slat metal table and fun, modern  patio chairs.

If I had the time (not to mention a green thumb), I’d add minimalist planters along one side. I’d also finally stain the concrete wall that separates the grill from the sitting area on the little  back patio, which is kind of bleak. Concrete troughs would hold funky, spiky plants in a Pinterest-worthy tableau. And the inexpensive no frills gas grill would be replaced by a shiny outdoor kitchen model.

We would by no means have a rug. It’s not SoCal. It’s untamed New England. Yes to fire. Last summer  we got a portable fire pit. Makes too much smoke, but good s’mores. A  higher end non-wood burning  fire pit would be preferable.

Here’s an inspiration photo of a contemporary outdoor space I love, along with nine contemporary patio furnishings  from StyleCarrot partner Wayfair.



Mondrian Sculpture

Blomus Hurricane Set

Cilinder Planter

Pacifica Canopy Umbrella

Cabana Club Chaise Lounge

Real Flame Table

Sala Stacking Dining Arm Chair

Haringe Dining Table

Napoleon Gas Grill

Inset photo by Michael Graydon for Style at Home

Get the Look: 34 (Mostly) Modern Sculptures

Bronze sculptures are expensive, modern or new, but there are examples of vintage and contemporary pieces in other mediums, like wood and ceramic, that are well within reach. I love the well-above-my-price-range biomorphic bronze by Antoine Poncet, as well as Kelly Wearstler’s cheeky legs. And the Finnish sheep in smooth black wood is adorable.

‘Crystal Angel’ by Martti Rytkönen for Orrefors, $125 at Unica.
C. Jere Sputnik in Polished Chrome, $99 at Jonathan Adler.
Porcelain Skull by Nymphenburg, $439 at Unica.
Brass Knot, $1,495 at Kelly Wearstler.
‘Totemic Dreams’ with Bronze and Shino Glaze by Victoria Shaw.
‘Pointing Figure’ by Bernard Meadows, 1967, $10,000-$15,000, Sotheby’s
Bronze Legs, $1,495 at Kelly Wearstler.
Black Wood Ram by Aarikka Finland, approx. $615 at Aarikka.
Teak Fish Sculpture by Mike Morgenroth,1979, $24 at Abodeon.
Smolten Mirror by Cmmnwlth, $4,000 at Matter.
Vitra Miniature Wiggle Chair by Frank Gehry, 1972, $130 at MoMA Store.
‘Construction of My Heart’  in Alabaster, $4,500 at Arlene Angard.
Green Laminated Milled Acrylic by Phillip Low, $750 at Moss.
Puppy Abstract by Eero Aarnio for Magis, $147 at Nova68.
Nobuho Miya Iron Birds, $120 at Abodeon.
Briciole Sculpture/Divider by Paola Navone for Riva 1920 at Unica.
Resin Bottles by Constantin & Laurene Leon Boym, $55 at The Future Perfect.
Unglazed Abstract, 1952 by William August Hoffman, $2,500 at Assemblage.
Sputnik by Tony Duquette, c.1960, at Lamberty, 1st Dibs.
Primary Color Cubist Sculpture by Adolf Odorfer, 1971, $8,000 at design/one.
Biomorphic Bronze by Antoine Poncet, late‘50s, $12,800 at Sam Kaufman.
‘Minhir’ by Hans van De Bovenkamp, 2009, $16,000 at Lon Hamaekers.
Kostick Bronze Star, $160 at Abodeon.
Multicolor Acrylic Shapes by Vasa Mihich, $950-$1850 at Galere, 1st Dibs.
Primitive Style African Sculpture, $800 on eBay.
‘Small Boxes #4’ by Mike Wright at Williams McCall Gallery.
Reclaimed Wood Sculpture, $99.95 at Crate & Barrel.
Black Rib Cage in Porcelain By Celia Nkala for Perception Park.
African Fertility Figures, Sierra Leone, 20th c., $5,400 each at Wyeth.
‘The Alexander,’ Stabile, $75 at Nova68.
Wood ‘Ascension,’ by Autin Wright, 2011, bid $6,500 at Grounds for Sculpture.
Brass Salvador Orb Brass Bibelots on Marble, $225 at Jonathan Adler.
‘Some Cords are Feathers’ Bronze by Romolo del Deo.
‘Tangle’ in Chrome by Richard X. Zawitz, 1981, $35 at MoMA Store.