Fern High Back Outdoor Lawn Chair from Backyard Living
Spring is officially here at last, and we’re ready to throw open our doors and spend time relaxing (and perhaps safely gathering) outside in the fresh air. To prepare our outdoor spaces for the warmer months ahead, we asked The Scout Guide editors across the country to recommend their favorite outdoor furnishings stores. Whether you’re looking to outfit a porch, terrace, fire pit area, or exterior corner in need of a refresh, this collection of independently owned retailers will have you, your family, and friends sitting pretty all season long.
SHOP: Backyard Living
LOCATION: Ridgewood, New Jersey
WHAT THEY STOCK: Whether you envision sitting in your backyard watching your children play, admiring your picture-perfect landscape, or enjoying cocktails on your patio, Backyard Living can help turn your vision to reality. Proprietors Tom and Teri and their talented team have been the go-to outdoor living store and a pillar of the Bergen County community for over 20 years. Their expertise will help you find everything from the perfect table setting to the ultimate Brown Jordan sectional and Big Green Egg. No project is too big or too small.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Owners Tom and Teri are the ideal sources for everything from a quick hostess gift to designing your ultimate dream outdoor living space. You can’t help but smile when you enter the beautifully decorated showroom. It’s the perfect place to start to plan your summer,” says Chris Doherty, co-editor of The Scout Guide Bergen County.
COVETED ITEM: Fern High Back Outdoor Lounge Chair
SHOP: Southern Home Outdoor
LOCATION: Mobile Bay, Alabama
WHAT THEY STOCK: Southern Home is a privately held, family-owned business located in Mobile, Alabama, with over 25 years of experience in the outdoor furniture industry. They design, manufacture, and distribute transitional, comfortable, high-quality furniture to their customers with a concentration on producing collections that are suitable for designer/private use only. They also market their own products to the design industry, concentrating all of their marketing and design development to the trade.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “I think it is so neat that a smaller city like Mobile has a manufacturer of some of the best outdoor furniture in the country,” says Katie McNeil, co-editor of The Scout Guide Mobile Bay. “They have interior designers from all over the United States who are buying their sought-after furniture for their clients. And the fact that you cannot buy it online really sets it apart!”
COVETED ITEM: Corsica Rope Collection
LOCATION: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
WHAT THEY STOCK: Sfeer and Co. is more than another furniture store. They offer a timeless collection of interior decor and lifestyle items as well as a unique selection of contemporary yet timeless furniture. According to Laurence, the proprietor, every object has a story to tell, appeals to your senses, and creates a purposeful and inspiring atmosphere. Craftsmanship, enduring design, and personal service are the core of their business.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Laurence has successfully curated a lovely and thoughtful outdoor furniture collection. Every piece is extremely high-quality and will look stunning outside your home for years to come. There is a distinct contemporary vibe, but the pieces can also work in a wide variety of outdoor settings,” says Ashley Powell, editor of The Scout Guide Triad–Greensboro, Winston-Salem & High Point.
COVETED ITEM: Patio Dining Collection
SHOP: Clive Daniel Home
LOCATION: Naples, Florida
WHAT THEY STOCK: Clive Daniel is an award-winning luxury furniture showroom and interior design studio. Since 1977, three generations of the Lubner family have been part of the Naples community.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “In Naples, our gorgeous weather makes outdoor living spaces just as important as the ones inside. Clive Daniel Home has a great selection of outdoor dining, seating, and occasional pieces that fit the Naples lifestyle beautifully,” says Jennifer Adams, editor of The Scout Guide Naples. “And having an in-house design team makes creating the perfect outdoor living setup a breeze!”
COVETED ITEM: Outdoor Sofa
SHOP: Big Grass Living
LOCATION: San Antonio, Texas
WHAT THEY STOCK: Big Grass was established as a destination to share eco-friendly cultural treasures. They offer a sustainable style collection of decor, artifacts, and accessories. Notably, they are the only U.S. source for two hand-crafted bamboo furniture lines, and the only U.S. supplier of their majestic Ong™ rainwater harvesting jars.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Big Grass Living is not only a unique and sustainable store for outdoor, home, and garden furniture and decor, but they bring that unique sense of style from the owners’ native Thailand to San Antonio,” shares Francie Mannix, editor of The Scout Guide San Antonio.
COVETED ITEM: Chaise Lounge Buddha Belly
SHOP: Pavilion Outdoor
LOCATION: Montclair, New Jersey
WHAT THEY STOCK: Pavillion Outdoor is a natural extension of the owners’ 20-plus year experience as landscape designers and installers. They feature all the leading designer brands so that your outdoor space is as luxurious as your indoor rooms.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Building off of their understanding of the flow and function of outdoor rooms, their personalized shopping services include a consultation, space planning, sourcing, ordering, white-glove deliveries, and outstanding follow-up,” says Heather Cundey, editor of The Scout Guide Northern New Jersey.
COVETED ITEM: Gloster Teak Collection