As temperatures rise alongside the searing sun, there is one thing on top of everyone’s summer to-do list: lounge (and ideally with a mojito in hand). You don’t need to go to South Beach’s hottest rooftop lounge to keep in step, though. Recreate the experience with style and design in your own backyard. Here are South Florida’s top retailers to add flair and functionality to your patio.
Patio and Things
240 Aragon Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Carrying product lines with modernity in mind, Patio and Things hosts an array of styles in outdoor furniture; from asymmetrical sting-ray like chaise lounges, to single-bladed ultra-modern ceiling fans, to LED-lighted pool orbs and glowing cube stools. Given a bounty of outdoor beds, fans and accessories, this store proves that a great patio and good company are the perfect combination.
STOAI Outdoor Concepts
2300 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33137
Lounge designated, round and yin-yang-shaped daybeds in heavy, woven frames come to mind when considering STOAI Outdoor Concepts. Nestled between Miami’s Design District and downtown area, this showroom aims to transport you to relaxation nation with styling from the antique to the exotic. Over 30 styles of flooring leaves no stone unturned, as tiny smooth rocks in shades of grey, pink, patterned and mosaic will leave you looking down with pride.
Clima Outdoor Collections
3650 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33127
High-end attitude and sleek, smooth continuous lines influence design choice at this Design District patio palace. It seems the District’s artistic edge bleeds over into the showroom, as seating ranges from smooth and sinewy wave chaises to a lip-shaped love seat, a Mae West tribute which would even make Dali’s mustache curl. Clima’s clients have included Barton G, the Eden Roc and The Ritz Carlton, making Clima the easy decorating choice whenever you want to play backyard tourist.
2701 N.W. 107th Ave.
Miami, FL 33172
Featuring classic Miami patio design (square shapes, low to the ground, plush cushions, woven look), Patio Zone specializes in importing and distributing P.E. rattan furniture, blending island style with dependability in structure. Diverse yet finite selection means you won’t be endlessly looking through catalogues or browsing the web for hours, just picking up a popular style to kick back with for a popular price.
6161 N.W. 72nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33166
Boasting a new deal every day, Cozy Days has a selection and price range that even competes with the big box stores. Outdoor furniture ranges in design from wicker and rattan styles to oversized bean bags and foam materials. A huge selection also includes a wide range of accessories like water trampolines for the kids and even various-sized dog beds for you to relax with your poolside pooch.
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Alicia Bustamante is a freelance writer covering all things Miami. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.