You could fill glasses with ice and pour lemonade, punch, or iced tea and hand one to each of your guests. Or you could point them to your very own on-tap container. Jayson Home’s Beach House Dispenser features a 9½-inch-diameter glass dome able to hold seven liters (about two gallons) of your favorite summertime beverage. The glass nestles into a sturdy rattan base that takes its place on a porch or sunroom just as well as it does in the garden or dining room. ($250; Jayson Home)
There are those who sniff at the idea of fake flora, and there are those who don’t. But even folks in the former camp will find that New York City-based event designer and floral stylist Livia Cetti captures something deeply real in her paper flowers and foliage. With the gesture of each plant, the nod of its head, and the swirl of its leaves, she manages to locate an essential truth about its being. “I’m not looking to copy an exact stamen or flower,” says Cetti.
Williams-Sonoma’s new Agrarian line joins the hyper-locavore movement with backyard beehives and the Alexandria Chicken Coop. ($880; Williams-Sonoma)
When Urban Outfitters took over a suburban Philadelphia nursery a decade ago, you got what you’d expect: Terrain, a store that combines the resources of a specialty nursery with the design-savvy furnishings and relaxed shopping experience of its sister store, Anthropologie.
There’s nothing short or stout about Janus et Cie’s immaculate, whimsical decorative teapot. Inspired by the beauty and complexity of Japanese gardens, the ever-chic furniture design company dreamed up Flourish, a ceramic vessel draped in floral and foliate forms. The teapot rests under a glass case, an exquisite, perpetually blooming landscape. Good luck finding matching cups.
Garrett Eckbo’s designs integrate indoor and outdoor living, providing “maximum pleasure with limited maintenance,” says Charles A. Birnbaum, president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation.
The centuries-old patio at the Barcelona, Spain, apartment of economist Peter Fehlbaum and his family strikes an exquisite balance—classic architectural bones, modernist touches, and a healthy dose of quirk. Fehlbaum’s playful sense of humor—he describes his style as “jive”—and his impeccable taste combine to form an area ripe for outdoor entertaining.