In my Reader…The Outdoor Stylist

There’s a new website dedicated to outdoor style.  The Outdoor Stylist is the brainchild of Anne Robert who has been reporting internationally on garden features, accessories and furniture via her My Urban Garden Deco Guide site for several years.  Covering the worldwide design market, the new website does what others don’t…it aggregates hundreds of outdoor design products into one easily searchable site.

Definitely geared to the high end client,  The Outdoor Stylist takes shopping for outdoor furniture and accessories a step further than everyone else and aims to be the ‘go to’ resource for designers and consumers.  I don’t mind spending money on great design, but some of what is featured is so out of reach for many people that it could be called an aspirational website–much like Vogue is for many of its readers.

A somewhat random search of the site yielded the following products, problems and observations …

From the Cook & Entertain area

This Metalaco Home kitchen island will require some ingenuity to be delivered to the States, but has distribution in 32 countries at a price of  6700 euros…a bit steep $9411 after conversion…the available link to Metalaco’s website went nowhere.

Hot color and contemporary styling

In the pots and planters area I found contemporary soft planters from Elho that I really liked.  There was no price on these, but there was an active link to the company website from the post.   It didn’t open in a new window which would be a plus…it does here.

Fire Feature

The Heat tab revealed some really well designed and cool fire options.  This one from Spark Fires was not super expensive for what it is, starting at $3300.  A built in gas fire pit would cost about the same after the cost of the permits, plumber, mason and materials.  The link worked and there were linkable PDF specification sheets available.

Smart and Green's light

On to the Budget section.  I’m always looking for a deal.    I was attracted to this light from Smart and Green.  This vessel lamp is priced at $199 – not what most would consider a bargain.  The link to their website was a dead end, but there was a link to a specification sheet PDF.

As a designer, this is a valuable tool for me and I hope the few glitches are resolved.

2 thoughts on “In my Reader…The Outdoor Stylist

  1. Susan, I greatly appreciate the time that you put into finding and sharing your resources with us.
    So generous !
    This looks like a good resource to bookmark.
    Thanks for keeping your fingers on the pulse of the emerging markets for landscape designers

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