Platinum List 2015: Outdoor Living
Photo courtesy of Kingsley-Bate
It’s the room with no walls, ceiling, windows or doors. It’s flooded with light from sunrise to sunset, bathed in the golden glow of dusk and it transforms into a magical setting by night, illuminated with twinkling lights and the aroma of scented candles.
That “room” is your prized pool deck and patio, a private sanctuary hidden away from the stresses and strains of working life and reserved for quiet times when you just need to relax. And like every room in your coastal home, you want it to look its best.
Look no further. Ocean Home’s Platinum List 2015 judges embarked on a search for exceptional outdoor living companies and found them poolside at some of the finest coastal homes in America.
In the outdoor furnishings category, the highest scores went to Frontgate’s new Porta Forma, a sleek and stylish portfolio of seating, dining tables, chaises, daybeds, accent tables and umbrellas that fuses contemporary design with classic comfort. frontgate.com
The judges also loved Kingsley-Bate’s Miami line, part of a dozen-strong (and growing) collection of all-weather woven outdoor furniture that’s proving a hit alongside the firm’s signature teak furniture (with teak harvested from carefully controlled plantations in Java and Burma).
The company is also branching out into stylish stainless steel elements, with four styles of outdoor dining tables and chairs (Boca, Ibiza, Tiburon and Tivoli) adding panache to any coastal home setting. kingsleybate.com
Dramatic fire features are becoming a staple of pools and patios, and Fire by Design leads the way in custom outdoor fire pits, pool fire elements, fire rings and automated tiki torches. firebydesign.com
Casa Outdoor Boston scooped the award for Best Outdoor Living Retail Outlet for its well-stocked show- room in Boston’s South End and styles ranging from traditional garden to modern courtyard.
The outlet carries Royal Botania, Extremis and Kettal, among other leading brands, and works closely with top New England landscape architects and interior designers on major projects. casaoutdoorboston.com
Our award for best individual product went to Hatteras Hammocks for its Accord Koi Tufted Hammock, a supremely comfortable and stylish design for the ultimate in poolside relaxation. hatterashammocks.com