Now that summer is really here it’s time to focus on our outdoor space.
One of the most important items in any outdoor seating area (in my opinion) are the tables. You want to have enough of them, at the right height for your furniture, and a size that works for your area.

What kind of space do you have? Is it a deck, a stone terrace, a screen porch, a trellis covered area, a gazebo? I think one of the biggest differences in all these is whether it is covered or open. If you actually have a roof over your outdoor area well, then, you don’t really have to worry so much about the weather, right? For the most part, your furniture will be protected from the rain.

But if, on the other hand, your outdoor space is open to the elements….well, then you must consider just what kind of furniture to use. I’ve rounded up a collection of small tables which can be used as just that…tables…and some can double as seating. All of these are weather resistant. No, you cannot leave them out all year and you might want to check if the color will fade in continuous bright sun but otherwise they are good to go.

As you might expect, I love the colorful tables!

Look at that #4: how cute are they?
But then again, how unique is the #2 faux stone table?

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#1.  #2.  #3.  #4.  #5.  #6.  #7.  #8.  #9.


Wait! There’s more.
How about this from Paola Navone at Crate& Barrel?
All of her work has such style and is so contemporary.  I first showed you her work last summer here.


How about these from Frank Gehry for Design Within Reach:

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I am loving this orange table from Loll Designs. Take a look at their story…it’s an interesting one. All products are made from recycled materials, many of them from excess skate ramp material…yes, they were in the skate board park business and wondered what to do with all the excess materials they had. In 2003 they started designing and building furniture, and were so successful at it that they then sold the skate park business in 2007 and now have an extensive line of furniture.

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Finally, I turned to Etsy to find some original and unique tables. This one really caught my eye; the reviews on their site are glowing. At $720.00 it IS an investment, but each piece is totally unique and, of course, made in the U.S.
Take a look at N2 Clay Studio.

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That’s it for contemporary side tables, but I’ll have another post featuring vintage tables including two of my own.