Southern Style

Natural Selections

The season's newest bamboo, wicker, and rattan essentials say Southern summer with style

LANTERN: Light up an entryway—or a dining room—with the Tobago lantern, a piece dreamed up by Brownlee Currey of Atlanta’s Currey & Company. Inspired by the architecture of a birdcage, the bamboo design channels the glamour of tropical Southern locales like Palm Beach ($1,310; shopcandelabra.com).


Lounge Acts
Prime seats for relaxing indoors and out

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The Pacifica chair by Serena & Lily has a contemporary silhouette, but the whitewash finish gives it an old-school beach-house vibe. Which is why it’s a little hard to believe, even when you touch it, that it’s made of weatherproof resin, a material that will last summer after summer—whatever the elements may bring ($1,195; serenaandlily.com).

The sculptural, curving lines of the Calla chair by David Francis Furniture take their cues from the graceful beauty of its namesake lily, but it’s anything but delicate. It sits as good as it looks and comes in thirty-seven finishes (though we’re partial to the saturated tone of the indigo blue) ($1,750; clivedaniel.com).

The elegant Aubrey side chair by Bungalow 5 fits in anywhere. Put it in a formal dining room and it’s right at home. But it works at a desk in a laid-back guesthouse, too. It’s a great example of easygoing versatility, thanks to a neutral silvery gray hue and a casual rattan cane back ($663; laylagrace.com).

This low-slung cane-seat chair by the British designer John Reeves owes its styling to a variety of influences, from the curving lines of the French bergère to the modern lacquer often used on pedigree mid-century furniture. It’s equally well suited to a modern sunroom or a traditional library ($1,498; anthropologie.com).

Society Social‘s classic wicker armchair is available in sixteen finishes (from natural, shown here, to electric yellow) and seventy-five fabrics. Company founder and North Carolina native Roxy Owens works with artisans in the Philippines who weave the tonal braid for the frame of each piece by hand ($1,320-$1,475; shopsocietysocial.com).


Fair-Weather Friends
Breezy accessories for taking the party outside

The indigo-and-white trays with handmade bamboo detailing by Oscar de la Renta Home provide a bold backdrop for snacks and sips ($395-$590; oscardelarenta.com).

Keep candlelight flickering on windy nights with a rattan hurricane lamp by Pigeon & Poodle ($110; mecox.com), and serve in style with a wicker-wrapped pitcher and utensils by Frances Stoia Home ($88-$150; 561-855-4290) and woven-sea-grass-wrapped glasses from Serena & Lily ($38-$48 for four; serenaandlily.com).


This rattan-wrapped bar cart by Made Goods offers up a handsome and conveniently mobile spot to pour everything from lemonade to an evening cocktail on the porch or poolside. Bonus: It’s also an easy piece to roll back inside if a thunderstorm hits ($2,200; nestinteriorsny.com).


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