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“I think people still have in their heads the 1980s picnic table with the umbrella in the middle. When we say you can enjoy outdoor living, it feels like indoor furniture that you’ve placed outside,” says Skinnider.

Styles can vary from modern to classic and elegant. Many of the high-quality brands carried by Garden Architecture have multiple pieces in each collection that you can mix and match depending on your space.

The Monterra is a great example. Elegant wrought iron provides the perfect frame for comfortable cushions that come in a variety of fabrics.

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The Monterra mini collection provides comfort in an elegant wrought iron frame. The collections features a loveseat or swivel chair and is perfect for smaller spaces. (Elaine Mark/D&M Images)
The Monterra mini collection provides comfort in an elegant wrought iron frame. The collections features a loveseat or swivel chair and is perfect for smaller spaces. Photo by D&M Images /jpg

The fabrics are an important part of choosing outdoor furniture. The high quality of stitching and soft fabrics that stand up to prairie weather mean you can enjoy your furniture for years.

The Monterra offers lots of seating options such as sectionals, swivel chairs, sofas and loveseats. If space is limited, there is a mini collection that is perfect for smaller spaces. The cozy seating makes it easy to see why this collection — both the full size and the minis — are so popular.

The Riverside collection is another bestseller. The flat weave wicker comes in modular pieces in two different colours. A little more casual, the customizable components let you tailor it to your lifestyle.

“You can make it truly classic, ultra modern or super fun,” Skinnider says.

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This collection looks like wood, but is much hardier that wood. It is also super heavy, which makes it ideal for areas that may get lots of wind. (Elaine Mark/D&M Images)
This collection looks like wood, but is much hardier that wood. It is also super heavy, which makes it ideal for areas that may get lots of wind. Photo by D&M Images /jpg

The Sol Teak collection by Cabana Coast is also popular. This heavy outdoor furniture looks and feels like wood, but it’s not. The polymer construction won’t crack, split, or peel.