Backyard Rooms

Outdoor living never felt so right!

Tuuci Air Lounge hammock
The Tuuci Air Lounge can be found at Dodds & Eder Home in Oyster Bay.

By Kimberly Dijkstra

Do you dream of lounging lazily by the poolside this summer? Or, perhaps magnificent parties in your backyard star front and center in your dreams. Either way, many new outdoor furniture designs are available to fulfill your summer fantasies. Turn your patio into a cozy open-air space with these fabulous finds.

Tuuci Air Lounge hammock
Tuuci Air Lounge hammock, Dodds & Eder

Made of 100 percent stainless steel, this hammock exemplifies unique beauty and sturdy construction. “The Tuuci hammock is the splurge hammock,” says Carrie Leopold, co-owner of Dodds & Eder Home in Oyster Bay ( “There’s nothing else like it on the market.”

Hatteras soft weave hammock
Hatteras soft weave hammock, Dodds & Eder Home

“With hammocks, you can go two different routes,” says Dottie Simons, Leopold’s partner. “Hatteras soft weave hammock is very popular in navy blue.” The thatch-like weaving is soft and cushiony, while also highly durable against the elements. Recline in absolute comfort. (

Valencia dining set
Valencia dining set, Fortunoff Backyard Store

Transform your patio into a comfortable and modern outdoor living space with this heavyweight cast-aluminum table and chairs featuring graceful arms and sculpted backs, where you can host dozens of meals. (

San Luca lounge group
San Luca lounge group, Fortunoff Backyard Store

This beautiful aluminum and resin all-weather wicker lounge group with three deep-cushioned modular sofas and two wedge end tables seats nine, making it great for entertaining. Pictured here in espresso wicker and Sunbrella Spectrum Cilantro, San Luca blends with nature while injecting a vibrant pop of fade-resistant color to your patio.

Create a full-fledged outdoor living room by adding an ottoman, coordinating recliners and end tables in espresso wicker and Sunbrella Spectrum Cilantro, one of 15 available shades (

Elements collection plus Equinox firepit
Brown Jordan Elements collection with Equinox fire pit, Dodds & Eder Home

“The sectional is very popular right now,” says Carrie Leopold. “It is sleek and modern, but also very comfortable.” With its deep cushions and built-in tables, you’ll want to spend all of your free time outdoors.

“These fire pits are very modern and contemporary and work with a lot different grouping,” says Simons.

“They are probably the most simple to use fire pits,” adds Simons. They use bioethanol fuel, which is effortless to pour in. The flame is also easy to extinguish. There is no smoke or soot and unlike gel products of the past, this fuel is not combustible. (

Contact the retailers for additional information:
Fortunoff Backyard Store, Mall at The Source, 1504 Old Country Road, Westbury; 516-832-8700;
Dodds & Eder Home, 221 South Street, Oyster Bay; 516-922-4412;
Designed for Outdoors Home; 800-398-6004;

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Kimberly Dijkstra
Kimberly Dijkstra is the web editor for Anton Media Group, a writer for Long Island Weekly and recipient of several Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) and New York Press Association (NYPA) awards.


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