Razor-Sharp Design
Shield yourself with this sharp-dressed Razor Shade Platform (100"H x 130"W), manufactured by Tuuci and designed by Dougan Clarke. Clarke, an expert in sail rigging, drew from more than a decade in the marine industry to create this always tilted, razor-thin canopy. In silver or white, the umbrella is made of UV-stabilized, vinyl-coated, polyester fabric with a "sharkskin" reflective coating; in green or orange it's made of acrylic Sunbrella canvas. Other components are stainless steel and marine-anodized aluminum alloy. Available in green, orange, silver or white; $1,350 for the umbrella, $500 for the specially made stand. From Design Within Reach; dwr.com or 800/944-2233. Photo courtesy Design Within Reach.
Grow Up
This cedar Living Wall (22"W x 59"H x 6"D) is beautiful in so many ways. It can be combined with others to create a partition around an outdoor living area or hung on a wall to bring natural beauty to a small space, outdoors or in (thanks to water being collected within a removable tray at the bottom). Two planting panels allow for both sides to come alive. Just add soil, small plants, water and sunlight; $399;
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  Sail Worthy
Keep your cool with this nautical-style 54-inch Sanibel ceiling fan from the Hunter Fan Co. It's rated for damp environments like covered porches and features washable off-white sailcloth. It also promises a quiet motor and wobble-free performance. In bronze or white finishes; about $200; hunterfan.com or 888/830-1326.
Warm Feelings
For the look of a built-in fireplace without the built-in price, consider one you can have without a lot of masonry fuss. This wood-burning Stone Grey Large Fireplace, in a sandy texture that ages well over time, is made from a patented concrete blend that's lighter and stronger than concrete. It features a spark arrester (to prevent hazardous sparks from leaving the hood), as well as a firebox and grate. The three-piece interlocking unit (42"W x 72"H x 28"D), is touted as easy to assemble; $2,199; smithandhawken.com or 800/940-1170.
 

Flower Power
The bold colors and modern floral prints are fun, but the true power of these Flower Plates is rooted in their construction-of lightweight, practically indestructible melamine. Another plus: They're 11 inches wide, the ideal size for presenting whatever you're serving, with all the sides. In a variety of patterns; $6.95; crateandbarrel.com or 800/967-6696.
Green Light
How fitting that this light fixture looks like it actually belongs outdoors. This six-light Twig Chandelier (38"W x 36"H), developed by Adirondack Mountain artisans for Meyda, can be used within covered patios (it's rated for damp locations) but can be customized for wet locations. A flush-mount version is also available. About $3,300; meyda.com or 800/222-4009.
 
Hot Topic
If you haven't noticed, red is the hot new color for appliances, indoors and out. Here's a great-looking, great-cooking grill from Char-Broil that uses evenly distributed infrared heat. Because of that, it uses one-third less gas, and won't catch fire from dripping food juices. (There's no open flame, which also helps keep food moist.) The grill, with rotisserie and 13,000 BTU side burner, offers a wide temperature range for everything from slow-cooking to intense searing. With storage underneath; $599; charbroil.com or 866/239-6777.
Two-Timer
Target calls this the Orbit Lounger, perhaps for its circular Atomic Age styling. This allin- one set features two chaise lounges, a retractable umbrella, comfy reclining cushions, two toss pillows and a tabletop made of tempered glass-a nice spot to place a refreshing sipper while you chat with a fellow lounger; $400; target.com or 800/440-0680.