Retro patio furniture makes a comeback-inside and out.

By Jacquelyne Froeber
March 13, 2006
Casual Comfort
Courtesy of Plow & Hearth

In the spirit of what goes around comes around, retrois the new black. Outdoor-furniture enthusiasts are embracingold-school metal designs and funky colors for splashy spring decor.After all, the 1950s spawned the tradition of porch culture-alifestyle that embodies spacious backyards and porches forwarm-weather entertaining.

Home fashion from the '50s and '60s continues to grace patiosand porches, but it certainly isn't limited to outdoor spaces thesedays. You can spice up kitchen decor with a retro aluminum dinette.Or try a yellow spring-back metal chair or purple glider love seatfor bold color in the living room. The durability of reproductionand restored furniture accents have homeowners scouring the Web andshowrooms for the perfect find. Browse through a few of ourvintage-inspired favorites.

Gather 'Round
Entertain family and friends around this café table fromHomecrest. The small size makes for great patio dining orscrumptious seafood dinners in the kitchen. An aluminum Lattéversion ($100-$110 for chairs; $200 for Starburst Café Table)is available with or without padded seats. Visit for a localdealer.

Bright Idea
Retro embodies bright, funky tones and bold prints. A'50s-style metal green glider [from Torrans Manufacturing Company]is perfect for lovebirds ($199). Various colors are available. Call888/229-2421 or visit

Casual Comfort
All the rage in the '50s, steel outdoor furniture is stillhot today. Try a vintage-inspired shell-back seat ($60) with springbase and weather-resistant finish. Or take it indoors to punch upbasic white walls. Call 800/494-7544 or visit

Easy Glider
True retro style adds energy, but encourages a slower pace.This glider love seat (regularly $600; sale price $400) providesgreat color and tempts owners with hours of comfortable rocking.Visit

The Real Deal
Make a statement with an authentic vintage piece. Retropatio(see Outdoor Americana) offers restored furniture in more than 400 colors. Go boldwith a striking red chair, or customize your own. Visit

Retro Accents
Votive CandleholdersAdd flair with accessories. Vintage lawn chair votive candleholders($40 for six) provide a nostalgic ambience. Fill with bug-repellentcandles to keep outdoor areas pest-free, or choose a sweet-smellingvotive to set a mood indoors. Call 800/227-7598 or visit