Summer: time for long, lazy days, gentle breezes and sunkissed afternoons. Time to take the good life outdoors.

A cat-like stretch on a chaise under a canopy of trees. Welcome splashes and the sunny sounds of kids playing in the pool. A midday meal gathered from the garden, juice from a just-picked tomato running down your chin. Time spent in the open air is one of life’s great pleasures. Creature comforts and good company make it even better.

This season, no matter your style, your budget or the size of your yard, porch or patio, we’ve got your outdoor experience covered. Need some patio inspiration or outdoor decorating ideas? Get the party started by choosing from seven distinctive collections, all with the quality construction and durability you expect from Ethan Allen. (The invite list is on you!)


Vero Dunes delivers resort-worthy comfort and style, in all-weather wicker with a sleek onyx finish. Its resin-wrapped aluminum frame has the look of genuine wicker, but it’s lighter and rust-free for durability. Vero Dunes has a modern vibe, classic notes and exceptional versatility.




Design a more decked-out deck with Bridgewater Cove, a strikingly simple, relaxed and refined collection crafted of sustainable Plantation Teak. It has clean lines, tapered details and unmistakably modern notes. Its durable cushions are as comfortable as any you’ll find indoors.




Picturing a prettier patio? Biscayne is a classic that invites you to unwind elegantly. Its timeless style (transitional, with arm scrolls, gracefully curved chair stretchers and a double-X back) is at home in any outdoor space. Need shade? The tempered glass top is available with an optional umbrella hole.




Proving style doesn’t stop at the French doors, Millbrook delivers refined good looks and timeless style to any outdoor space. It’s crafted of sustainable Plantation Teak, with a look that’s part West Indies lanai and part English garden; its generous scale and beautifully carved arms and legs lend it a formal feeling.




Lounging around never looked so good, Redding Ridge is a stylish, inviting, fully upholstered collection made to weather the elements. With clean lines, deep, comfortable seats and a strong, durable frame, this gorgeous collection blurs the lines between indoors and out. Our modern concrete fire table adds warmth and ambience at the flip of a switch.




What better way to start the day than under the summer sky? Serve up breakfast or brunch on a dining table from the Nod Hill collection. With an interlocking circle design and gently curved arms, the coordinating chair is simple and stylish. Indoor/outdoor aluminum frames are powder-coated for good looks and generously scaled for comfort.




A pretty spot of shade on the lawn is the perfect place for Willow Bay, a graceful, all-weather woven collection with a fresh, updated look. A cool, contemporary, tightly closed weave gives the collection the look of genuine wicker. The rust-proof aluminum frames are durable, so Willow Bay will last year after relaxing year.


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Find your favorite? Good. Now mix things up! Many of our styles can sit seamlessly alongside others, so you don’t have to furnish your dining, lounging and conversation areas with just one collection. (Wood and all-weather wicker look great together, for example.) Use color, pattern, even greenery, to tie them together and create a cohesive look. Select from dozens of our fab performance fabrics, and add pillows, rugs and umbrellas, to create outdoor rooms you can really live in.


And boy-oh-boy, is it ever in the air on Valentine’s Day!

Ever wonder why that is? Or how such an unremarkable (often unpleasantly cold) day in February became the poster child for romantic love? We looked it up. But since the history of Valentine’s Day really is the stuff of legend, you’ll have to take this with a grain of salt (preferably of the pink Himalayan sea variety, generously sprinkled on a bar of dark chocolate).


  • It’s generally agreed the holiday was named for a Roman priest called Valentine who lived in the third century. The then-emperor, Claudius II, believed that single men made the best soldiers, so he pronounced it unlawful for young men to marry. Valentine saw a terrible injustice in that and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When he was found out, Claudius had him sentenced to death; the priest was executed on February 14, 269 AD.
  • It wasn’t until the late fifth century that the Catholic Church declared February 14 the Feast of St. Valentine.
  • The day’s association with romantic love began in the Middle Ages (Fun fact: It was a common belief that February 14 was also the beginning of the mating season for birds, so that helped.)
  • The holiday evolved through the fourteenth century (during the heyday of courtly love) through the eighteenth century, when lovers began expressing their affection in earnest, with flowers, confections, and greeting cards (known even then as valentines)—and beyond.
  • Today, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark, Italy, and Japan.



Americans began exchanging handmade valentines in the early 1700s. At the time, they were elaborate affairs made with lace and ribbons. The first mass-produced valentines in America were sold by one Esther A. Howland of Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1849. Hallmark offered its first Valentine’s Day cards in 1913 and began producing them in 1916. Today, more than 141 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, according to Hallmark, not counting the packaged valentines kids exchange at school.


Back in the day when PDAs were frowned upon and your relationship status wasn’t something you posted, couples had to find clever ways to express sentiments of love and affection—and one of them was with flowers.

Floriography—the language of flowers—blossomed during the Victorian Era, when a strict code of etiquette governed daily life. Because flowers were assigned special meanings, they became a way for lovers to send coded messages. Thankfully, we can be a lot more upfront about our feelings today. But should you want to charm someone with your knowledge of floriography this Valentine’s Day, here are the meanings behind some favorite blooms, according to the flower pros at ProFlowers.

Red Rose: Love, romance

Pink Rose: Love, gratitude, appreciation

White Rose: Marriage, new beginnings

Orange Rose: Enthusiasm, passion

Yellow Rose: Friendship, joy, good health

Tulip: Perfect love

Iris: Faith, hope, wisdom

Carnation: Love, fascination

Chrysanthemum: Friendship, love, joy

Gladiolus: Strength, honor, infatuation

Gerbera Daisy: Beauty, innocence



How much money will Americans spend this Valentine’s Day? Hint: It’s a lot.

  • With 55 percent of the population celebrating the holiday this year, total spending is expected to reach $19.6 billion, according to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation. That’s up from $18.2 billion last year—and an average of $143.56 per person.
  • Skewing the stats are consumers between 25 and 34, who’ll be the biggest spenders, at an average of $202.76.
  • The breakdown: Most will spend an average $88.98 on a spouse or significant other; $25.29 on children, siblings, or parents; $7.26 on kids’ classmates/teachers; and $7.19 on friends. Interestingly, they’ll spend more on pets ($5.50) than co-workers ($4.79).
  • Gifts, in order of spending, from most to least: jewelry; an evening out; flowers; clothing; candy; gift cards/gift certificates; greeting cards.


This is one of our favorite ways to celebrate the day (with or without a Valentine).

Makes 2 cocktails


4 oz. vodka
2 oz. cranberry juice
1.5 oz. fresh lime juice
1.5 oz. triple sec
Lime wedges for garnish


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice, and triple sec. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain cocktail evenly into two martini glasses and garnish with lime wedges.

For a non-alcoholic version, add a splash of cranberry juice to 5–6 ounces of sparkling water and garnish with lime wedges and/or raspberries.


Winter Solstice: A Time of Renewal

Today is the shortest, darkest day of the year. It’s when the sun is at its southernmost point in the sky, marking the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere. While the Winter Solstice is a time of celebration in many cultures, it’s also a time of rest, reflection, and renewal. This year, we invite you to join us as we pause, take a breather, and drink in the beauty around us—both indoors and out—knowing that starting with tomorrow’s sunrise, there’s more daylight on the way!