When Minnesotans bare their toenails to the masses, it must be spring. Join the stampede to the great outdoors with stylish new options for living and lounging al fresco.
Hand-glazed ceramic indoor-outdoor fire pots in three sizes add ambience and warmth: Loki in sangria, $28.50; Nusku in oceanic blue, $64, and Arani in red-multi, $78.95. Add clear fuel gel -- $15.95 for 32 ounces -- to a stainless-steel cup inside to burn up to three hours without emissions, smoke or ashes. Available at Bibelot; see www.bibelotshops.com for locations.
The Duluth-made "Emmet Lounge Chair" -- constructed from 100 percent post-industrial and post-consumer recycled plastic -- gets a colorful shot of green (or white, red or brown) this season to expand its previous black-only palette. $399 with optional ottoman, $179. Room and Board, 7010 France Av. S., Edina, 952-927-8835; www.roomandboard.com.
The substantial Largo Chat-Fire Pit allows four to 10 people to gather around its tumbled lava stones (but roasting marshmallows is not recommended). The Euro-height (24-inch) hearth top is made of Brazilian slate tiles; the base of powdered steel and wrought iron conceals two 20-lb propane tanks. Manufactured by O.W. Lee; $2,769 at Peters Billiards, 6150 Lyndale Av. S., Minneapolis, 612-866-8433.
The "Victoria" indoor-outdoor bistro chair by Ratana, $169, would look at home at a sidewalk cafe. Constructed of aluminum tubing (it only looks like teak) and UV-ray-resistant nylon weave, it is available in chocolate, green and burgundy. Hoigaard's, 5425 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-929-1351; www.hoigaards.com.
Soft and silky "St. Tropez" striped Cote D'Azur upholstery textile by Sina Pearson barely looks like outdoor fabric. Weave includes Sunbrella yarns; is sunfast, resists stains, rain, mildew and sunscreen, and can be washed with soap and water. $91.50 per 54-inch yard; Available at Dwelling Designs, 618 Washington Av. N., Minneapolis, 612-922-9361.
Minneapolis artist Leann Johnson fills alder wood trays with hand-glazed, kiln-fired tiles with designs inspired by African mud cloth and Adinkra symbols. Each 12 5/8- by-9 5/16-inch tray holds six; a tiny grosgrain ribbon pull makes for easy removal so each tile can double as a coaster. $130 for tray and tiles. Lea-Way Designs; contact email@example.com; details at www.lea-way.com.
Fill a Texas Tumbler with your favorite cold libation and you'll be era-appropriate to lounge in the Garden Treasures Retro chair, $35. Almost 34 inches high, the steel frame is powder-coated; assembly required. Lowes, see www.lowes.com for store locations or to order.
Chilewich's pressed vinyl "Dots" place mats in Citron and Grass wipe clean with soap, water and a sponge, or can clean up au naturel -- in the rain. Mats are 14 by 16 inches; $8 each. Table runners also available, $28. Walker Art Center Gift Shop, 1750 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls., 612-375-7633; shop.walkerart.org and www.chilewich.com.
The tilt-function "Ramsö" striped umbrella, $9.99, has a steel clamp (opens up to 1¼ inches) and fastening for use on balcony railings and the like. The 55-inch-diameter umbrella is all polyester and designed to block 95 percent of UV rays; shown in black but also available in green, blue or orange. Ikea, 8000 Ikea Way, Bloomington, 952-854-8212; www.ikea.com.