Chasing Lounges

What Women Really Think
July 10 2009 11:35 AM

Chasing Lounges

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The sun is finally shining in New York City, and I'm determined to keep my Florida tan. I can hear the derm warriors out there saying a suntan is your skin's cry for help, but trust me, no one wants to see this all pasty-like.

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First, not to split hairs but I think it's actually "chaise longue " (long chair) and not "lounge." Oh, how the French must hate us for bastardizing their beautiful language! But you do lounge on it. Anyway.

Outdoor furniture can be outrageously expensive! I remember one client of ours calling to complain: "It's a little frightening when the pool furniture costs more than the pool." Touche. So for those of you lucky enough to have outdoor space (backyard? terrace? alleyway?), I've found my three favorite lounge chairs for under $350. What's your sunning style?

My current fave has to be this wood-slat single lounger from West Elm in white (pictured, $349 each). It has a sort of modern Adirondack feeling and the most adorable matching wooden wheels. Definitely needs a cushion, though.

Does wicker make you think of MeeMaw's screened porch? I hope not, because this HomeDecorators chaise has major sculptural appeal. Not adjustable, but the cheapest of the bunch at $179. I could totally see four wicker loungers lined up with simple black Sunbrella cushions and modern black metal side tables in between.

Finally, CB2's bask sun lounger in metal and plastic-coated polymesh. I'm sure they have something similarly sleek around the pool at New York's new, Oscar Niemeyer-esque Standard Hotel . (Though it seems like black mesh would get scorching hot by mid-afternoon?) Hot or not, $299 apiece.

Mahogany #8, I'm coming for ya!