Instagram has nearly 4.2 million posts tagged #outdoorliving. As enthusiastic as a presentation is, blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors is not a new concept. Wraparound porches in the south predated the Civil War; Phillip Johnson finished Waterfall in 1937; suburban backyards became a mainstay in the 1950s. In the 21st, everyone started clamoring for outdoor living rooms everywhere. Even Northeasterners began layering rugs on bluestone patios, shaping tableaux that extended well beyond the Adirondack chairs. We quickly realized that such flooring was also magical in the kitchen.

And then came Covid-19. Resisters for whom eating outdoors conjured up images of splintered picnic tables reclaimed to create outdoor oases. Thanks to new textile design technologies, patio pieces are now upholstered in water-repellent, fade-resistant and mildew-resistant brocades and bouclé. Outdoor furniture is no longer utilitarian; it’s luxurious. Just experience FBN London’s sultry lounge chair or Kettal’s chunky knit sectional sofa to understand. So use it outside, or yes, bring it inside.