I may live in sunny California, but I haven’t forgotten what it was like to grow up in New Jersey, where winter often dragged on well into March … and sometimes into April. Oh, how I longed for summer and its hot days filled with the lazy rattle of cicadas and balmy nights spent sipping cocktails under a canopy of stars.
My dad would take the lawn furniture out of hibernation around the time the cherry blossoms bloomed, giving it a good cleaning in time for the first marginally warm day, when we would bundle up under blankets with a good book and an iced tea as an early celebration of summer’s return.
Here in California, winters may be shorter and milder, but I still look forward to bringing the cushions out of storage to be enjoyed well into fall. I also love the way my new state’s warmer, drier climate lends itself to more modern, spa-like exteriors, taking inspiration from Palm Springs and the tech-influenced modernism cropping up all over San Francisco.
With that in mind, here are six elegant modern chaise longues (sometimes called chaise lounges) for your summer daydreams.
Chaises 1: Beringer Fine Homes, original photo on Houzz
Who needs a man cave when you can watch the game from a partially submerged lounger? Beringer Fine Homes created this dive-in movie theater in Scottsdale, Arizona, by pairing Ledge Loungers with a drop-down projection screen.
The kicker: The screen retracts and is replaced by a waterfall when the projector is not in use.
Chaises 2: Elad Gonen, original photo on Houzz
A wave-style double chaise anchors this eclectic outdoor space, serving as equal parts lounge apparatus and art piece (similar to this one), while eclectic Southeast Asian accents keep the space feeling relaxed and informal.
Chaises 3: Michael Kelley Photography, original photo on Houzz
We’re daydreaming about hosting a summertime white party on this deck in the Los Angeles hills. Square daybeds are ideal for entertaining, providing space for daytime sunning as well as communal seating for an evening soiree.
Chaises 4: Bradford Products, original photo on Houzz
This pool, by Bradford Products, includes a built-in chaise to make the most of a small space. The pool is finished in glass mosaic tile, so it’s smooth to sit on and won’t snag swimsuits.
Chaises 5: Terra Firma Design, original photo on Houzz
Working with a smaller urban space? Lounges with slings — like these from Kingsley Bate — marry comfort and clean lines without dominating the space.
Chaises 6: Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders, original photo on Houzz
Purple double chaises add a pop of color to this minimalist space in Menlo Park, California. I love how their rounded edges break up the clean lines, adding interest and flow.