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I'm a mother of two under the age of three and the founder of a lifestyle and design blog, http://ww.ModernParentsMessyKids.com. Out to prove stylish parents and active kids can successfully coexist, I gravitate towards projects, products, and design that foster development and have a bit of a modern edge.
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I'm a suburban girl all the way, but I've always wondered what it would be like to live in the heart of the city. I may never know, but with urban outdoor design popping up everywhere, I can pretend.
— Stephanie from MPMK
— Stephanie from MPMK
Stripe Sand Chair - $99
As a kid we always used these types of chairs to set up camp for summertime parades. The color combination on this version updates the look.
Frank Gehry Left Twist Cube - $250
These fun twist cubes are amazingly versatile. Use them as seating, side tables or as plant stands.
Lucca Chaise Lounge, Triple Twist, Orange - $1,350
I love the modern look of the shiny aluminum and cheery orange on this lounge chair, which was designed with resorts and cruise ships in mind.
FALSTER Table, Bench And Two Armchairs, Gray - $359
The gray tone of this set makes it decidedly more modern than its natural wood counterpart.
Layered Side Table - $149
This multifunctional piece provides a lot of space for drinks during a cookout and would also look great draped with plants.
Euclid Side Table - $69
The dimension provided by the cutouts in this steel piece make it a standout.
Lucca Round Dining Table - $1,650
This table seems like an obvious staple for any modern backyard space. I like how the round shape facilitates easy conversation between people sitting around it.
Navy 111 Chair In Red - $260
I've loved the look of Navy chairs for inside the home for years, so I was happy to see they're now available in an outdoor version.
Mälarö Bench - $69.99
Love seats are always fun for snuggling up on a warm summer evening. I like how these don't take up much visual space.
Modern Recycled Outdoor Fire Ring - $689
With it's colorful top (it comes in a lot of bright hues), I can use this as a fire pit at night and a table during the day.
HYLLIS Shelving Unit - $14.99
I imagine most outdoor city spaces don't have a shed. l can picture this stacked with gardening tools and planters waiting to be filled.
HÖSTÖ Bucket/Plant Pot - $6.99
I love this playful and industrial twist on a common planter.
100-Percent Recycled Triple Planter - $339
The brightness of this blue makes me instantly happy.
Cultivate Garden Cart - $148
This garden cart feels vintage, utilitarian and oddly sweet. I like the idea of using it as a planter, but I could also see it filled with my kids' toys.
Höstö Hanging Planter - $4.99
Easy and inexpensive urban-inspired planter options from Ikea.
Solvinden Solar-Powered Light Chain - $19.99
I like how big these lights are; they are great for entertaining with style (and on a budget).
Zig Zag Dinnerware, Aquamarine - $27.80
I'm not over the chevron trend, especially on dinnerware durable enough for patio parties.
Loki Playhouse Set - $1,599
The pros to this amazing playhouse are that it's maintenance-free, made from recycled plastic and a complete original. The con is that it's priced that way.