Today, I thought I'd keep the outdoor space love going with a look at furniture.
I'm envious of the all those screened in porches on the east coast, they seem so practical and one can use furniture made of wicker and grasses. Much of that furniture is made to withstand humidity and moisture, but not necessarily the rain.
I made the mistake once of buying some darling wicker chairs to sit in our front patio area, but didn't get them covered in time before a thunder storm hit. We don't get too many storms here in the summer, one or two a season and they are always short lived - an hour at the very most. So I thought I'd be safe...wrong I was. I certainly learned my lesson.
In a perfect world, this would be our back deck - shaded and screened in. But in reality...
this is our deck. Open to the elements and direct sun. We do have a pergola covering a portion of it, but since this is a southwestern exposure we still get PLENTY of sunshine.
A few years ago we added the sails, they really do help to shade the area, but they don't do a whole lot if we get rain.
That's why I'm so glad they are making imitation wicker outdoor furniture. These chairs are made out of woven plastic and boy are they durable. The large chairs have been out year round for four years and the smaller ones for three. They are really wearing like iron. We purchased the larger chairs at Kohl's and the smaller contemporary ones at Target.
Metal is another option for outdoor seating and dining furniture. Dana's settee, chairs and dining table are perfect examples. If you haven't already, you really need to hop on over to her blog Chocolate and Sunshine to take a look at her deck transformation. It's amazing.
These metal chairs are a favorite style of mine - memories of my childhood. I could kick myself for not rescuing the pair that were stored in my parent's old barn.
Wood, especially teak, is wonderful for outdoor spaces. It takes a lot of work to maintain its original color, but it will weather into a beautiful gray patina and will last for years.
Below are a couple of my favorites from around the web. The first is the refurbished deck of Coco, you know her as the talented creative mind behind the textile and linen lines of Cococozy. I just love her style!
If you have enough space, built in seating is ideal, just add cushions. And speaking of cushions, make sure they are made out of outdoor fabrics that resist fading in the sun. You don't want to have to replace them every year.
They are easily to folded and can quickly be removed in case of inclement weather. The butterfly chair and and sling chair are two great examples.
Again, make sure the fabric is out of fade resistant canvas for longevity.
Also remember that these chairs are built low to the ground and may be hard for some folks to get in and out of.
Summer is flying by and much of the furniture is now on sale or even on clearance at your local stores. This is a great time to shop for outdoor furniture and the best part is, you can still enjoy it for the rest of the summer. It stays nice weather here through September at least, and in some years October.
How about in your neighborhood?