Yes, You Can Use Outdoor Furniture Inside


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Do you have a house full of kids, a collection of pets, or simply desire easy care furnishings inside your home? Then, selecting outdoor furniture to use inside may be for you.

There is absolutely no reason that you cannot use outdoor furniture inside if you like. So what if the frame is metal or the wicker isn’t natural (“real”)? The benefits of these frame choices will make you look like a savvy shopper when your furniture is still looking good as your friends’ furniture is showing signs of wear and tear. Not to mention the great styles available in outdoor furniture today!

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Don’t buy the whole set—matching sofa, chairs, and tables. Buy a key piece, or two, and mix them with indoor furniture to create a unique look. And choose solution-dyed outdoor fabrics to cover everything. The ability to easily spot clean upholstery is a life-saver when kids and pets (and sometimes accident-prone adults) have those bound to happen oops moments. When a major cleaning is in order, simply take the covers off the cushions and throw them in the wash (make sure you follow fabric care instructions). You’ll be so enthusiastic you may decide to have more kids—well, at least you won’t regret the pets so much.

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Consider outdoor area rugs, too. A good quality polypropylene outdoor rug will not only stand up to daily wear and tear but can be cleaned outside with a hose. Reasonably priced, an outdoor rug makes a lot of sense in the kitchen, hallway, family room, play room, or a child’s room. Even with cleaning, a rug is bound to show signs of age in high traffic areas, so making a small investment in one that you can replace when needed doesn’t hurt so much.

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The Rug Market

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The Rug Market

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With a houseful of upholstered and wood furniture, it may be time to introduce something a bit different, after all, eclectic is a much sought-after design style. Try some all-weather wicker chairs at the dining table.

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House Beautiful

Wrought iron café chairs evoke a Parisian café.

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An iron or aluminum bench is sturdy and features the same type of finish that your automobile sports—tough and enduring.

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Iron or steel barstools are a good choice at the kitchen counter.

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With all of the great designs and improvements in outdoor furniture and fabrics, why not consider this fashion-forward furniture when it comes to decorating inside? It may be the best decision you make in terms of easy maintenance and value for investment.

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Mid-Century Modern Goes Outside

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What’s old is new again. Old as in about sixty-five years, give or take a few years. That puts us at about 1950, smack dab in the middle of the twentieth century. Personally, I am very fond of this era. The war had ended, America’s economy was experiencing rapid growth, and families like mine were having kids that would become known as the Baby Boomers.

In the world of furniture design, a movement that has come to be known as Danish Modern was growing, too. Clean lines, honesty of materials and construction, minimalist designs, and a focus on . . . → Read More: Mid-Century Modern Goes Outside

Red in the Outdoor Room

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Valentine’s Day is near and what could be a better time to take a look at the color red in outdoor decorating? Bold, energetic, hot, fiery and emotional– red is a color to be used when you want to be stimulated and not generally thought of as a relaxing color. Yet, many people do choose this vibrant color to decorate their outdoor living room—you know the one that is the place they go to relax, chill out (wait, did I say that red is a hot color?), and maybe take a nap. Wrong, wrong, wrong! Red . . . → Read More: Red in the Outdoor Room

Small Space Outdoor Living

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Maximizing the minimum: welcome to small space outdoor living. City dwellers and those who live in an apartment building often find themselves dreaming of a larger outdoor living area. With minimal access to the area outside one’s home, it is necessary to be highly critical of everything that will be included in any outdoor space that you humbly call your own– unless you have the rooftop penthouse but that’s another story and another blog. For most urban dwellers, however, it is not a question of how to fill up the allocated space but, rather, how to maximize . . . → Read More: Small Space Outdoor Living

Outdoor Table Height

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest one of all? You could substitute the words which and table for who and you would have the conundrum many people face when shopping for outdoor tables. Yes, you want a coffee table (or dining table) but do you want a coffee height coffee table or a conversation, or chat, height table? Do you want a dining table, a counter height table, or a bar height table? Why are there so many heights and which one to buy?

What’s the purpose of a chat, or conversation height . . . → Read More: Outdoor Table Height