We’re not going to let back-to-school commercials tell us that summer is coming to a close. As long as the weather is still warm, we’ll happily spend as much time as possible enjoying sunny days and comfortable nights. Yet, we know there will come a time when the chill might be a bit too much for us. That doesn’t necessarily mean fabulous outdoor decor items have to go in storage. Here are the five “outdoor” furnishings that can work indoors for year-round enjoyment:
The all-weather fabric, which resists stains and moisture damage, is a plus when used indoors. A bold pattern, like the upholstered ottomans in Jemma Kidd’s conservatory featured in Elle Decor, brings eye-catching impact to any room. For a more neutral look, Lee Industries’ indoor/outdoor drum ottoman (right) offers maximum versatility.
Ceramic Garden Stools
In Grant Gibson’s home (as featured in Architectural Digest), a simple yellow ceramic garden stool functions as an unexpected alternative to a side table. We have a near match with our vintage ceramic garden stools, which are sold in a pair.
Contrasting the natural texture of wicker with sleeker pieces (like in this dining room grouping from Domino), makes woven furniture look a little less “rustic”. Here, French-inspired cushions also bring a welcome touch of softness to this set of chairs from Cane Bay.
The best examples are the classic French A-frame chairs, as seen in the dining room of Making It Lovely blogger Nicole Balch. As with wicker, it’s all about the contrast between the galvanized steel and other elements in the room. We have the classic Marais A-Frame chairs in white, which can work with virtually any decor style.
Usually made of found wood and sealed for all-weather use, these recycled tables have a naturally sculptural look. Used indoors, it’s completely unexpected in the best way possible (like in Sugar and Cloth’s living room vignette). The round drum table by Mimi London (left) has a slightly more polished look.