Perk up a prim and proper garden bench with
wildly colorful stripes. Paint the bulk of the
bench a single vibrant hue, then brush the
back spindles in an arresting array of colors.
Repeat the bold pattern by using a striped beach towel to make a cushion.
W ith a quilt as inspiration, create a cozy spot for
daydreaming, letter writing, reading, or sipping tea.
Pull a color or even a design from a quilt and
paint it onto the curved arms and back of a wicker
love seat. Use the coverlet as a cushion and a laceedged
dust ruffle for soft skirting.
Basic black offers endless outdoor possibilities. Dress it up with
jewelry for a glamorous transformation. This comfortable
classic an oversize wrought-iron dining armchair glitters
thanks to a skirt of beaded fringe and pewter-painted accents.
East meets West as Asian influences transform the
ubiquitous Adirondack chair. Soothing, subdued color and
rich detail flatter the American icon, with its wide arms and
gently sloping back. The result is a fresh, harmonious,
and comfortable blend of two cultures.
Connect the Dots
Plastic outdoor furniture, such as this white
resin chaise, is popular because it's lightweight,
durable, easy to clean, and economical. But
don t settle back on plain plastic seating when
colorful circles or other simple geometric
designs squares, diamonds, stripes, plaids
are so much more fun.
Leave the laptop and cell
phone behind and enjoy a
lazy summer afternoon on
a swing. Painted in
refreshing citrus hues
lemon yellow, tangerine,
and lime green this
traditional wooden swing
lights up a shady corner of a yard or covered porch.