Wonderful Wicker Furniture Weaves Magic in Your Home And Garden

What is wicker furniture? How is it made? Is it any way different from the cane or rattan furniture? These are some common questions asked whenever the subject of wicker furniture or cane/rattan furniture is mentioned. While cane furniture is made of individual cane poles fixed to frames, wicker is made from weaving natural vines and barks wrapped around frames. Both are very popular choice of furniture – for outdoors but nowadays for indoors as well. Until recently both rattan and wicker furniture were made from totally natural materials. The frames were made of strong and sturdy natural canes bent to desired shape by heating it to high temperatures. In Asia, even today, wooden and cane frames are used and traditional natural fires from bamboo, cane, and willows are used for weaving and the wicker furniture is totally hand-made from 100% natural sustainable green products.

But today, almost all wicker furniture are made using sturdy high-quality light-weight aluminium alloy frames or in some cases heavier steel frames. And the wicker used to wrap around the frames is mostly synthetic. Recycled plastic/resin, vinyl or vinyl/resin is used for making synthetic wicker material. Resin synthetic wicker equals the wicker woven from natural fibres in looks but is sturdier and ages more slowly. It is also naturally water resistant. A good quality wicker weave should be tight, uniformly woven, close together without any visible gaps and have a smooth finish. It is flexible but quite strong. But it is advisable to keep the wicker furniture under cover in shade in extreme weathers. It is easy to clean; just vacuuming it lightly and wiping with a moist cloth should be sufficient. Occasionally a lick of varnish may help. If the cushions can be removed, the frame can be quickly washed with water and wiped dry to remove any spills etc.

Here are some beautiful and wonderful looking wicker furniture pieces from Pierantonio Bonacina. Look at the flowing chaise lounge in natural shade. How beautiful the ottoman looks? Don’t you think you would like the hanging chair in your terrace? The corner sofa set will add to the beauty and ambience to any living room! Comfortable, chic and highly sophisticated-looking wicker furniture is light, strong and durable; looks very beautiful and elegant and is easy to maintain. Coupled with contrast coloured or elegant white cushions, they are things of beauty giving joy forever. When properly taken care of, the wicker furniture lasts for long years giving excellent service. Don’t you think you would love to have some wicker furniture at your home?

Wonderful Looking in White Wicker

Wicker Easy Chairs

Portable Wicker Hanging Easy Chair

Flowing Wicker Chaise Lounge

Cozy Looking Wicker Cabin & Ottoman

Corner wicker Sofa Set with Coffee Table

Comfy Two-Some in Wicker

Wonderful Wicker Ottoman in White

Pair of Wicker Side Tables

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Outdoor Storage Benches Add Beauty to Your Garden, Porch And Patios

Now that spring is in the air, you will be spending more and more time outside. You would love to have nice seats to sit and enjoy the sunshine and cool breeze – enjoying some snacks and long cool drinks. But do you have enough space to relax in your garden? With gardens tools occupying more space and children spending more time outside playing, there sure will be a space crunch in the garden, porch and patio areas. Outdoor storage containers can do double duty as benches and ottomans for nice and comfy seating as well as to store things handy and ready. You can store garden tools, seeds, fertilisers and water hoses. You may keep seasonally used personal effects like raincoats and gumshoes, and children’s playthings and sports goods. Most of the times, they can be used as dumping place for whatever we think as clutter or extra inside the house.

What would you expect from outdoor storage benches/containers? Wet or warm climate, snow or sleet, rain or shine, they must keep the interiors dry and keep the stored things safe from elements and other hazards. They should serve as additional seats in garden looking pretty with low maintenance year-round. And these containers do that and more. These are usually manufactured out of sturdy but lightweight stuff and withstand the vagaries of weather. There are sturdy wooden containers – long or square; there are metal ones like of aluminium or iron, and there are durable and long-lasting plastic containers. But before deciding on what kind of outdoor storage containers you want, think of what are all the items you will be storing in those containers. All have the options to double as seats with or without cushions and withstand the rigours of 24/7 direct or partial exposure to elements.

Talk to your interior decorator and know what may be a perfect fit for your porch, garden or patio. See what will suit the outside decor and style. How the outdoor storage benches will fit into your landscape designs. How they can add to the overall ambience and in particular, enhance the beauty of the garden and attractions of the porch or patio. How it can help you to keep the house, porch, patio or garden clutter free and well organized. Here are some beautiful and highly utilitarian outdoor storage containers from HAYNEEDLE. Look at the regal looking bench with handles and lift-up lid. How nice the small wicker containers with detachable cushions on the lids! And those plastic containers are quite large and have very comfy seats indeed!

Are you ready to bring home an outdoor storage container/bench which will look perfect and be of great use in your garden?

Wicker Containers with Detachable Cushions on Lids

This Storage Deck Box Sure Comes Handy

Smart Looking Storage Box for Keeping Beverages

Regal Looking Comfy Seat cum Storage Bench

Handsome Looking Outdoor Storage Wood Bench

Cool-Looking Comfortably Cushioned Storage Benchcool-looking-comfortably-cushioned-storage-bench

Awesome Sized Resin Wicker Deck Box

A Sumptuous Storage Deck Box with Wheels

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Cane Dining Table-Chairs – Perfect Green Option for Your Home

Dining tables are now used more in the outdoor area as small homes and apartments are not keen to have separate dining room or dining area. Most of us use an open kitchen plan with kitchen and dining area planned continuously and this area opens into the living room area. Most of the times the kitchen counters or the island counters are used as dining table with bar stools or high bistro level chairs as dining chairs.

But all of us love to have a dining table set either in the terrace, or in the patio where we can sit out in the open area and have a relaxed time eating or partying. If you have a garden or front or back yard, you will love to furnish this area also with a dining table and chairs. These are more informal kind of dining area and we do not want heavy or ornate looking dining table sets.

Cane dining table and chair set is the best informal thing you can have for outside dining as well patio or terrace dining furniture. Other areas where you can use light-weight and informal kind of chairs tables are if you want to have a separate breakfast nook in the kitchen itself, but away from the cooking or working area – like the kitchen counters or island counters.

But there are some homes where they still want a dining area separate from the kitchen, even if it is not too big or spacious. Here we may find big and large-size wooden dining tables out of place and out of proportion too. A small square or a round cane dining table and chair set may be the perfect fit for this dining area seating. There are matching console tables or coffee tables also available that will make the set complete.

Most of the cane dining chairs comes with upholstered cushions and a few may have padded backs also. These are made of cane frames and fitted with wicker work which is done by hand and intricately done. But today there is furniture made of synthetic resin material which looks very much like cane is available which resembles original cane and wicker work greatly. Cane is a great green option as it is very fast growing grass-like material which is self-sustaining. Here are some beautiful looking cane dining chairs-table sets from Capri’s Furniture.

Stripe Cushioned Chairs and Glass Topped Table

Round Table and Round Backed Chair

Round Pedestal Table Chairs and Console All in White

Lovely Looking Console Table and Table Chair in Wicker

Handsome Bar Table Stool and Dining Set in Cane

Gorgeous Rectangular Table Chair Set in Cane

Cute Round Glass Top Table and Round Back Chairs

Beautiful Back and Seat in Coral Red

Cane Table Chair Set with Cream Upholstered Seats

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Charmingly Elegant Landscaped Yards

Having open space around your home adds greatly to your property in both monetary values as well aesthetic aspects. Open space within the home like courtyards and exterior spaces bring nature inside your home making the air fresh and cool. The benefits are innumerable and invaluable – right from having extra light and cross ventilation fighting against pollution.

For the most part, value addition to a property happens when the open space around the house is landscaped professionally and beautifully. Having the inner courtyard landscaped properly by adding the necessary plants, shrubs, lawns and trees can create special sitting areas where it will be a delightful experience to have breakfast or entertain friends and visitors.

Two Views Of Landscaped Yards
Two Views Of Landscaped Yards

Inner courtyards help in many of the interior areas of the house to get sunshine and fresh air which may not be otherwise possible. Even if your home does not have inner courtyard space, outdoor spaces can make all the difference. Think of the advantage of patio access from dining areas and living areas leading right into the landscaped courtyards any time of the day for a breath of fresh air.

Pleasant View Of Landscaped Courtyard
Pleasant View Of Landscaped Courtyard

Whether your home has an interior courtyard, backyard, back garden, patio, yard or even just an enclosed space, the landscaping must include well balanced constructed and planted areas. If you are going to have paved stone ways, seating areas and paved areas where you can create some focal thematic decoration etc, you can arrange the planted surfaces around them in an aesthetic manner.

Pleasant View Of Landscaped Courtyard
Pleasant View Of Landscaped Courtyard

A pool can be the best addition to any outdoor area you are having. But if you do not have enough space for a big swimming pool or so, you can have a small water feature – a pond, a fountain etc that can be accommodated even in a small area. Be sure to allow enough space for entertainment needs like putting up a barbecue etc near the water feature.

Patio Overlooking Landscaped Yard
Patio Overlooking Landscaped Yard

Here you can see some images of beautifully landscaped inner courtyards, patio and front yards of a palatial home by Wahana Architects. Just look at the beautiful view from the home office area which is seen through floor to ceiling glass walls. Also the cool looking pool with adjacent green lawns surrounded by trees and shrubs is breathtakingly beautiful. The paved stone ways and elevated grass lawn area adds to the ambiance of the home so much. Don’t you think it will be heavenly to have so much greenery around you?

Magnificent View Lawn Courtyard Area
Magnificent View Lawn Courtyard Area

Gorgeous Paved Stone Landscaping
Gorgeous Paved Stone Landscaping

Garden Lawn Pool Landscaped Yard
Garden Lawn Pool Landscaped Yard

Attractive View Landscaped Exteriors
Attractive View Landscaped Exteriors

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Comfortable Chairs And Sofas


Having some extra space to entertain guests can be such a nice idea. Especially when the winter comes and there is a chill in the wind and atmosphere, sitting outside cannot be possible. Limiting the guests to only living room can be restrictive and today conservatory has evolved as a favourite alternative warm and beautiful area to entertain the guests.

Today the conservatory is called the sun room. What was once a home to plants and herbs has now been touted as the next best thing to staying in the garden. With the glass panelled walls to protect you from the vagaries of nature, and beautiful and fresh hothouse plants to provide a background, conservatories are furnished better now to please the guests.

What kind of furniture will suit the conservatory? Actually there are very few restrictions for selecting the right conservatory furniture. Once you make the conservatory ready to receive the guests you will have an idea of space available where to put the furniture. Try to clear an area exclusively for placing the furniture only a little away from the greenery inside.

Sofas, lounge chairs, easy chairs, recliners, chaise lounges, and all comfy chairs can be the best seating arrangements for the conservatory. Do not bring in too heavy and too ornate furniture. If you want to enjoy the sun, you may like to rearrange the seating. Lightweight furniture which is easily portable will be the best choice for the conservatory.

Wooden furniture can be a good choice. Sturdy wooden furniture with cushions for both the seats and back can be one of the good choices. But solid wood may be also on the heavier side. The ideal furniture can be cane or rattan furniture. Lightweight, portable and comfortable, these take the top place in being selected for conservatory furniture.

You will need coffee tables, dining tables and some occasional tables for entertaining the guests. These also can be from cane or rattan. You can even keep one or two storage shelves or cabinets in the conservatory for some extra cutlery or stemware for future needs. Beautifully furnished cane sets with colourful cushions can make the conservatory a welcome look.

Here are some beautiful conservatory furniture ideas from Lloyd Loom. Comfy looking sofas, lounge chairs with coffee tables look elegant beautiful making the conservatory look so warm and inviting. Look how cosy the arrangement looks? I am sure you are also keen to have one of these sets for your own conservatory?

Sofas and Lounge Chairs in Wicker

Pretty Looking Wicker Chairs

Conservatory Furniture Looking Pretty

Chairs and Coffee Table in Cane

Cane Bistro Table and Wicker Chairs

Beautiful Way to Relax on Wicker Easy chairs

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Rattan Furniture – Nature’s Gift for Your Home

Amongst the wide array of wood or natural furniture that’s available, rattan holds a special place. Rattan has been a perennial favourite for both indoor and outdoor furniture. Light, durable and elegant, they are a charming choice, especially for a traditional or rustic décor style.

If you have ever wondered what this material is then here is a quick introduction. Rattan is a plant vine that belongs to the palm family usually found in tropical climes. It comes from the Malay word, roton. It is an extremely malleable material, which when heated can be woven intro intricate patterns. When it cools, it becomes stiff and sturdy. This quality makes it an ideal material for furniture.

Rattan is used to make every kind of furniture – be it chairs, beds or rockers. Most popular are rattan armchairs and sofa sets. They are highly preferred as they are very comfortable and versatile. They come in a numerous colours as they can be easily painted.. Teamed with bright and colourful upholstery and pillows they can brighten up any room.

Given their versatility, they can blend into any kind of décor in your house. You can use rattan to add a touch of traditional elegance to your décor even if you have an overall contemporary look. The incredible variety in weaves means you can get as ornate or as simple as you desire, so that it fits in with the look you have.

Rattan furniture are especially suitable for outdoor as they can withstand all weather conditions and can be moved easily. Once treated with a special resin, they are protected from the harmful effects of sun or rain. They blend in wonderfully with the environment, and highlight the natural beauty of outdoors.

Apart from natural rattan, today synthetic rattan is also available. Synthetic rattan maintains the look of natural rattan but can be produced at a fraction of the cost. Made from resin and plastic, these are even more durable than natural rattan furniture. This is especially applicable for outdoor furniture, as it withstands sun and rain better than its natural counterpart!

Cleaning rattan furniture, whether natural or synthetic is hassle-free. A simple dust-off with a soft cloth is enough. But since dust can get trapped in the woven fabric, it must be done regularly. One can also vacuum so as to remove any hard-to-remove dust trapped in the weaves. While buying, it is important to ensure that the rattan furniture you buy is professional sealed and finished. This will ensure that the material remains protected in the necessary process of wear and tear.

Below is a sample of the wide variety of rattan furniture available today. AmericanRattan shows us just how versatile and beautiful they are.

White Rattan Rocker & Love Seat

Striking White & Green Rattan Sofas & Coffee Table

Simple & Elegant Sofa Set

Outdoor Rattan Set With Two-Seater Sofas

Elegant Dark Wood Rattan Dining Set

Elaborately Designed White Rattan Sofa Set

Dark & Simple Rattan Bedroom Set

Cosy & Comfortable Armchair

Complete Bedroom Set In Rattan

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