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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Charming and Pretty Cottage Style Furniture

During earlier days, there were no architects to design a home in country side. Simple cottage style house structures were erected by the craftsmen with plain walls and slanting roofs with support beams. Doors would be flat panel boards. Bead board wall panels were used to cover plain walls. Windows were designed with shutter and panel system. Simple cabinets or open shelves were used for storage or showcase purpose. Furniture, cabinets, wall panels and support beams were painted white to make the home look bright and cheerful. Element of simplicity is retained in today’s cottage style home design also.

Just like cottage home design, cottage style furniture is also utilitarian, simple in design, made from natural materials and comfortable. It looks rustic and romantic with cozy feel. It can be a new piece of furniture or a vintage one. Even second hand pieces or objects picked up from flea market and garage sale make great addition to your cottage style furniture. Cottage style furniture is made of white pine, birch, oak or poplar wood with worn off edges and distresses look. There is very little or no carving or ornamentation. They are painted or refinished with white paint. Rustic looking hardware and adornments such as glass knobs, crystal knobs, metal pulls are used with the furniture. Shutter and panel style design looks classic for a cottage style furniture.

Another characteristic of cottage style furniture is that they are multifunctional. Outdoor furniture such as wicker chairs or sofa can be brought inside the house. In fact a wicker rocking chair is a great addition to bedroom furniture. An old cabinet can serve dual purpose of storage and as an entertainment center to place a television set. Old cabinets in kitchen can be used as storage and as kitchen counter. In dining room old cabinets can be used as side tables. An old trunk looks perfectly good as center table. A vintage table paired with a stylish chair can be used as writing desk. An armoire has multi purpose depending on its placement in different rooms. In bedroom it can be used to store jewelry, clothes etc. In living room it can be used to place television. In study it can be used as a bookcase. Similarly side tables are used for storage or to display decorative accessories. Farmhouse bench makes a comfortable coffee table. Cottage style furniture with distinctive features looks charming anywhere and everywhere.

Room designs by Dorig Designs

Cottage Style Furniture Window Seat
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Cottage Style Furniture Outdoors
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Cottage Style Furniture Open Shelves
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Cottage Style Furniture Kids Room
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Cottage Style Furniture Dining Table
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Cottage Style Furniture Chair Table
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Cottage Style Furniture Cabinets Window Shutters
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Cottage Style Furniture Bedroom
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Cottage Style Furniture Bathroom
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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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Stylish Furniture For Garden And Outdoors

Right kind of furniture is essential to enjoy fine outdoor weather. Whether you are relaxing alone with some music or a book or you are having a dinner party with your friends and family, high quality outdoor furniture are most essential in your garden, patio, front or back yard. Your pool side party is made better with right kind of deck furniture.

Well Planned Furniture Outdoor Seating
Well Planned Furniture Outdoor Seating

A wide range of options are available for you to choose your outdoor furniture. You can choose the material, design, color and style as you like and as you think will fit your home and your style of living. Budgetary constraints can limit your choice somewhat but such a wide range is available that you can find something good to suit your budget easily.

Stunningly Colorful Outdoor Furniture
Stunningly Colorful Outdoor Furniture

How you are going to use the outdoor furniture is one of the most important questions you should ask yourself before deciding on what to buy. Also where you are going to place them and how much time they will be exposed to the elements are other questions you should explore before deciding on what you are going to buy.

Smart Front Yard Furniture Set
Smart Front Yard Furniture Set

Durability and comfort are two very important aspects you should consider. Too much sun exposure can bleach the color and make some of the materials too brittle. Likewise leaving them out in the rain, hail and snow can again make the furniture look worn out and old too soon. Low maintenance needs will make things easy to make them look good easily.

Patio Furniture Table Chair Set
Patio Furniture Table Chair Set

The most essential furniture you will need can be tables, chairs, coffee tables, and loungers. You can have furniture made of wood, metal, wood-metal combo, plastic and cane/bamboo/wicker. Sizes and designs of table and chairs can be varied and you can mix and match to have eclectic outdoor furniture set that will refreshing and distinctly different.

Handsome Sofas Outdoor Seats
Handsome Sofas Outdoor Seats

Cushions and pillows along with upholstered seats can make the chairs more comfortable and bring a vibrant look to the outdoors. But you need to be careful about protecting them from too much exposure to sun and other elements. Having them stored when not being used can extend the life of the cushions and pillows.

Garden Furniture Set Table Chairs
Garden Furniture Set Table Chairs

Here you can see images of stunning variety of stylish outdoor furniture from the well-known designers Summer Classics. These are made of extruded cast aluminum metal frames and with seats and backs made of leather resin. Don’t you think they look very stylish and charming?

Cozy Two Some Chair Table Outdoors
Cozy Two Some Chair

Bistro Table Chairs Outdoor Furniture
Bistro Table Chairs Outdoor Furniture

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Elegant Looking Garden Furniture Adds to Your Outdoor Ambience


Choosing the best garden furniture for your home can add a lot of beauty to your outdoors. Most of the times table, chairs and serving tables can be selected from a good furniture shop or searched online. The most difficult furniture that needs to be selected is the lounger or a love seat that can be used for sitting in the sun reading or relaxing.

There are many types of loungers, loveseats are available. Some are made of wood, some metal; some are of bamboo or cane. Some come with sun shades and some come without any shades. If the seats do not have individual shades, you can fix a garden sunshade which can be mounted telescopically or by cantilever methods.

Outdoor furniture need to be sturdy, able to put up with 24/7 exposure to elements. It should be able to withstand the wear and tear, and rough handling by children. It should be light and portable so it can be taken in case of very extreme weather conditions. It should be preferably UV resistant and moisture proof and rust proof as well.

If you are using upholstered furniture in your garden, you should ensure that the sun will bleach the bright shades and floral print or embroidery will also wear out soon. It is best to have natural fabrics in light and pastel shades so that the colours look pretty even when they are sun bleached. A way to protect the upholstery is to use slipcovers over them.

If you use cushions with the outdoor garden furniture, it is best to store the cushions when in not use. They can last longer that way and stay in better shape for longer years. Bright and lively looking coloured cushion covers can bring colour and freshness to your outdoor décor. But the best way to protect the cushions is to store them when not in use.

Here are some beautiful garden furniture items from Abode Interiors. There is a beautiful looking hammock which can look beautiful in your garden. The canvas is quite large-sized to accommodate adults and children. The garden seats are made of rattan/cane sofa – the two-seaters are comfy as love seats and the circular shaped sofas are most comfortable.

Don’t you think you may like to have one such love seat in your garden or in your terrace to enjoy the evening breeze during summer or the sun during winter?

Rattan Garden Moon Sofa Black

Outdoor Garden Bow Hammock

Loveseat in Brown Rattan

Garden Chair with Hood in Black

Circular Shaped Sofa in Black

Brown Rattan Garden Sofa

Arc Shaped Sofas with Cushions in Brown

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