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HOME style Reclaimed wood, rough-hewn logs and even driftwood can be fashioned into environmentally t friendly ree stumps can be sealed to make beautiful tables, table bases and stools. Utilizing found objects outdoor and items from nature guarantees a unique piece that radiates a sense of place. Imported outdoor furniture offers an eclectic look and often more variety in furniture selections. furniture. Teak or cypress are durable and long lasting, and develop a nice patina over time. An Indonesian day bed outfitted with a large waterproof cushion creates a welcoming retreat on a covered porch. Many imported outdoor furniture items are also made of solid but lightweight woods that are easy to move around as the weather demands. Another benefit of these pieces is they are good-looking enough to be transitioned indoors, so if living circumstances change or cooler weather requires the furniture be moved inside, they can blend effortlessly with other furnishings. Handcrafted, imported wooden furnishings usu-ally vary from piece to piece, so keep in mind no two are exactly alike and appreciate the beauty of hand-crafted furniture. Colorfully painted rattan or bamboo furniture is another bright idea for outdoor spaces this season. Rattan pieces are easy to find at local resale shops or yard sales and often have funky details and interesting shapes. Choose a fun paint color and brightly patterned weather-resistant cushions for a fresh look. Rattan furniture can often be found in sets or pairs so outfitting a large deck with plenty of seating for summer visitors can easily be accomplished. Outdoor spaces are a great place to take risks with color, pattern and style. Embrace the natural palette in our coastal surroundings and play off of those colors and textures with design choices. Think outside of the box with furniture purchases and use surrounding décor to express the carefree joy of the summer season. 39 www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM PHOTOS BY JOSHUA CURRY


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