Bringing the indoors out
Aestheticollypleasingpatiofurniture oddsnicetouchto backya
With summer almost here, it's
time to spruce up the backyard
for gatherings with family and
This year's trends in outdoor liv,
ing run the gamut from All-American to the opulent.
development of Poly-wood
Adirondack chairs is a great American success story. The process
was invented in 1992by two Indiana high school friends, Doug Rassi and Mark Phillabaum, who discovered they could turn recycled
milk jugs into plastic lumber.
Today,that lumber is used to assemble outdoor furniture.
Because Poly-Wood is nonporoug it is impervious to sun, saltwat$r, chlorine or rain. Only soap
and'S^/aterare required to clean it.
The furniture is available in six
colors: sunset red, Pacilic blue.
lemon, lime, tangerine and Aruba.
It can also be ordered with a traditional wood grain pattern in black,
"We have a customer who has
these chairs sitting on the grass
Today'strend-in patio living is to bring the indoors outside with soft,
furniture. This is the Montego line manufacturedby pride
overlooking a lagoon,l'said Alison
Fugateof California Patio in Encinitas. "But you can also put them in
the sand and ocean water because
they don't oxidize or corrode."
California Patio in Encinitas is
the only distributor of Poly-Wood
in San Diego County. The furniture comes with a five-year war-
ranty. The basic Adirondack chair
costs $267.The classic Adirondack
chair with an ottoman is $430. A
rocking chair is $4ll; single glidea
For more formal decors, Fugate
recommends outdoor furniture bv
O'W.Lee manufactures tabletop fire pits in a choice of honed marble, solid granite or
tumbled stone. The flame can be fueled by propane or gasoline. courtesy
Poly-woodAdirondackchairs are availablein six colors: sunset red, Pacificblue,tangerine,lime,
lemon and Aruba.The furniture can also be orderedwith a traditional wood grain pattern in black,
mahogany,hunter green,sand,teak and white. Lilian
Prestige,a subsidiaryof Pride
"The trend at the Chicago
mart was to bring the indoors
to the outside with luxurious
deep-seating furniture," she
said. "Prestigewas the original
manufacturer of deep seating.
Their line is upholstered with
plush, large cushions covered
The material is an acrylic
similar to nail polish that is
dyed as a liquid; consequently,
it is stainand mold resistant.
Because it is treated with
Scotchgard, water beads can
be wiped away easily.
"Prestigehas really gone the
extra mile to make their products aesthetically appealing," JensenJarrahoffers outdoor furniture,such as this bar and stool
Fugatesaid. "Therd is no seam set, made from a Jarrah wood forest in southwestern Australia.
to indicate where ihe extruded Traditionally used for boat docks, Jarrah wood is known for its
durability and rich tone. courtesyof catiforniapatio
aluminum joints are weldedi'
The company includes a 15year frame and finish warrantyi,o', ]arrah wood combines beau- factures tabletop fire pits in a
and a one-year cushion war- .ty with function.
choice of honed marble, solid
ranty. The cost of two chairs,
"People who appreciate granite or travertine. Prices
two swivel rockers and a table wood like the rich cherry range from $2,400to $2,800.
'A lot of people like
is approximately $4,200.Cush- and mahogany tones of |arrah
ions can be ordered directly wood," Fugate said. "It is as fire pits becausetlrey are easy
from l?restige.Ifpreferred, Fu- strong or stronger than teak."
to move," Fugate said. "There
gate can recommend a custom
Furniture comes with a five- is nothing that brings people
year warranty, Prices range closer together than a fire acfensen |arrah offers an ex- from $576 for a bar stool to companied by conversation
otic line of furniture made of $765for a 30-inch bar.
wood from the ]arrah Forest in
Today's plush outdoor livFor more information, call
ing and. dining areas can be California Patio in EnciniThe wood was traditionally accqFsorized .With alfresco tas at (760) 943-6282 or visit
used for boat docks, most no- drap€riesgpillows and throws californiapatio.com.
tably those at Australia's Bus- frojn thei Outdoor Couture
selton fetty Underwater Ob- reo"IlbctionbfO.W.Lee.
LillianCoxis a freelancewriter
servatory built in the 1890s.
cor\:any also manu- who livesin Encinitas,