So I am searching along looking for info on outdoor living rooms and I run across this story in InsideBayArea.com that is about this very subject. This is a early paragraph:
We want to hang out in our backyards, and those molded plastic chairs aren’t going to cut it anymore. We want comfort — big, comfy cushions. We want style — furniture that wouldn’t look amiss indoors. And we aren’t alone.
Comfort; not just any comfort, but-big comfy cushion comfort. Plus . . . it better be stylish. I got no problem with that.
The outdoor living room with everything that is inside-is now going outside, everything. I got no problem with that.
Beds, TV’s and the old stand-by Hammocks . . . uh, Hammocks . . . now there’s a problem:
. . . Taking a snooze in a hammock might be indulgent, but it’s not lap-of-luxury indulgent. Unless, of course, that nap is in Henry Hall Design’s four-person Cocoon hammock, with its stylish four-sided wood frame, padded hammock and $19,500 price tag.
A $20,000 dollar hammock, that better be one hell of a hammock.
[One hell of a Hammock]
[It looks pretty comfortable, I’ll take one.]
Anyway, no matter how you cut it $20.000 grand is a lot of money, I would hope for that kind of dough the hammock would play music, and bring me a drink or two, or three. As we say though . . . everything is relative.Back to the article, there is a mention that some folks are stying closer to home and entertaining more. It struck me as kind of funny to read that because in the paragraph above they were talking about a $20,000 hammock . . . sorry, price of gas doesn’t matter.
Something else struck me as odd in the story:
“People are willing to make that investment because it’s no longer white, flimsy plastic stuff. It’s permanent furniture that is going to last for five to 10 years if we take care of it.”
Permanent . . . gonna last 5 or 10 years . . . so 5 or 10 years is now the new permanent? Wow . . . I must be getting old. If that’s the mindset I’m disappointed.
When working with clients in this range there was a line here worth stealing/using/remembering when thinking about how furniture is now used outdoors:
For the most part, this furniture wouldn’t look that out of place if it were simply moved indoors.
Outside-In, Inside-Out . . if it works one way is it suitable enough to work the other. This is now the mindset. Plus “ “It’s all about high style and low maintenance,”“
An alert for you gardeners out there . . . plants are mentioned nowhere in the story.
- Home Infatuation was mentioned in the story, here’s a direct link to their site. While there check out this page and get back to me with what you think.
- I somehow managed to stumble onto the Design page for NOTCOT.com some interesting stuff to look at this click will send you to the design page-where they are taking a cutting edge look at all things design. Right now on the front page they are posting about some shot-up polo’s.
- Finally . . while thinking about hammocks I decide to Google image of hammocks, I found this, and being a red-blooded American male, I thought to myself . . . now that’s a hammock!
[Courtesy of starstore.com]