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On the hunt for garden furnishing

I went to the San Francisco Design Center with my interior designer friend Jony Schwartz yesterday.  And did we see some wonderful furnishings for the garden.  My biggest ‘ooh, ah’ was the Chella fabric that looked and felt like chenille but is made for the outdoors.  My favorite colors were the Montecatini Foresta and the Montecatini Coco, yummy rich colors and a great texture for the garden.  Lightfast, resists mildew and stains, machine washable – do I sound like an ad?  That’s because that sentence is actually in their literature.

Next I fell in love with the concrete chair at Michael Taylor Designs.   They featured it with the green Chella chenille-like fabric I love.  And there you had it, perfection.  I envision this piece on a gravel patio that would really showcase its beauty.  Oh, and its fine to sit on it:~)  Furniture doubling as art, doubling as furniture.

Then there was Summit.  They were carrying these umbrella bases on wheels that were both practical and attractive – the wheels were somewhat tucked under the bases, reducing their visibility.  Apparently they won’t sell the bases separately from the umbrellas – we tried…

If you’re in the neighborhood, don’t forget to check out Janus and Cie.  While everyone and his brother has knocked off the Dedon collection, its still wonderful quality and a lovely design.  I have a client in a very exposed area that bought this collection a few years ago and the pieces have held up remarkably well.  I like the pieces paired with simple white cushions.

And of course, we visited Living Green, a cornucopia of all things Balinese/Burmese feeling for the garden. Interesting elements to purchase for the landscape such as lanterns, ladders, pots, fountains and more.

Great day for inspiration and new ideas for furnishing the garden.  And Jony was wonderful company:~)