From Jennifer on June 1st, 2009 in Landscaping
It’s time to enjoy the warm weather and soak up the summer sun out on the deck. Well, hopefully, not directly on the deck, but on your comfy deck furniture. So many stores sell the same patio and deck furniture all spring and summer long and they are truly of the cookie cutter variety – sure they have different colors and patterns, but they are basically the same.
If you’re not a cookie cutter person, yourself, you’ll be pleased to know that there are alternatives out there that are unique, eco-friendly, and attractive, to boot.
Gaiam is a Colorado-based company that is committed to marketing products that are good for the environment and the people who use them. They have a line of patio furniture that is made of wood and is very beautiful and classic-looking. The most unique in their line is the recycled wine barrel chair, but it’s matched by the beauty of the company’s teak and eucalyptus table and chairs set. They also have some distinctive accessories like a hammock made of recycled soda bottles and solar lanterns for nighttime entertaining.
Maku, a Carlsbad, CA company, is making sustainable deck, patio, and lawn furniture out of teak that is eco-friendly and designed for comfort and style. One of the things I like best about their products is that some of them look like they should be in your living room. And isn’t that what we’re really going for on our decks? That feeling of sinking into our sofa and relaxing? Maku makes a sectional for the deck that looks like a comfy couch.
Loll Designs, based in Minnesota, is probably the most unique and modern of all. Their contemporary designs are made out of recycled plastics and are truly singular. Their main goal is to provide durable, responsible products for the person who seeks “advanced outdoor living.” They make everything from traditional Adirondack chairs to satellite tables to rope swings, dog bowls, benches, and ottomans. As off-the-hook as their furniture is, their motto is even better “Outdoor furniture for the modern lollygagger.”
There are such great outdoor furniture lines, I’m almost tempted to leave my computer and go lounge in the sun. Now, if only one of them would come up with a chair that makes me immune to poison ivy and pollen, I’d never leave my back yard!