Wednesday, May 17

Outdoor Furniture Indoors

Don't be alarmed by the title of this blog post. I am not about to tell you to bring a chunky plastic, or spindly metal garden chair inside. Nor am I going to tell you that the slightly rusty metal table at the bottom of the garden should grace your dining room. But, I am going to ask you to think outside the box a little.

Outdoor Furniture Indoors - French For Pineapple Blog - Wicker and Teak chairs in bay window with plant


Over the last few years the rise and rise of wicker furniture has definitely blurred the lines between what is suitable design-wise for outdoor use and indoor use. In fact, last summer I wanted to buy a wicker sofa meant for outdoor use, with every intention of using it indoors. Or both!

When my friends at Out & Out Original got in touch about doing a garden furniture post (coming up soon!), I immediately fell for the Salem FSC Recycled Teak set, which includes two low, angled chairs (SO comfy) and a cute little matching side table. For your cocktail to sit on, obviously.

Outdoor Furniture Indoors - French For Pineapple Blog - wicker and teak chair with cushion

Outdoor Furniture Indoors - French For Pineapple Blog - closeup of engineered vinyl wicker


We have a 'gardener's garden', which we inherited from the previous owner. By that, I mean much of it is taken up by huge garden beds, which are completely wasted on us as we are not gardeners at all, so I view them as a waste of space. One day we'll re-landscape, but that's not even on the distant horizon right now. The reason I mention this is that it means that we don't have a lot of space for a lovely large outdoor sofa, but when we do, I have the Lodge garden sofa set earmarked!

However, the Salem set, will do very nicely for now indeed, and in my fantasy garden in my head, it still remains, and would go on the (currently non-existent) patio area, whilst the sofa would go further back on the (other currently non-existent) lawn area.

Sorry, lost in fantasy again! Now where was I....

Outdoor Furniture Indoors - French For Pineapple Blog - wicker and teak chair with moroccan throw and zz plant on gold side table

Outdoor Furniture Indoors - French For Pineapple Blog - close up of wicker and teak chair with moroccan throw and zz plant

Outdoor Furniture Indoors - French For Pineapple Blog - close up of wicker and teak chair


So whilst the Salem set is indeed bound for the (actually real!) circular turfed area of our garden, I couldn't resist taking a few snaps to demonstrate how lovely the chairs look inside too, and I've left them there for now because they look so good!

Outdoor Furniture Indoors - French For Pineapple Blog - close up of engineered vinyl wicker
The 'wicker' is actually a vinyl based material, engineered for outdoor use, so it will stay looking good despite our long dreary winters. Of course this also means that if used indoors, they can easily be wiped clean should any small people decide to spill the contents of their smoothie all over them, or any large people spill their wine. Because we can't blame everything on the small people now, can we?

The beautiful 'Seawash' recycled teak is such a pretty colour, but more importantly, the natural oils will stop wood rot, and they'll develop an even more beautiful silver patina as they mature.

I can't wait to get them set up in the garden - we just need a little bit more sunshine!

Outdoor Furniture Indoors - French For Pineapple Blog - close up of teak chair


Outdoor Furniture Indoors - French For Pineapple Blog - wide shot of pair of wicker and teak chairs in bay window with zz plant on gold side table and moroccan throw and rug


This post is in collaboration with Out & Out Original.










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9 comments

  1. Wow! I love them inside the house, they fit perfectly! Such a good idea!

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    1. Thanks Anne Marie! They're really beautiful, and I don't really want to send them outside - if only I had the space to keep them inside permanently! Xx

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  2. Hi, chairs look great, liking your rug, where is it from please?

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    1. Thanks! The rug is the Afaw rug from La Redoute - not on the website at the moment, but will probably come back after their current sale.

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  3. The wicker chairs are gorgeous! They fit so well within the room. Not sure why anyone would waste them outside! Thanks for sharing your idea!

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    1. Thanks Alex, they're lovely, but they have indeed gone outside now - sadly I don't have the space to keep them inside permanently, but they'll have loads of use in the garden!

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  4. I love the look you have created here. But I am not sure about comfort. I couldn't see myself relaxing after a hard day at work cleaning offices on one of these chairs. I prefer my sofa

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    1. No, it's not a lounging set-up by any means, but great occasional seating, or for sitting in whilst sipping a cuppa and doing the online grocery shop! Xx

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  5. These chairs are gorgeous! Love them styled indoors as well - I do like a bit of wicker me... xxx

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