teak wood patio furniture on slate tile patio
Photo: Julian Wass (Styling by Pamela Abrahams)

Take a Load Off

You've spent countless weekends and a considerable chunk of your savings laying the perfect stone patio, landscaping the backyard, and setting up the barbecue, all to make your outdoor space the relaxing oasis you dreamed it could be. So why aren't you spending more time out there? Maybe because you have no comfortable place to sit down. This season's new outdoor furniture options are stylish, sturdy, durable, and easier than ever to care for.

If your taste runs to the traditional, there's weather-worthy teak and Victorian-inspired woven wicker. If you like your furniture with a little edge, stainless-steel-and-wood combos bring a modern sensibility to the great outdoors. No matter what you choose, a comfortable, functional dining setup will go a long way toward making your patio or poolside more inviting. So toss the plastic, and step this way. Your table is waiting.

Shown here: Traditional teak, as seen at left, is an outdoor favorite because it looks good and wears well. An annual coating of tung oil will preserve the honey-gold hues of teak for years to come.
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