What more suited to the garden than the russet of old furniture
ANNE ELIZABETH WILSONJune151927
We Move Into the Garden
What more suited to the garden than the russet of old furniture
ANNE ELIZABETH WILSON
The Home Beautiful
OLD HICKORY and a cooling drink in tree shade has ever been the epitome of summer restfulness in my mind. A few years ago, there was comparatively little hickory furniture manufactured as the scale of furniture production goes to-day. Yet in present outdoor furniture it is perhaps the most prominent. In swinging seats, individual tables, rockers, settees, flower-stands, swinging basket holders, its natural russet appears. There is also a form of smoother, varnished hickory being shown, of a semi-rustic nature, but it does not seem to present the same qualities of permanent weathering which the natural type possesses. Varnished furniture becomes shabby after wet or damp once has penetrated its protecting surface, whereas the rustic wood mellows into its background and settles down to wind and rain with the same equanimity as a tree. The varnished hickory, however, is admirable for a boat house, a permanent tent, or even for the prosaic lakeside cottage porch.
Typs of Furniture in Favor
THE feeling seems to be with regard to garden furniture, that one must have something of a permanently out-door character. The furniture which has to be rescued and carried to cover at the first threat of rain were better left in safety for all time. Three types best meet this requirement — namely the natural rustic wood—as the hickory — painted metal, and stone.
And outside of the question of whether such materials will stand rain, is also the question as to whether or not they will retain rain.
Manifestly both stone and metal are the fastest ‘driers’ and next in order, hickory, because of its open workmanship and solid structure, is the least likely of other types to absorb moisture.
Regarding the more pretentious type of furniture.
For the protected tile pergola, the open awninged court, it is admirable, but protection it does require. The white painted furniture is particularly good when mixed with other pieces less austere, as for instance, the glorified campstoo 1 chairs with broad cloth seat and armrests. For out-door dining it is ideal, being easily cleaned, with no crevices or apertures to catch crumbs. Even though you leave it completely exposed,
there is comparatively little damage that can be done to a painted piece—and the matter of giving it a fresh coat of paint a season is not an arduous task. It is for out-door summer dining that these sets are now particularly popular, either for the lesser mission of tea or for the fully served meal.
But for innovations and delightful turns of imagination and fancy, wicker ranks easily first. In delicate reeded effects, grass, fibre, willow weaves and rattans, this type of furniture is being produced in effects suitable for yearround use. One uncommon departure is the making of a period set. The sofa, larger chairs and table of the set all carry out the eighteenth century conformation, as well as six smaller chairs, whose stuffed seats are covered with lavender cretonne in keeping. In the straight-laid willow types, the tendency seems to be to leave the wands their natural honey-colored tone, varnishing them lightly, and, for decoration, applying in a rather narrow line across the back or along the arms, strips of enamel in fine black and white stripe. Or, in more colorful mood, certain motifs in the weaving will be caught up in bright green, cerise or orange with touches of black and white. These pieces are, of course, essentially porch and sunrocm choices.
In planning the general ensemble of your garden or porch living room, you will want at least one piece of furniture on which you may stretch out full length. This essential is supplied in a number cf ways by the present selection of garden furniture. First of all, there is the canvas hammock, protected from the wind on one side; next the chaise longue, the foot section of which may be removed, or which may slide beneath the body of the chair. f
Fascinating Styles in Chairs
'"T~'HE peacock-back chairs of Chinese influence are fascinating and sophisticated for porch and pergola. With their huge backs spreading like the fanned tails of peacocks, they make a flattering background for the colorful frocks of the season. This same type of chair, with or without the spectacular back, is often called the ‘hour glass’ chair, because of its base which descends from the seat in the wasp-waist fashion of the symbol of Father Time.
coolest, airiest piece of furniture imaginable.
Another innovation for this continent, is the introduction of a type of garden chair resembling the bath chair so much used on continental beaches and also in European gardens. With an arched-over hood andsoft, upholstered seat deeply recessed, it may be placed anywhere—in sun or wind—and the occupant wijl still be comfortably protected.
Fabrics For the Out-of-Doors
AND speaking of Gx protection — may the day be blessed when someone went to Venice, and seeing the colored wings of the boats that dazzle the canals, thought to capture the magic of Venetian sailcloth for our gardens. For it was due to the importation of the luscious oranges, greens, blues and broad oblique stripes of that material a few years ago, that our own manufacturers eventually abandoned the candy
red-and white stripe of awning tradition, and gave us interesting solid color which is now a popular adjunct to so much outdoor home life. This season particularly, the brilliant awning and stationary sunshades will be seen in vivid contrast to the background of the house and the emerald of the lawn.
Upholstery in garden furniture seems to have gone in for a development all its own. Most popular of all are the warmhued Scotch jutes, rough and lusty, with which many of the seats of the wicker sets are upholstered.
The striped denims are also still popular, as are, of course, the cretonnes and chintzes, but the innovation of the season is the wide use of these heavy, crashy materials in rich blendings and mixtures of color.
The most interesting use of fabric, perhaps, is in the porch curtains themselves. If these are of the heavy sailcloth, they are sometimes faced on the inside with ordinary cretonne, or actually made of the new waterproof cretonne itself. This material has come into use during during the last year or so, and will undoubtedly develop in many further ways.
Screens which are run on cords and pulleys in the manner of a Venetian blind, enjoy a deserved popularity. Those made of wide strips of light wood, firmly fastened with a strong seine twine, are eminently practical. They can be had stained in a number of waterproof colors.
The same type of shade is made from green-painted bamboo, in different widths
of slats, which are light and easily raised or lowered. They are tough, stand all weather, and come in all sizes. Both of these shades have the advantage of leaving the porch more breezy than is the case where awnings are used and yet insure seclusion. The ideal way, perhaps, is to have both awnings and shades.
Vines trained about the porch are charming, but they should not be used unless screens are provided as they harbor insects. With screens, they are delightful.
DORCH floor covering, although not a -^’necessity, is a pleasant thing from the point of view both of comfort and appearance—especially in those secluded corners where the out-door room is being developed. The rush matting is cool and easily kept clean, but not particularly decorative. Straw rugs and mats are the latest underfoot development for summer, being shown in all colors. They are made of just the same sort of material as a soft straw hat, and one rug will sometimes have all the decorative qualities and color combinations of a chintz. They are procurable both in small and large sizes. Also attractive are the round or oval crocheted rugs, and the habitant strips. There are also some brightly colored canvas rugs from the Orient, mostly in flat, bright color, and procurable in a wide range of combinations.
Certainly, judging from the tremendous interest in out-of-door furniture, Canada would seem to be moving into the garden this summer!
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