In the May 2007 issue of Country Home, a woman used an old store counter as a kitchen island. What a fantastic idea! I don't care for kitchen islands usually, but this is beautiful and useful. I love it.
And I came across an ad for Wood-Mode (fine custom cabinetry) with an impressive wood furniture look that is striking.
Top country trends listed in Country Home include new uses for furniture (see above), animal prints [still?], and "'hair-on hide' leather for rougher, natural looks." [That's for sure.]
For outdoor living, there's an article, Gardening with a View, with ideas for sheltered sitting areas and low-maintenance gardens, also a trough for a bird bath. [Be careful that it's not too deep.] There are succulents, pots, and "the blue cafe," which has a cafe table and chairs surrounded by hydrangeas.
You can find lots of outdoor--and indoor furniture--and accessories with weather resitant materials, hardware, and fabric in The Pottery Barn catalog. (I got a big catalog the other day, and I love the plasma TV frame--hardwood with a deep espresso stain.) And there's a nice selection of hammocks in the Brookstone catalog, along with other outdoor furniture, and a Grillzebo (TM).
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