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All-weather decor can make outside cozy, comfortable

With people relaxing and entertaining outdoors these days, the patio has become a second living room.
By Shari Hiller, Scripps Howard News Service July 14, 2007

he truth is we have grown to love our outdoor spaces, resurrecting our living rooms with a twist out on the patio. It doesn't seem to matter whether we can only use them for several months of the year, or all year long, we still have begun decorating them like we do indoors.

Because of this trend, the kind of outdoor merchandise available is ever-increasing - from full kitchens to dining and living rooms to outdoor beds. My dilemma is how far to go with the outdoor decorating. I found a very comfortable sofa and matching pair of chairs. The cushions on them are more plush than the ones on my furniture indoors, and I actually prefer the way they feel to their indoor counterparts.

The fabric is made by Sunbrella and is weather-resistant. I've had the pieces for two years.

The fabric has been wet from rain, and the ottoman has been soaked since it's not quite in a covered area. None of the pieces has an unpleasant aroma, and the material is as soft as it was the day I bought it. As for dirt, I do have to brush the furniture off before we sit down, but nothing has stained or deteriorated the fabric one bit.

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