THAT WICKER GUY WORDS OF WISDOM - JANUARY 2008
MOST COLLECTORS do not think of wicker in the winter, but a couple oversized Bar Harbor chairs pulled up next to a roaring fireplace can be extremely comfortable. In a Northern cottage that I visited some time ago, the owner draped a big comfortable chaise lounge with Hudson Bay woolen blankets creating a well-used "nest" for chilly nights.
THIS IS A GOOD TIME to think ahead to Spring and to the wicker pieces that you will be considering for your three-season porches, beach homes, mountain cottages or just to add to your collections at home. Most dealers have their Spring stock in house now, giving you the pick of the crop. By the time the crocuses peek through the melting snow, the really good pieces may well be traveling to their new homes. Remember, the early bird gets the really good stuff!
CAN'T FIND EXACTLY what you want in a three or four (or more) piece set, or within budget? Consider what many decorators are doing. Put together individual pieces that resemble each other in style, shape, material. Then paint them the same and upholster all the cushions the same or in coordinating fabrics. You may well have a better selection and a significant savings in the budget.
REMEMBER, REED WICKER can be used and enjoyed on a covered patio or lanai or on a three-season porch. It should not be exposed to heavy or repeated rain showers. However, if a light amount of rain gets blown it, it can be wiped dry with no damage. If your upholstery is not designed by outdoor use, it should be protected from the weather. Fiber wicker is more susceptible to damage from moisture and humidity, so should be chosen for only well protected outdoor use.
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