Plastic and ceramic have their outdoor benefits, but I just love the look and feel of wood. Slatted seats mirror decking, and also help with drainage. Whether you prefer aged and rustic or new and stained, there's some good-looking options this season from the catalog shops. 1. Café base with a boardwalk seat, these metal and wood stacking chairs add pizzazz to your patio. Tavern armchairs, Pottery Barn, sale $159.
2. These chic stools look crafted from ship building leftovers. Inside or out, their rustic good looks add character to a space. Reata counter stool, Anthropologie, $198.
3. For a more modern look, warm wood slats pair with sleek chrome in an easy to maintain option. Chelsea bench, CB2, sale $149.
4. Cantilever chairs are experiencing a revival, and with attractive, affordable options like this one in steel & acacia, we hope it continues. Vinö armchair, IKEA, $59.99.
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