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Midday Muse: Indoor Furniture Outdoors

CitizenSugar recently wrote about a Nebraska town that passed a law banning indoor furniture from being used outside, likely initiated by town members who were up in arms about a large population of college students picking up the habit. Personally, I think in some cases using indoor furniture outdoors can be a favorable, aesthetically-pleasing design choice, and I've even suggested it before. But, obviously, unless it's weatherproofed, upholstery will not stay in fine form for long when used outdoors. Ratty vintage couches run rampant in the homes of college students and can make the neighborhood look untidy, so much like the Gray Ghost's opposition to graffiti in New Orleans, I can understand why townspeople would be disapprove. But, personally, I don't think it should be up to my neighbors to choose how I decorate my home, especially if I can't afford to buy genuine outdoor furniture. What are your thoughts on this? Are you against indoor furniture outdoors? Do you think it can add personal style or a relaxed vibe? Are there any types of indoor furniture that you like to see or actually use outdoors? Would you be bothered by this law if were it enacted in your town? Tell me by commenting below!

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snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
indoor furniture outdoors always looks strange to me but i dislike laws (such as no hanging laundry to dry outdoors ) which are meant to keep the neighborhood 'tidy looking. actually ive never been affected by such a law but it just seems absurdly totalitarian to enforce a law for the purpose of a neat and tidy appearance
gemsera gemsera 8 years
I miss my old couch. I used to have a funky inner city apartment, with a courtyard, and the half closest to the house was covered, with it opening onto the little courtyard. I put my couch out there and used to lie on it for hours reading books or napping. Indoors/outdoors it doesnt matter, I love furniture outdoors. especially comfy stuff. When I was growing up, dad built a pergola (patio type thing) outside, large enough to fit a 10 seat dining table, and three couches with a bbq and tv. it was amazing to sit out there during a storm or nap on a hot summers day.
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
I want to know how/where they draw the line? If I upholster a metal futon in weatherproof fabric, does that make it outdoor?
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 8 years
I too am bothered by the thought that my neighbors or town can tell me how to decorate my home. But I suppose I do see some point where its excessively tatty. And I also agree with sushikay that no matter what you do someone will be offended. We have the neighborhood stickler who freaks at every little thing -- for something as slight as letting your lawn get a little high (which is actually more ecologically sound) she will make comments to everyone and bugs the hell out of you. Bollocks to that, unless you're paying my bills and my home is presentable, its my business what I do. Every year I purposely let all the plants die and get really dried out to add to my Addam's Family halloween vibe and she goes mad wondering why I haven't weeded in months! (;
sushikay sushikay 8 years
I think it depends on the type of furniture, how many pieces you display and where you put it. I have seen couches on front porches that look nice, but when you put them in the yard and they get rained on, they don't look so nice anymore. If you start piling couches, chairs and whatever else in your yard it definately looks like a junk yard. You just need to use good judgement, of course no matter what you do it's always going to offend somebody.
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