Some call them Chinese garden stools others call them "decorative" garden seats- the bottom line is that this summer these ceramic or porcelain decorative stools are all over. These stools can be used as outdoor furniture on a lawn, on a deck or on a paved patio. They come in a myriad of colors including white, pale green, blue, red and with painted designs. Because of all of the designs and colors available, they can be used to accent your outdoor space however you like.
Optional uses: I like the idea of bringing a few of these outdoor garden stools indoors to provide extra seating in a living room. Also can be used as a side table or end table. Finally another option is to use purely for decorative purposes inside the house or out in the garden.
Here's the CHEAP TO CHIC on garden stools (barrel shape):
Ballard Designs - Garden Seat (glazed white ceramic with pierced accents)- $119.95 (above)
Wisteria - Chinese Garden Stool (barrel shape ceramic in blue, white or green) - $129 (above)
Plantation - Barrel Garden Stool (Celadon) - $395 (above)
The ceramic may not be really comfortable to sit on for long stints...but certainly these stools provide a dry elevated place to take a rest during a garden stroll or during a socially strenuous garden party! :-)