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INSPIRATION | May 9, 2023 | By Saxon Henry
Furnishing Outdoor Spaces
As the days grow longer and the temperatures warm, our thoughts turn to the garden, the loggia, and the lawn. We’re celebrating the late spring lushness with 10% off all outdoor furniture and accessories: use code OUTDOOR10 to cash in on the summer-is-coming savings! We have a few concrete and faux bois pieces among our new spring offerings that join our tried-and-true favorites, which have been in our lineup for years. Each of these are perfect for furnishing outdoor spaces.
Furnishing Outdoor Spaces
Among our popular Faux Bois offerings are the Hatfield bench and the Hidcote Console table, descriptions below.
Beginning with the newest debuts, we highlight two whimsical concrete sculptures, and a planter, a birdbath, and a cocktail table in faux bois. Scroll all the way to the end, past some of our bestselling offerings that bring artistry to outdoor spaces, for tips on the unique characteristics of faux bois.
Modern garden accessories with stylized features, the Concrete Mushrooms are sculpted into a clump of three. The Portland finish brings tonal interest to the sprouting fungi while the cleanest of forms to represent the stems and caps have a whimsical feel. The concrete garden sculpture has a foam bottom to protect surfaces.
The Concrete Birds come in a set of two. One is slightly taller than the other and their perches are contemporized tree-trunk shapes. The Portland finish brings tonal interest to the pair of birds while the simplest of lines to denote their beaks and eyes have a whimsical feel. The two concrete garden sculptures have foam bottoms to protect surfaces.
The flowing twig-like details along the ribbed surface of the Square Faux Bois Planter were hand-applied by artisans who “sculpt” the concrete over a metal frame to look like a rustic faux bois artifact. The Portland finish that settles into the natural crevices enhances the illusion of age that will bring a nice hint of texture to indoor or outdoor settings. Ornamented with tree branches, once the concrete planter is sprouting with plants, it will fool the eye into thinking it is a true antique.
In the time-honored artistry of French faux bois, the base of the Faux Bois Bird Bath is fashioned to resemble an aged tree that gracefully angles up to its top bowl to convince the eye that nature created it. Durability is built into this concrete bird bath's DNA. The Portland finish that settles into the natural crevices enhances the illusion of age, which will bring a nice hint of texture to outdoor settings. With this piece, the top ships separately from the pedestal.
In the time-honored artistry of French faux bois, the base of the Faux Bois Cocktail Table is fashioned to resemble an aged tree that gracefully angles up to its top to convince the eye that nature created it. Durability is built into this faux bois table's DNA. The mix of lighter Portland and dark acid concrete finishes bring this creation ample texture, as do the life rings carved into its top.
Among our bestsellers in faux bois is the Countryhouse Coat Rack. It is one of our faux bois accessories that illustrates how bringing concrete furniture indoors is a clever idea. When the gray coat rack in a natural faux bois finish isn't hung with coats, it's a lithe sculpture that will bring the feeling of nature indoors.
Also a bestseller, the Hatfield Bench is a traditional English garden design made of concrete in a Portland finish. This treatment adds the illusion of age to this cement bench with British character and American roots.
A long-time bestseller, the Woodland Bench is created by artisans who hand-apply the concrete over a metal frame and then sculpt it into the appearance of tree branches. The rustic yet transitional style of this faux bois bench allows it to move seamlessly from indoor settings to the outdoors.
The Hidcote Console Table is made from the traditional technique of faux bois perfected by the French, which involves hand-applying concrete over a metal frame. This concrete demi-lune in a warm faux bois natural finish can be placed indoors or out.
Almost since the beginning, the Elwynn Small Bench has been a bestseller. Its profile is so poetic, it appears to be growing up from the ground. The heavy concrete construction of this faux bois bench makes a fantastic addition to a garden or to other outdoor and indoor spaces. Its length can comfortably seat two people.
The sturdy Arbor Bench, which is just as durable in the garden as it is indoors, is made in the time-honored artistry of faux bois. The concrete bench, which is also a bestseller, has a steel frame covered with cement in the classic rustic style sculpted to look like tree branches.
Faux Bois Characteristics
Those who love faux bois choose it for the fact that each piece will have unique characteristics and because the surfaces age so beautifully. The furnishings we offer in the “fake wood” category are some of our most artisanal products, each one made by hand. In the image above are a few tips if you’re considering purchasing faux bois for the first time.