I'll happily admit it. I have a mad crush on any Chinese garden stool. Around for centuries as a perch to rest weary bones, a few hot coals were added underneath to provide warmth in cooler weather. Was this the original bun warmer? Easily used indoors or out, affordable (starting around $50), practical and stylish. What's not to love? Let's look at how they work in every room.
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At last count, we have six garden stools scattered around our rooms including this one on the patio. One Christmas, Connie and I both asked Santa for one of these Vietnamese elephants we'd seen at the old Import Plaza in Portland. Not sure why a couple of college kids decided these were our ultimate Christmas gifts, but they have since been a fixture in each of our houses. Like most things I love (mirrors, moss balls and oh, I could go on), my challenge is to limit myself to just a handful of these glorious garden stools. If you don't have one, why not give one a try in one of your own rooms?
opening photo: Michael S. Smith