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Wicker goes country, casual, or contemporary

Wicker is a winner, any way you look at it. It looks great inside, outside, on the proch, or in the parlor. Today wicker furnishings are made for every room in the house. It fits the American life style today, whether casual, Victorian, country, or contemporary, and it is so durable that it is hard to wear out. If it is outgrown or situations change, it just gets passed along to other people who appreciate its quality and qualities.

All of us remember the ornate wicker chairs and settees that sat on grandma's porch. The pieces shown here are designed by 1980 designers who favor clean and simple shapes instead. The tub chairs at top, the row of etageres to display books and plants and objects of art and the sofas, headboards, and daybeds are but a few of the hundreds of wicker pieces being made today.

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In a do-it-yourself table idea, one couple turned two strong wicker baskets upside down to use as end pieces and bought a slab of travertine marble to top them. A New York bachelor bought big round wicker hampers and topped them with circles of glass to make all the occasional tables in his Manhattan apartment. They are a good chairside heigh and look good with his blend of antique and modern furnishings and African artifacts.

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