Carol Rose Dean is a Whidbey Island tile artist who crafts what might be the ultimate in low-maintenance outdoor furniture. At the moment, she's fashioning concrete chairs, which will ultimately be coated in colorful tile - here they are in their original state:
Dean describes the finished chairs, "They'll never blow away in the wind, are fairly maintenance free. (never hurts to seal the grout every 2-5 years) Eyecatching, and functional....."
Soft and comfortable? Well, maybe not, but in winter you have a focal point art piece and in summer toss on a couple of cushions covered in waterproof Sunbrella fabric and the chairs will be inviting if not nap-inducing. Here are a few of Dean's tiles and couches, or stop in and see her amazing range of work at Dean Tile and Design, (360-331-1295), 1660 Roberta Ave. in Freeland, near the south end of Whidbey Island.