Why Southerners Have Always Loved Wicker
It’s the most delightful kind of furniture—inside and out.
Despite suffocating humidity during the summers and paralyzing ice storms in the winters, Southerners still cling to the notion that it’s our “mild climate” that fosters our highly covetable, indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Though we continue to propagate the Southern fantasy of a year round porch season, truth be told, most of us are “porching” on screened in porches (possible to do even in a rainstorm) or better yet, we’ve mastered the practice of bringing the outdoors inside. A-ha! That explains our Southern obsession with wicker—it’s a decorator’s testament to the porch. Just a small touch of wicker brought inside brings even the most formal rooms a little more down to Earth. Wicker has a versatile texture—the thicker woven wicker furniture seems designed for serious lounging and the smaller, classic style wicker patio sets are great pieces to makeover either for your proper porch or for an inside room. The porch dream and the wicker furnishings never get old. Here are 6 exemplary ways Southerners have used wicker furniture.