beam, about 6' long. try craig's list under 'materials' or 'farm and garden'. contractors and masons who use scaffolding sometimes have cool old weathered boards...maybe not as thick as this beam but heavier than normal construction lumber. the fun is in the hunt!
thing about outdoor entertaining is that it should feel more casual and relaxed than indoors, so loosen it up! Have fun with the design and don't sweat the small stuff — spills can be hosed down and the dog will eat up anything dropped from the grill.
Thanks to Sandy Koepke for sharing all the wonderful
not sure about the color, but the rest of it's great
ideabook about boldly upholstered furniture could leave out this image? A brilliant tone of turquoise velvet and fuchsia accents is a choice few would probably make, but in the right setting going ultra bold can be remarkable.