Q: Our home opens to a covered, outdoor area. Should we use outdoor furniture under the covered area or will indoor furniture be acceptable? A: A strong trend in outdoor furnishings is the replication of indoor furniture styles in outdoor environments. However, using indoor furnishings outside, especially in a beach environment, is not recommended. Salt, water and sand are brutal, even challenging the limits of outdoor fabrics and finishes. There are many casual furniture brands nodding to this trend, and some, including Roche Bobois, featured here, have created a new breed for indoor/outdoor pleasure.