I also found inspiration for a deck project in this issue. Our deck is narrow and does not have any railing to stop chairs from going too far. As seen below.
The size makes me a little uneasy when we eat outside for fear that someone will scoot their chair back too far and end up on the patio below. This actually happened once - YIKES! So when I saw this idea...
I thought the built-in benches were perfect! A permanent seat is the solution! The white contrasts nicely to the natural deck. I have been hot/cold about staining the columns on our deck white, but bringing in white furniture and built-ins could be even better. So now we are also on the hunt for a new table and chairs.
I'm rather digging this set from World Market and they happen to be on sale now. Looks like I need to get busy ;).