We've admired tree-stump stools with painted tops before (see DIY: Garden Stools); we also like these side tables made from felled logs, with exteriors painted glossy white. Designer Marie-Laure Helmkampf came up with the idea for a project in Provence.
10 Outdoor Daybeds for a Lazy Afternoon - patio-outdoor-furniture
It seems like packaging design should be fairly simple, but there seem to be quite a few people in the business who don't seem to get the basics. This list of packaging and labeling fails illustrates the importance of the phrase “measure twice, cut once.