Thinking up a fantastic and authentic design for something other people may build is just one of the hard pieces. It should remain in place with no extra fastening. It must feel and smell right. After all, you're outdoors.
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.