Rolling Stock. (What's New?)

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* When we put together the article "How to Furnish a Perfect Patio" (USA TODAY, March 2003), careful thought went into exactly what furniture, grill and accessories, and storage pieces we would need. Somehow, nobody thought of one basic idea--how to get everything outside. Belatedly, we have come up with the ideal solution, sparing us the necessity of a number of trips back and forth with food, drinks, dishes, glassware, serving pieces, etc.

The Kitchen Island with Stainless Steel Top and Breakfast Bar from Home Styles Furniture, Louisville, Ky., does all that and more. A sleek rolling cart beautifully crafted from natural-finish hardwoods, it has a cylindrical handle that does double duty as a towel and paper towel holder; built-in knife and tool caddy with slots for steak knives, carvers, and serving utensils; a pair of utility drawers for bottle openers, napkins, silverware, and miscellaneous small items; and three cabinets with adjustable shelves that can be used for dishes, glassware, and serving pieces. Its stainless steel surface makes a capacious (43" x 16 1/2") buffet area; can be used to transport salads, vegetables, side dishes, and main courses; can function as a bar; and is impervious to spills. …