Where must I live to enjoy outdoor living such as this?

Catalogs are starting to appear in my mail box selling gorgeous outdoor furniture collections.  Pricey, upholstered furniture.  I don’t understand this.  I don’t know where you have to live to be able to use this furniture.  Where I live, in North Carolina, we have things like : rain, pollen, dirt, bugs, and the fading powers of the sun.  All of this means that any outdoor furniture we own must be hose downable.  Crate and Barrel sent their catalog and it has this beautiful purple and gray collection that costs more than some mortgage payments.  I do heart the pillows though.  If we ever could afford to bring home furniture like this we’d have to spend a half hour each night bringing it in from the outside!  What’s the point?