Dig out your holiday wardrobe, slip on some shades and sail off into… the garden. Here’s how to stay home all summer and still get that been-away buzz
Holidays are all about relaxing, so make your garden or conservatory somewhere you can switch off and unwind. Comfy seating and plump cushions you can sink into are a must – mix plain fabrics with animal prints for an exotic edge. Use lanterns or fairy lights to give your new outdoor living space a welcoming glow, then sit back with a good book or good company (cocktails optional), and get on with getting away from it all.
“Find your HAPPY
place right on your
doorstep this summer”
If your outside space is more of a compact corner than a country estate, there are still plenty of ways you can make it a special place to be. Transform a balcony, terrace or patio into an outdoor dining area with a space-saving round table and chairs – try this Geo Mosaic set () with a patterned table top, or our modern Miami design () in a striking citrus shade. Just add lush green plants and a jug of something chilled and imagine you’re in a leafy Mediterranean courtyard restaurant (service not included – but you can always dream).
“Take TIME out to enjoy dinner or your morning
coffee in the sunshine”
Eating al fresco should be a special occasion every time – so say no to flimsy paper plates and plastic forks. Instead, pick pretty picnicware that looks like real crockery or glassware, from textured pastel tumblers to floral-printed plates. Add a vase of fresh flowers, then light up the barbecue and enjoy a summer escape with family and friends.
“Bring that HOLIDAY
feeling home with
picnic or barbecue”
Home editor: Jo Caulkett