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Make your garden an extra room you can use all summer with these tips for spaces of every size and shape

The perfect spot to sit

Recreate the relaxed setting of a pavement café or a Parisian courtyard with this smart Lois bistro set. Available in the neutral shade shown here or a two-tone dark grey and natural wicker version, the table and two chairs are compact enough to fit on a balcony, terrace or patio. The modern, minimal design lets light flow through, so it won’t overwhelm a small space. If you don’t have a garden, try setting up this look indoors next to a window – add leafy plants to get the full effect.

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“Bring CAFÉ culture home with a compact bistro set”


Use this smart set indoors or out
Perfect picnicware for something chilled
Add poolside style with a matching lounger
No garden? No problem. Just add greenery

The outdoor dining space

If you’re lucky enough to have a sizeable garden, make the most of summer’s lighter evenings by eating al fresco at every opportunity, from barbecue parties to midweek meals – there’s no better way to create a holiday vibe at home. Set the scene with a table and seating, then add outdoor cushions and picnicware that looks the part. If you can, paint a wall or fence in fresh white or azure blue for a Mediterranean feel all year round.

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“Make EVERY meal extra-special by eating outdoors


This Marlow set has room for everyone
Add colour and comfort with outdoor cushions
Shelter from the sun (or rain) in style
Picnicware that looks as good as ceramic
£16 for four

The open-air lounge

Move your living room outside this summer and kick back with a cocktail, whether you’re hosting a party or putting your feet up. To really get the most from your outdoor space, think of it as an extra room. Choose weatherproof seating that’s comfy with plenty of space to spread out, then choose accessories you love to complete the look – don’t forget outdoor lights to give a warm glow so you can stay out and make the most of summer evenings.

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“LAID-BACK lounging needn’t stay indoors


Weatherproof, with room for everyone
Make your garden glow with a lantern
Modern design for indoors or out
Serve up some tropical sunshine vibes

Words: Jo Caulkett

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