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Transform your garden into a space for relaxing, eating and entertaining with chic dining sets, colourful picnicware, laid-back sun loungers and outdoor cushions

Create a space for outdoor dining

We might not be hopping on a plane this summer, but you can get that holiday feeling at home and create magical memories by spending as much time outdoors as possible. Sit outside with your first cup of tea or coffee of the day, break up a mid-week day WFH with an al fresco lunch and have sundowners to mark the end of the week. Make eating and drinking outdoors a special occasion every time with colourful picnicware and outdoor glasses. Add a vase of fresh flowers, spread out nibbles, fire up the barbecue or heat up the pizza oven and enjoy eating outdoors with family and friends.

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White metal and wood outdoor table, two armchairs and two benches set
A rule-of-six-friendly seating set
Jungle-themed picnic dinner plate
Durable and dishwasher safe
£17.50 for 4
Black and cream striped throw with tassels
Keep warm when the sun goes down
Jungle-design picnic highball glasses
Raise a glass with tropical tumblers
£15 for 4

Create an outdoor space to relax

If you have the luxury of plenty of outdoor space, create zones to enjoy throughout the day. Think about which areas are sunny and when. You might want to position your garden dining set in an area that gets morning sun for breakfast and your comfy outdoor seating for relaxing in a spot that gets sun in the afternoon and early evening. How about turning an underused area into a retreat where you can escape for some ‘me time’ with a good book, podcast or the weekend papers? Set up a sun lounger next to a coffee table for drinks and a parasol for shade. And don’t forget your sun cream!

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Wooden sun lounger with cushioned seat
Time to lie back and relax
Straw shopper bag
Fill with books, snacks and sun cream
Blue and white striped hammam beach towel
Throw over your lounger for holiday vibes
White garden coffee table
Keep those drinks close to hand

Add colour with outdoor cushions

The beauty of garden accessories is that they’re not permanent, so you can mix, match and switch them around as often as you please. Introduce colour with soft furnishings and plants in colourful pots. Maximise the comfort factor with plump cushions you can sink into – mix plain fabric cushions with botanical-print cushions in zingy shades. Change the look and feel from day to night and give your outdoor space a welcoming glow by bringing out lanterns and having throws to hand for cosiness when you stay out after sunset.

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Set of two ochre and white palm-print outdoor cushions
Take the tropical trend outdoors
£29.50 for 2
Glass and metal dome outdoor lantern
This dome lantern fits a small pillar candle
Set of two teal leaf-print outdoor cushions
Add comfort and vibrant colour
£29.50 for 2
Square silver-coloured metal lantern with pyramid top
Perfect for creating a cosy glow

Words: Miranda Eason

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