From garden get-togethers to chilled-out family meals, move summer outside with these ways to make your outdoor space an extra room
Maximise your space
Even if your outdoor area is on the compact side, there’s no reason you can’t turn it into an open-air room. Choose a few key pieces of furniture that fit onto a balcony or terrace, like this chic Capri collection in wicker and teak. Play with colour – the chair comes in a choice of shades – and accessories, from cushions and throws to bright picnicware, to complete the look. The final step? Add a good book and a G&T, then sit back and enjoy your new small but beautiful summer sanctuary.
“Make the MOST of your outdoor space, whatever its size”
Store in style
Clever storage solutions aren’t just for inside. This new Rosedale metal shelving unit can be used indoors or out. Save room on your table and use it to store drinks, cutlery and tableware when you’re eating al fresco or hosting a barbecue – we recommend placing a drinks dispenser on the middle shelf so guests can help themselves. Mix in some potted plants and lanterns to make this good-looking, practical piece a head-turning feature in its own right.
“Keep DRINKS close to hand for easy entertaining”
Make this summer your comfiest yet with garden furniture that looks inviting enough for inside. The modular indoor/outdoor Sardinia range gives you the flexibility to build your own outdoor living room with a sofa that’s as large as you like. From outdoor rugs to waterproof cushions in complementary colours (coming soon), choose soft furnishings the same way you would for your interiors, for a space where you (and your guests) will feel truly at home.
“LAYER up the comfort with outdoor cushions and rugs”
Dine out every night
Eat al fresco all summer long (weather permitting) with dining furniture that has room for everyone – try this elegant wooden Tuscany table, chairs and bench. Choose picnicware – like these glazed-effect plates and bowls, ombré-style tumblers and plastic wine glasses – that look just like the real thing, so your table setting will still feel special. For an authentic experience, leave the oven off and cook your evening meal outdoors – find our new range of barbecues here.
“Make DINING al fresco a special occasion every time”
Keep the glow going
Get the most out of long summer evenings with lighting that creates a magical glow. Hang string lights above your seating area, around a window or along a garden fence. Dot lanterns around and set tealight holders on your table, then stay out after sundown, whether you prefer to kick back with a cocktail or cosy up with a cocoa for a bit of star-gazing.
“Give SUMMER evenings a magical feel with soft lighting”