1. Bring the indoor outdoor
Sitting down outside doesn’t have to mean grass stains on your favourite trousers or having to beg your family to lever you out of the old fashioned deck chair you’re stuck in. Many of our suppliers offer great outdoor seating solutions that are as comfy as the ones you’ve got indoors. This outdoor corner sofa and table set from Kettler at John Lewis seats six and is year-round weatherproof so you don’t even have to worry about finding somewhere to store it for the winter.
2. Let the games begin!
We’re so lucky over here in the UK to get to enjoy such long days at this time of year. With the Summer Solstice having just passed, we’re currently reliving our childhood with endless light evenings to play out in. Whilst, these days, we may have switched pavement chalks and bikes for rosé and bbqs, we’re still young enough at heart to appreciate a good retro garden game. Our favourite, this chic and portable croquet set from Amara, is the perfect complement to your next garden gathering.
3. The Bees Knees
According to Greenpeace, without insect pollination the growth of around 75% of the crops used for food worldwide would be severely affected. There are many ways to help the bees, such as reducing the use of pesticides or creating bee hotels as a fun afternoon activity with the kids, and our favourite is the most simple – bee-friendly plants! A great way to bring colour to your terrace – bees love bright flowers full of nectar – and to take positive action that will improve the world. This gorgeous Moroccan Daisy is available from our good friends at Patch for only £6.50.
4. Night Lights
If there’s one thing our designers love more than anything, it’s clever lighting schemes. We use them so often to define areas within rooms and to create buckets of atmosphere in one easy flick of a switch, and the rules for outdoor living are no different – just perhaps a bit more waterproof… Since it’s not Summer in Britain without a trip to B&Q, speak to one of our designers about how we can curate the perfect outdoor lighting concept for you from their vast selection – from fixed wall lights that are useful all year round to festival-worthy strings of bulbs.
5. The finishing touches
A really simple way to bring elegance to your outdoor space is to add the little extra touches you use inside, outside. Whether it’s weatherproof cushions to soften up your outdoor seats, or non-breakable versions of your favourite glasses and plates, there are so many quick ways to make spending time outside in the Summer feel that little bit more luxe. We partner with West Elm on lots of our projects and we love how they play with details. These gorgeous placemats start at only £7.95 and is your next step to a garden party fit for royalty.