We all love to sit outside in the garden during the hot summer months, but with the weather being so unpredictable these days, it is good to have a back-up plan.

A conservatory is great for enjoying garden style in the comfort of your own home and can be dressed for summer 2013 with just a few pieces.

You want to make the most of your conservatory – not use it as a storage room – so style it with the same care and attention you would any other room in your home.

Natural materials such as stone, wood and rattan work well in conservatories because they bridge the gap between indoors and outdoors.

And rattan is enjoying a moment this season having been given a stylish new makeover with a range of new finishes.

A rattan coffee table, such as the Jura round version from Barker and Stonehouse is perfect for creating a laid-back look. Pair with the Rafelle rattan dining chairs in Mastic to create a relaxed dining area.


You want to be able to sit and back and relax, so your key piece is a sofa.

Barker and Stonehouse has the Malmsbury, a three-seater sofa with a rattan and exotic wood frame and natural weaving. The foam and fibre filled cushions provide extra comfort and you can use scatter cushions in vibrant shades or patterns for a pop of colour.

Blinds are a necessity to keep a balance between sun-soaked and sauna, for a short term fix, you can order blinds online and cut them to size, but for we like Hopson Blinds specifically made conservatory blinds. www.hopsonblindsltd.co.uk/index.php?page=11

Keep accessories neutral with a nod to coastal style – think lanterns and soft furnishings with shipping motifs.

Your first port of call is this gorgeous sepia Shipping Cushion from Barker and Stonehouse, then add a couple of feature pieces such as the Romano Hurricane Candleholders.

An elegant update on the red and white striped deck chair, Barker and Stonehouse’s beautiful French inspired linen seat cushions feature a subtle red stripe and can be tied to your existing garden chairs to give them a new lease of life.

Finally blur the lines between the indoors and outdoors by introducing plenty of plants and foliage into your conservatory. The Jasmin pale taupe plant stand is pretty and mixes traditional style with a contemporary finish – ideal for spider pants or other trailing houseplants.

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