Helen Powell of Design Hunter shows how to turn your garden or outdoor space into a stylish summer sanctuary, with these quick decorative updates for easy alfresco entertaining.

As the days lengthen and grow warmer my thoughts inevitably turn to making the most of the garden and preparing an outdoor living space for the sunnier months ahead.

Eating or enjoying a glass of wine outdoors on a warm summer evening as day turns to dusk is one of life’s simplest pleasures. What could be more enjoyable?

Here are a few quick and easy ways to update your garden and create a stylish outdoor haven.

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Opt for furniture that blurs the boundary between indoors and outdoors

The Kartell Masters chair is roomy, comfortable, light and practical. Suitable for either indoor or outdoor use it can be easily stacked and moved around the garden. It’s available in a range of different colours that can be happily mixed and matched, but really packs a punch in this vibrant green, which will echo the colour of any surrounding foliage.

Kartell Masters chair

Set the mood with candlelight

Lanterns, hurricane lamps and tea lights will help create an inviting and relaxed ambience around the table. They can also be used to illuminate pathways or to highlight garden features.

This Moroccan metal lantern is perfect for illuminating your garden on a summer evening. The mosaic base adds a touch of pattern.

Metallic lantern


Introduce fragrance

Scented herbs such as lavender or thyme can be grown easily in pots in even the smallest of outdoor spaces. Place them next to a seating area or doorway for a delicious hit of fragrance, or add them to your tabletop for a pretty summery display.


Add informal low level seating where guests can relax and chat

This knitted pouffe is a versatile piece that can be used as an extra seat, a footstool or even a table.


Update your tabletop

Rustic touches like these natural woven trays or an olive wood cheese board will add a rustic Mediterranean charm.

Dress things up with a fresh linen tablecloth for an elegant, romantic mood.

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Use cushions and other decorative accents to help create an inviting space for relaxing, socializing and entertaining.

Nature inspired patterns like this fern print will strike the right tone for outdoor lounging.

Laila fern print cushion

Use lighting to create an intimate space

As a finishing touch, these chic industrial style globe lights will emit a soft, warm glow, adding a magical touch to your garden and ensuring that you’ll want to linger outside to enjoy the evening long after the sun has gone down, although you might also want to consider a fire or outdoor heater for chillier evenings.

Perfect for getting into the party mood.