With Easter now well and truly behind us, the scents of spring are in the air. Daffodils are blooming, the sun is shining and days loom long.
Whether you have a gorgeous garden, perfect patio or delightful decking area, some stunning furniture will ensure you make the most of your outdoor space.
Nothing beats a long, lazy lunch or spot of sunbathing, while eating al fresco is – literally – a breath of fresh air.
So what should you look for when choosing exterior furniture? It’s worth making a good investment, because the best kind is not only beautiful but also robust – the British summer can be unpredictable after all!
I love the contemporary and comfortable Kersey dining range from Barker and Stonehouse. With a corner sofa, table and three footstools, there is plenty of seating for family and friends. Each piece has been created using synthetic PU rattan and features comfy seat cushions so you can while away the hours – glass of Pimm’s in hand!
For something a little different, but also suitably stylish for entertaining, partner the Hyde slatted garden table with a selection of Hartley woven chairs.
Made from untreated and recycled teak wood, the Hyde table is raw in its form and has a weathered look that works well in any outdoor area. The rustic nature of this piece looks great when accompanied by Hartley chairs, which feature a Kubu weave set upon a robust bamboo frame.
With a foam filled seat cushion and sweeping curved arms, the chairs offer a relaxed and supportive sit, whether you’re inside or out.
Round, organic shapes always go down well in outdoor settings, where they reflect the natural shapes of the garden. Circular dining spaces also help to create a more intimate setting and are an ideal option for families with young children as there are no sharp edges.
The curved aesthetic and contemporary style of the Meridien set from Barker and Stonehouse makes an attractive set-up in your conservatory or outdoor space. Its sleek, round wicker table has a tempered glass top for easy cleaning, while the surrounding curved chairs have foam-filled padding for a sumptuous level of comfort.
The set also comes complete with a 3 metre neutral toned parasol, allowing you to relax and dine in the cooling shade.
Create extra character and liven up your outdoor settings with some simple accessories. I love the industrial style Vermont Hurricane lamp. Available in large and small it has a heavy concrete base and is a practical addition to any garden or patio. Place tea light candles inside for the extra special finishing touch.
And for those luxurious solitary moments with a book and your sunglasses, you can’t go wrong with a hanging lounger such as the Trelawny. It’s got the retro eclectic feel that’s remains a popular trend, and it’s stylish enough to make a real statement on a corner of your patio.
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