So much of our year is taken up with the inside of our homes, colours, eras, fabrics, paintings but what happens when for a few weeks of the year the focus of your home living actually moves outside? Does all that hard work go to pot? Re-examine your outdoor furniture and see if it works for you and fits in with the inside of your house.
1. Cosy it Up
Is the inside of your home all comfy and squidgy? Then take that outside and cosy up the outdoors. Mend or re-cycle rickety chairs and introduce armchairs, long benches (with lots of cushions), cosy nooks in the garden to curl up with a book.
2. Organise Garden Clutter
The inside of your home isn't full of piles of random pots - so keep them out of your garden. Keep clean lines and store away un-used pots and garden tools. These rattan cupboards are ideal for organising garden clutter.
3. Make Eating Easy
Ensure you have a great outdoor dining table, big enough to sit your family plus a few friends. If a table is there - then it will be used and asking to be used. Make sure all the family will be comfortable (Granny might prefer a more comfy chair) and the only thing they'll be thinking about is how delicious your food is.
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Image via Nick McCullough, APLD on Pinterest
It's almost looking like we can actually plan evenings eating out in the garden, up to this stage of our British summer we’ve generally had to resort to the spontaneous barbecue or impromptu transfer of the meal arrangements to outside. Not an unusual predicament to be in for most of us, but we may just be able to think a little more ahead now.
So, invite the neighbours, family or friends around - set a date and you're half way there. Then, think about these five things to make your evening glimmer:
1. Lighting - as essential for outdoors as well as in. Placing glimmers of light around your garden will always add extra atmosphere. Use storm lanterns, most evenings aren't still enough for a candle to stay lit for very long so these are a great and attractive solution. If you don't have any around, make your own mini lanterns using glass jars and tea lights. Light the path to your house by putting candles along the entrance and at key points around the place (like the way to the bathroom) as well as at your table. Outdoor garlands can add a festive touch - there are lots to choose from here.
2. Food - the beauty of summer dining is that so much can be done in advance. Prepare some salads, dips and just dress them before guests arrive. The star of the show might be your barbecue or a roast - all of which is delicious with salad and new potatoes or jackets cooked slowly on your outdoor fire. Some more summer dining ideas here. Set up an ice bucket outside for drinks so guests can help themselves and it saves you to-ing and fro-ing to the kitchen - your bucket could be anything from a galvanised steel bath to a plastic bendy bucket they all do the job it just depends how far your pushing the style factor. Make sure you have plenty of food and drink, there's nothing worse than running out!
3. Seating - this can make your garden look instantly inviting and cosy. Think about the atmosphere you're trying to create and adapt your seating accordingly. Create some 'nooks' where guests can talk one-on-one. Put a couple of chairs in a corner of the garden that has a nice view. Make sure any older guests get a good comfy chair before people stark plonking themselves down. Check you have enough seats for everyone to sit at the dining table (if that's the plan for the evening) and that all your chairs will survive the evening (mend or remove any broken ones). A dining table that seats everyone creates a wonderful atmosphere and ensures nobody feels left out or 'stuck'. Garden seating has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, maybe it's time to update yours - have a browse here for our latest offers.
Image via: www.maisonmarigold.blogspot.co.uk - Oak Furniture House stocks similar chairs to the ones pictured here.
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