With the unpredictable Great British weather, it’s vital to make the most of your summer in all its blue-skied glory. Whether you have a city terrace or a sprawling country garden, there’s no reason not to get outdoors. There’s lots you can do with your outside space and summer is the perfect time to experiment with possibilities. Make every weekend a mini holiday with some of these ideas.
When the sun is shining, the birds start singing. It’s the music of summertime and having an array of bright-winged birds and butterflies fluttering around the garden make any outdoor space that little bit more magical. Our Flit Bird Bath is lightweight with the beautiful, natural appearance of stone, just to make the rainbow of feathers stand out all the more. This can also be filled with seeds instead, to make it that bit more tempting (just be wary of pesky squirrels). All that’s left to do is sit back and watch the flurry of colour, easily done on our luxurious Luccombe Outdoor Set which features deep cushions and seating that is completely customisable for your outdoor space.
Nothing says British Summertime like a picnic. Champagne and strawberries never go out of style and we have plenty of perfect accompaniments. The lovely thing about a home picnic is there’s no need to hunt down an idyllic lunch spot, you can simply create your own. Begin by laying out a patterned rug and scattering an array of lavish floor cushions to outline a sumptuous space to settle (remember to lie them on dry grass, your patio or a weatherproof sheet). There’s no need for flimsy plastic plates with our fun and quirky nature-inspired Fig Leaf Dinner Plates which are certain to be a talking point. Finally, dot around some posies of our realistic faux flowers to make your picnic picture-perfect with an abundance of vivid colour.
We realise that English weather doesn’t always equate to basking in the sunshine, but the recent heatwave made us think that there’s really no reason not to create five-star poolside glamour in the garden. In fact, with our fabulous range of sun loungers, you can create just that on nothing more than a sliver of city balcony space. From our sleek and linear Pentire Sunbed to our spacious and sumptuous two person Monterey Sunbed we have every available patch of sunshine covered. Of course, a five-star poolside experience would be seriously lacking without a well-prepared cocktail. From mojitos to margaritas, martinis to manhattans (and many other cocktails that don’t begin with the letter ‘m’) our Pulcinella Glassware Set has a stylish glass for every one of them. It would be a waste not to experiment with all of them, so you’ll need a stylish way to carry your new concoctions (or preferably have someone carry them for you). Our wonderfully chic Faux Shagreen Tray will do the trick.
One of our favourite things about summer is the balmy evenings outdoors as the light changes from dazzling blue to subdued pink. There’s something undeniably romantic about al fresco dining and with the right touches, you can create an evening to remember right at home in your own garden. Our round Acanthus Table is a best-seller year after year for its magnificent sculptural pedestal base that makes it a practical and stylish addition to any garden. Keep the night alive with our stunningly realistic LED pillar candles that won’t blow out in the warm summer breeze. They look perfect when clustered around the garden and can even be artfully hung from trees with our clever leather strap Hurricane Lamps. Oh, so romantic! Pop a couple of our sumptuous Faux Fur Throws over the chairs, so even as the night cools, your evening doesn’t have to.
We hope we’ve provided plenty of inspiration for you to enjoy the outdoors this summer. Because the summertime in Great Britain has been known to be somewhat unpredictable, take a look at how you can bring nature indoors. We also have a collection of beautiful, nature-inspired prints to be admired from the shelter of inside, if needs must.