There might still be a nip in the air, but the sun will be beaming out from behind the clouds in no time. To make the most of the hot weather get organised now, so you’re ready for an impromptu garden party or alfresco dining, rather than rummaging in the shed or flying to the local garden centre for some emergency outdoor accessories. We’ve rounded up the key pieces you’ll need to extend your home into the garden, whether it’s to relax and soak up the rays or entertain friends and family.
Make sure your tableware is tip-top and up to the job by investing in some accent pieces that will give your existing crockery a shift into spring. Wherever you’re dining, a coastal theme hints at high days and holidays, and these Sardine melamine bowls with their charming fish motif from House of Fraser are the catch of the day.
No self-respecting patio should be without a fire-pit and this Flame Firebowl from Skagerak is made of weatherproof Corten steel, so it’ll develop a beautiful rich rust red patina in a short space of time. Pile high with dry logs and create a campfire setting with ease. The sturdy laser-cut base allows the brazier to be placed on decking and surfaces not usually suited to high temperatures.
Why settle for a basic brolly when you can have a pretty sunshade like this Jali Print Parasol from The Raj Tent Club? Inspired by the (almost) lost art of Indian decorative tent making, the cotton shade is block printed inside and out and will dry out quickly after a short shower.
Brighten an outdoor dining area with a colourful set of mismatched chairs like these vintage style mesh seats from Out and Out Original. New in this spring, they are made from aluminium, so can withstand the highs and lows of a British summer.
A plain deck or patio is instantly invigorated with a selection of stylish textiles. Nautical navy stripes and graphic geometrics make a cool combo so layer cushions and poufs with an outdoor rug to create an inviting relaxation zone.
Show the way
Leave guests in no doubt where to get a top up with this Illuminated Wooden Light from Talking Tables. A witty addition to any alfresco gathering, the bar sign is illuminated with 40 LED lights.
The gentle twinkle of candlelight brings a magical touch to the atmosphere, so light up sultry summer evenings with these beautiful Hanging Brass Sky Lanterns from Rowen & Wren. The versatile glass domes look gorgeous hung from a tree branch or placed on a flat surface.
Over the coals
No bash is complete without the food and this Klasen charcoal barbeque with its moveable trolley attachment from IKEA makes alfresco dining a doddle. The generous storage and work surfaces allow ample space for utensils, tableware and the all-important ingredients, so you can serve up a feast without the stress.