Spending time outdoors is the best thing about summer, so it pays to get your garden, patio or balcony ready for revelry and relaxation. With a few well-chosen pieces you can create a space that’s comfortable, convivial and cool, to enjoy a long summer of lazy days, balmy nights and great gatherings.
Let al-fresco lunches last long into the night with the addition of soft candlelight. These gorgeous Captured Glass Lanterns are handmade in India and are ideal for holding pillar candles. Group two or three together on a metal tray and adorn with fresh foliage for a stylish table decoration, from £25, thewhitecompany.com
A bare seating area will immediately be transformed into a chic relaxation zone with a simple rug, a selection of cushions and a smart throw. Choose navy and azure blues for cool, coastal colours and geometric prints to keep the look fresh and modern, cushions from £35, urbanara.co.uk
Create an inviting atmosphere and enjoy your garden for longer with some ambient outdoor lighting. Hung from a tree or across a terrace, the charming Festoon Lights from Garden Trading are a fun way to affect a festival feel at home, available with 10 or 20 bulbs, from £50.
Kick back and relax with your current favourite read in this classic String Chair. Inspired by the original 1950s Acapulco model, its cocoon shape is designed for comfort and this version in grey will blend perfectly into an English country garden or a city terrace, £125, coxandcox.co.uk
Safe as houses
If you’d rather not risk taking your best china outside, Royal Doulton has come up with an attractive alternative. Made from melamine and with pretty painterly patterns, its Pacific dinner and side plates, cereal and serving bowls have the design credentials you’d expect from quality crockery without the crack hazard, from £15, amara.com