Outdoor living

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With summer well and truly here and some decent weather to boot, we’re all being lured outside into the garden.

Don’t panic if you’ve barely had a chance to water the plants, let alone re-stain the furniture, a few new additions are all you need to give your outdoor space a new lease of life.

“With careful styling, you can create an area that’s both beautiful and functional,” says Katie Watson, interior designer at Fishpools.

“For families with small gardens, it’s important to make best use of every inch of space available, as otherwise it can quickly feel cluttered and unusable. Compact, foldable furniture is a great choice for those with a limited patio area, as these can be neatly stowed away and out of sight when not in use.

“Beautifully crafted bistro designs are perfect for country-style gardens, while sleek, stainless steel sets are a great addition to modern exteriors.”

Your back garden can become a whole extra room in the warmer months, giving you more space to relax, socialise and enjoy your home.

“Whether you’re planning on entertaining friends and family over delicious al fresco meals, or just reclining with a good book, some outdoor furnishings will help you make the most of your space,” adds Kate Mooney, founder and CEO at Occa-Home.

“Outdoor sofas are the ultimate in luxurious garden furniture and really create a sense of bringing the inside out. Classic rattan-style pieces bring a traditional, elegant feel to the garden and provide the perfect place to enjoy the good weather with friends.”

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