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Dine Alfresco

by Drucilla James

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Outdoor rooms, particularly dining rooms, are sought-after features of the garden and using some of our favourite products, they can now be made as glamorous and inviting as their indoor counterparts. There are even some suggestions on protection from the elements to render them the perfect alternative to eating inside.

Choose the centrepiece

Getting the right garden furniture is key to creating a stylish impact:

life style dining sets with vase

  1. Vase chair and table set £279 from Living It Up www.livingitup.co.uk
  2. Costa Chair by Fermob £199 from Barbed http://www.barbed.co.uk/
  3. Groove table and Angle bench from Jennifer Newman details from http://jennifernewman.com/
  4. Heaven Table £715 and Heaven Chair £260 by Jean Marie Massaud Emu from Barbed http://www.barbed.co.uk/
  5. Provence outdoor dining set, table and bench, £600 from Cox & Cox http://www.coxandcox.co.uk
  6. Bellevie table by Fermob £1185 and bench £475 from Barbed http://www.barbed.co.uk/
  7. Patio table and two stools £249.99 from Crocus http://www.crocus.co.uk
  8. Open outdoor table £459 and Open outdoor chair £379 from Aram http://www.aram.co.uk/
  9. Lacko table and two chairs £59 from Ikea http://www.ikea.com
  10. Steel balcony folding table £125 from Manufactum http://www.manufactum.co.uk
  11. DoNuts table , table and bench set, Blofield £1445 from Made in Design http://www.madeindesign.co.uk
  12. Mali bistro set palm green £149 from MADE.COM www.made.com
  13. 1900 Garden table £340 and chair £170 (not shown) from The Conran Shop http://www.conranshop.co.uk
  14. Richard Schultz Petal dining table £2604 from The Conran Shop http://www.conranshop.co.uk
  15. Tagliatelle outdoor chair £381 from Aram http://www.aram.co.uk/
  16. Pattern table Emu £360 and Pattern chair £168 from Made in Design http://www.madeindesign.co.uk
  17. Gargantua table, adjustable table and bench set, Extremis £4039 from Made in Design http://www.madeindesign.co.uk

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Set the table

Select one of this year’s trends whether it be nautical, floral, monochrome, bright colours or pastels:

set the table

  1. Stacking plates, set of 4, £12 from Next http://www.next.co.uk
  2. Set of two decorative glass plates £6 from  Rigby & Mac http://www.rigbyandmac.com
  3. Stacking wine glasses, set of 4, £10 from Next http://www.next.co.uk
  4. Orla Kiely wallflower acrylic tumbler, peppermint £7.50 from Orla Kiely http://www.orlakiely.com/
  5. Set of two wicker store carafes £29 from Dibor http://www.dibor.co.uk
  6. Vintage pink dessert goblets £8 from Dibor http://www.dibor.co.uk
  7. Rio monochrome serving bowl £20 from John Lewis http://www.johnlewis.com
  8. Seagrass placemat £3 from John Lewis http://www.johnlewis.com
  9. Al fresco striped placemat, set of two, £8 from John Lewis http://www.johnlewis.com
  10. Nautical knot coasters, set of 4, £15.99 from The Oak Room www.oakroomshop.co.uk
  11. Round oil cloth Ahoy Jack! red £30 from Runaway Coast http://runawaycoast.com/

Dim the lights

Outside lights have all the versatility of indoors and can be for the table, floor-standing or overhead; they can even give light and act as furniture at the same time!

dim the lights

  1. Havana Terra outdoor floor lamp Foscarini £423 from Made in Design http://www.madeindesign.co.uk
  2. Solar outdoor floor light and table Jean Marie Massaud £705 from The Conran Shop http://www.conranshop.co.uk
  3. Day, Birger et Mikkelsen chimney iron lantern £59 from Amara http://www.amara.com
  4. LED dining table £399 from The Glow Company www.glow.co.uk
  5. Luminous vase ampoule LED RGB wireless outdoor MyYour £124 from Made in Design http://www.madeindesign.co.uk
  6. Cube stool LED light £179 from The Chelsea Gardener http://www.chelseagardener.com
  7. Floora floor lamp LED outdoor use Emu £1370 from Made in Design http://www.madeindesign.co.uk
  8. Rustic tea light chandelier £40 from The Orchard http://www.theorchardhomeandgifts.com
  9. Large blue French Lantern hung or floor standing £52.95 from Clifton Nurseries http://www.clifton.co.uk
  10. Large pink jewel lantern £30 from Indian Garden Company http://www.indiangardencompany.com
  11. Everbright warm white solar fairy lights £29.99 from Clifton Nurseries http://www.clifton.co.uk

Turn up the heat

Extend the time you can spend outside with these outdoor warmers:

turn up the heat

  1. Ultra free-standing Monopod electric halogen (infrared) patio heater £375 from The Chelsea Gardener http://www.chelseagardener.com
  2. Eva Solo charcoal grill and flat lid transformable into a small outdoor fire £425 from Amara http://www.amara.com
  3. Rondo firepit, outdoor wood-burning fireplace, and stone sitting area £10,685 from Wood-fired Oven www.wood-firedoven.co.uk
  4. Hanging patio heater £139.99 from Crocus http://www.crocus.co.uk
  5. Inferno spiralling flame patio heater £490 from The Chelsea Gardener http://www.chelseagardener.com

Give shade and screen

As well as protection from the vicissitudes of the British summer, these shade providers also create privacy and seclusion too:

shade and screen

  1. The Maharani Jaipur tent £4000 from Indian Garden Company http://www.indiangardencompany.com
  2. Natural willow gazebo £349 from Next http://www.next.co.uk
  3. Ammero gazebo £160 from Ikea http://www.ikea.com
  4. Tablabri table by Fermob with fabric canopy £1295 from Barbed http://www.barbed.co.uk/
  5. Raj parasol pink £195 from Indian Garden Company http://www.indiangardencompany.com
  6. Coolaroo 3m triangle party shade sail £39.99  from Crocus http://www.crocus.co.uk
  7. Cool as a cucumber sun shade £125 from Field Candy http://www.fieldcandy.com
  8. Watton trellis range from Anthony de Grey http://www.trellises.co.uk
  9. Fatboy black Marimekko flowerpowersol £349 from Amara http://www.amara.com
  10. Rattan gazebo £250 from Next http://www.next.co.uk
  11. Maria partition set of 42 leaves Casamania £75.50 from Made in Design http://www.madeindesign.co.uk

Put the finishing touches

Now accessorise the space with special planters, carpets, cushions, wall sculptures and hanging decorations:

finishing touches final

  1. Sail Solo white cushion £50 from Emily Burningham www.emilyburningham.com
  2. Stripes Boathouse blue cushion £45 from Emily Burningham www.emilyburningham.com
  3. Hand blown glass ball decorations £12.50 from The Balcony Gardener http://www.thebalconygardener.com
  4. Namada rug outdoor or indoor use 160 x 230 cm £300 from Rockett St. George http://www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk
  5. White voile bunting £30 from Cox & Cox http://www.coxandcox.co.uk
  6. Serralunga alba vase designed by Massimiliano Adami £240 from Design Museum Shop http://designmuseumshop.com/
  7. Colourful plastic mats 180 x 90 cm £21.95 from Rigby & Mac http://www.rigbyandmac.com
  8. Small Curvada planter with LED light £959 from The Chelsea Gardener http://www.chelseagardener.com
  9. Trefle outdoor cushions by Fermob medium £42 from Barbed http://www.barbed.co.uk/
  10.  Cloud wall art £1185 from The Chelsea Gardener http://www.chelseagardener.com
  11. Stainless steel climber trellis with scissor adjustment system £83 from Manufactum http://www.manufactum.co.uk
  12. Askholmen plant stand £15 from Ikea http://www.ikea.com
  13. Carpet Trefle Fermob £59 from Made in Design http://www.madeindesign.co.uk
  14. Elho Corsica flower bridge balcony table planter and table for drinks and snacks £29.99 from John Lewis http://www.johnlewis.com

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