Twitter: thecityplanter

Dine Alfresco

by Drucilla James


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

table moved

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

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

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
  2. Eva Solo charcoal grill and flat lid transformable into a small outdoor fire £425 from Amara
  3. Rondo firepit, outdoor wood-burning fireplace, and stone sitting area £10,685 from Wood-fired Oven
  4. Hanging patio heater £139.99 from Crocus
  5. Inferno spiralling flame patio heater £490 from The Chelsea Gardener

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
  2. Natural willow gazebo £349 from Next
  3. Ammero gazebo £160 from Ikea
  4. Tablabri table by Fermob with fabric canopy £1295 from Barbed
  5. Raj parasol pink £195 from Indian Garden Company
  6. Coolaroo 3m triangle party shade sail £39.99  from Crocus
  7. Cool as a cucumber sun shade £125 from Field Candy
  8. Watton trellis range from Anthony de Grey
  9. Fatboy black Marimekko flowerpowersol £349 from Amara
  10. Rattan gazebo £250 from Next
  11. Maria partition set of 42 leaves Casamania £75.50 from Made in Design

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

Leave a Reply