Alfresco Living

Last weekend we made our first visit of the year to the garden centre where we spent the equivalent of the world debt on plants which when brought home barely filled one corner of the patio. In for a penny we thought so decided to completely go for it and bought the most gorgeous crewel work parasol,with the exact olive green coloured pom poms to match the wall in the back room, which can be seen from the garden when the French doors are open. I know, I know, it’s sad but I can’t resist attention to detail! With the new parasol resplendent in the garden our outdoor furniture suddenly looked more shabby than chic so this weeks shopping mission is to secure some new furniture to complete the scene. I am completely torn between keeping it vintage, which is always my first love and going for something contemporary but pared down and timeless. There are so many options and some great high street bargains.

My lovely new parasol standing proud in the sunshine!

I love this light weight fibrestone table and cube stools by Habitat but it isn’t entirely practical as it has to be brought indoors in heavy rain, which lets face it in Blighty is most of the time.

Another great design for outdoor living by Habitat is this Kilo table. The wooden legs look great with the white metal top, which is both durable and practical. To bring a bit of colour into the garden I am considering the Air chair by Jasper Morrison, which come in a range of colours from bright pink to a more sobre olive. They are a design classic and can be stacked for easy storage.

B&Q have a fantastic choice of outdoor furniture this year and at unbeatable prices. They really have raised their game in recent years with some products hard to distinguish from designer pieces. Nice styling Alwyn!

I absolutely love this Danish 1960’s retro set and would sell my soul to the devil to get my hands on it but sadly it now belongs to another. I came across it on the online retro trader Bleu Furniture who are based in London but source on a regular basis on buying trips to Europe.

The white company are masters at beautifully styling their marketing shots and this image perfectly captures summer outdoor living for me. The white Parasol is £250 but I have seen it on other websites for £175.00 so worth doing some shopping about first. The vintage chairs and table are still a favourite style of mine and I was hoping to bring some back with me from Newark but they are getting harder to source now that vintage style is more main stream. It’s always worth checking out salvage yards who can always look out for specific items for you on their buying trips. Try In-situ based in Manchester and Cheshire Demolition in Macclesfield.


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