In Get the look

2What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of summer? For us it’s balmy evenings spent outside, sipping on bubbly and socialising with friends around the dinner table. The subtle hints of a new season are upon us, which gives you the perfect opportunity to connect with nature in your outdoor space.

The best part about summer is being able to entertain outside. Your kids can run around on the lawn while you soak up the sun on your patio. Now before you start dreaming of this tranquil space, there are a couple of tips and trends you’ll need to incorporate to bring this vision to life.

Inspired by nature

1Your outdoor area needs to complement nature, so start by finding quality furniture pieces. A Dublin dining table combines wood and concrete perfectly for a look that is easy on the eye and stylish in its simplicity. Add six unique wooden wishbone dining room chairs around the table to add a natural feel to your dining area.

On your dining room table place two round wicker trays filled with décor pieces and candles to create an organic look with rustic appeal.  If you aren’t one for gardening, add some greenery to your patio with few strategically placed exquisite pot plants.

Easy summer living

18023758_03The hottest summer trend is all about easy, laid back and stylish outdoor living. Choose a durable quality carpet for your outdoor patio, like a Ndabeli style design carpet, which will add a pop of colour to your space.

If your home has an undercover outdoor space, then invest in a stylish and luxurious Leona sofa. Whether you spend lazy Sunday afternoons reading a book, or stretched out for a summer’s day nap, this sofa is the most comfortable place to be.

Add to your laid back look with a couple sophisticated ottomans and stools, such as this ethnic black and white stool; its striking pattern and natural colours are right on trend for a contemporary look.

Serveware essentials

18020873Let the fun begin! Summer’s arrival means you’ll have longer days and more time to spend chatting around the dinner table. Make sure you pull out all the stops this season with stylish serveware. Serve cheese, biltong and delectable canapes on sophisticated serving platters, like an acacia wood leaf serve board.

Brighten up healthy salads and fresh food displays in a red brushstroke salad bowl, the perfect addition for home entertaining. Create gourmet pizzas and flatbreads for starters and serve it up on an exotic Morrocan bamboo board.

Light things up

18023056Make a statement with light this summer. A glass and wood hurricane creates an immediate and lasting impression when placed in the centre of an arrangement of smaller jar candles or on its own on an outside table.

Set the scene, with a beautiful natural bamboo hurricanes and hang them where they will have the most atmospheric effect. Capture the feel of a celebration by simply lighting an exquisitely detailed pillar candle. The geometric pattern of this candle is ideal for a trend update.

It’s essential to create an outdoor space that you can unwind, relax and connect with nature in, after all its somewhere you’ll be enjoying most of your summer holidays!

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