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Five key style looks to create with garden furniture

Monday, July 18th, 2016

The sun is out, the temperature is up and summer is finally here – hurrah! Whether you’ve got a tiny deck, large patio or sprawling lawn, there are plenty of ways you can make use of your outdoor space for dining, lounging, entertaining and relaxing.

Here are five different looks that you can create in your garden using affordable contemporary garden furniture sets from Homebase.

The boutique hotel terrace look

Contemporary rattan furniture helps create the boutique hotel terrace look

Dreaming of creating the style of furniture often found on the terraces of stylish boutique hotels? Thanks to an increasing range of excellent garden furniture ranges, and dropping prices, it’s now much more achievable.

Think chunky rattan dark brown cube chairs, with contrasting cream padded cushions for comfort, teamed with a matching cream and dark brown wooden parasol.

As well as looking the part, the contemporary furniture offers somewhere to unwind with a tea in hand, and catch the last few rays of the warmth of the sun. A place to sit with friends for coffee, or read the weekend papers. A little spot of boutique style luxury in the quiet solitude of your garden.

Product idea: Mali eight seater transformer cube rattan effect garden furniture set. £249.96.

The vibrant Mediterranean look

Warm red accessories teamed with wooden garden furniture helps create a Mediterranean feel

Create your very own bit of the Mediterranean back home in your garden with furniture and accessories in hot, vibrant shades. Bright reds, fruity oranges bright pinks look lush against the fresh greens of the garden.

Think lively colours and patterned prints in warm inviting colours. A round table for sociable dining, teamed with a colourful parasol and matching seat cushions bring life to brown wooden furniture and help create the Mediterranean feel.

Product idea: The Almeria six seater round wooden garden furniture set. £299.87.

The minimal romantic look

Minimal romantic style metal garden furniture

Bring a touch of minimal romance to a bijou balcony, petite patio or dinky deck with the use of slimline metal furniture.

Slimline chairs, accompanied by a small round table, provide ample space to enjoy a glass of wine outside after a long hard day at work. Ornate features add a decorative touch to the chairs, plus they’re easier to move around if you fancy a change of scene.

Pink roses cascading over a wooden archway would look right at home with this style of furniture. Patio planters with roses, or other scented floral blooms, would work just as well.

Product idea: The Romance four seater metal garden furniture set in fresh white or minty pastel green. £299.99.

The classic elegance look

Create a classic elegant look in your garden with Lucca designer garden furniture

Whether you’re seeking comfortable designer style seating for drinks on the patio, or comfortable seats for a weekend barbecue party, the classic elegance look never fails.

Think chairs that are designed above the norm, with an elegant pattern on the back reminiscent of designer chairs. But whilst designer might equate with not so comfy in some circles, these are definitely designed with comfort in mind.

Soft padded seat and back cushions add an extra air of comfort and make sitting around the large table chatting away for hours an enjoyable experience.

Product idea: The Lucca six seater rectangular metal garden furniture set.  £349.97.

The cosy coffee corner look

Contemporary rattan garden furniture for coffee in comfort

If you love the idea of relaxing in your garden with a cup of coffee, on your own for a few minutes of peace, or with a friend or loved one, then a cosy corner could provide the perfect haven.

Relaxed laid-back seating provides the perfect pairing for this seating style. Think contemporary rattan style furniture with comfy cushions. A small  matching side table will provide ample space for coffee mugs or cups, and perhaps a plate of biscuits.

Product idea: The Charles Bentley brown rattan three piece stacking garden furniture set. £279.99.

(Disclosure: This is a collaborative post)


Relax in style: Gorgeous hanging chairs for your garden

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Oh to relax in one of these chairs! The contemporary hanging style seats are bang on trend and perfect for using indoors or outside.

Kick off your shoes, grab a book and a glass of wine, and relax in style, with one of these gorgeous hanging garden chairs.

They’re super comfy with cushions inside, you benefit from a bit of shade and can enjoy the gentle action of swinging in the breeze.

And when the weather isn’t so great, or if you’ve not got outdoor space, most of them would work equally well inside too – bonus!

1. Broste Copenhagen Lot hanging chair – Design55 (on offer)

2. Grey flower pod hanging chair – Debenhams (currently 30% off)

3. Dark brown rattan effect LA Malibu hanging chair – Debenhams (currently 30% off)

4. Teardrop retro styled egg-shaped rattan hanging chair – Living it Up

Create a gorgeous outdoor space with Harley & Lola

Monday, April 18th, 2016

With summer approaching (we hope!), now’s a good time to start thinking about how you could create a relaxing outdoor area.

We’ve teamed up with Harley & Lola – an environmentally friendly homeware and furniture company – to explore how their garden and conservatory furniture could be put to good use for creating the perfect outdoor space. We’ve put together some of our favourite pieces of contemporary furniture and accessories on a Pinterest board, which you can view here:

Follow FreshDesign Blog’s board Harley & Lola Outdoor Room on Pinterest.

When it comes to relaxing, comfort is obviously a number one consideration. In order to relax and unwind properly, you need to be able to be comfortable – whether you’re sitting, lounging or lying down. What a fabulous day bed to use in a garden. It looks so comfy and the canopy is useful for shade.

One of the ultimate pieces for contemporary garden relaxation has to be a day bed and we love the Port Royal Prestige day bed, with its retractable canopy and matching coffee table. It looks amazingly comfortable and can fit one or two people. The canopy is ideal to use when it gets too hot, or you don’t want the sun in your eyes. From a space-saving point of view, it’s good to know that you can store the coffee table inside the base of the daybed when it’s not in use. Super comfy and stylish garden lounger from Harley & Lola

Of course a lounger is a great addition to a garden too, so there’s a matching lounger we’d pair with this, for those times when you just want to rest, doze off and lie down.   In terms of garden furniture, we love pieces that can effectively be used in a conservatory when the weather is poor, then moved into the garden when the weather improves, like this Port Royal Prestige large sofa setLuxury garden or conservatory sofa set

The design and style is perfect for a contemporary home and it gives more a of a luxury feel than standard garden furniture. Think boutique hotel. 

Shade is important too – especially when it gets really hot, or you’re sitting out in the midday sun. We like the look of the Amalfi parasol, as it can be positioned at the side of a table or chairs, rather than simply in the middle, and it looks like it will angle well. 

Contemporary design leaf and tree chairs from Harley and Lola. Ideal for use in the garden or conservatory.

Of course, there are times when you want easily moveable garden chairs too – for example, if you want to nip outside in the sun for a quick cup of coffee, but haven’t got time to be out for long. In those cases, these tree and leaf chairs are ideal. They’d work well inside a conservatory too – the black tree chairs in particular would be excellent as dining chairs. 

If you’re sitting outside in an evening, perhaps following dinner or a barbecue, it can often begin to feel a bit chilly. That’s where having a blanket on hand comes in useful! A snuggly fleece blanket would be super cosy and Harley & Lola have the perfect range available.  

Finally, for the ultimate in outdoor room, we’d have to add in a few extra cushions for comfort (we love these recycled denim and chenille ones), a soft pouffe to use for extra seating or a foot rest, plus a lantern or two to create the perfect ambience. 

So, that’s how we’d create our perfect outdoor room – what would be in yours?

(Disclosure: This is a collaborative post)  

Fresh Design ideas: Garden parasol tea light candle holder

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Garden candle holderDine outside in candlelight

Sometimes it’s the simple things that catch our eye and suddenly make a whole lot of sense. That’s the case with this clever design that got us saying, “Why did we not think of that before?”

It’s a tea light candle holder designed to be used outside in your garden with a parasol. You know when you’re dining outside on a balmy summer evening and want to make the most of candlelight? Well rather than having to worry about accidentally knocking candles over on your wooden table, just use one of these instead.

Pop the holder in the centre of your table, lined up with the hole for the umbrella, then pop the parasol in and, voila,  it’s all secured. It’s made of steel and glass, is designed to hold up to six tealight candles is just £14 at John Lewis.

What’s more, in the depths of the winter when dining outside on a summer evening seems like a distance memory, you could use the tealight holder as a table centrepiece, popping a tall candle (with a holder) in the centre to add height, or filling the middle with a small vase of flowers. Multifunctional = double the value for money!

Fab Friday bargain: Luxury Riviera sun loungers and table set

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Luxury garden furniture

Wouldn’t these be the perfect way of relaxing in the garden on a summer day?

This pair of luxury Riveria sun loungers, which are made of hand-woven rattan, come complete with comfy padded cream cushions and a matching coffee table.

The loungers are fully functional, as they can be raised or reclined, and the coffee table has a thick glass top to make it easy to clean and maintain.

As the lounger set is currently boasting a reduction of over 55% off the original price from Alison at Home, this is definitely a fab Friday bargain.

Summer garden offers from Waitrose Garden

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Fab garden bargain buys

Make the most of your outside space this summer, with the help of these fab offers from Waitrose Garden:

1. Relax and unwind in a  tutti fruiti canvas hammock – now £39.99 (was £49.99)

2. Add warmth to your garden on a chilly evening, with a contemporary corten steel chiminea – now £119.99 (was £169.99)

3. Install a contemporary aluminium and wood Monaco arbour – now £199.99 (was £299)

4. Cook up a storm, with a large party fire pit, to use with charcoal or wood – now £179.99 (was £219)

5. Add shade to your garden Australian-style, with a Coolaroo triangle shade sail – now £47.99 (was £59.99)

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