Archive for the ‘Garden furniture’ Category
Monday, April 15th, 2013
Now that the weather is showing brief signs that it might manage to get past winter this year, we can’t help but start thinking of balmy summer days in the garden.
There’s a brilliant range of contemporary garden furniture available and we’re currently loving the look of this Santa Rosa daybed. It’s got all the ingredients for a comfy and relaxing time in the garden – all the shade you need from strong sun (we’re optimistic…!), lots of comfy seating and cushions, and your very own perfect nook seat for the garden.
The daybed was originally priced at £1499, but is currently reduced to £1299 - it’s still a bit of an investment piece, but it’s a special piece of furniture that’s bound to get lots of use. It’s available exclusively online from dfs.
Friday, July 27th, 2012
What do you think of this contemporary design daybed?
Made by Japanese designer, Tokujin Yoshioka, the unusually shaped daybed is made from polyethylene and is designed so that you can lie back and relax.
The daybed is suitable for using both inside your home or outside in the garden and is available in white or black.
The Driade Tokyo Pop daybed is in stock at Mac and Mac Interiors.
Monday, June 4th, 2012
Breezer flag garden parasol
With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in full swing and flags flying high, this contemporary garden parasol seemed rather an appropriate item to feature.
Designed by Sywawa, the large canopy-style parasol has dozens of white flags hanging from the top of the canopy.
In addition to providing an unusual textural element to the design, the flags also add movement as they flutter and swirl as they get caught by the breeze – which explains why it’s called Breezer!
The Breezer garden parasol has a brushed stainless steel pole and base and is available in either white powder coated steel or anthracite grey from Go Modern.
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
A garden parasol is essential for ensuring you have much needed shade on hot days, and helps reduce the risk of getting sunburnt if you’re sitting outside. If you haven’t got a huge budget to spend on a garden parasol, then these two options are currently available for under £40.
The parasol poles are made from FSC eucalyptus wood, work with a pulley system and have added UV protection included in the canopy.
Available in lido blue or coral, the parasols currently cost £39.20 each from John Lewis.
For more garden shade ideas, check out our guide to five of the best garden parasols.
Friday, May 25th, 2012
We love a good day bed.
They’re comfortable, relaxing and a great alternative to a sun lounger for using outside. Here are three well designed and gorgeous looking dream day beds!
Dune day bed
The Dune day bed, by Barlow Tyrie, is an elegant piece of furniture for a contemporary garden. It’s made from hand-woven resin fibre which is weatherproof and has plenty of space to curl up on. It’s available from John Lewis.
Atlantic day bed
A lot of daybeds tend to have rounded cover shades, but we love the look of this Atlantic Daybed, that’s produced in a tipi tent style. It’s from House of Fraser.
Padstow day bed
Compared to the two other options, the Padstow day bed is somewhat more affordable, but is still equally well styled. We particular the addition of some hidden storage, so you can stash away your suncream, shades, books or magazines. This one’s available from Tesco.
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
Relax in a deck chair
The sun is out – hooray – so it’s time to relax in the sun after work.
You can’t beat a good old traditional British deckchair and this one has been given a contemporary twist with the modern colours used to funk up the Union Jack design.
Garden bean bag
Or, for a more relaxed seating choice, how about the same lively design on a bean bag? (Actually, we rather fancy lounging on the deck chair with our feet on the bean bag – bliss!).
The Best of British deckchair costs £39.99 and the Union Jack bean bag is priced at £22.99, both from Homebase.
Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
In the past, garden furniture has consisted of items such as a simple wooden bench, lightweight plastic patio furniture and sun loungers made of pretty much the same material. Brightly-coloured umbrellas and sun awnings were also the order of the day, but there have been many changes in garden furniture over the past two decades or so.
Today, gardeners are keeping pace with trends which are being followed by many keen gardeners and aficionados of style alike in modern garden furniture.
One of those trends is for understated, natural-looking shades which blend in seamlessly with the garden that they stand in. These colours include dark browns, charcoals and light browns, which are often the natural colour of the material used to make that furniture.
While some trends in garden furniture haven’t stood the test of time, other old favourites continue to figure prominently in the front and back yards of homes throughout the country such as wooden furniture.
Wooden benches, chairs and tables still sit proudly on the porches and patios of many gardens, and they don’t look at all out of place. One type of wood that is used for garden furniture is teak. Despite being expensive, it’s also durable, luxurious and, most importantly of all, low-maintenance.
Although some things never change, others evolve all the time. Rattan garden furniture is a relatively new phenomenon, and like teak, is preferred by many because of its weather-resistant qualities.
However, it’s the appearance of rattan which appeals to gardeners more than anything else. Reflecting modern tastes, the colours used in its design are usually shades of charcoal and brown, even though a few items stray from this formula.
Aside from chairs and garden sofas, rattan is increasingly being used to make tables and sun loungers, and they tend to look pretty good.
***This post is an association with Bridgman***
Saturday, August 20th, 2011
Are you leaving your garden furniture exposed to the weather? Are you aware by leaving your furniture exposed you may cause lasting damage that could eventually destroy it?
This is certainly never uppermost in our minds when purchasing garden furniture to begin with. However, by using a little forethought if you do protect your furniture by using a garden cover once finished with or when the weather becomes more severe you will have peace of mind that your furniture is protected against wind, rain, sun and frost all year round. Garden covers are best used during the times you are not utilising your furniture and most definitely during the autumn and winter months.
Protecting your garden furniture from other substances such as bird droppings, soil, tree sap and other debris will help to keep metal or resin weave furniture looking in great condition. Wooden furniture is almost certain to be damaged if unprotected, but metal, plastic and glass items can also be damaged so ensure these are covered.
Garden furniture covers are manufactured in a variety of materials from a basic cover which costs very little and offers limited protection through to sophisticated fully breathable materials designed to keep the rain from getting in, whilst letting the moisture out.
With resistance to wind, hail, snow and rain most good quality covers have benefits such as taped seams for increased water resistance and UV resistance meaning they won’t fade over time. With so many different styles available, there are plenty to cover all your needs.
One of our favourites would be the Cube Set Cover, which provides excellent protection for a 1.3m square table and offers an affordable and easy to use cover for your dining set for protection against the elements.
Maintain and get the most out of your garden furniture by protecting it with a garden furniture cover. Covers are available designed to fit any style or combination of garden furniture so why risk disappointment next year when you discover that your garden furniture has been damaged over the winter. Ensure it is covered!
****This is a guest post from Garden Furniture Covers****
Monday, August 1st, 2011
With the weather hotting up, it’s a great opportunity to make the most of your garden or outdoor space. But as sitting in the full heat of the sun isn’t advisable, here are three ways to create shade in your garden.
1. Shade Sail
Garden shade sail
This triangular shade sail is a nice alternative to a garden umbrella, parasol or gazebo. Position it where you wish, between trees, shrubs or overhanging a patio, deck or balcony, and enjoy the shade is provides. There are no awkward legs to avoid and, if it does rain, the water should roll off the shade.
The shade sail is available in green or beige and costs £49.99 from Greenfingers.
2. Pop Up Garden Gazebo with Side Panels
Super shady gazebo
Garden gazebos have become really popular over the last decade, as they provide a large area of shade for lots of people to sit under. They’re good if you’ve got young children who want to play outside, as there’s plenty of space for them to move around underneath the gazebo,whilst still leaving room for you to sit underneath it.
Whilst many gazebos have open sides, this pop up garden gazebo has enclosed sides, which can give a bit more protection from the sun, wind and, if you’re unlucky enough to get any, light rain showers. The clear window effect on the back panel helps prevent it from feeling too enclosed or claustrophobic.
It’s only £19.99 from Homebase, so is an affordable option too.
3. Alexander Rose Garden Parasol
Sunshade for your garden
Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic garden parasol. Ideal for using in conjunction with a garden table when you’re dining outside, this Alexander Rose wooden garden sunshade has a pulley mechanism for opening and shutting and is available in navy blue, ecru, green or taupe.
It costs £99 from Dobbies.
For more garden shade ideas, you may like to check out our previous, older post on five of the best garden parasols.
Thursday, July 14th, 2011
It’s the weather (we hope) for lazing around in the sun in a deck chair, so here are three funky deck chairs for your garden!
1. Heal’s H Logo Deck Chair
H logo deck chair
The Heal’s H logo deck chair, decorated with bold and bright letter h’s, would make a colourful addition to your garden seating. Made from a beech frame, and with a fabric sling seat, the chair is a bit of a bargain too, as it was priced at £95, but is down to £45 in the sale at Heal’s.
2. Recycled Sailcloth Deck Chair
Yacht sail cloth chair
This nifty deck chair is made from a heavy duty recycled sailcloth, which is comes from a round-the-world yacht. The chair is made in Britain, from a beech wood frame, and the design can be personalised if you wish. The recycled sailcloth deck chair costs £125 from The Reefer Sail Company.
3. Classic Penguin Deckchair
Penguin book inspired deck chair
Literary lovers will love this classic Penguin inspired deck chair. The hand-printed cotton seat is adorned with a copy of the cover of The Garden Party book, by Katherine Mansfield. The Penguin deckchair costs £69.99 from The Gifted Penguin.
If you’d prefer sharing your deck chair, then don’t miss this double deckchair!