Outdoor Living - inspiration for a fun-filled summer

Andrassy Living Outdoor Living montage

So, we're hoping for a fun-filled summer with wall to wall sunshine and plenty of opportunity to be outdoors.  We're talking al fresco dining; languishing on rugs, cushions and loungers in our gardens and on our patios; staying up late around a fire chatting with friends and drinking rose; and being able to BBQ every day.  Well there's nothing like a bit of positive thinking, especially when you live in the UK!

I'm not going to ramble on this time - it's going to be all about the pictures - they'll be inspiration enough to get you going outside.  First up, creating a relaxing, practical place to sit outside with friends and family....

Outdoor Spaces

If you've got a patio or decking, get it pressure-washed and then do the same for your outdoor furniture - it will make everything feel like new.  The perfect outdoor seating area has plenty of comfortable chairs (or get some seating built in by a carpenter) with lots of beautiful cushions (don't be afraid to bring the inside out by using your indoor cushions), a coffee table for drinks (old crates or logs are great for this), some shade (either by way of a parasol or a pergola), plenty of pots or planting and you'll definitely need some lights for those long balmy evenings (?!).  Lanterns are beautiful outside and add atmosphere plus they look pretty even when they're not lit.  Bistro lights work brilliantly hung over a seating area, as do outdoor fairy lights.  Lastly, don't rule out an outdoor rug.  They really cosy up an outdoor seating area.

Inspiration:

Outdoor Seating

Outdoor Pergola by the sea

Outdoor dining with amazing box hedging

Outdoor seating area

Broste Copenhagen Bamboo LanternBamboo Tall Sahara Lantern

£72.00

 

Built in seating area outside

Pergola with hanging lanterns

I also have a small obsession with verandas so if you're lucky enough to have one, here's what yours could look like:

Veranda with outdoor seating

Veranda with outdoor dining

Al Fresco Dining

Is there anything more wonderful than eating a meal outside in the sunshine?  Don't forget that you'll need cushions for your dining chairs, some shade, a table cloth or some beautiful placemats (we have lots at Andrassy Living), some lighting, and some flowers for the table - herbs actually work brilliantly in pots as a centrepiece.  There's plenty of inspiration for you below:

Outdoor dining

Hand block-printed table mat -  Mint GreenHand Block-Printed Table Mat - Mint Green

£9.00 each

 

Outdoor dining with Olive tree for shade

Broste Copenhagen Nordic Stripe Chair Cushion

Nordic Blue Stripe Chair Pad

£16.00 each

 

Beautiful outdoor dining table

Bubble Carafe

Bubble Water Glass

Bubble Carafe and Water Glass
£19.50 and £9.00


Al fresco dining at its best

Bamboo Trays with Covers by House Doctor

Bamboo Trays (with net covers) in Large and Small
£17.50 and £13.00


I've also included a couple of perfect dishes for the summer - just click on the photographs to visit the website.

Fig and Melon Salad with creamy Lemon Vinaigrette:

Fig and Melon Salad with creamy lemon vinaigrette from ....Etc

 

Black Bean, Roasted Butternut Squash, Mint & Feta Salad:

Black Bean & Butternut Squash Salad from Sweet Paul

 

Lamb Burgers with Mint-Feta Pesto:

Lamb Burgers with Mint & Feta Pesto by Williams Sonoma

 

 Mango Wood Serving Boards by Nkuku

Medium Mango Wood Serving Board
£26.95

 

Pork Loin Chops with Romesco Sauce and Grilled Onions:

Lamb with Romesco Sauce and Onions

 

So there you have it, a bit of summer inspiration for outdoor living which has hopefully got you fully in the mood for the coming season.  You can't beat living outdoors and although we don't always have the weather in the UK, don't let it stop you from creating the perfect outdoor space at your place.

 

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