Being outdoors is good for the soul. Whether it’s a picnic with the family or a jug of Pimms with friends, creating an Al Fresco space will revitalise your home life this Summer by bringing holiday and festival vibes straight to your door. A gorgeous outdoor area means you never have to travel far to entertain during the day and relax (glass in hand) at night.
Here are our top 5 tips for transforming your outdoor space into a Summer paradise...
1. Take the inside out
When preparing for a garden party, don’t be afraid to take your armchairs, rugs and most magical home accessories outside. If you have the space, create different zones around your garden… Think bohemian cushions on rugs, tables piled high with beautiful dishes of food and drink, decorations hung in trees if you have them, and (of course) an outside bar area. If you're short on space you can still pack all of this in - just work on a condensed version and combine the eating area with relaxing. A low table made of crates is a clever DIY way to do this.
2. Sparkly lighting is a must when entertaining outside
Use lanterns and hang festoon lights for a festival vibe. A twinkling display doesn't have to cost the earth. Creating a magical space where your guests want to have fun is easy to achieve with candles: they give a lovely warm glow and the flickering light will help everyone feel relaxed. Our current obsession is the Aculo Hanging Terrarium - it's perfect for displaying a pretty mini light chain at night.
3. If your garden isn’t green
Take house plants outside. Pop them on tables and around chairs, creating a lovely leafy feel. We currently have some beautiful tropical faux plants which look incredible and create instant impact - perfect for creating a tropical feel.
4. Prepare for the weather!
British summertime can be a little temperamental, so it's best to be prepared and have a covered area that your freinds can retreat into if things get a bit wild! A marquee or pretty garden umbrella is an ideal solution. Layer with rugs, blankets and stools so everyone can easily transfer to a sheltered space. If the evening gets cool later on this would also be a great spot to get cosy in later on.
5. The table setting is just as important as the food on it
Decide on what theme you're going to decorate with before you start. We’re in love with all things fresh and unique, so natural materials in green would add vibrancy and a life to our display. Contrast these textures with vintage tumblers, recycled glass carafe's, glam studded tealights and incorporate faux foliage into your table setting by draping trailing plants across the top.
GET THE LOOK
This gorgeous space above belongs to Jane Rockett. By using folding doors to maximise the space and utilise all our tips above into one, she has created a blended space between the garden room and garden itself. This indoor/outdoor combo is the perfect place to host a stylish dinner party or chill out with family. If you love the look you can easily recreate Jane's Garden room in your home with these RSG items...
Fabulous Faux Trailing Ivy Posy, Ornate Candle Chandelier, Faux Potted Areca Palm, Glorious Velvet Cushions - Darks, Grey Wicker Lounger and Footstool, Clear Festoon Lighting, Boho Beaded Cotton Garden Umbrella, Canyon Cowhide Bench, Moorish Lanterns - Set Of 2, Galvanised Set Of Three Planters, Aculo Hanging Terrarium Planter, Beautiful Dinner Candles - Gold & Black, Set of 6 Vintage Style Champagne Saucers, Bamboo Fruit Bowl, Beach House Runner, Set of 4 Monochrome Tile Coasters.
For the perfect playlist, listen to this Tropical Tunes playlist for the ultimate Al Fresco dining experience!