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Get out and stay out! It's all about fun and sun, so let's celebrate Summer with Field & Hawken's stunning seating.

Worked your butt off between showers to get your garden looking blooming marvellous? A lick of fence paint and a neatly trimmed bush can make all the difference, but the outdoor furniture now looks a bit decrepit. Time for an upgrade? You know it – because from now until October it’s all about fun and sun.

I popped into new Reading interiors store Field & Hawken (I wrote about their eco luxe brands here) for a bit of outdoor living inspo. Let’s celebrate Summer with their stunning seating. Assume the position, we’re going in…

TABLE MANNERS

When it comes to outdoor furniture, I’m a bit of a traditionalist. Invest in quality and you can jessie it up with accessories. First up, a dining set. Every table I’ve bought to date has been too small. so think about how many people are in your family, how many BBQs you’re likely to throw for friends and then order the biggest dining set to fit into the space. This large rectangular table should do the trick. It seats 6-10 (it’s an extender) and comes with 10 chairs. It’s an investment buy at £1,734. But for high quality, sustainable teak, it’s top notch.

Now for the fun bit, accessorising all areas: large rectangular parasol to throw us some shade, storm lanterns for candles or succulents, leaf print table linens and the all important BBQ. I’m lusting after a Heston Blumenthal Everdure Hub, but for £1,500, Mr Muddy will expect Heston to be thrown in, too.

BRASSED OFF: Classic brass lanterns, £47, Field & Hawken – just add pillar candles or plants.

 

 

LUXURY LOAFING

If this was an Olympic sport, then I’m taking the training very seriously. Take a load off and park up right here. I’ve bought cheap wooden loungers in past and they don’t last. In fact, the wreckage of my purchases can be found at the bottom of the garden. Oops.  So I want and need these teak sun loungers and, er, coffee table. You say coffee, I say wine. And look, I’ve got space for a friend too? All I need now is a pool (the inflatable dinghy, isn’t cutting it).

Serious loafing does require a significant amount of thought into home comforts. I have banged on about Weaver Green before. The Devon-based eco luxe interior biz makes rugs, cushions and throws out of recycled plastic bottles – and not only do they look amaaaazing, all the products can be used inside and outside, they come up a treat in the wash and are practically indestructible. My kids will certainly put that one to the test.

PLASTIC FANTASTIC: Rugs, cushions and throws by eco luxe Weaver Green, all made from recycled plastic bottle.

What else? Well I’m glad you asked. Apart from a large G&T, if you could have this giant outdoor Anglpoise lamp sent round to my gaff I would be very grateful. OK, so the price tag is £3,100 but what a few thousand pounds between friends. For something more realistic, a large storm lantern with a whopping candle should keep the al fresco vibes going well into the night. I given that we are in the UK and not Marbella, a fire pit is pretty much essential. They multi task these days too, masquerading as a pizza oven and grill, but I’m happy as long as there’s heat.

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