No fine-dining garden furniture? No problem. Take your best stuff outside. There’s nothing nicer for a special lunch or dinner outside than a proper table and chairs and your poshest tableware, glass and accessories. It takes the picnic aspect away and elevates the whole experience. Below find our edit of what to buy now …
Main featured image: Versatile Bathrooms Elda Natural VT2 Outdoor Tiles, VT2: Out; www.versatilebathrooms.ie.
Green Linnea Andersson lambswool blanket, €79; www.arket.com.
Seagrass planter, €52; www.thewhitecompany.com.
Rockcoco acrylic outdoor chandelier, €599; www.fatboy.com
Vintage silver has many uses beyond its original purpose. It looks great on kitchen counters, and adds sparkle to an outdoor table. Old silver is also amazing value – you can pick up antique cutlery, mugs, trays for a song at auctions and markets. An heirloom in the making, this sweet hallmarked solid Irish silver butter cloche (pictured above) comes with a cream or navy porcelain dish. €260; www.orlaofireland.ie. Add candles and lanterns and fairylights – and don’t forget the champagne bucket and silver tray.
Silver Wyatt double champagne bucket, Ralph Lauren Home, €295; www.amara.com.
Erne champagne coupes, €19.95 for four; www.galwaycrystal.ie.
Lismore crystal candlesticks, Waterford, €170 for two; www.arnotts.ie.
Creative choices such as the addition of outdoor flooring solutions – maybe some mosaic-style tiles or smooth paving – can further elevate the space. Elda Natural VT2 Outdoor Tiles, VT2: Out; www.versatilebathrooms.ie.
Chic serving trays offer a focus to an outside table. Zebra painted iron tray, Les Ottomans, €140; www.costumedublin.ie.
Rattan tray, €34.99; www.hm.com.
Copper plum tray, Tom Dixon, €190; www.brownthomas.com.
Hydrangea birch tray, €37; www.thebluedoordirect.com.
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