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The Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Summer Living

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WHILE THERE SHALL SOON BE TRAVEL, WE MIGHT FIND, THERE WILL BE LITTLE NEED FOR IT… CREATE THE PERFECT ESCAPE IN YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE AT HOME THIS SUMMER WITH THIS ESSENTIAL CHECKLIST …

Summer 2021 will be all about the great outdoors – within your own realm. There shall be travel, but little need for it – the universal is contained in the particular, as Oscar Wilde once wrote. Wonderful worldly memories are soon to be made in our own back garden. We have no excuse but to make sure our own little ‘particular’ is as liveable and open to joy as possible.

Entertain and endeavour this summer with these exterior essentials.

Warm glow
Casting a glow upon your outdoor guests well into chilly evenings, this electric Dome pendant lighting is rustproof, weatherproof, and extremely chic. www.cuckooland.com

To balance out those famously tropical Irish summer days, the Heatsail brand also offers its sleek Beem range of Pendant Lighting, that has a cooling function as well as a warming one… www.cuckooland.com

Igloo cool
The “garden igloo” is an easy-to-assemble geodesic dome that works as a greenhouse in the winter and a covered dining/dreaming space all year round. Try before you buy, and rent one from Irish company DreamTP. Supplied with electric heater and draped in fairy lights, it can be set for dining, with a table and up to six chairs, or you can use it for a romantic night under the stars. From €350. www.dreamtp.ie

Sculptural elements

Top garden designers are placing pieces of art and sculptural salvage in gardens and outdoor rooms. Whether an antique sundial or modern sculpture, consider raising it off the ground so it can be seen and admired.

With its deliberately unbalanced composition, this Ferm Living stand is a sculptural piece, forming an audacious basis for a flower pot, or lamp. Find it here…  Black Place pedestal, Ferm Living €375, www.wearemaven.co.uk

A simple cement structure has the power to command a space. Shop this Michery Cement Head Bloomingville, €49, at www.woodesign.ie.

Cedric concrete structure – Made Goods, €1,071 www.amara.com

Abstract terracotta head sculpture, €39, www.woodesign.ie

Extra, extra

Dine in comfort while maintaining a socially-distant two-metre gap with an XL outdoor table. Teak Brick extendable table, Roda €11,730 at Minima Hanover Quay, Dublin 2, www.minimahome.com.

In the hot seat

An introduction of some chic chairs or sleek seats to your open space will transform its capacities. Nab the Desert steel-frame chair, €309, www.fermliving.com. And fetch its accompanying Desert stool, €119 www.fermliving.com. 

Olive Palissade electro-galvanised steel lounge chair, Hay, €489, www.inredadesignshop.com.

Teak Jack outdoor sofa Ethnicraft, from €4099,  www.cadesign.ie.

Woven wood

Whether vintage or new, rattan, bamboo or wicker furniture has a laidback elegance. Swerve those unnatural rattan-effect grey garden sets – practical, but not pretty.

Wicker sofa and cushions, €1,420, www.interiorsatelier.ie.

All-weather dining chairs look great inside and out – Sienna dining chairs, Gommaire, from €350 at Rock Hill, Blackrock Dublin.

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