Preparing your outdoor space for the cooler months

March sees us turn our backs on summer and move into the cooler months.  Trips to the beach are replaced with hikes and picnics; swims in the pool become a glass of wine around the firepit. 

As we approach Autumn and the Easter break; here are our top tips on how to make the transition from summer oasis to cosy outdoor space. 

  • Put away things that aren’t used once the summer ends (pool toys). Give any outdoor furniture a clean and check for spiders (February and March are peak spider season).  And for reason's unknown, spiders love a good outdoor dining table or sun lounge.
  • Take a moment to reconsider the layout of your outdoor area. Rather than gazing out over the view or pool you may turn your focus to a fireplace or fireplace or even to the sunset.  A firepit is a great way to create warmth and provide a focal point for your sun lounge or sofa.  If you don’t love the idea of an open fire you can add heating with freestanding gas heaters, radiant heating and even ethanol fireplaces.
  • Rugs are no longer just for the indoors.  We have a beautiful selection of outdoor rugs.  Woven in Europe our outdoor rugs are made from 100% polypropylene.  Polypropylene doesn't absorb water and feels amazing which means you can clean up quickly and easily.  These rugs are also able to withstand the climate so you can enjoy it for years to come.
  • Cosy blankets: a well-placed basket full of throws is both practical and decorative.  There are so many options for throw rugs, everything from traditional stripes & checks in either wool or cashmere to low maintenance polar fleece in every colour imaginable.  Hanging a blanket over the back of each dining chair is also a nice touch.
  • Possibly the most overlooked thing in every space is lighting.  Outdoor lighting can be especially neglected.  Strings of festoon lights are always beautiful and offer a year round festive feel.  Candles on the tables and in hurricane lights are always a favourite.
  • All that’s left to do now is grab some friends and a lovely bottle of wine and settle in for the evening.  Maybe a marshmallow or two for the kids to toast around the fire.
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