The evenings are getting lighter, there is an occasional sunny day and we just can’t wait to spend time in the garden again. Our thoughts are moving towards balmy, summer evenings, drinks with friends and family, al fresco lunches, and barbeques. We can’t wait to use our outdoor space again - and are very excited about some of the new garden furniture we have to show you this year.
Large platters of Mediterranean salad, warm garlic bread, baby new potatoes dripping with butter and a butterflied leg of lamb cooking on the barbeque. Another glass of Prosecco, anyone? This is the type of summer entertaining we like - and your guests will never complain about your skills as a host, or the comfort of your garden furniture, when seated at one of these tables.
Is this the year to invest in new outdoor furniture? But how will you choose the right furniture for your family, to extend your home into the garden this summer and make the best use of the outdoor space?
Maybe these are your questions: Sitting or dining? Just family, or plus visitors? Comfortable or practical? Our outdoor wicker casual dining sets answer all of your questions with ‘Both!’
Lazy Summer Days
Not many of us have the time for formal outdoor meals anymore. We are much more likely to entertain friends with a salad lunch, drinks and snacks, or a barbeque. There is a trend for garden furniture that will work for casual lunches, evening drinks and family barbeques.
What is Outdoor Wicker?
You won’t believe how practical outdoor wicker furniture is! In all ways this furniture is totally weatherproof - made from a synthetic material, woven onto aluminium frames that cannot rust. The fibre looks and feels totally natural, yet can be woven like real rattan.
Many different weaves are available and each produces it own style of furniture - flat, half-moon and fully round weaves in a variety of widths and shades of colour. They have a natural variation of tone and texture, a soft feel and look just like the real thing. No maintenance is needed except cleaning – and this can be done with a garden hose. The cushions are showerproof, so no need to worry if you are at work and it starts to rain.
Equally at home on a poolside terrace in Portofino or sun-soaked garden in Surbiton, the Journey collection of outdoor furniture makes a massive statement of style. The delicate organic curves and web-like weave belie a tough construction that thrives outdoors. The collection includes a sofa, love seat, armchair, footstool and coffee and side tables. All questions answered!
The British Weather
All the cushions that come with these sets are made from a showerproof fabric. To protect them from heavy rain, and to keep them clean, we recommend that they are stored inside, or in one of our weatherproof outdoor wicker cushion boxes.
To see the full selection of dining and casual dining sets, sofas and armchairs, sun loungers, extras and accessories, visit the outdoor wicker section of our website. or come to see them, and try them out for comfort, in our new building at Holloways.