Summery Patio Picks


It’s so cold today that it’s feeling hard to imagine a time when sitting out in the garden might become a reality again but summer will come and when it does I’d love to spend more time outside.

Our patio could do with a bit of sprucing up to make it more welcoming, currently we have a few tired pots and a wooden table and chairs that are in various stages of repair so whilst we have a lot of space I’d feel a little embarrassed for anyone to see it as it looks right now.

Eventually the patio will be built over when we extend the house but there’s a few more summers to go before we’ll be able to afford that so in the meantime I’ve been making a shopping list…

  1. Fishpools Tobago – Hanging Brown Chair Rattan, now £249
  2. Oxford Barbecues Chiminea Patio Heater and swing grill, £99.99
  3. Garden Trading Chadlington Planters, £68
  4. London Garden Trading St Mawes Hurricane Garden Lantern, £30
  5. Havasu Falls Spheres Stainless Steel Water Feature, £129.99
  6. Fishpools Naples Corner Set, £899

My Mum has one of the swinging chairs in her garden and whenever we go over there if it’s warm enough I just camp in. A chiminea because even in the summertime evenings are always chilly but I’d definitely sit outside longer if there was a source of heat. Where we live is incredibly peaceful considering it’s London and on a clear night I love to gaze up at the stars.

Planters because we have very few areas to plant things in the garden which is currently quite overgrown with huge bushes which need trimming back. The industrial grey style means that the flowers once planted would do all the talking. The hurricane lanterns would add to the evening ambience and who doesn’t find candlelight relaxing?

I’ve always wanted a water feature, however small. It’s hard to know what we’ll end up with once the garden is landscaped but something unobtrusive like this sphere would be ideal for now. And a large lounging sofa for guests and for me when I’ve had enough of the swinging chair.

What do you have on your patio or to make your garden more welcoming?

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  1. Stephanie
    March 3, 2016 / 1:02 pm

    I am looking at re doing my garden this year, it needs a good re-vamp. I love those hurricane lamps, lovely curling up in the garden in the summer with the candles flickering in the dark. Roll on the summer!

    • Lins
      March 7, 2016 / 2:20 pm

      Amen to that, it feels at the moment like it’s never coming. I really cannot wait Xx

  2. March 3, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    Lovely picks, I think we are all thinking to Summer evenings out in the garden at the moment. I certainly am.

    I would love one of those chairs, I can imagine swinging in it whilst the kids play xx

    • Lins
      March 7, 2016 / 2:19 pm

      They’re so relaxing, sitting in it with a glass of cold wine…sigh Xx

  3. March 3, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    Very inspiring post this. We have a dreadful bit of patio out the back of our house. It’s only a small part of a much larger garden. I’d like to deck it and some of your suggestions would be ideal, especially the sofa and hurricane lanterns.

    • Lins
      March 7, 2016 / 2:19 pm

      I’d love some decking too, especially to try and stop the dog digging up the entire garden. Sadly my wishlist is too long and never-ending!

  4. Louisa
    March 3, 2016 / 7:08 pm

    You’ve made some great choices. I quite fancy some hurricane lights on our patio. We have lots of empty pots crying out to be filled. All I need is for the rain/snow to stop long enough for me to get outside. Your post has put me in hope of sunnier days to come 🙂

    • Lins
      March 4, 2016 / 7:46 pm

      Thanks Louisa, as I battle yet another cold those warmer days cannot come fast enough!! X

  5. March 5, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    I love, love LOVE the garden lanterns!! We’ve got a couple similar but they’re more for indoor use — it would be lovely to have something similar outside. This post has got me all excited for the warm weather to arrive!! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with us Lins — much appreciated x #HomeEtc

    • Lins
      March 7, 2016 / 2:18 pm

      I’m so desperate for the warmer days now, when will they come?!?! Xx

  6. Stephanie Robinson
    March 7, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    Loving those hurricane lamps – they’re gorgeous and I’ve a feeling I might be acquiring some for the conservatory this year. And here’s hoping that the weather sorts itself out soon 🙂 #homeetc

    • Lins
      March 8, 2016 / 10:58 am

      I’m so jealous you have a conservatory, do you use it much? I’d love something like that, shall add it to my never-ending wish list 🙂 X

  7. March 8, 2016 / 9:37 am

    We just sorted our patio last summer (it used to be a concrete pond) – I have some hurricane lanterns just like that, they’re fabulous and lovely to have out in the evening. Don’t leave them out in the day in the summer though – I had one candle completely melt and leak of all over the patio! I’d love one of those swinging chairs – they look fabulous! #HomeEtc

    • Lins
      March 8, 2016 / 10:58 am

      Ah that’s a good tip to know, I’m the worst for leaving candles on when I shouldn’t! I just really want some warmer days now, where is spring?!

  8. mummyofboygirltwins
    March 8, 2016 / 11:43 am

    Thanks for these – great tips! I cannot wait to get my garden all ready for spring and summer! Thanks for linking up – much appreciated 🙂 Jess xx


    • Lins
      March 8, 2016 / 12:52 pm

      Me either, I think we need to do an Indiana Jones style jungle hacking first, so overgrown this winter! Xx

  9. March 8, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    Great pics, I am desperate for a similar couch for our garden, it would be perfect for lounging on in the summer! x

    • Lins
      March 9, 2016 / 10:16 am

      I really fancy doing more lounging this year for sure, although something always seems to get in the way 😉 X

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