Lockdown is easing and we can go out to eat again. But will we? If this past few months has taught us anything, it’s that we can entertain ourselves at home. And in summertime it’s so easy to do. No one has to be the designated driver, parking isn’t a problem, and you don’t have to get dressed up if you don’t feel like it. Plus summer cooking is easy too. Salads, grilled meats, fresh fruit and chilled wine are all simple wholesome and quick. Leaving all the more time for putting your feet up and enjoying a leisurely meal. Or sinking into a comfy seat at sundown with a glass of something sparkly.
And if the past few months have taught me anything, it’s that I’d rather spend money on the home and garden than on new clothes. So, when I’m looking for a quick spot of online retail therapy H & M is one of my go-to places. Prices are inexpensive so I can change up accessories with the seasons, and they don’t do a bad job of producing inspiring images either.
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If like me, you’re not a fan of bright colours and plastic even in the garden, keep to a restrained palette. Bamboo furniture, wicker baskets and cream and black cushions look beachy without resorting to the ubiquitous blue and white stripes. While accents of green glass remind us we’re in the garden. And don’t forget to surround seating areas with fragrant herbs and plants too. Whilst a soft natural rug underfoot is practical as well as aesthetically pleasing, especially if you’re seating area is on a hard surface or gravel.
Since we don’t have such reliable whether here in the UK, it’s sensible to lay the table indoors. Throw open the doors and you won’t realise you’re not outside anyway. This casual dining arrangement is perfect for a summer day with its soft olive green floral tablecloth (sold out unfortunately), rattan placemats, and green rustic-looking pottery.
And as the sun goes down, you can retire to somewhere more comfy. Preferably with a good book (now you can’t do that in a restaurant) and a gin and tonic.
So are you feeling inspired yet? Better hurry though, things sell out quick.