Living outdoors

There’s nothing quite like fresh air to give you an appetite and with the warmer weather already here, what could be nicer than the thought of dining alfresco or taking in the night air with a few friends.

Whether your idea of heaven is an intimate meal for two under the stars or entertaining family around the BBQ, we have plenty of ideas to help make the most of your outdoor space this spring and summer.

Dinning alfresco under the gazebo / summer house

If you want to create an inviting space in your garden that’s going to provide a shady spot during the day and a retreat for evening entertaining, look no further than a gazebo. Both sophisticated and versatile, gazebos offer part shelter from the sun and can be made warm and inviting in the evening, if dining alfresco is what’s on the menu.

To transform your gazebo at night, garden fairy lights with sparkly white bulbs are great for generating a feeling of warmth, whilst candles can add that extra special touch– simply place them around the edge of the gazebo frame. Why cut the evening short when you can sit out in comfort?

If you'd rather have a multi-use garden building, then you need a summerhouse. These a great during the summer months for dinning or entertaining guests. As the days get shorter and the cooler you can use them as a occasional retreat or study. You'll be glad of the triple glazed windows to keep you comfortable.


Your local in your humble shed

With a little imagination, a simple shed can be transformed into interesting new entertaining space. If you need any inspiration then you should take a look at the contenders for shed of the year.

We were particularly impressed with the 3 Steps bar, which is a traditional pub, in a shed, in an Ayrshire garden.