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Outdoor entertaining - ideas for patios, gardens and decks

Summer is the perfect season for enjoying al fresco relaxing, dining and entertaining – don’t miss out on precious warm and sunny days by sitting indoors! Read our top tips for making the most of your outdoor space this summer with ideas, essentials and conversation pieces for your garden …

First of all, it’s definitely worth investing in a stylish and robust outdoor dining set which will last you for years – why not go for elegant ironmongery, sturdy timber, modern steel or traditional wicker? Also don’t forget to accessorise with cushions and blankets for when the evening coolness settles in…. have a look at this Pinterest board for inspiration… 

A swinging garden seat is a fun and relaxing place for both kids and adults to while away sunny afternoons, and don’t worry, there’s no requirement for a convenient overhanging tree bough! Many simple “A-frame” style options are available, complete with shady roof covers or canopies, such as this beautiful example.

Gazebos, whether they’re fixed wooden structures or fold-away frames, serve as a fantastic temporary sun shade or rain protector making your outdoor space even more versatile - there’s no reason a sudden downpour should spell the end of your barbecue! This stunning example includes a ventilated canopy and mesh sidewalls that can be closed off or drawn back…

 

 

A chiminea is also a hugely popular patio accessory that provides heating and cosiness during relaxing evenings in the garden - options are available in terracotta, clay, cast iron and more. B&Q offers a fantastic and affordable selection… 

Citrus candles are an effective choice to repel midges, plus waterproof outdoor fairy lights or decorative paper lanterns add a touch of magic to an outdoor patio or secluded garden space at twilight. Click here for more ideas for outdoor lighting projects…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have a fabulous selection of ready-to-move-in homes, some of which come complete with turfed rear gardens, available across Glasgow, Ayrshire, Central Scotland and the East. You could still enjoy your late summer in a sparkling new Mactaggart & Mickel home! Click to view our special offers.