Yes, schools might be back and your summer holiday or staycation already seems a distant memory but that’s no reason to give up on the summer buzz and jump feet first into doom and gloom. Of course, there are lots of lovely things about autumn, but September can still boast some sunny days and is quite a way off the full pumpkin-pulling, scarf-wearing, blustery fun we all associate with October, onwards. Let’s be honest, the newspapers will all be full of headlines promising an Indian summer, even if just to give us something to get excited about, so keep your gaze turned to the garden and think about what you can get up to outdoors. After all, the Met Office was still recording temperatures over 30˚C last September, so don’t head indoors just yet!
Holiday at home
Whether you managed to jet off somewhere warm this summer or just dreamed about it (and watched everybody else on social media with envy), quell those itchy feet by recreating your fantasy destination in your back garden.
For a taste of Caribbean hotel chic, why not indulge in LifestyleGarden®’s elegant Bahama’s collection, available in a range of formations – from corner chair and coffee set, to a day bed set or chaise lounge; just perfect to soak up those September rays. Lie back, close your eyes and you could be somewhere far more exotic. Finish the look with some botanical print cushions, outdoor lanterns and, of course, a cocktail.
If something bold and brighter is more your taste, the gorgeous Nassau range will inject a splash of tropical colour into your garden or balcony. It may be a bit early for the Junkanoo festivities of the Bahamas but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn up the music and have a carnival party of your own.
Or, if the Med is your idea of paradise, look no further than the Arno range, which takes its name from the Arno river in Italy. The stylish set offers comfort and complete flexibility, with modular sofa chairs and tables providing a solution to suit any space and create a relaxing, beautiful atmosphere.
Take the playdates outside
Term time means school runs, constant uniform washing, and inevitable play dates. If your kids are keen to have friends over now they are back in class together, why not keep the action outside? Our gardens have become a haven over the past 18 months, with the nation investing time and money in making sure outdoor spaces cater to our every need – from luscious flowerbeds and fruit and veg plots, to garden play areas and prime entertaining spots. Let kids enjoy the fresh air and burn off some energy, whilst keeping the mess out of the house.
They may end up staying for dinner, so keep mealtime fuss-free and easy with the Morella family; a maintenance-free furniture collection that features stackable chairs for space-saving storage and an eight-seater dining table if you have a bigger guest list than planned.
Let the music play
You may have missed out on tickets to some of this year’s big festivals but that’s no reason to deprive yourself of the auditory experience. A host of music events are running throughout September, so take full advantage and crank up the radio or set up a live stream on a projector or outdoor TV so you can watch the action in the comfort of your own garden.
Immerse yourself in the full festival scene by stringing up some lights, bunting, adding in some scatter cushions and pillows for flexible floor seating, or enjoy the tunes in style and comfort with the Ipanema range from LifestyleGarden®, where you can take your pick from sofas, chaise lounges or armchairs – perfect for lounging and chatting with friends as you lay back and let the music play.
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