It’s all about having the vision to make our outside space multitask as much as possible. For a balcony choose bistro style patio tables and chairs as they are slim enough to fit in a restricted area and can easily be folded away when not in use. Lots of colourful container pots dotted about the place and lanterns hanging from the walls will help to create instant agreeable ambience.
When it comes to creating a cosy corner in your garden then opt for lots of cushions and planting that will create a sense of shield and shelter as in this beautiful Susie Watson picture. Nowadays you can buy plenty of waterproof accessories so you can leave them out all summer long, come rain or shine.
Light up your life
Broste Copenhagen wire lantern, £72, Amara, www.amara.com
Forno outdoor oven, £999, Morso, www.morsoe.com
House by John Lewis Salsa garden chair, set of two, Orange Sunrise, £140, John Lewis, www.johnlewis.com
12-piece fern dinner set, £50, Next, www.next.co.uk