I love the idea of extending your home style into your garden and this Sambala two seater lounger from Lombok is a beautiful piece designed for both indoor and outdoor use. The hand carved luxurious design and solid natural teak wood means no two pieces of this Indonesian furniture are the ever the same. You can enjoy the lounger in the garden during the summer months as the cushions shown are specifically for outdoor use, then bring it back indoors for the winter ready for a Christmas cushion makeover!
Sambala two seater lounger with cushions (above) from Lombok, £2,195 | lombok.co.uk
Lanterns always have been, and always will be, a staple accessory for the garden to create an inviting atmosphere. I like to splash out and update my lanterns each year as they soon look weathered after a harsh Yorkshire Dales’ Winter. Last year I was all about wicker, this year I am opting for oversized (inspired by recent Greek holiday) and contemporary industrial. These Vega lanterns from notonthehighstreet.com, made from blackened zinc and glass, are at the top of my list.
Vega Lantern from notonthehighstreet.com, £62 | notonthehighstreet.com
I love the juxtaposition of the two steel finishes within this contemporary Fire Pit design. The bowl of the Yanartas Fire Pit from notonthehighstreet.com is sanded to ensure natural rust forms over time, while the legs are hand-finished using the highest quality stainless steel. This fire pit takes its name from a Mediterranean land, which has been burning for at least 2,500 years and its shape is a reflection on nature’s eternal recurrence with a central element of fire.
Personalised Yanartas Steel Fire Pit at notonthehighstreet.com, £219 | notonthehighstreet.com
You can also purchase a BBQ grate to go with the Fire Pit and have the legs inscribed with a personal message. Alternatively, what about Jamie Oliver’s Dome80 Leggero Wood-Fired Oven? This pre-assembled wood-fired oven makes light work of cooking up crowd-pleasing, beautiful food outdoors, whatever the weather.
Dome80 Leggero Wood-Fired Oven by Jamie Oliver, £2,000 | jamieoliverovens.com
This cooler than cool Indoor Outdoor Hanging Chair from Cox and Cox is an impressive feature piece for any home or garden, perfect to curl up in with a good book and a large glass of wine on a balmy summer’s evening. Made from durable materials that look just like light rattan, the chair has been intricately woven around a strong metal frame in a smooth egg shape and comes with a sumptuously filled cream seat cushion and headrest that are easily removable for storage and washing. Bring it indoors as winter approaches and it will make a contemporary, funky addition to any room in the house.
Indoor Outdoor Hanging Chair from Cox and Cox, £350 | coxandcox.co.uk
Entertaining Impress your BBQ guests with this fabulous garden table that doubles up as a trendy ice bucket! The St Mawes Drinks Planter Coffee and Dining Tables from Garden Trading are made from chunky reclaimed teak and complement any garden with their raw and weathered finish. The integral galvanised metal ice trough in its centre is ideal for serving and storing drinks, while entertaining, or alternatively can be used as a herb or floral planter to create a centrepiece with a difference.
St Mawes Drinks Planter Coffee Table by Garden Trading, £580 | gardentrading.co.uk
Yorebridge House is adorned with string lights throughout and I never tire of admiring their prettiness and the atmosphere they create. I believe string lights will remain a garden staple for some time and it will be lots of fun seeing all the fab and funky new designs appearing on the market as designers aim to step away from the traditional styles. I personally love these quirky coloured solar lightbulb strings that will give any outdoor space a cool urban twist and keep us all in a summer party mood. In the words of Russ Abbot, “I love a party with a happy atmosphere”!
Solar light bulb string lights by London Garden Trading, £34.95 | londongardentrading.com
Charlotte and husband David, own the five-star, three-rosette Yorebridge House, a multi award-winning boutique hotel and restaurant in the Yorkshire Dales | yorebridgehouse.co.uk