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31st May 2020

Staycation: 10 bargain buys to turn your back garden into a chic hotel patio

Trine Jensen-Burke

back garden buys

Checking in!

We’ll all be spending the summer pretty close to home this year – and in order to all feel better about that, we have decided that we are going to give our back gardens (or terraces or balconies) the ultimate boutique hotel-style upgrade.

I am talking comfy seating, mood lights, chic details and soft blankets for those chilly evenings. In other words, outdoor spaces so gorgeous and comfortable, you are going to feel like you just checked in somewhere far fancier.

Ready to transform your garden too?

Here are 10 of our favourite buys right now:

1. Outdoor LED festoon lights

Perfect for adding a touch of atmosphere to late-night drinks in the garden or balcony movie nights.

€54, Oliver Bonas

2. Large braided rattan tray

We’ll be serving our Aperol Spritzes on this one, thank you very much.

€22.99, H&M Home

3. Outdoor scatter lounge cushion

We love the boutique, poolside style of this Ibiza-inspired scatter cushion. Featuring a natural stripe, and with a cotton case and plump polyester filling, each one is perfectly filled for sublime comfort. Scatter over blankets outdoors for casual picnics, alfresco dining and garden parties.

€46, The White Company

4. Outdoor arched window mirror

Made from mild steel to protect against the weather, this tall mirror can be propped against your garden wall to bring new life into even the smallest of spaces.

£175, Cox & Cox

5. Terracotta flower pot

We are filling our outdoor spaces with plants this summer, and this pot is perfect for basil, thyme or mint (for all those mojitos we’ll be making!)

€29, Arket

6. Round tray table

So chic and we love that you can lift off the tray – making life easier for both serving guests and cleaning up after.

€89.99, H&M Home

7. Picnic tumbler

So glass like you won’t believe it’s not glass!

€11, The White Company

8. Sollerön modular 3-seat corner outdoor sofa

Comfy, cozs and super-sleek, we’ll be spending most of the summer here, thank you very much.

€690, Ikea

9. Plain chenille throw

We are buying a few of these – perfect for offering guests to wrap up in when the evenings get a bit chilly outside.

€34, M&S

10. Outdoor dining table + 4 chairs

Who’s ready for all those al-fresco dinner parties now? BBQs have never looked better!

€460, Jysk