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Endless Summer Entertaining

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Get ready for summer

With the warm season upon us, now’s the perfect time to dress up your outdoor-living area and get it ready for endless summer entertaining. But before you go on a spending spree, take some styling tips from the Early Settler buying team.

“When furnishing your outdoor area, consider how you want to use your space,” says head buyer, Monica Porter. “For me it’s about family, friends, good food and long lunches that go through to the evening.”

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Whether a small urban balcony or palatial patio, this year’s outdoor collection offers a broad selection of pieces in a range of sizes from the regal Roman Stone dining table to the French-inspired Arles café set.

Also take into account the weather in your region is it hot, dry, wet or coastal? to find the right materials for your climate. Powder-coated aluminium furniture, such as the Blake outdoor table and benches, for instance, work well in all conditions.

Sustainable solutions

Warm, earthy materials particularly those with an eco-friendly agenda are becoming more sought-after than ever. Sustainably-sourced acacia and teak reclaimed from old jetties and abandoned buildings are very much the preference for 2019.

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The Reclaimed Teak Cross-Leg table is made from recycled hardwood from South-East Asia. It’s the ultimate entertainer for clans of all sizes with options available in 2.6 metres, 3.2 metres and a whopping 4 metres in length (find out why we love it so much). Teak also requires very little maintenance, which makes it ideal for outdoor living.

“I love this table and the story behind it. The rustic, family-friendly aesthetic looks better with age and use, which also becomes a part of its story,” says Monica. “Around a table is where memories are made.”

Go green

On a par with the earthy trend is bringing more greenery into outdoor-living areas with hanging fernery, potted flowers and faux plants. “Cut a few of your favourite green plants from your yard and put them in a simple vase on your outdoor coffee table to add visual interest to your space,” says Mamta Johal, from the homewares buying team.

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“You can also add greenery to your outdoor area with a herb garden or succulent wall,” adds buying-team member, Andreea Cepeu. “Plants and edible gardens always offer great visual impact – no matter how big or small your space is. And the kids will love growing something they can add to yummy summer salads!”

Colour with cushions

Vibrant colours provide a striking counterbalance to earthy tones and textures in outdoor areas. “Cushions are the perfect way to get that indoor–outdoor vibe and create a welcoming space,” says Mamta. “On-trend shades are blue, green and burnt orange.”

Crafted from recycled PET plastic drink bottles, the Early Settler ‘Aruba’ range of outdoor cushions is moisture resistant, surprisingly soft and come in 30 vivacious designs of tropical palm leaves, lively florals and exotic animal prints. “You can add playful touches with side tables and stools like the Poppit and Lulu, too,” says Andreea, “They provide a fun splash of colour.”

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Mix it up

But you don’t have to completely overhaul your entire outdoor-entertaining area to get the latest-season look. The eclectic style is also in. Anchor your space with key furniture and blend your new feature pieces with old favourites. The new Mix & Match range has been created with this idea in mind. Shoppers can pick the table they love, match it with the chairs or benches of their choice within the Mix & Match collection and still benefit from a package-deal price.

Creature comforts

“Most importantly,” says Monica, “Create a space that will become a comfortable extension of your interior living areas to enjoy with family and friends. Prolong the usability by adding a ceiling fan in undercover areas for those scorching summer days and a fire pit for night time to relax beneath the stars while toasting marshmallows with the kids.”

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READY TO entertain?

Browse our outdoor collection online or visit us in person at your local Early Settler store. And don’t forget to check out our guide to picking the perfect fire pit for your backyard.

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