From boring old plastic garden furniture sets to heavy cement benches you can’t even move, garden furniture can be predictable and boring.

While the cold weather is keeping us indoors, take the time to create a comfortable and stylish outdoor entertaining area in your garden. Get timeless garden furniture that just begs you to entertain outdoors.

Whether it’s comfort or style, our outdoor spaces rarely get as much attention and styling as our indoor spaces. Give your garden some TLC with accessories and furniture designed with outdoor living in mind. We love this outdoor living space and how easy it is to bring elements of this look to your garden with a little online shopping.

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When it’s cold outside

The cold weather may be the reason your garden and outdoor spaces have been neglected lately, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. A warm fire outside can do more than just braai your meat. An outdoor fireplace creates great ambience and keeps you and your guests warm and toasty. Add giant braai marshmallows and mugs of hot chocolate and you’ve got a winter outdoor gathering for the books.

Get a similar atmosphere in your own back yard with an easy fire pit. Just bring it home to find the perfect spot and start a fire in it.

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It’s about function and style

Because your garden furniture needs to survive the elements, many people sacrifice comfort for practicality. Thanks to the wonders of technology, you really don’t have to. Weather resistant materials can be made to copy the comfort of your indoor furniture. No more sitting on concrete slabs and risking splinters from your benches. Outdoor couches come in various sleek designs and colours too.

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Bring the tropics home

greenery and plants can completely transform your outdoor space but not everyone has the space or the actual ground to plant the types of plants they like. Using wooden boxes and planters and arranging them around your outdoor area can create the ‘walls’ of your outside living space and also add to the style and environment you want to create.

Plants like a delicious monster, small palm trees (that have limited growth) and other leafy green plants can add a tropical theme to your outdoor space and even help you turn a paved outdoor space into a garden.

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All of the lights

Lighting is an important part of mood setting and can change the entire look of an area. Adding fairy lights or solar garden lights to your outdoor entertainment area is a great option. We love solar lights because they are both practical and energy efficient. Solar lights don’t need a power source, so you don’t have to deal with messy cords or unreliable batteries, and in times of power failures when you need your fire and braai the most, the solar lights will also definitely make the outdoor experience better.