Outdoor summer living inspiration with Wayfair [sponsored]

After what has felt like a 6 month long winter, we’ve had a lovely preview of summery weather recently and we’re ready for more sunny skies in the coming months. Winter coats packed away, sunscreen purchased and now it’s time to turn our gardens into beautiful, enticing spaces bursting with life and colour, because there really is nothing better than warm days and evenings spent outdoors.

I’m delighted to be teaming up with Wayfair to bring you inspiration for transforming your garden into a gorgeous space to relax, dine and entertain for a well-lived summer ahead. Wayfair has such an enormous range of outdoor products in so many styles that it is always my first port of call when I’m looking for something new. For this post, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite products for a fun sociable outdoor space that is both relaxing and invigorating, and great for entertaining – day or evening. I’ve gone with a relaxed urban style which is modern but informal, with happy colours and a chilled out vibe. Before we look at my product picks, let’s explore the decor ideas that would make you want to live in your garden as much as possible.

Whether your garden is big or bijou, it always helps to plan out the space, just as you would an interior. For example, in a small garden where the whole space can be viewed at once, consider dividing the space using planter boxes or trellises, thus creating different zones that keep the eye moving. Growing a variety of plants of different heights also enhances visual interest as well as adding the feeling of tranquility that comes with being around nature.

Small Garden Inspiration

Rustic planter boxes are used to divide this outdoor space into different functions. Image: Country and Town House

Lazy lounging and unhurried alfresco dinners call for comfortable furniture. If you have the space, it’s nice to have somewhere to sit at different points in the garden: sofa and dining areas on the patio, a bench a little further along, perhaps even an arbour in a far corner of the garden which is a great way to create a shaded seating space for a bit of quiet relaxation.

Raised deck transformed into a plant-filled vibrant chill out area

Raised deck transformed into a plant-filled vibrant chill out area. Image: Swoonworthy

I love the lush, happy and comfortable atmosphere in the raised patio area above. You’d want to spend all day there if you could, wouldn’t you? And all evening too! Garden lighting creates a rather magical ambience in the evenings. There are many options for outdoor lighting, my favourites include string lights that can be hung on pergolas or fences or even around trees, spiked solar lights for lighting up a path or casting an upward light on large plants, and lanterns that can be placed wherever you want them.

Outdoor lighting - Spiked solar lights near trees

Spiked outdoor lights create a lovely feature of the trees. Image: Copernico

If you’re spending your evenings outdoors, a chiminea or fire pit would be a fantastic addition to keep the party going into the night, and also great for making the most of your garden during chillier spring and autumn days. Be aware of fire safety and be responsible with fire. 🙂

Garden with chiminea, outdoor fireplace, outdoor summer living

Enjoy summer evenings in the garden with an outdoor fireplace. Image: Shop Terrain

Finally, a space for comfortable lounging needs soft furnishings. Outdoor rugs and cushions come in a myriad of colours and patterns, and are generally made of UV-resistant easy-care materials.

With these ideas in mind, I’ve put together my favourite outdoor products from Wayfair into a moodboard so you can visualise the look and recreate it in your garden if you like! All products are linked below.

Relaxed Urban Garden Moodboard - First Sense
Reed fence / Solar LED multi-function festoon and spiked lightsRattan corner sofa and coffee table / Brighton Blue indoor/outdoor area rug / (on sofa) Akova outdoor cushion – floralAkova outdoor cushion – cactus / (on coffee table) Green lantern; Brass vintage-style lantern; Black Aarhus lantern / Monochrome Mellie plant pot / Rectangular raised flower bed / White Advika reclining garden chair x2 / Sanga steel chiminea / (on chair) Akova outdoor cushion – toucan / Grey Gretel side table / (next to arbour) Lester round plant pot in green / Poseidon 2 seater timber arbour with swing seat / (on swing) Akova outdoor cushion – floral; Jasmine Estates outdoor cushion / (hung on arbour) Cozie hanging basket

Narrowing down from so many gorgeous products to create this moodboard was no easy task, I can tell you! So if there is a particular type of product you’re interested in, do check out Wayfair for more choice. What style do you prefer for your outdoor space? Do you have any favourites from the products or inspirations in this post? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

This post is in collaboration with Wayfair. All ideas, opinions and words, as always, are my own.


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20 Comments

  1. April 25, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    That corner sofa is gorgeous, I’d love to snuggle up under a blanket next to the chimnea all summer long! Great picks x

    • Meera
      April 26, 2018 / 10:13 pm

      That would be absolutely perfect, Becky! I’d do the same if I could 🙂 xx

  2. April 26, 2018 / 9:43 am

    You’ve changed you name Meera!!! I thought I recognised your face but not the blog name 🙂

    Such a lovely happy post — this is the time of year where I start getting the garden ready for summer (am keeping everything crossed that we DO, actually, have a summer this year)!! I love string lights in the garden too — so nice to sit out on a warm evening with twinkly fairy lights dotted around 🙂

    • Meera
      April 26, 2018 / 10:14 pm

      I’ve rebranded. 🙂 My fingers are crossed too for a good summer! Ah, I also love summer evenings outside with twinkly lights around ✨

  3. April 26, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    Great round up, Meera. Do you use an app to create your mood board?

    • Meera
      April 26, 2018 / 10:18 pm

      Thank you very much, delighted you like it! I create my moodboards in my word processor (called Pages). xx

        • Meera
          April 28, 2018 / 12:56 pm

          You’re so welcome 🤗

  4. April 27, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    Lovely post – fingers crossed for summer! I’m definitely thinking of twinkly lights this year. For the style, I’m torn between going for chic and glam or tropical. Maybe I can combine the two.

    • Meera
      April 27, 2018 / 1:18 pm

      Oh you can definitely combine those two styles in a garden! A few tropical patterns look great with chic outdoor furniture. My fingers are crossed too for a good summer! xx

  5. April 27, 2018 / 1:54 pm

    Lovely mood board Meera! I really like the pot planter and the rug obviously as it is in our favourite colour 🙂 The outdoor cushions are a great idea too!!!

    • Meera
      April 28, 2018 / 12:52 pm

      Thank you very much, Anne Marie, Wayfair really do have so many gorgeous products! I love having cushions on outdoor furniture when we’re enjoying the garden 🙂

  6. April 30, 2018 / 6:04 pm

    Can you believe this weather change?! I was SO ready for the warmer evenings, we went to the garden centre over the heatwave and it was busier than I’ve ever seen it and now I’ve been digging out all my winter things again haha!! Absolutely loving the inspiration though, amazing times will come for sure Xx

    • Meera
      May 1, 2018 / 10:28 am

      I know, I haven’t been too happy about getting my winter coat out again. It will warm up soon, I’m sure. I hope. Thank you Lins! xx

  7. May 2, 2018 / 5:56 am

    i didn’t know there are outdoor rugs! Now I want one. There are some gorgeous ideas here. We are building a pergola at the moment so I was really delighted to see this post. #homeetc

    • Meera
      May 3, 2018 / 11:12 am

      Outdoor textiles are a great idea, aren’t they? Thank you Fionnuala, hope the pergola building is going well! xx

  8. May 14, 2018 / 11:20 pm

    I’m determined to make my garden “happen” this year. All I have is a folding beach chair and a wooden mini table. So this is post comes at the perfect time. I wish my garden was as big as yours, though!

    • Meera
      May 15, 2018 / 4:01 pm

      That sounds exciting, Juan! It’s lovely to have an outdoor space where you can relax on nice days. Looking forward to seeing what you do :-).
      This is the first house we’ve lived in that has a decent garden, all others before were barely more a patio or a small patch of lawn, so I definitely appreciate how special it is to have what we have. It’s a lot of work though, haha!

  9. May 17, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    I love the raised patio and the brick, it’s beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    • Meera
      May 18, 2018 / 10:18 am

      It sure is! Happy to hear you found inspiration in this post, Issie xx

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