Gardens | Creating an outside lounge in your garden…

This is a collaborative post with Solero Parasols

I dream of a place to lounge in my garden.  You know, a place to truly unwind, to feel like I’m on holiday.  Think, upholstered cushions along a built in bench, sipping cool mint tea or a glass of rose – shielded from the sun with a large canopy.  Book in one hand, a glass in the other, I could pretend I was on a Moroccan roof top or beside a Majorcan pool.

In all seriousness though, I do actually prefer to sit in the shade nowadays, rather than baking myself to a crisp in the summer sun.  So if you are like me, and are looking for ways to protect yourself and your family from the harmful sun rays in your garden and still make it look stylish, yet practical.  The look no further – here are some great ideas ….

A garden parasol

A garden parasols or shade is a must when lounging in the garden.  All Solero parasols are designed with relaxing in mind. They not only provide shade from the sun but are sturdy enough to provide shelter from summer rain, perfect for our British summers!  Not only that – but some of them have built in lighting or heating, so as the sun goes down you can continue your enjoyment of outside into the night. As the brilliant  parasol cloth is designed to conserve heat, you’ll always enjoy those long summer evenings – without it getting dark or cold.  I like the sound of that!

Soft furnishings

Create a den, fill your space with soft cushions for you to really relax in.  I’d highly recommend getting some foam and cover them with thick linen fabric and keep these for your garden.  It won’t matter if you get red wine on them, but they will super comfy over any cushion or ‘garden chair’ you will find in your local DIY store.  A straw hat is a must!

A table or two

Think like the Moroccans and have a low slung table or two nearby for your drinks. These can also double up as stools for extra seating.  I love these from Zara Home.  In fact anything from the Summer Escape range is perfect for the garden.

What to drink?

A perfect non-alcoholic tipple for a summers day is my Ginger and Thyme Fizz.  

Recipe:  Muddle ginger, fresh thyme and lemon juice in a pestle and mortar to make a rough paste.  Add a little honey to taste. Fill a glass with ice, then pour the paste into each glass, then top with sparkling water. Stir well.  Garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of fresh thyme. Enjoy!

So we have it.  A perfect den for lounging on a Summer’s day.  Don’t forget to hydrate and wear sunscreen. Fingers crossed for some decent sunny weather!

Collaboration Note:  This post was written in collaboration with Solero Parasols.  All words, thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the posts that make this blog possible.

Images from top:  Riad42Marrakesh, Solero Parasols, Zara Home, Lou Archell