Garden Special: Open-door policy

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Barbecue? The more guests, the merrier. Don’t be put off the idea of bringing your indoor seating outside and tying it all together with some bright cushions. You needn’t worry about a full suite of matching furniture; sometimes, the makeshift feel can lend itself to a more relaxed dining atmosphere. In this image, H&M’s summer collection shows us how it’s done.

Now is the time to open up your outdoor space to dining guests. These easy updates will help you get ready to entertain, writes Caroline Foran

The proverbial stretch is upon us and with the best of intentions for summer 2017, it’s time to don your alfresco decor thinking cap. This year, consider your outdoor space as a true extension of what’s inside: a roofless garden room for relaxed entertaining. While you’ll want to be somewhat mindful of the materials that will survive when the skies inevitably threaten to open – as well as your storage options come winter – there’s no need to play it overly safe with plastics. And whether you’re working with a large lush landscape or an urban concrete courtyard, be lateral in your thinking: there’s a lot you love inside that will work wonders out here too.

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