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Outdoor Living in the Autumn

After the scorching temperatures we have had, you might like to be outside as the weather turns cooler, and there are lots of ways to create an outdoor haven to enjoy, with comfortable furniture, cosy throws and cushions and plenty of lanterns and festoon lights. Not to mention fire pits, outdoor fires, outdoor ovens, there are lots of ways to keep summer going for longer, for outdoor living in the Autumn. Here are a few ideas I have pulled together for you.

Doesn't this look cosy? If you are lucky enough to have an area like this, its perfect for summer living to offer shade but can easily be dressed for outdoor living in the Autumn too, with a fire pit to gather around, throws and cushions, lanterns festoon and fairy lights

Image: Dobbies

Even if you don't have a covered area with a fire pit table, you can create a cosy setup anywhere! The corner sofa is the starting point, then place the large, square table in front and when it gets chilly, just light the fire, stools mean extra seating for when friends drop around, and that outdoor floor lamp adds a stylish touch Image: Moda

Another atmospheric seating area, this time with a Moroccan feel for boho outdoor living in the Autumn. You could make this wooden seating if you are a dab hand at DIY, you could even use wooden pallets, then add a patterned seat cushion and lots of different cushions for comfort and a bit of a boho feel. A round rug and leather pouffe, then a big coffee table with lots of lanterns and candles dotted around, and of course, festoon lights hung from the parasol and in the hedge.

Image: Lights4fun

Another Moroccan look but this time using existing steps to create a sunken seating area. Use sheepskin rugs and cushions to soften the hard surface and make sitting a bit more comfortable. The hero is obviously the fire pit, then add throws and lots of lanterns. It's really easy to do in at the last minute.

Image: Ivyline

Make the most of a balcony if you live in an apartment. Paint the wall in a dark colour to add atmosphere, then add bulb lights. Buy a bench seat, or it would be easy to construct one, and it won't take up much room when space is limited, then add staging for plants with other plants in wicker containers, a round cafe table and chairs and of course lanterns, and you've got the perfect rooftop oasis for outdoor living in the Autumn.

Image: John Lewis

Not the prettiest thing in the world but a good idea in a small garden, it reminds me of the electric heater I had on my bedroom wall growing up, no central heating then! Ice on the inside of the window and you could see your breath it was that cold! Anyway I digress. Instant heat so you can stay outside for longer, the perfect solution to outdoor living in the Autumn.

And to make up for the last shot, how about this beauty? It's called the Emu Cone floor lamp from Go Modern. Talk about making a statement, just gorgeous. It comes in matt white or corten lacquered steel and can be left outdoors all year round. A truly stylish way to enhance outdoor living in the Autumn. Image: Go Modern

I had to include this as I think they are so cool. Its a charcoal outdoor oven from Harrison Atom, so you can cook and keep warm at the same time! Its really sturdy and they come in some fab colours too. What a way to enhance outdoor living in the Autumn. Image: Harrison Atom

I have always liked Morso, they have some great designs and being Scandinavian, and stove manufacturers, they know what they are talking about. The elegant lines of this outdoor Kamino fire would grace any outdoor space.

Image: Morso

Who doesn't love a solar outdoor lantern? Group them together, choose different shapes and colours and go big for the most impact. I think their chairs could do with a clean however .....

And finally, why not build an outdoor fireplace? It doesn't have to be as epic as this of course, but doesn't it look amazing? They have an outdoor kitchen here too - the dream spot for entertaining. And the ultimate in outdoor living in the Autumn.

Image: King

Or simply buy one, this Isokern Garden Fireplace comes in kit form with everything you could need. Its made from Volcanic Pumice so it has great insulation properties and can be freestanding or placed against a wall. It comes in different sizes, so there is one to suit small or large gardens. Image: Schiedel


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