You can never predict a British summer but what you can do is at least add some colour to your garden, in the shape of some jolly furniture and accessories. In fact colour is very much the theme of our range this year. From bright candles and lanterns through to some contemporary designed furniture in more muted greens and blues, you’ll find a wide choice, all keenly priced. Let’s start with introducing the furniture.
Our folding Soho Bistro sets in yellow, pink, red or steel are perfect for two; or, if you prefer wood to metal, choose the Naples Bistro set. Need something bigger? Our new eucalyptus Naples and teak Leckford ranges have folding 4-seater tables with folding or stacking chairs. A set price for a Naples 4-seater round table is only £249, or £599 for the Leckford set in teak. And they’re freestanding when folded.
If you’re after something more flexible, then our Naples auto rise table is perfect for bigger get-togethers. When closed this table seats 6 but it extends to seat 10 comfortably - just use the simple pull and push mechanism.
For a change from traditional, why not consider the chic and lightweight Milo range? It’s available in 4-, 6- or 8-seater dining sets plus there’s a lounging set. And at only £299, the Milo four seat set and lounging set are good value too.
You may already have furniture and you’re just wanting to add to it. The Bilbao collection now has a potting bench, planters and additional lounging pieces to complement the existing dining range. Our new Figaro set, with its stone effect glass top, will happily sit next to your Milan lounging pieces, or you can always add the new sunlounger to complete your Milan lounging set. And Rimini also has a dining set to accompany the lounging pieces.
Storing furniture away can be a pain, so if you are looking for something that’s easy to look after and keep outside all year, consider buying woven furniture made from synthetic wicker. All our synthetic wicker ranges are hand woven, and have aluminium frames so they’re lightweight too. My favourite is the Corsica . Designed in the UK, Corsica is as comfortable as it’s beautiful, with its curvaceous and simple lines. The luxurious day bed will make you the envy of your friends!
Now, are you a barbecue king or queen? If you’re planning to update your barbecue, we’ve added some new John Lewis gas models: available as 3, 4 or 6 burners, to accompany our existing 2-burner models. The JL4R-2013 4-burner is full of features and is finished in smart red with a viewing window, thermometer and includes a 10-year guarantee.
However you enjoy the outdoors, the Weber Q120 portable gas barbeque is the easiest barbecue to use on a day out or under the stars at night. Why not take it to the beach, along with some House beach chairs and a House parasol.
No matter if you’re an expert or a novice, cooking outside on a barbecue is extremely versatile. Don’t ignore the starters or puds: why not smoke some red peppers and tomatoes then blitz them in a blender to make a soup; or bake a sticky toffee pudding with sauce? All can be made on your barbecue.
To make the most of your outdoor cooker, look at getting some accessories. Weber’s burger press is great for making perfect burgers every time. If you’d like to try smoking your own food, use these Weber Firespice cooking wood chips for an authentic taste. Finally, the Weber chimney starter gets your charcoal grill ready to cook in minutes.