As the floral colours fade and the leaves begin to fall, statement lanterns are the perfect solution to bring much needed embellishment to your garden. Replacing the natural adornments of summer, these beautifully-designed candle holders bring new focal points to your outdoor space. The curved pumpkin shaped Kabu wooden lantern (www.nkuku.com) is skilfully carved from sustainable mango wood and its eye-catching design will spice up your garden for the Indian Summer. Place on your garden table or cluster in corners for a more dramatic effect (small £39.95, large £89.95).
The vintage style oval filigree lantern (www.notonthehighstreet.com) with its intricate open metal fretwork sits naturally amongst the textures of any outdoor space. Set against wood, stone or greenery, this lantern adds character and interest, transporting its audience to an atmosphere of exotic climes (£28.50).
Dining at Dusk
Images: Garden Trading, Lene Bjerre
Create a rustic undercover dining space and enjoy indulgent, alfresco evenings throughout the glorious autumn months. Sheltered from the unpredictability of the British weather, fun and frolics can continue through the night in a stylish space where you can settle in for the evening. Festoon lights (www.gardentrading.com), seamlessly strung from branch to branch, provide ample but ambient lighting, dotted floor lanterns shape atmospheric walkways and elegantly draped throws or blankets provide comfort and warmth (www.zarahome.com). Handmade bespoke garden furniture is available from Rcc Furniture.
Keep your alfresco dining crockery natural with beautiful ceramic pieces. The collection from Lene Bjerre feels relaxed and welcoming with its soft, organic shapes and calm colour tones. Complement with handmade glasses boasting beautiful characteristic bubbles and complete the look with handpicked sprigs from the garden (ceramics from £6.25, glasses £6.25 each).
Images: Lene Bjerre, GAN rugs
As the nights draw in, it’s time to extend your day in the garden by snuggling up near a fire pit and enjoying beautiful soft furnishings to nestle, nuzzle and huddle in whilst watching the starry night unfold. Bring the exotic to your outdoor seating with the tropical Floriana cushion (www.lenebjerre.dk) in a black and coral tone. If you have a summer house or undercover area needing an injection of summer glamour, introduce a statement botanical wallpaper to make you feel sunny and warm year-round. Similar wallpapers available from Graham and Brown and Etsy.
The striking Garden Layers Indian bed, side table and cushions (www.gan-rugs.com) are beautifully designed for outdoor use. The range, created by designer Patricia Urquiola, was inspired by a trip to India where she was enthralled with the ease at which people lived outside. The subtlety, sublime colours and geometrics of the fabrics, complemented by the natural hues of the painted wood, add style and sophistication to outdoor living.
Images: Garden Trading
As the sun sets on autumn days, stay warm and cosy by the crackling logs in the Barrington Fire pit (www.gardentrading.com). The dome-shaped fire pit, crafted in raw metal, can hold an abundance of logs and creates a fantastic focal point at parties and gatherings, keeping you and your guests snug as a bug all evening. The industrial metal strapping will naturally rust and blend with its environment, creating a staple garden centrepiece that can be enjoyed throughout the year (small £110, large £160).
Draw the eyes upward by hanging enchanting glass stars in trees or from walls, adding sparkle and ambience as the light of day fades. Hand welded in antique brass and zinc by skilled artisans in India, these stunning decorations hint to the festive season ahead (small £22.95, large £32.95).
With interior and exterior design evolving closer in partnership than ever before, the current trend is to bring the outdoors in and vice versa. Following this trend, the Elsa floor lamp (www.coxandcox.com) has a weather-resistant white opaque shade, with smooth scalloped detailing and a simple grey metal stand and base which conjures up the image of whiling away the evenings, reading by lamp light under a ceiling of stars (£120.00).
The Cornbury rechargeable LED lantern is another perfect way to create a soft glow. With its charcoal finish, the lantern emits a cool white light which can be dimmed to create your perfect setting. When bedtime calls, bring the atmosphere indoors and use it as a night light (£40.00).
Article written by Charlotte Reilly, Owner, Yorebridge House