With our temperate climate, living life alfresco can be enjoyed for so many months of the year. In summer, outdoor sofas become a place to unwind, read and generally take some time out. Whether your patch of blue is a large garden or small courtyard or balcony, the outdoor décor can be enhanced with a few weather-resistant touches. Outdoor chairs flanked by some lanterns and perhaps shaded by umbrellas work both day and night. A large table or even an outdoor coffee table can become an entertaining hub with the addition of delicious food served on melamine or outdoor dishes with drink dispensers at the ready to quench a thirsty crowd. To really make the area feel like an extension of your home add some potted greenery of different heights clustered together and mix in some outdoor rugs – these take on a relaxed boho or global look if layered – or just use the one for a more pared-back look. Drinks on the deck, whether accompanied by candles and throw rugs on cooler evenings or served on a bar cart or at an outdoor bar in summer introduce yet another dimension. Embrace the weather and every square centimetre of your home – just remember the sunscreen.