Here's a clever way to add flexibility to your outdoor seating scheme. Hampton Bay’s new Westbury set ($699 from Home Depot - shown below) has adjustable arms, so it can be configured as a love seat or couch. For even more flexibility, Westbury’s adjustable table ($249) has four moving panels that transform it from a basic coffee/conversation table into a low-profile dining table. There’s also a holder in the centre that can serve as an ice bucket, making it perfect for sipping summer wine while nibbling snacks and chatting.
If space for a table is teeny tiny, or if you want to add affordable extra seating to create conversational settings in the backyard, choose a colourful three-piece bistro set, also from HD ($80).This one's also perfect for a postage-sized balcony. Are you listening, condo-dwellers?
When the sun goes down, count on solar lights to cast a soft, eco-friendly glow.
Keep watching this space over the next few weeks for more decor/entertaining and recipe ideas. Because summer will come - I promise - and you do want to be ready, don't you?