Getting your garden or outdoor space ready for a sunny spell in Ireland can be a challenge. Given the unpredictable weather, we tend to make a mad dash to the shops to buy plants and garden furniture at the first sign of a sunny weekend. I have been guilty of this in the past, so this year I wanted to make a conscious effort to plan ahead and ensure my garden ready whenever that sunshine arrives.
We live in a terraced house in the city centre, so our garden could be classed as a city garden or courtyard. It is a decent size, designed to be as low maintenance as possible. We currently use the garden for parties and have bench seating half way around the fencing. This is practical for large groups, but not very comfortable to kick back and relax on a sunny day when we are on our own.
In this post, I will share with you how I created a room outside, using furniture and accessories from JYSK. They are an international retail chain that sells “everything for the home”. I was kindly gifted these products to create an outdoor living space, from their store in Naas. They currently have four stores open in Ireland in the following locations: Naas, Navan, Drogheda and Portlaoise (the Portlaoise store opens at the end of August).
While many of us love our gardens, it is often a space that can be neglected, particularly if you are spending a lot of money focusing on your house. The good news is that creating a living space outdoors does not have to cost the earth. Several months back, I attended the launch of their first Irish store in Naas, Co Kildare and was really impressed by the large range of stock they had, particularly for the garden. Creating a comfortable and relaxing garden living space can finally be done on a budget, without compromising on quality or style.
Using several pieces I selected from JYSK, here are my “must have’s” when creating the perfect outdoor living space:
It is vital you get the seating right outside. These Lounge sofa UBBERUP 2 seaters in black were exactly what I wanted. They are perfect for chilling out on, can fit up to two people, look stylish and also were only €89.99 each (now on sale at €65 each online). I got two of these and they were so straightforward to assemble. All I had to do was screw on the legs. They stack on top of each other and are made from a durable material. I can confirm that they are 100% comfy!
A Sturdy Table
Ok, I have to admit on this one, I cheated a bit. I wanted a large coffee table to fit between the two sofas, so I went for an indoor coffee table from their range. It suited the look I was trying to create and is large and sturdy – loads of space for drinks, food and books. The table is the Coffeetable DOKKEDAL L115 and has a black metal frame and a concrete effect laminate top. When it rains, I will take it inside, but it is perfect in the space.
There are plenty of indoor and outdoor table options to choose from though. I loved this marble top side table, the perfect size for a glass of wine and a book. This table comes in two sizes to suit your space.
Soft Furnishings, Lighting and Accessories
To dress the sofas I went for a selection of cushions and throws. There are plenty to choose from so I had a hard time making my mind up. I settled on pink and a geometric pattern. I also got a faux lambskin which can be used as a rug or on the back of a chair. Perfect for outdoors if the temperature drops and you need something to keep you warm and cosy.
To dress the table and in keeping with the pink theme, I selected a salmon vase and added some fresh flowers from the garden. I placed the vase on a brass tray and added a glass candle holder and candle to create a centrepiece.
I love candles in the garden. I chose two different candle holders for this post. Both can be used indoors year round too, they are not specifically outdoor use only. This is key when choosing items, it means you get a lot more use from them. Using candles creates a relaxing ambiance in any space, especially outside. The larger wicker candle holder was previously purchased back in April at the official opening. This can also be used as a wine chiller too apparently. Win win there if you ask me.
Finally, some storage
With all these lovely cushions and accessories, it is important to have a place to put them when they are not in use. I am limited when it comes to storage in the house and we don’t currently have a shed (it’s on the very long to do list) so I picked up this storage box for the garden. It is 100% waterproof and fits loads into it. You can also lock it using a padlock if necessary. Out of all the items, sadly this was the one that excited me the most. I kid you not!
Using all these products from JYSK allowed me to create an outdoor living space for just under €500. I love that their products are affordable and often something different from the usual outdoor furniture offering. I also have many accessories from their homewares range around my house, such as planters and vases. Their stores are worth a visit and I can’t wait to see what other products they add to their range in the near future.
Thanks for reading and I hope this post has given you some inspiration to make your outdoor space somewhere that works for you.