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Are you tired of sitting on that old lawn chair that’s seen better days? Or perhaps your patio table has suffered through one too many storms? Summer is fast approaching, and it’s time to move our social lives from the living room to the garden – but don’t let your outdated garden furniture ruin your chance at backyard bliss. Start the season off right, entertain in style and make the most out of your outdoor space. 

Not sure where to begin? Let us make it easy for you. Here’s our simple 4 step guide on where to shop, and how to design, your very own garden oasis;

Step 1: Start from the Ground Up

The tiles you lay beneath your beloved BBQ and patio set are often overlooked, they probably came with the house, but we understand the frustration of having to move that heavy furniture that took hours to build just because that grubby tile doesn’t match. 

Deluxe Bathrooms offers the ideal solution for your outdoor tile needs, ensuring that your garden refresh will withstand Ireland’s unpredictable weather and spare you from frustration days after decorating and furniture construction!

‘I wish I took better care of that’ – we know we’ve all said it. Don’t regret anything this time round, make sure to invest in an outdoor rug that offers a combination of style and protection for your tiles and decking. We recommend this Harlequin Acropora Brazilian Rosewood Tree Canopy outdoor rug from Rugs.ie, it is sure to make a statement but will also blend into the gorgeous greenery growing around you. 

Step 2: Choose the Perfect Seating

What’s a garden oasis without the perfect patio set? Whether you’re enjoying a morning coffee or hosting a BBQ with friends, Woodies Riga 7 Piece Garden Patio Set is an obvious choice when sharing an outdoor break. The set includes 6 bamboo effect chairs for a stylish, modern design and an oval polywood top table, for easy cleaning and maintenance, the ideal mix. Oh, and it’s also on sale with nationwide delivery, how can you resist?!

If you’re the entertaining type and love playing host to impress all the neighbours, make them envious with this Morocco Curved Sofa Set from Brown Thomas. Ideal for quiet lunches during the day or late boozy nights, stack the coffee table high with snacks and good wine – this outdoor sofa set is guaranteed to transform your home into the talk of the neighbourhood. 

The rattan weave will also allow you to leave the sofa set outside year round, leaving fears of rust behind and removing that dreaded stress of having to jigsaw the furniture base into that shed that’s far too small – don’t know about you, but that’s definitely a relief to us!

Is it just us or is there something about bean bags that just remind you of being a kid again? Bring out your inner child with the ultimate garden lounging accessory — Arnott’s FATBOY Original Outdoor Beanbag. Lash on your suncream, pick your spot on the deck or the grass (or even a boat) and lounge around all day in comfort on this perfect addition to your garden. 

Step 3: Make Every Summer Night a Toasty One

Cosying up by the fire doesn’t have to wait till Winter – this Costa 4 Seat Square Garden Firepit Set from Caseys will keep you warm all year round. Whether you’re roasting marshmallows or simply enjoying a glass of wine with friends, this set is sure to become the centrepiece of your outdoor living space. And if the sound of that doesn’t get you excited, Caseys are providing free nationwide delivery and assembly. So what are you waiting for, gather around the firepit and let the good times roll!

Even though it’s summer, let’s be real; it is still Ireland. We can keep our fingers crossed for one of those rare evenings, where it’s mild enough to bare with a blanket, but why risk it? Joyces patio heater will make every night a toasty one and allow you to make the most out of every summer day and night!

Step 4: Add the Finishing Touches to Make your Garden your Own

Looking for a charming addition to your garden or patio décor? Those basic brown plant pots just won’t cut it. This Fern Cottage Donard Planter Pot from McElhinneys is a must-have for any green-fingered enthusiast looking to add a touch of color and elegance to their outdoor decor. (It also helps that it matches perfectly with that new outdoor rug).

The Buddha is said to represent inner peace, protection and meditation, so if it’s a tranquil garden you’re after – and who isn’t really – this Buddha Head Garden Ornament from Shaws would be a great addition to any patio. Leave the chaos of those school runs and crammed calendars behind, with nationwide delivery, tranquillity could be on your doorstep just in time for Summer!

Oh, and let’s not forget, while the insects and bees are thriving among those Spring flowers you planted, and you’re relaxing on your beautiful new patio, the birds are in need of a place to call home. Hang this Wooden Blue Tit Birdhouse from Avoca Handweavers’ garden range on a tree, fence or a wall and always wake up to the sound of birds chirping (and hopefully the sun shining). 

And now that you’re all set to spend more time out in the sun this summer, don’t forget to stock up on the SPF sun cream!

We hope this guide has helped make the process of building your own garden oasis a little bit easier, are you ready to get started?!