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How To Get Garden Furniture Right

24th April 2019
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At the time of writing it is a gloriously sunny day (although I predict it will be raining when you read this!) so I thought it would be a good time to talk garden furniture. And it is a truth rarely acknowledged that your outside needs to be as comfortable as your inside otherwise you won’t use it as much.

cox and cox outdoor furniture shot by KWS

We spend years perching on uncomfortable chairs, wresting with metal folding mechanisms and sticking our bare legs to hot plastic. The year we finally realised that we should actually just create a space that was as comfortable as the sitting room just without a roof was a revelation.

So this week’s Wednesday Ad Break* is part of a collaboration with Cox & Cox, a company I have been writing about since I first started the blog in 2012 and who I have recommended to countless clients over the years.

cox and cox outdoor furniture shot by KWS

cox and cox outdoor furniture shot by KWS

The key, when it comes to gardens, balconies and patios is taking the inside out. We hear everyone talking about taking the outside in all the time but we don’t talk about it the other way round enough. You need chairs that you can sink into, side tables within easy reach for the refreshments and extra cushions and throws to ramp up the comfort factor and ward off any sudden chills.

I have long admired this metal lounger and I can confirm that it’s super comfortable. All you need is a small table – I used an upside down planter here – and a tray of refreshments and you’re all set for summer. The cushion will need to come inside, but the metal frame will be fine outside. It also comes in a double width.

cox and cox outdoor furniture shot by KWS

cox and cox outdoor furniture shot by KWS

For those who like to follow the sun around the garden a bean bag is a must. It’s so light and easy to move from place to place and there’s no nasty folding mechanisms waiting to spring shut on unsuspecting fingers.

Finally a low chair that can happily sit in and out is perfect and this rattan number could happily spend the winter indoors and would get along fine with everything else. We currently have two rattan chairs in the house – one on a landing and one in the kitchen for days when it’s too cold to sit outside but you want to at least see out there.

cox and cox outdoor furniture shot by KWS

cox and cox outdoor furniture shot by KWS

I have included lots of faux plants in these shots too as keen gardeners will realise from the images these pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago when the forsythia was in full, gorgeous, bloom and there wasn’t quite enough real life greenery. Having said that, regular readers know that I’m not averse to a faux plant inside and Cox & Cox have a good selection. These all went back after the shoot but I would happily have kept them otherwise.

Just add a good tray for carrying your supplies out to the nearest shady tree and you’re good to go.




I only post sponsored content on a Wednesday. That way you know that the other four posts that week are completely organic and written with no fee involved. Having said that, I will only collaborate with brands who have something to say or offer something that I think is relevant to you. I also know that some people don’t like to read sponsored content ever so for that reason I keep it all to the same day of the week so that you are clear what you are getting.

This means there may not always be a post but if there is then it is likely subsidising the free content on the other days. In addition, providing this content isn’t just a question of taking a fee – it will usually involve work on my part to source and style the products or travel to see them in situ. It’s just that I get paid for it instead of doing it for free. I’m going to try and remember to post this every Wednesday but I often forget! 

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  • Becks Sherwood 24th April 2019 at 11:08 am

    Hi Kate,
    It is indeed raining as I’m reading this article.. and I think that I’ve just heard thunder too!

    The faux plants really bring this look together… do you have any recommendations for outdoor plants that would give a similar effect?

    I also love the pale pink blankets and cushions… are these from Cox & Cox too?

    Many thanks,

  • Deborah Harding 24th April 2019 at 10:15 am

    Please could you tell me where the pink jug, mugs and bowls are from please.
    So enjoy your posts – inspirational.
    Happy Wednesday

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 24th April 2019 at 12:40 pm

      It’s all from Cox and Cox apart from the fence and the cobblestones!

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