This Month

What with the glorious long summer of 2018 and the heatwave we basked in during the Easter break earlier this year, it’s fair to say our expectation of a proper sunny season is high.Yes, it doesn’t take much to set the standard, but I for one now somewhat need June, July, and August to be filled with garden soirées, barbecues, afternoons in the pub, or weekends spent at home with the patio doors thrown open and drinks on ice awaiting guests.
As I write, it’s supposed to be summer – but it is raining, the sky is grey, and I had to pack a cardigan
at the last minute before leaving for the office.The weather has taken a rather gloomy downward turn but, ever the optimist, I am still gearing up for the sun.
And it seems I’m not alone. Many of us are looking at ways to boost our home’s connection to the outdoors, create alfresco cooking areas to rival our kitchens inside, and make sure our gardens aren’t left abandoned after renovations to the house are complete – instead viewed as another room to maximise and enjoy. All in a bid to enjoy indoor-outdoor living – something of a buzzword of late.
I’m certainly a fan of it, and of us Brits’ sheer tenacity to embrace the concept despite our notoriously unpredictable seasons. I guess we’ve all been to enough soggy barbies to know a few drops of rain won’t defeat our spirit. Read on for an issue full of ideas on making the most of your home’s links to the great outdoors – from flooring to connect the two spaces, luxurious hot tubs, dining sets, and our guide on choosing the all-important grill to suit your cooking style. We’ve unveiled all you need to know for summer living – come rain or shine.

Enjoy the issue, Lindsay

The August issue is out now.

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