If this year has taught us anything, it’s that there are some things that we collectively crave, with both outside space, and the ability to spend time with friends and family being high up that list. Those fortunate enough to have their own gardens spent the summer using them more than ever, and as the nights grow longer, and the days grow colder, it’s time to look at how to make the most of outdoor space in the winter months.
Charlie Alexander, founder of luxury furniture company, Oxenwood, explains how to create a cosy winter garden setting in six easy steps.
1. Create a focal point to gather around
The best place to center your winter alfresco dining is around a large, welcoming table that’s big enough for plenty of candles, lanterns, bowls and glasses. Oxenwood specialises in creating large and oversized tables that are perfect for this, but if you desire a more intimate set up, the company can accommodate this too.
2. Keep warm
When sitting outside in the winter, you are going to need a source of heat. Outdoor heaters are effective, but atmospheric fire pits and chimineas make great focal points and are ideal for creating a cosy, inviting garden. They also have the added benefit of doubling as barbeques or simply to toast some marshmallows while sitting out sipping hot chocolate, or even something a little stronger?
3. Serve some ‘central-eating’
Heat up from the inside by serving some warming comfort food. Hearty soups and freshly baked bread will always be a success plus they are easy to make. For the more culinary minded, why not rustle up some classic winter warmers, you can’t go far wrong with a stew or casserole? And a hot toddy or festive mulled wine to round things off will ensure guests are fully warmed through
4. Create an outdoor room
Adding a shelter will make your garden feel more intimate and secluded. Your summer parasol will work well to keep out the cold and shield you from the elements. For the ultimate alfresco dining experience, place your table under a wooden pergola. It will create the feeling of an outdoor room and in th
e summer climbing plants can be trained over it for scent and romance.
5. Add some ambience
Candles, hurricane lamps and fairy lights are absolutely essential for creating an inviting and informal outdoor space. Fairy lights can be draped over anything – fences, trees, pergolas - to elicit a touch of whimsy, and the gentle flicker of candlelight adds a warm glow to its surroundings.
6. Snuggle up
Place some throws and warm blankets over people’s chairs so that they can pull them around their shoulders as the temperature drops.
Oxenwood furniture uses high-quality finishes and materials, such as Belgian Bluestone, meaning that the pieces can last a lifetime, and beyond, even outside, becoming even more beautiful as they age. For inspiration about how you can create a beautiful space to make memories and while away the days and nights, head over to the Oxenwood website where you can see more of the company’s stunning furniture.