Designing an outdoor living space – beyond patio seating

March 30, 2021

The best way to encourage the use of outdoor spaces is to create beautiful and comfortable spots that you’ll want to sit back, relax and enjoy spending time in. But before you splash out on the likes of premium barbecues and luxe outdoor fireplaces, make comfy seating and set dressing with carefully selected outdoor accessories a priority. If there’s somewhere comfortable to sit and you’re surrounded by beautiful things, you’ll feel more inclined to stay outside long enough to justify splashing out on those other big-ticket items.

Sparrow Votive lit

Sparrow Votive Candles

Find Your Light

Whether it’s candles, lanterns, or the latest outdoor fittings, lighting never fails to add an extra dimension to patio and garden spaces. And these days, outdoor lighting is no longer just about practicalities, it’s a must-have aesthetic feature for any home. You may like to think about investing in solar lighting, which is rapidly improving in look and functionality, or something more whimsical like our collection of resin lamps. Beautiful, carved white resin emits the most glorious glow when a candle is placed inside or out, and you can even use several of our Sparrow Votives (right) lining your garden path to welcome guests as they arrive. Or, perhaps scatter several of our Vine Hurricane Lamps across your dining table to captivate your guests with their warm, soothing glow.

Add An Ottoman

gigi outdoor ottoman round

Gigi Round Outdoor Ottoman – Pouf

A simple piece of furniture that was once added as an afterthought, the classic ottoman has come a long way. And in terms of today’s design aesthetic, the humble ottoman can be used as everything from a statement piece to extra seating or a coffee table, making it the perfect addition to any outdoor seating collection. From small ones to oversized ones, ottomans are the hidden gem that may be missing from your outdoor space, so we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our own masters of multi-tasking, whether you’re accommodating an unexpected guest or kicking back with a cocktail. Our Gigi Round Outdoor Ottoman (right) is a beautiful multifunctional accessory that can easily be added to any outdoor or indoor seating area. These outdoor ottomans can stand alone as additional seating for extra guests, or pair them with your favourite comfy chair and put your feet up for a while. Each Gigi Ottoman cover is hand crocheted by an artisan, and the attention to detail evident in their unabashed beauty and quality. As well as making a stunning statement in style, they are built to last as the fibres used to make the covers are crafted from thermoplastic polypropylene. Polypropylene is a fantastic material for outdoor use because it can endure outdoor conditions and is colourfast and moisture resistant. Pop one by your pool, now.


Brooklyn Concrete Planters

Brooklyn Concrete Planters

Planters With Style

We carry a fantastic collection of raw concrete products, from dining to decoration, with outdoor pots and planters a particular favourite with our loyal clients.  Made out of our unique blend of reinforced concrete, our Blok Brooklyn Planter (right) is tall and strong as well as exuding a real feeling of industrial chic. Consistently evolving as they weather like regular concrete when placed outdoors, you can create a tiered effect with a grouping of several sizes, or add them to a deep seating configuration when you need some plant life to add an organic feel to a more structured space. They are also great for indoor use, making a statement in style wherever you choose to place them.

The Statement Side Table

Poppi Wicker Side Tables

A cleverly chosen accent table will not just prove convenient, but elevate your style when planning the ultimate outdoor oasis. Our stunning African Safari Teak Side Tables are inspired by vintage African Stools and are raw, natural, and simply beautiful. They have been carved from large teak trees and smoothed into round coffee tables, making them stylish as well as impressively sturdy. The teak is left raw so that you can see the grain of the wood, and even the tree rings can be picked out on some of them for a truly organic approach to beauty. Each one has its own unique character and will add warmth and charm to any outdoor living space. Add your favourite books, a sleek vase, or a little greenery, the choice of how you utilize these beauties is totally up to you.

If a modern take on wicker is more your vibe, define your space with our Poppi Tall Side Table in elegant black wicker. The Poppi Tall Wicker Side Table is a stunning example of traditional outdoor furniture materials updated for modern life, and they come in both black and white. The entire Poppi Wicker Collection of tables (right) is made with a strong and robust framework of powder coated aluminium, a material that keeps its shape and doesn’t suffer the effects of life outdoors. Wrapped ever so elegantly around the frame is outdoor UV-treated wicker, meaning your table is quality of the highest order and will stand the test of time for many years to come.

Your Source for Modern Outdoor Accessories

Needless to say, Design Warehouse has an amazing range of outdoor accessories that will allow you to showcase your style beyond just the interior of your home. If you’re near our showroom, we’d love to host you for a tour of what’s on offer. Our pieces come fully assembled and can be picked up, ready to go from our distribution centre. Alternatively, we can ship your new pieces anywhere, you might be using our astute delivery service.  Design Warehouse has been manufacturing and supplying luxury outdoor furniture to architects, designers, landscapers, hotels, resorts, and private residences for over 25 years, so when we say we know what’s best for outdoor style… you can rest assured that we have the knowledge to back it up.

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