Outdoor dining {In partnership with Sainsbury’s Home}

Summer dining tablescape
Simple summer table decor with drama through patterned plates and texture

If you are a long time reader or follower over on Instagram you will know that one of my core interior styles found throughout the house is pattern. I love pattern whether it is on floors, walls or soft furnishings. My interior decor and love of pattern definitely carries over to the way I like to decorate my outdoor space and I am naturally drawn to things that have a tribal or ethnic print and are textured.

I was over the moon when one my all-time favourite affordable homeware brands, Sainsbury’s Home asked me to pick items from their new “Global Monochrome” collection to show you. The collection celebrates pattern and there are outdoor and indoor products to choose from. The blurring of indoor and outdoor living is one that I am really passionate about and connected to in our home where we have bi-fold doors that lead straight into the garden.

Feeling very lucky that this is the garden we have in our rental

We have really enjoyed living in the rented house this Spring and now with the start of summer, it has been an absolute dream to be able to eat outside. In our last home, our table was made from steel and oak and very heavy so whilst we would have the doors open to eat when the weather was warm enough, we couldn’t move it outside.

In our current place, we have inherited their dining table and we have been able to move the table outside onto the decked area to eat and it has been really fun. What is it about eating outside that makes you feel instantly relaxed and is a much more enjoyable experience? I guess it reminds me of being on holiday. Even the little ladies love to eat outside and do a better job of the task at hand, although I do wonder if it’s the promise of ice lollies to cool them down that does the trick.

Eating alfresco is relaxing and fun

To set my table, I wanted to keep the base neutral and let the Sainsbury’s Home dinnerware do all of the talking so I opted for a plain grey linen tablecloth, and to add warmth I used wicker placemats and added a chopping board for the bread. I then layered the table with the grey Global Monochrome dinnerware set.

My favourite picture, I love the concrete candle and pop of colour in the dip bowl
Grey patterned plates give the table a bohemian feel

I really like the delicate pattern around the edges and I teamed it with the black metal tray which is so handy to plate up a big salad. I only plated half of the salad so I could show you a glimpse of the pattern. I will also be using this tray indoors as a centerpiece for the table with either food or candles.

One of my favourite items from the collection is this black metal tray

This year the design team have expanded their melamine range which is really handy for dining outdoors and the little ladies. I really like the bolder use of pattern here and I teamed with mango wood bowls to add more warmth to the table and dare I say it….a splash of colour! The melamine range is particularly great as we can also take this out with us when we have picnics and head to the beach this summer.

Melamine plates is a must for outdoor dining with the little ladies
Mango wood dipping bowls add warmth to the table

As I mentioned above, I really like the design of the new range because they have kept the colour palette neutral and added interest with texture and pattern. I adore the woven outdoor cushion, it adds depth to the collection and has a tactile and luxury feel. I can’t resist fringing and the monochrome stripe. I also spotted another version which was a large outdoor floor cushion when I was in Sainsbury’s Home last week, I am going to have to go back for it.

Woven cushion of dreams

I often take my cushions from inside, outside in the summer but with outdoor dining I think it’s nicer to have a set of outdoor cushions that can withstand a bit more wear and tear so I also picked these simple grey diamond textured cushions from the Stockholm collection.

Hardwearing outdoor cushions

Last but not least, let’s talk about those concrete candlesticks! These are also from the Stockholm collection and I just love the “rough luxe” feel that they bring to an urban inspired garden.

I love the texture of the concrete candles

I think the only thing that was missing from my outdoor dining was festoon lights! We had Sainsbury’s Home lights in our last home that we left behind for the lovely new family who moved in so it’s time to get back to Sainsbury’s and buy some more. I hope you enjoyed my edit. Feel free to ask any questions and tell which ones are your favourites.

***Paid partnership with Sainsbury’s Home***

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