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15th Mar 2020

You’re going to see this €29 wicker tray table all over Instagram this summer

It looks as though we’re going to be spending a whole lot more time at home in the coming weeks, and possibly even months.

That’s all we want to do most of the time anyway tbh – most days we’d much rather curl up onto couch with a cuppa and a good book than be out and about. But, typically, now that we’ve been advised to stay socially distance ourselves, we’re suddenly itching to get outdoors.

If you want to combine the best of both worlds, consider transforming your garden or balcony into an ‘outdoor room’.

The first step to doing this is to change how you think about your garden to see it not as just an outdoor area, but as an extension of your house with a decor scheme that’s in-keeping with the rest of your indoor vibe.

Your ‘outdoor room’ is one that can have many uses, from spending quiet time to entertaining friends, so how you kit it out will depend on what you plan on using it for. We’re seeing it as a sanctuary that we can retreat to and relax and clear our heads – albeit with copious cups/glasses or tea/cocktails depending on the temperature.

And we’ve fallen head-over-heels for this wicker tray table as a piece of statement furniture to set the perfect tone. Made from a gorgeous soft-coloured willow, it’s priced at €28.80 from Sostrene Grene stores and will be available from April 2.

The tray table measures 40cm x 41cm, which means it should comfortably fit on a balcony as well as a patio or deck space. Pop the top off and stash a comfortable throw inside to curl up in when the evening draws in – Sostrene Grene have a recycled cotton option priced at €13.76.

The store also has cheerful striped cushions, pictured below, for those summer hygge vibes. They’re priced at €12.34 each.

The new Outdoor Living range will be available at Sostrene Grene stores in South Great Georges Street Dublin 2, Dun Laoghaire, Blanchardstown, Limerick, Cork, Bangor, Belfast and Newry from Thursday, 2 April, 2020.