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8 Backyard Must-Haves for Summer

It’s finally summertime and we know what that means: plenty of fun in the sun! Now is the perfect time for hosting barbecues and relaxing on some comfortable loungers in your backyard retreat.

Deciding on the ambience you wish to project and then picking a theme to help pull it together, is the best way to plan your outdoor space for summer. Are you hoping to mainly use the space for outdoor get-togethers with your mates? Then you will want to focus on items that help promote a social look and feel. Looking to create a great outdoor space for the whole family to enjoy? Choosing furniture and accessories that appeal to all age groups represented in the family is the best route.

For those who wish to make their summertime oasis a retreat for relaxing and recharging, neutral tones and comfortable outdoor furniture like hammocks and loungers are in order. 

Comfortable Outdoor Furnishings for Every Occasion

Make any outdoor hangout interesting with the right furniture and accessories. Sit back and relax with your family in the Dario 5-piece outdoor lounge/dining setting from Harvey Norman. The set features plush foam and fibre seats and back cushions that are great for sinking into with a cold drink in hand.

Dario 5-Piece Outdoor Lounge/Dining Setting, POA at Harvey Norman

Soaking up Some Sun

Soak up some serious rays in comfort and style with the Sedona Outdoor White Sun Lounge from Domayne. It’s a great addition to an outdoor atmosphere set up for relaxing. Sunshine on our shoulders makes us happy, and so will lounging about in these! Sedona Outdoor White Sun Lounge, $559 from Domayne

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Sink in your toes

Kicking off your shoes and sinking your toes into a delightful soft rug need not be something you only enjoy indoors. IKEA have a variety of rugs suitable for outdoor spaces in several sizing and colour options. We are loving the double sided HUNDSLUND rug. HUNDSLUND Rug, $149 from IKEA.

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Soaking up Some Sun

Soak up some serious rays in comfort and style with the Sedona Outdoor White Sun Lounge from Domayne. It’s a great addition to an outdoor atmosphere set up for relaxing. Sunshine on our shoulders makes us happy, and so will lounging about in these! Sedona Outdoor White Sun Lounge, $559 from Domayne

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Sink in your toes

Kicking off your shoes and sinking your toes into a delightful soft rug need not be something you only enjoy indoors. IKEA have a variety of rugs suitable for outdoor spaces in several sizing and colour options. We are loving the double sided HUNDSLUND rug. HUNDSLUND Rug, $149 from IKEA.

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Get Cool with an Inflatable Pool

Taking a trip to the beach is always a family favourite, but sometimes you want to cool off without leaving home. Inflatable pools are a smart addition to your summertime retreat. Anaconda offer inexpensive family pool options ideal for most back yards.

Bestway Inflatable Rectangular Family Pool Blue, $29.99 from Anaconda

Made in the Shade

Pools aren’t the only cooling-off solutions for your back yard retreat. Sometimes we need a little shade to cool off, making gazebos and parasols another summertime must-have for your outdoor space. Gazebos can act as outdoor rooms, providing protection from the sun and privacy when needed.

The Tivoli canopy from Early Settler can help create a stylish outdoor gathering space. It is both functional and stylish, adding a touch of elegance to your backyard retreat whilst also providing an excellent option for shade.

Tivoli Gazebo Antique Grey with Light Grey Canopy, $1899 from Early Settler

Fire up the BBQ

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to enjoy every meal outside. From traditional barbecues to charcoal smokers, there is something for every outdoor space. Get the best of both worlds with the Oklahoma Joe’s Longhorn Combo Charcoal/Gas Smoker and Grill from Harvey Norman. Its versatility allows for the convenient preparation of a variety of tasty dishes. 

Oklahoma Joe’s Longhorn Combo, $1,299 from Harvey Norman.

Outdoor Meal Must-Haves

Adding a brick pizza oven is another summertime must-have for any outdoor space. Cook pizzas, bake fresh bread or roast your favourite meal in the Masport Woodfire Pizza Oven from Harvey Norman. Masport Woodfire Pizza Oven with Cover, $2,199 from Harvey Norman.

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A touch of class

Serve up all your tasty offerings on these Messina Outdoor White Dinner Plates for an extra touch of class. Presenting any meal on these plates instantly makes the occasion more special. Messina Outdoor White Dinner Plate, from $14.99 at Adairs.

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Outdoor Meal Must-Haves

Adding a brick pizza oven is another summertime must-have for any outdoor space. Cook pizzas, bake fresh bread or roast your favourite meal in the Masport Woodfire Pizza Oven from Harvey Norman. Masport Woodfire Pizza Oven with Cover, $2,199 from Harvey Norman.

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A touch of class

Serve up all your tasty offerings on these Messina Outdoor White Dinner Plates for an extra touch of class. Presenting any meal on these plates instantly makes the occasion more special. Messina Outdoor White Dinner Plate, from $14.99 at Adairs.

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