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Step into my office…

Rosara sun-loungers and much more - Muddy's guide to the best outdoor furniture.

Here we are, hard at work at Muddy HQ, beavering away at the coalface of award-winning journalism. Aren’t we troopers?

two ladies on deck chairs on grass on laptop reading magazine drinking gin

With summer finally arriving, we’ve swapped our office swivel chairs for these rocking wooden sun-loungers, complete with fold-away side-tables, which we find very handy for our G&Ts… erm, I mean, important business documents. They’re from Rosara, the North Oxon outdoor living specialists at Nicholsons Nurseries. (I wrote about their lovely yurt cafe here – if you want to browse in person rather than online, it’s well worth the trip.)

The only problem is, they’re so snazzy, they’re making the rest of my garden furniture look a bit decrepit. Time for an upgrade? After all, fingers crossed, we’ll be spending the next few months al fresco.

Here’s my outdoor living wish list …

yellow garden table chairs white garden sofa fire pit multicoloured deck chairs

(Above, clockwise from top left) 1. Bright, breezy and a bonafide bargain – check out this cute Habitat yellow bistro set, £76 down from £95 in the sale. If you buy this, the sun will shine forever I reckon (Parc bistro set, £76, Habitat)

2. Sofa, so good? (Sorry, I’ve never met a crap joke I didn’t like). This is a three-seater, but it’ll be solely occupied by me, myself and I (Ariel sofa, £550, John Lewis)

3. Where deckchairs and art collide…. yes really. The technicolour dream chair was inspired by David Hockney’s iPad paintings (Maui deckchair, £48, Habitat)

4. This pizza firepit is a multi-tasker – it’ll cook your margherita and then warm up the patio as the sun dips down (pizza firepit, £100, Next)

(Above, from left) 1. When did gazebos get so fancy pants? This one is simple and chic and basically a portable conservatory (Applaro gazebo, £250, Ikea)

2. Excuse me while I lock my children in the cellar and have a sublime snooze (Oli hammock, £425, Rosara)

3. I love this unusual combo of dainty white metal lattice-work chairs and hefty oak table (Montpellier armchair, £325; Riviera round dining table, £720, Rosara)


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2 comments on “Step into my office…”

  • Amanda Macrae June 20, 2017

    Nicolsons in North Aston definitely worth the visit. Amazing place, great furniture, great plants and a fabulous cafe to boot!!

    • Jo Furness June 21, 2017

      Yes – totally agreed – amazing place – and the food in The Yurt is super!


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