summer at home

With the days finally warming up, our thoughts turn to alfresco afternoons and balmy evenings outdoors. If you're in the mood to perk up the patio TRAFFORDCITY is the ultimate one-stop-shop for homeware inspiration.

intu Trafford Centre is home to an unrivalled collection of homeware brands including Zara Home, Selfridges, Debenhams and John Lewis. A stroll across the fabulous footbridge takes you to Barton Square and its stunning collection of homeware names including M&S Home, Next Home, Laura Ashley Home, Homesense, Kutchenhaus, Natuzzi and Silent Night. Plus FREE parking just outside and a collect by car service means you can take home those must-have purchases with ease.

TRAFFORDCITY is also home to B&Q Warehouse with an amazing range of outdoor furnishings and accessories plus experts on hand to help if you're planning a garden DIY project. And of course a garden centre for that final flourish of summer plants.

So, if you're planning a staycation here's some ideas for creating a stylish outdoor space.

(Main image credit: John Lewis)

bolt from the blue

Cobalt, azure, turquoise, aquamarine...nothing evokes summer like beautiful blue. Bring a little Greek island cool to your outdoor space with bold blue accessories teamed with bare wood furniture. If you're feeling bold, create a dramatic backdrop by painting a wall or fence in an inky hue - just make sure it's exterior paint!

Bring on the blues...

  • Marks & Spencer outdoor living 2019
  • Camden Garden 4-Seat Table & Chairs Set £149 John Lewis & Partners
  • Debenhams Abigail Ahern Throw £80
  • Tealight holder from a range at HomeSense
  • Piccolino Portable Charcoal BBQ by Landmann® £45 Next
  • Raised blue acrylic glassware from £4.99 Zara Home
  • Reactive Salad Bowl £12.50 M&S
  • Ronseal Garden Bluebell Matt Garden paint 2.5L £17 B&Q


If you've ushered the global artisan trend into your home, why not expand the theme into your outdoor space? The home collections are full of sunbaked desert shades of terracotta, clay and stone with rough hewn textures, rattan and Ikat patterns. Perfect for creating an outside oasis for sunny days and balmy nights under the stars.

Satisfy the wanderlust...

  • Avebury Chair £99 John Lewis & Partners
  • Savanna Living range from Debenhams
  • BergHOFF Ceramic BBQ £269 M&S Home
  • IKAT throw from George Home at ASDA £12
  • Homesense Rwenzori bowl £9.99
  • Warm spice range from John Lewis & Partners
  • Set of 4 Ikat Patterned Melamine Bowls £16 Next Home
  • Woven rattan lantern £69.99 Zara Home

* Whilst every effort is made to ensure product availability and price accuracy we recommend you contact stores to confirm.

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