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 and help with the perfect barbecue.

Lush places

Create a lush retreat with soothing leafy greens, naturally weathered finishes and the sunset glow of blush pink. Fill your space with foliage in the shape of ferns, succulents and palms - don't worry if you're not green fingered, there are some incredibly convincing artificial plants that will bring all the drama without the fuss.

Get the lush look...

  • Bali Garden Chair and Footstool £399 Next Home
  • Blush pink fringed cushion £9 B&Q
  • Large Fern In Pot £130 Debenhams
  • Green lantern from a selection at HomeSense
  • Laura Ashley Blush Acrylic Jug £16
  • Talking Tables palm print cocktail napkins £3.50 John Lewis
  • Outdoor furniture collection at John Lewis
  • Melamine bowl with lid £15.99 Zara Home

Grilled to meet you...

Barbecuing has become a serious business, it's no longer just a matter of throwing a couple of sausages on a disposable barbie - although we won't judge if you do! As well as the charcoal or gas question (we know!) - there are smokers, chimeneas and firepits to consider. Not to mention planchas and pizza ovens. So, if you're thinking of turning the heat up on your outdoor cooking skills, you'll find everything you need right here at TRAFFORDCITY. And for a few handy tips our friends at ASDA have 8 brilliant Barbecue Hacks to try out. Happy grilling!

Get grilling...

  • Blooma Maipo Charcoal Pizza Oven £137 B&Q
  • Chicken Roaster £27.50 M&S
  • everdure by heston blumenthal CUBE Portable Charcoal BBQ £149 John Lewis
  • Expert Grill 19 Piece BBQ Tool Set £20 George at ASDA
  • Fire & Smoke £19.99 Waterstones
  • Kitchen Craft Home Made Stainless Steel Smoking Oven £64.99 Lakeland
  • La Hacienda Pizza Fire Pit £100 Next
  • Smoking chips £4 M&S

(Main image credit: M&S Home)

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