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SEASIDECHIC PATIO Bring the tranquillity of the ocean to an outdoor dining area with deep blues and marine motifs Newquay vase, £25; blue crackle dinnerware, from £6; tumbler, £3; metal lantern, £25; seagrass placemats, £18 for four, all House of Fraser

2. Layer a table with textures Choose an outdoor table with a rustic wooden top to evoke the feel of driftwood and team with mismatched chairs for an informal look. Don’t disguise the natural look of your table – enhance it by using a folded throw as a laid-back runner.

1. Use ceramiclook tableware This season has seen an explosion of faux-ceramic plates and bowls – just the thing for outdoor dining! Swap your best china for melamine sets in shorethemed designs, and layer up bowls and plates for a sophisticated setting that saves on table space, too.

Fisherman metal lantern, £65; white seagrass placemats, £18 for four; Sardine melamine tableware, from £3; tumblers, £3 each; chopping board, £32; coastal dish, £10; Padstow recycled glass vase, £30; shell candles, from £20 each; Padstow hurricane vase, £35; Malo throw, £40, all House of Fraser

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