Holiday at Home

Flicking through the August issue of Elle Decoration at some of the beautiful summer destinations that are featured this month is guaranteed to give you home envy. From a Caribbean hideaway to a Sicilian guest house, a clean-lined contemporary villa in Mykonos or a strikingly modern home in Kerala there is plenty to drool over.

If you feel inspired to make a few updates to your outdoor living space to give your own abode that holiday at home feeling, you might be frustrated to discover that most retailers have already wound up their summer sales and moved onto Autumn Winter (hello?... it's July!!!). It's worth checking out Habitat though as their summer sale is still on and they have some pretty impressive discounts on their outdoor range.

I'm declaring today a half day and while the sun is out (even if it's only briefly) later on I'll be pouring myself a cool drink, unfolding the deckchair and settling down with a good book to make the most of it.

1.  Nicoll low back chair £60 (was £200)  |  2.  Fan throw £10.50 (was £35)  |  3.  Belize lounger £250 (was £500)  |  4.  Handmade bamboo salad bowl £12  |  5.  Set of 4 Martini glasses £15  |  6.  Stainless steel ice bucket £30  |  7.  Nicoll white coffee table £75 (was £250).