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Six of summer’s coolest backyard trends to try right now

Whether it’s Palm Springs glamour, a chilled-out festival vibe or nostalgic fun and games, take some time to relax and enjoy the sun

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Poolside in Palm Springs

Make like Elvis and Priscilla in a backyard oasis inspired by the sophisticated, retro style of Palm Springs. Think tropical prints, lush-leaved plants and colourful inflatables, with cocktails and cacti on the side.

Nautical essentials

Evoke a classic seaside or deckside ambience with striped towels and canvas cushions, simple navy and white furniture and potted palms or tropical plants. Add a supply of blankets in sunset tones for the evening chill.

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Get your game on

Set the scene for a nostalgic day of fun with backyard games for the young and young at heart. Recreate the thrill of the arcade, tackle some giant Jenga or try your hand at pole tennis – then catch your breath with a good book.

Let’s make camp

Bring rustic charm to your garden with a vintage-inspired campsite. Camping so close to home means you can pack more than the bare essentials, so grab the sheepskin and velvet cushions and get comfy.

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Lemonade – 20 cents

Get the kids’ creativity flowing and make a lemonade stand, complete with cupcakes, grapefruit juice and room to lounge – plus jugs of homemade lemonade, of course. All you need are some wooden crates, coloured card and a pile of citrus

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Festival vibes

Chill out in style at your own food and wine festival. Decorate with cosy cushions in soft, romantic tones, add your favourite drinks and nibbles, and gather your friends for a lazy, sun-filled afternoon.

Photography by: Melanie Jenkins.

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