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Get the look: Making the most of your outdoor space

After a cold harsh winter, sunny days and long summer nights are beckoning and there’s no better time to head outdoors.

Decorative features for outdoor living are quickly becoming as popular as indoor decor, with increasing numbers of Northern Ireland homeowners beginning to extend their interior sanctuaries beyond the back door.

With the popularity of ‘Staycations’ continuing to rise, Rushmere Shopping Centre in Craigavon has all you need to create the perfect haven in your backyard, paradise on your patio or the perfect BBQ with family and friends over the summer months.

Garden furniture, such as the Debenhams Riviera two-seater, £549, gives an outdoor “living room” look to a patio or deck.

Bright tones are popular this year so inject some colour into your alfresco furniture with some vivid cushions such as Homebase’s stripe cushion — Calypso, £9.99.

Fabric parasols are the perfect accompaniment to your garden furniture and this Riviera parasol, £59, from Debenhams at Rushmere will help you stay cool in the summer sun.

And finally, get that cosy Moroccan feel in the garden by using lanterns and candles. Matalan at Rushmere stock a great selection of different varieties — all which will create a stunning backyard ambience long after the sun has set.

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