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Spruce up your outdoor living area with these essentials

A few clever buys can turn your outdoor area or patio into a favourite entertaining spot. Approach the space the same way you would a lounge, but opt for hard-wearing furniture and fabrics, and accessories that are easy to clean. These are some must-have items to make your space stylish and inviting:

1. Outdoor sofa

A comfortable sofa like this one from Weylandts ensures that guests linger longer. Teak and oak are hard-wearing woods that will withstand the elements.

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2. Coffee and side tables

Coffee and side tables provide space for snacks and drinks. This coffee table is made from tempered glass that cleans with just a wipe, making it ideal for dusty outdoor areas.

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3. Scatter cushions

Up the comfort factor with scatters made from water- and UV-resistant fabrics.

Autobahn fabric in Tofu, R547,20, Hertex.

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4. Decor accessories

Tasteful ornaments will give the space a decorated feel. Keep it practical with wood, ceramic and resin pieces.

Oval deco wood bowl, R499, @home

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5. Lanterns

Lanterns make for a style accessory during the day and create atmosphere with ambient lighting when the sun sets.

Bali lantern, R399, Woolworths

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6. Throws

Add colour and pattern to your scheme with throws and blankets, and they’re also handy in case of a cool breeze.

Contrast throw R599, Woolworths

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