Good Living: Summer entertaining

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Summer is here, which means the Aussie outdoors becomes one giant entertaining space. Eat, drink and be merry in your own backyard, in the bush or at the beach with these stylish, durable pieces.  

1. MODERN CLASSIC

Nanna's cherished Royal Doulton set gets a 21st century update thanks to maverick kitchen whiz Gordon Ramsay. Union Street Cafe 16-piece set, Gordon Ramsay by Royal Doulton, $249, royaldoulton.com.au

2. NATURAL WEAVE

With an intricate macrame weave, the Isla Tassel director's chair is ultimate luxe with a bohemian edge. Isla Tassel director's chair, $475, bateaubynight.com.au

3. HELP YOURSELF

In its debut collection, the Cotton On Home Bo range brings elegance and style at an affordable price tag. Cotton On Home Bo large bowl, watermelon, $29.95, cottonon.com

4. SUMMER SALADS

Bold colour blocking is back for summer – and coral is the shade du jour. Resin Temple servers, $105, dinosaurdesigns.com.au

5. WELL STOCKED

Super stylist Jason Grant, with his relaxed coastal style, shows us how to prep for the perfect outdoor party. Pacific Party ice bucket, $79, mjgstore.com

6. AUSSIE ICON

What's not to love about Ken? His prints are iconic and his textiles bring an unmistakably Aussie sensibility to any meal. "Sea Creatures", set of two placemats, $19.95, kendone.com.au

7. SERVE'S UP

The metallic trend is in full swing. From gold to copper and now deeper blues – and just check out those rainbow reflections. HAY Rainbow serving tray, $76, hayshop.com.au

8. FISH FOOD

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Enamel bowls are a staple for any kitchen. They're durable, virtually break-proof – and bring an instant holiday vibe. Outdoor enamel serving bowls, $54, westelm.com.au

9. DUSK LIGHTING

Mood lighting is a must for summer: when the sun goes down, the fun's really only just begun. Panelled glass lanterns – coloured, $36 - $109, westelm.com.au

10. AFFORDABLE STYLE

At just $6.95, these fruity watermelon tumblers are the sort of stocking filler sure to bring a smile on Christmas morning. Cotton On Home Bo tumbler, watermelon, $6.95, cottonon.com


11. CONTRASTING CORAL

Here's a simple tip: use bold, high-contrasting colours like this to make a statement on your table. Resin circle salt dish, $54, dinosaurdesigns.com.au