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Hi! My name is Gary and this is my home and garden improvement blog. My passion for working on my home and garden began when I bought my first house. It was a run down little place in the suburbs of Sydney. Even though the place was in a bit of a state, it was in a fantastic location. I spent many hours reading up on DIY and gardening tips before setting about improving the place. It was a lot of hard work but it was also a lot of fun. I learnt a lot during that time so I decided to start this blog.



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Create the Perfect Poolside Dining Area

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Long summer nights spent relaxing by the pool, soft lighting, delicious food, good company... What more could you want? If you feel like you're not making the most of the warm weather, are stuck in a boring dinnertime routine or want to get more use out of an outdoor patio and pool, then creating a luxurious poolside dining area could be the answer. You'll feel like you're on holiday every evening, and it's a nice way to share a romantic meal with your other half or spend some quality time with kids (away from computer screens). Read on to find out how to create the perfect poolside sanctuary.

Table and chairs

Wicker is a great choice for poolside furniture as it's strong and durable, won't be damaged by the occasional splash and is nice and comfy. A table and chair set is perfect for dining with the whole family, and many styles of chair can be stacked for easy storage during winter. If you plan on entertaining large groups, you could add wicker recliners for sunbathing or lounging with a drink or even outdoor wicker couches with soft cushions — great for kids to relax on after burning off some energy in the pool.

The great thing about wicker is how versatile it is: There are loads of different pieces of furniture you can buy to match your main set. A wicker bar cart is really handy for transporting food and drink to your dining space, and wicker side tables are handy for drinks and nibbles. You could even add a statement piece like a wicker swinging chair or bar stool.

Visit a site like http://www.furniturenmore.com.au to check out the sort of options you have for wicker outdoor furniture.

Outdoor cooking equipment

If you want to abandon the house altogether, then outdoor cooking equipment is a must. Obviously you won't want anything to be too close to the pool, so plan your layout accordingly. A barbecue is the standard option, and you should pick a size that will allow you to cook easily for your whole family. A barbecue that's too small can be frustrating, especially when kids are involved.

If you fancy something a bit different, consider an outdoor oven — great for pizzas and doesn't require as much effort as a barbecue. A fire pit that's designed for cooking is another nice option that's both practical and attractive. Cook sausages for dinner, then roast marshmallows under the stars for a real camping holiday feel. Kids will absolutely love making their own toasted bread and s'mores while the romantic twinkle of firelight is perfect for date night.