I moved house towards the tail end of last year and didn’t get much time to make much use of our wonderful little garden so now that Spring is here I can’t wait to get stuck in brightening it up and adding a dash of fun.
Luckily the previous owners of our house must have liked gardening; as they had already created beautiful big beds from railway sleepers, a lovely little ‘handkerchief’ lawn, a decked patio and a lovely raised decked seating area at the back of the garden – that we added a little frame to, making it into a sort of daybed that I am going to fill with cushions.
So all I have to do now is add the final finishing touches; a few plants here and there to fill in the gaps, some pots and my favourite part – furniture and accessories! Here are some of my garden design ideas – things I have loved this week on my search.
I do love a Moroccan lantern and on all of my visits there have always wanted to bring some back but have never had enough room in my case. Luckily for me then that Homebase sell this lovely set of three Moroccan inspired lanterns (centre picture), which I now have sitting at the edge of my ‘day-bed’ ready to softly light the garden while I lounge on a bed of cushions.
The cushions that I’ll be lounging on will probably be these colourful scatter ‘Grenö’ ones from Ikea (top left) as I love the colours (and the price) and the fact that they are outdoor ones; the covers are removable and washable – so when one of my clumsy friends spills his or her glass or red wine over them I won’t mind.
Obviously I would be mad to rely totally on the British weather so for those evenings when it is not so warm (read most of the time) I love the idea of creating some extra warmth with a fire pit. I particularly like the Scandinavian chic of this Helios Firebowl from Skagerak (top right); perfect for keeping warm and toasting some marshmallows on.
So far so practical. I have light, comfy cushions to lounge on and warmth so I want I need is something that offers nothing more than aesthetic value – enter the ’Me Too’ Puppy by Magis (centre right); something which I have wanted for absolutely ages as it is just so cute! If you’ve been reading my other blog posts you’ll know that I have a thing for doggy home accessories, so the fact I can now extend that into the garden is perfect.
Back to practicality again. Well sort of. I just love the curvy plastic-fantastic ‘Panton’ chairs by Verner Panton (bottom right) and the array of wonderful colours they come in. They are a design classic for a very good reason. I think two of these sitting alongside this ‘nautic’ foldable table by Skagerak (bottom centre) would look just fabulous – perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine at the end of a long day.
Finally, I want to end this feature with another less practical item. If I used one of these colourful ‘Socker; watering cans from Ikea (bottom right) to actually water all of the plants in my garden then I would be there for hours, trudging back n forth from the kitchen. Even though my garden is tiny. Much better would be to use a hose. However, they are so cute and colourful I want to get a few to be used as nothing more than a colourful feature!
So there you have my garden wish-list, full of lovely things to make that outdoor space as inviting as the one indoors.