home: found this [ outdoor bistro set ]
This lovely three piece bistro set from Habitat is perfect for small gardens, balconies or terraces.
The two pink metal chairs and table will bring some colour and interest to your outside space, and foldable so you can easily store them away in Winter.
Available in other colours and as a five piece set.
[ £120 ]
home: made [ outdoor coffee table And stools ]
Summer is round the corner and as well as the stores being full of on trend, modern lounge and dining furniture for your garden, it’s also an opportunity to think about getting creative and making garden furniture from other paraphernalia. It’s great to seek out vintage, retro or industrial items that can be turned into tables, chairs, planters – all to give an unique quirky look to your outdoor living area.
We’ve found a few great ideas to give you some creative inspiration.
Quirky and bright, we love this easy diy, using old milk crates for stools or tables, spotted on BalconyGardenWeb. Head to eBay for old crates or contact local milk delivery firm. A great way to get pops of colour in the garden.
Search for vintage style giant spools, which sound crazy but are relatively easy to get from builders merchants or diy stores as this is what they sell electric cabling, chains and rope on. If they sell by the length then every so often they’ll be getting rid of the spool! We also spotted some on eBay where someone has already sanded, prepared and made perfect to use! A sourced spool, with a little sanding and a wax or varnish, make perfect ready made tables! The wood is generally already weather proof.
With a bit of a search, we spotted an abundance of ideas for the wooden reels including a gorgeous planter on The Empowered Educator Online.
Another great project would be to upcycle large old tins (often from cooking oil or other ingredients) into stools or tables. Add wooden tops or padded tops. Spray in chosen colour or leave as is and take advantage of the cool typography and graphics often used as the labelling of the product.
There’s lots of inspiration on Pinterest including these padded top stools from The Upcyclist blog
home: featured [ George at Asda ]
Sometimes you find some unexpected homeware delights when you thought you’d just gone out for milk and bread.
Having a look at ‘new in’ at George at Asda we find some gorgeous honewares for easy updates in the home.
Key areas we love are all the towel patterns, including great retro designs, terrazzo print and geometric; and an extensive cushion range which could be used to create a colourful outdoor loving area!
Our favourite find though is the beautiful cool design of the KitSound Diggit outdoor speaker ! Useful and eye pleasing – a great addition to your outdoor living space. Just £28.
home: favourite thing [ garden furniture ]
Spring is here and the warm weather is arriving. Time to start thinking about creating your outdoor living area.
These Acapulco-style ‘Monaco’ set of two chairs and table are a perfect start to a fresh modern look and a pop of colour. Available from Dunelm in various colours and also as single options.
home: event [ ask the architect ]
Looking to redesign or create an outdoor space and need a little inspiration and advice? Book a slot at this amazing opportunity and Heals. Talk to the experts for invaluable support and help.
Visit Heal’s Tottenham Court Road flagship store for a free consultation with Urban Roof Gardens’ senior architects and designers.
Urban Roof Gardens are London’s leading multidisciplinary architectural firm specialising in roof terraces, urban gardens and the associated indoor spaces. Truly bringing the outside in, and the inside out. Urban Roof Gardens create spaces that are healthy, sustainable, enriching and environmentally beneficial.
Urban Roof Gardens love creating new green spaces, often out of thin air. Enhancing the lives of urban dwellers. Helping green our cities. They design iconic, emotive, tactile and organic roof art.
Spend 30 minutes with one of Urban Roof Gardens’ specialists, so that they can transform your outdoor dreams into reality.
home: made [ plant pot designs ]
With Spring in the air it’s time to think about outdoor living, planting and gardens. It’s great to make personal touches within your space with your own design creations on plant pots. This can allow them to match a colour theme, follow a trend, label what’s in the pot or personalise them as a gift!
We love the design idea from Homedit with its modern geometric look and metallic colours.
For a plethora of ideas head to BalconyGardenWeb or have a look on Pinterest
All you’ll need is paint and, if it’s not outdoor paint then a good fixer spray or varnish will ensure it lasts and holds up to the weather. You can get plain pots from garden centres, IKEA, or try online at Hobby Craft or Baker Ross for great prices.
home: favourite thing [ planter ]
Make more of a statement for your indoor planting with this gorgeous large brass look planter from Audenza. The weave imprint gives texture and it’s rich tone and beautiful metallic finish is perfect for the modern home easily sitting with many current interiors trends – metallics, monochrome, traveller, natural… such a versatile piece of homeware.