home: event [ garden tours ] 

home: event [ garden tours ] 

For those of us with green fingers or those with a love of outdoors, considering design, layout and purpose of their exterior space, whether it be a garden, land, balcony or courtyard, is just as important as indoor space design. 

Explore our capital’s gardens over a weekend in June, to discover and learn ideas on horticulture, self sufficiency, garden design and making the most of whatever space you have. Spend the weekend in London’s ‘secret gardens’ that you might not ever get to see otherwise. 

June 17 – 18 

Ticket HERE  

Time Out say: Discover London’s secret gardens over this weekend of viewings and openings. In 2017 more than 200 gardens will unlock their gates for a weekend to take part in this annual event, held in association with the National Trust. Spanning 27 boroughs, the gardens take in all sorts of spaces, from traditional squares to roof terraces and allotments, as well as gardens belonging to historic buildings, schools, shops and cafes. 138 of the gardens taking part this year are normally closed to the public. A range of walking and cycle tours, special garden tours, family activities, art trails and poetry events will be announced closer to the weekend.



home: made [ garden pot design ] 

home: made [ garden pot design ] 

It’s May and the sun is beginning to make more and more appearances, so it’s definitely time to think about brightening up and bringing a new look to the garden. Think about current trends or colours that you’d like to incorporate into the garden and then you just need the paint and pots. 

Decorating cheap plastic or ceramic pots is an easy way to update the garden time and time again. 

Head to diy or craft stores for paint or spray suitable for outdoor use and explore Pinterest for pattern or colour ideas. 

Including: MakeItLoveIt tutorial design (top left)
High street stores including Wilkos and any of the pound stores are great for getting basic plain pots and planters. For a better finish ensure cleaning the pots and a light sanding if old and tarnished to create the perfect base to design on. Set yourself up with outdoor primer, exterior sprays or paints and use a exterior varnish or lacquer to ensure a long lasting finish. Use masking tape or stencils to create modern designs with geometric influence, typography or embrace the popular dip/drop styles. And if you make a mistake it can simply be painted over. 

For tips, guidance and advice head to CraftsByAmanda , PracticallyFunctional , TheCraftedLife and Diary Of A Mad Crafter (featured in top picture), Make It Love it (featured in second picture)  or  CountryLiving

home: featured [ Matalan ] 

home: featured [ Matalan ] 

Cheap and cheerful? Is the quality less? We were overwhelmed with the plethora and immense choice of great homeware and furniture at Matalan

Covering so many current trends with prices starting from a couple of pounds, you can fill your home and garden with textiles and ceramics, glassware and trinkets – from marble-look accessories to bohemian soft furnishings, plant hangers to metallic pieces – there’s so much to choose from. 

With their furniture you can create industrial, retro, midcentury or modern monochrome looks with quality and affordable prices – the current sale section is definitely worth chacking. 

home: nice price [ garden furniture ] 

home: nice price [ garden furniture ] 

From the designer originals for hundreds to the many many in-the-style-of more affordable versions, we love the look of the Acapulco chairs, and jumping on the design band wagon and at an absolute steal, Asda have this amazing set for just £89. 

Bring a splash of colour and style to the garden with this ‘Camden’ set, consisting of two lounge chairs and a small table. The retro form is perfect and you can add to and mismatch it with more of the same style but in other colours. 

Asda outdoor department is brimming with great styles of garden furniture with very tempting affordable pricing. Plenty to choose from to give the garden a make over. 

home: favourite thing [ planters ]

home: favourite thing [ planters ]

Spring has sprung and so have the new arrivals in stores. With a lot of people turning their focus to the garden now is the perfect time to get some colour outdoors and bring your green space back to life.

We have spotted these gorgeous ceramic, metal & fibreglass planters from Habitat. With a huge range of sizes and colours you are sure to find the right ones for you.

Available now from habitat.co.uk [ from £20 ]

home: trend [ big blooms ]

home: trend [ big blooms ]

Floral prints are always a popular choice, especially around this time of year. Spring brings flowers and colour which in turn brings joy and positivity into our lives. This is then replicated in the home with our interior choices. This year its the same, although now the prints are bolder, bigger and more colourful.

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Mural by grahambrown.com

Florals have often felt quite old fashioned and it can be difficult to know how to use them in the home. A great place to start is with soft furnishings; cushions and rugs in a distictive pattern mixed with more plain colours help bring this trend in a subtle way. Mix different floral prints together for a bolder look or with other patterns like stripes and geometric [ see previous trend post floral x geo ].

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Rug from habitat.co.uk

Large floral images look great framed as pieces of art, and just having a few of these around the home or placed together on a wall can create a subtle nod or full on statement to this trend. Go even more bold with a mural wallpaper or an allover patterned sofa. The wall becomes a piece of art on a larger scale and can bing drama to a room and a floral sofa is fun and quirky, making all your guests smile when they enter the room. Go one step further and match your sofa with the wallpaper, for a full on statement.

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Sofa by houseofhackney.com

However much floral you fancy investing in, remember it can be young and cool and no longer Mumsy, so enjoy it.

Guide:

1. Wall mural from Grahambrown.com [ £150 ]

2. Print from Skandivis.co.uk [ £34 ]

3. Cushion from Amara.com [ £80 ]

4. Stool from Miafleur.com [ £102 ]

5. Print from Desenio.co.uk [ from £11.95 ]

6. Duvet from Amara.com [ £105 ]

home: favourite thing [ wall sticker ] 

home: favourite thing [ wall art ] 

No mess, no fuss, a simple way to bring the outdoors in with these Nutmeg leaf wall stickers available from SouthwoodStores

Our favourite monstera leaf image gets transformed into great modern matt vinyl wall stickers. Easy to apply and creates a great indoor garden look for room. 

£19