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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With creating beautiful outdoor living areas as important as indoor living, now, there is a drive towards great ranges of outdoor living furniture, accessories and soft furnishings to use. But why not try a DIY to keep the budget down?
Rugs make a huge difference to styling and outdoor rugs that are waterproof and hard wearing are growing in popularity.
We love this easy DIY tutorial from AnnsGardenPath.Blogspot using the humble garden hose as it’s base component. Simple and very effective this tutorial is step by step in guiding you to create your own. Use different colours and length to personalise the look and size.
Further to our highlight of enjoying outdoor living now that summer is here we look at a simple idea to enhance an outdoor space.
If your fences are looking a little dated and worn but it’s either impossible or too much money to replace them all, using cheap battening can give a great modern clean look to old panels.
Using the existing fence posts as your base of support, you can evenly mount new batons horizontally with spacing, to create a new design and look.
Batons or narrow wood (approx 2”x 1”) can be purchased from your local wood merchant or building suppliers. Most will offer a cutting service for a small cost if you don’t wish to cut all the lengths yourself. Then for the easiest fixing use long outdoor weather resistant screws and a drill.
This simple battening idea can also then create a great system for hanging pots, planting, lighting and other paraphenalia from. It can be handy for small spaces to allow the use of the walls for growing fruit, veg and flowers if there isn’t much floor space. It also keeps things out the way from pets, foxes and little fingers!
We love these handy hanging pots from Tiger and they’re only £2!
So with a heavy heart we [ slowly ] say goodbye to one of the high street giants BHS. Now is the time to get some incredible deals from their great homeware department [ their lighting department is full of absolute gems! ]
As its officially summer, we found this gorgeous garden lounge set that would sit perfectly in any garden. It’s reduced from £799 to an incredible £319.20. At that price it’s a worth while investment for year upon year of use. Introduce colour or pattern in cushions and throws inline with your favourite colour trends each summer.
This summer they would sit perfectly with a mix of black, white and grey soft furnishings or brighten up with on-trend tropical patterned cushions and throws.