home: made [ outdoor rugs ]
There’s a whiff of Spring in the air, if you aren’t still trudging over snow, so it’s definitely a good time for projects that create great pieces for the garden. Anything to help make that perfect outdoor living area to enjoy in the warmer months.
We found two great outdoor rug DIYs from two of our favourite creative maker blogs – A Beautiful Mess and Apartmenttherapy .
The first from ABM is a great, fun project, weaving your own rug from scrap fabric and finishing with a protective spray.
The second from ApartmentTherapy is a stylish idea to make an outdoor rug with waterproof fabric and then create a design on it waterproof acrylic paint.
home: featured [ Next ]
It may be a little damp and chilly but it’s definitely a good time to start planning styling the garden for this summer.
Give yourself something to look forward to by creating a new look for the garden with all the excellent pieces new-in at Next. Plan your outdoor living space with furniture, lighting and outdoor dining ware.
Next offer branded and own brand pieces. There’s great design, great silhouettes and great styles for their furniture. It’s easy to collate a outdoor lounge or dining area with complimentary accessories, planting and with all the details down to melamine ware for safe outdoor dining and strands of cool lighting to light your area after dark.
home: event [ Barbican exhibition ]
Explore the history behind the making of the conservatory and other green spaces at the Barbican at ‘Flying trees and sunken spaces’ exhibition that runs until March 20th.
Explore the history behind the creation of the open spaces, gardens, and conservatory that are found across the Barbican Estate and Arts Centre.
For over a decade (1940–1956), the devastated postwar site where this exhibition now stands was a wild landscape. Debate on the urban role of open space raged on, while weeds gently but effectively regenerated the City from its ashes. A monumental landscape emerged, combining low and high rise buildings and spaces, creating an enclosed, urban fabric within the City.
Flying Trees and Sunken Squares is the fifth of the changing foyer displays. It explores the history and design of the Barbican Estate and Arts Centre and is divided into three sections. A selection of books from founding CP&B partner Geoffrey Powell bring to light references from continental Europe and inspiration from the English garden. A selection of archival drawings and illustrations conveys the interweaving of artifice and nature. At its centre historical drawings of the Conservatory and newly commissioned botanical photography celebrate the glass and steel design of this hidden garden.
home: featured [ La Redoute ]
One of our favourites for homeware is La Redoute, so we’ve been picking our favourites from the current collection (see picture). There’s a wealth of trend aware pieces to choose from and now get 40% off with code BLACKFRIDAY at the checkout. It’s the perfect time to make an investment in statement pieces (including the rug that even had its own instagram feed!) with this huge discount.
home: nice price [ throw ]
Since there’s the odd day with a chill in the air and autumn is on its way, we are looking for warmth and thinking ahead to cosy nights in. Plus to make the most of the last summer nights, keep throws handy with outdoor furniture to ensure you can stay outside for longer.
Ikea has these perfect VARKRAGE throws at just £4 each. They are machine washable and available in grey or blue.
home: made [ outdoor patio stencilling ]
Looking to great a new look for the garden or update a patio? Pushing the trend for outdoor rugs further we love the idea of stencilling patterns or designs directly onto a patio or decking.
By using stencils (or freehand if very creative) you can produce a unique, look for an outdoor area – choosing from styles including geometric, Moroccan, ethnic, bohemian or midcentury.
We found some great sites offering tutorials and design ideas of how to achieve these looks including The House Of Wood, Cutting Edge Stencils, and Stencil Search.
home: nice price [ garden lights ]
The popular industrial design of cage lights have been a strong trend in interiors and this trend is now available for outdoor garden styling.
Grab a bargain from the Sainsbury’s outdoor range – these solar powered string of cage lights was £12.50 but is now £9.37
Create a warm light around a seating area for outdoor entertaining.