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    Garden ideas – New Victorian

    by  • September 6, 2010 • Best of the rest • 1 Comment

    I love Ideal Home‘s garden look of the month, ‘New Victorian’, putting a modern (and ambitiously sunny) spin on elegant Victorian style. Apparently it’s all about decorating your garden as if it was an outdoor room (that’ll be the rain talking again) with outdoor clocks, birdcgae lanterns and embroidered cushions.

    Choose ironwork furniture in cream and team with vibrant and colourful accessories in grape, pink and white… then sit back and pray to BBC weather!

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    roomenvy - Victorian-style garden design

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    Garden party ideas for the weekend

    by  • August 4, 2010 • Best of the rest • 1 Comment

    I’m hosting a garden party this weekend and am DESPERATE for ideas, so feel free to send any over! I’ve already set up lots of lovely lanterns, so that we can keep chitter chatting after dark, and I’ve got the food and wine. Now all I need to do is hand some bunting and create a cute table setting for the nibbles.

    I really like the cute tips in this garden party ideas video – especially their idea for personalising your cocktails… perfect if you’re the only one not drinking, ahem – and I LOVE the garden party accessories. It’s getting me all excited!

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    Country garden ideas – oh for lazy days!

    by  • July 29, 2010 • Best of the rest • 2 Comments

    As much as I’m enjoying being surrounded by Christmas trees and mince pies this week, my eyes are still being kept on the summer garden prize! Check out these country garden ideas. I love the idea of spending an afternoon surrounded by relaxed canopies, floral accessories, and … well … a cupcake doesn’t hurt anyone!

    Usher guests to the garden with a welcoming sign…

    roomenvy - country garden ideas

    roomenvy - country garden ideas

    Create a homemade sunshade by tying a floral voile to bamboo poles…

    roomenvy - country-style canopy

    roomenvy - country-style canopy

    Dress the table with a broderie Anglais cloth, colourful tableware and pretty lanterns…

    roomenvy - pretty alfresco dining table

    roomenvy - pretty alfresco dining table

    And relax! Sneak off with a good book to a hammock packed with cushions and throws. I want to be there immediately.

    roomenvy - blissful garden hammock

    roomenvy - blissful garden hammock

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    Contemporary garden designs

    by  • July 27, 2010 • Best of the rest • 2 Comments

    Once you start flicking through garden photo galleries you just can’t stop – despite my efforts to limit myself to browsing just twenty designs! What do you think of these contemporary garden schemes?

    I’m still holding out for a cute country garden myself, but I think these outdoor spaces are just as eye-catching. Here are my favourite three.

    Eye-popping garden furniture and accessories…

    roomenvy - contemporary garden ideas

    roomenvy - contemporary garden ideas

    Sunken walled garden and a cowhide rug…

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    roomenvy - walled garden

    Smart alfresco dining area… but where’s the food?

    roomenvy - alfresco dining area

    roomenvy - alfresco dining area

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    Garden updates

    by  • July 19, 2010 • Best of the rest • 1 Comment

    After spending an afternoon eating too much barbecue food on the terrace of a swanky flat overlooking the Thames, I decided THAT’S IT! I may never be able to afford even a room of one of those flats, but by GUM, will I make the most of what I’ve got!

    I’ve been searching for easy garden updates and I love these cute high-impact, low-effort ideas. So by the end of the summer, I hope my outdoor space will have at least two out of three of these things.

    1) An amazing alfresco dining table, with colourful glassware and chunky crockery!

    roomenvy - jungle fever alfresco dining table

    roomenvy - jungle fever alfresco dining table

    2) A mini herb garden! I like the idea of a chalkboard in the garden too – ideal for listing your garden ‘to do’s or for games with friends and family.

    roomenvy - herb garden

    roomenvy - herb garden

    3) A country swing! No mean feat on a roof terrace I assure you … maybe I’ll just hang it over the stairwell!

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    roomenvy - garden swing

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    Garden ideas, tips and advice!

    by  • July 9, 2010 • Best of the rest • 1 Comment

    Not that I think the general (and sweaty, most probably) baking hot public AREN’T already thinking about spending time in the garden this weekend, but if you are planning on doing something more green-fingered than dipping your fingers in a questionable green cocktail, then check out housetohome’s garden webchat at 1pm today.

    Former TV gardener and CEO of CafeDirect, Anne MacCaig will be answering all your questions from where to buy garden lighting to ‘what an earth do I do about my milk-carton-sized patio??’

    I’ll see you there!

    roomenvy - garden webchat with Anne MacCaig

    roomenvy - garden webchat with Anne MacCaig

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    Urban garden design ideas

    by  • June 29, 2010 • Best of the rest • 3 Comments

    I may have lost my ‘naaaah, I don’t really need to take a jumper to work’ confidence after this morning’s rain surprise, but I sure haven’t lost hope in sunny summer weekends in the gardens. As a city girl, I love these urban garden design ideas from Livingetc‘s latest issue – they’re perfect for adding the wow-factor to even the smallest of spaces.

    A river runs through it …

    There are plenty of sexy outdoor fabrics on the highstreet at the mo. I love this floral fabric combination, ideal for an exotic lounging area in the garden.

    roomenvy - colourful outdoor seating

    roomenvy - colourful outdoor seating

    Flex those green fingers …

    Construct a cool living wall of fragrant herbs that’s good enough to eat!

    roomenvy - urban herb garden

    roomenvy - urban herb garden

    Banksy, eat your heart out…

    Create a modern arbour by using an outdoor wall as a canvas for bold artwork! This urban garden is just PACKED with attitude.

    roomenvy - wow walls urban garden

    roomenvy - wow walls urban garden

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    Friday's fetish: swanky English garden designs

    by  • June 25, 2010 • Best of the rest • 1 Comment

    Well this glamorous garden isn’t exactly the average compact outdoor space! I was FLABERGHASTED when I saw this beautiful English country garden from Homes & Gardens magazine. It actually reminds me of my Brownie leader’s garden all those year’s ago (I really should look her up!)

    Anyway here are some pics -  marvel, find inspiration, assure your own patio that it doesn’t need to feel intimidated … it’s up to you!

    A humungous swimming pool? So far, so good …

    roomenvy - garden swimming pool

    roomenvy - garden swimming pool

    roomenvy - garden room

    roomenvy - garden room

    I bet this door leads to some sort of castle!

    roomenvy - secret garden door

    roomenvy - secret garden door

    A lake? Now that’s just showing off!

    roomenvy - weeping willow lake

    roomenvy - weeping willow lake

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    Garden ideas – the perfect afternoon nap!

    by  • June 2, 2010 • Best of the rest • 4 Comments

    I’ve been hunting for garden ideas in past magazine issues and deep in the depths of an old Country Homes & Interiors magazine (I kid you not, it had dust on it!) ANYWAY, I thought these ideas were way too pretty to gather dust – relaxing in the garden never looked so chic.

    What I really love about them though is that you don’t have to have a large country garden to incorporate these ideas, a small cute urban patio will do just as well – which suits me to a tee!

    I know I know, at some point you’re going to drag it inside BUT in the meantime you get a simply stunning place to chill out in the garden (afternoon nap, anyone?!) Plump up a day bed with colourful cushions and hang a mosquito net.

    roomenvy - cute garden seating area

    roomenvy - cute garden seating area

    YES PLEASE! A hammock is a summer essential – practical, compact, portable and an instant lounger. Hang from something sturdy, add cushions and enjoy – but make sure you grab your drink and book first, or it can get tricky!

    roomenvy - lazy garden hammock

    roomenvy - lazy garden hammock

    As dusk approaches, place pretty coloured lanterns around your garden for atmospheric twinkiling lights.

    roomenvy - colourful outdoor lighting

    roomenvy - colourful outdoor lighting

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    Garden ideas – style from The States

    by  • May 27, 2010 • Best of the rest • 2 Comments

    I’m getting a bit obsessed with Apartment Therapy‘s ‘My Great Outdoors‘ section! It basically involves gardeners proudly (and so they should be) sending in shots of their outdoor spaces and chatting a bit about their project.

    Here are two of my favourites …

    I love how this New York City homeowner has made the most of their roof terrace, in fact they’ve made SO much of their outdoor space – with an alfresco dining area, outdoor kitchen and lounging zone.

    roomenvy - urban garden roof terrace

    roomenvy - urban garden roof terrace

    … and onto a less urban garden design, this pretty Portland patio is perfect all year round with an alfresco dining table and a shaded lounge area that’s perfect for cocktails in the evening.

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    roomenvy - cute garden patio

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