• Posts Tagged ‘Garden’

    A colourful patio

    by  • April 30, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments


    Putting in the bedding plants is my favourite gardening job. I know it’s a little bit early, especially after such a cold March, but I just can’t wait. I’m tempted to do it over the May bank holiday weekend.

    Last year I filled about a dozen terracotta pots with purple pansies and grouped them all together on my

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    Go Glamping

    by  • April 11, 2013 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments


    With sunny just days away (allegedly), it’s time to prepare yourself for some outdoor fun. Camping used to be a national pastime until the weather became somewhat unpredictable. But this year is going to be different, right? So forget your standard two-man tent and go all-out glam with a luxury design complete with buntings, blow-up beds and a voile canopy. Then find a nice spot in the garden, so you can take cover indoors incase it does decide to rain.

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    Autumn dining

    by  • October 2, 2012 • Desirable dining • 0 Comments

    Over the weekend I was looking out of a friend’s kitchen window and admiring her autumn garden – such beautiful shades of red, gold and burnt orange. I always think it’s sad when the summer comes to a close, but it’s easy to forget how attractive the beginnings of the changing seasons can be, especially as other than a small kitchen window, my house has limited views to my exterior (something that is set to change in 2013!). I very much envy those with kitchens, dining rooms or living spaces that overlook the garden and the picture above is a prime example of why a conservatory, or similar, can make such a difference. Not only can you dine in a light space with lovely views, but the mix of floral prints, moss-green rug and rustic beams create the perfect nod to its setting.


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    Last of the summer?

    by  • September 10, 2012 • Best of the rest, Stylish living • 2 Comments


    What beautiful sunshine we’ve been having, but however much I try not to, I find myself wondering how much longer it’s going to last. It always seems such a shame that just as we start enjoying our gardens, the weather changes and so too the days of lazing on a recliner enjoying the fruits of our gardening efforts. Perhaps this is why I long for a summer house – somewhere I can retreat and pretend that the glorious sun really isn’t over for another year! And, if I did get my wish, this is a perfect example of how I’d decorate my garden room – light, bright and pretty, with plenty of plants and flowers. Find more summer house schemes at http://bit.ly/U4a7Ov


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    Summer paradise

    by  • July 24, 2012 • 'The Room I Envy' by ... • 0 Comments

    Finally the sun has made an appearance, so we thought what better way to celebrate than to show you some fabulous ways of combining your indoor and outdoor areas. Make the most of the summer by incorporating big expanses of glass that will let the light pour in – you’ll feel as though you’re outside whist carrying out daily chores, too…

    We love the way this seasonal bright blue shade has been used both inside and out – on cushions, wallpaper and a rug – linking both areas together.

    Here, folding doors open wide to let the sunshine in, with a wooden dining table echoing the timber door frames.

    In this kitchen, floor-to-ceiling glass provides a picture-perfect view of the exterior.

    Fling open your doors to the garden and make the outside an extension of your home.


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    Summer dreaming

    by  • May 2, 2012 • 'The Room I Envy' by ..., Best of the rest • 0 Comments

    With a few of my friends having emigrated in the last few years, and continual photos of sunnier climbs to make me jealous, it’s got me thinking about how I can make the most of our garden for when the sunshine finally arrives in the UK. Mine may not necessarily be the most scenic of gardens – it doesn’t back onto fields or woods, nor does it have outstanding views of the ocean or beach – however, it’s a good size and, most importantly, all mine. So here’s what I’d like to do…

    I’d love a conservatory or extension, so that I can enjoy the whole indoors-outdoors space.

    I’d also like some decking, with different levels and a seating area for those warm, balmy nights (that I’m SURE are on their way!)


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    Club tropicana

    by  • July 20, 2011 • Best of the rest • 2 Comments

    As I write this post it’s overcast, dull and barely pushing 20 degrees in London. In July. Lovely.

    So, to brighten up my day (and I hope yours too), I figured that the best way to hurry-up summer was to bring a tropical touch to the garden, as seen in this bright and vibrant decked terrace.

    By accessorising wisely and sticking to juicy oranges, pinks and limes, rather than a host of clashing colours, this beautiful space is a happy place to be. Pale blue-painted weatherboarding and a rustic wood frame with a stripey canopy lend a subtle coastal feel, too. The only thing missing is a bartender to rustle up a Singapore Sling. Or five… Emily

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