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Summer dreaming

May 2, 2012

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!)

Laurie

Club tropicana

July 20, 2011

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

Totally tribal: why I’m loving Ikat prints

June 28, 2011

Floral, romantic style will never date, but occasionally a bold, bright trend comes along that makes me want to ditch the neutrals altogether and embrace eye-catching patterns and tribal colours.

Ikat is a tricky print to pull off, but this exotic style is perfect for summer and looks fabulous when used sparingly. Keeping to one colour palette and teaming it with natural looking accessories makes this one hot trend to watch. An easy way to ease into the look would be to start small and work your way up (there are some great ikat tableware ranges emerging) but if you’re feeling bold, an ikat-pattern would look stunning on a feature wall – check out this aqua blue example.

Now, I have to admit that I am NO fan of mustard, especially teamed with blue, but we’ll ignore that – how amazing would that wallpaper look on one wall of a cool blue and white room? Or used to upcycle an old chest of drawers? Love it.

Of course, if you’re not quite brave enought to paper a wall with the stuff, try taking the print outdoors – this garden room look is now firmly on my radar. I love the idea of putting a mirror outside too – it’s so luxurious! With the ferns and bamboo screens I could just about believe I was in a tropical paradise, rather than a tiny garden in South London.

Are you a fan of the ikat look? Let me know in the comments!

Best Garden Designs 2010 – And the winner is…

January 19, 2011

Hey man! Chill out in this striking roof garden. A Studio 54-style backdrop, free-wheelin’ ferns (they just GROW!!), weather-worn decking, a 1950s white wicker chair, silver plant pots and windmills. It shouldn’t work, but it so does!

Best garden design | Contemporay garden | Modern roof garden | Room Envy

A secret garden of delight

Call me an old hippy, but I think some kind of greenery in your home is essential to your wellbeing. But with so many of us in flats a garden is unlikely. A garden design as clever as this one could work anywhere: a proper garden, roof terrace, balcony, a conservatory, or even as an indoor garden in the corner of room that has a lot of light.

And if you’re not green-fingered, don’t worry (I have black-fingers of death!), throw a few ferns in a pot or a spider plant, and watch them do their thing – they’re so low maintenance.

Garden ideas – New Victorian

September 6, 2010

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!

roomenvy - Victorian-style garden design

roomenvy - Victorian-style garden design

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Friday’s fetish: Garden hammocks

August 27, 2010

Summer may be coming to an end (hence yesterday’s rant) but there are still loads of garden ideas to be had on Housetohome.co.uk.

Best of all, the weather is (apparently) set to clear up for the bank holiday. So, rather than moan (I hang my head in shame), I thought I’d jump straight back on the optimistic saddle and hunt down some sunshine-friendly gardens.

Vintage garden - Housetohome - Roomenvy

Vintage garden - Housetohome - Roomenvy

Neutral cottons, fresh white fabrics and lots of cushions create a tranquil chill-out area in this garden. The hammock, hung between two trees, is the perfect spot to while away the hours.

Country garden hammock - Housetohome - Roomenvy

Country garden hammock - Housetohome - Roomenvy

Love, love, LOVE this outdoor hammock. Pretty cushions and soft, cosy throws create a luxurious little hideaway for lazy summer afternoons. Complete the look with a large glass of Pimm’s, a heavy dose of sunshine and a good book.

Browse more garden schemes on Housetohome.co.uk and don’t forget to follow out on Twitter for all the latest news!

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Swanky summer entertaining

August 24, 2010

The bank holiday is fast approaching, so why not celebrate the end of summer with a garden party? The weather may not look great, but I’m prepared to throw caution to the wind (and ignore the weather forecast) one last time!

So if you’re keeping your fingers crossed like me, you may want to check out these alfresco dining ideas from Homes & Gardens

Smart gazebo - Alfresco dining - Homes & Gardens

Smart gazebo - Alfresco dining - Homes & Gardens

A romantic Indian-style tent makes a fabulous venue for outdoor dining. Using a circular table  ensures a sociable feel, while cushions add extra comfort.

Relaxed terrace - Alfresco dining - Homes & Gardens

Relaxed terrace - Alfresco dining - Homes & Gardens

Simple good-quality tableware is key to this informal outdoor arrangement. I love the mix of textures (rustic chickenwire, natural wicker and chunky wood) – it creates a gorgeous French-country feel.

Smart gazebo - Alfresco dining - Homes & Gardens

Smart gazebo - Alfresco dining - Homes & Gardens

Brighten up a simply monochrome palette with a twist of colour. Use bright napkins and flowers to keep the look fresh.

Need more alfresco dining ideas? Hop on to Homesandgardens.com for hundreds of inspirational schemes.

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Plan the perfect potting shed

August 19, 2010

Summer may be on its way out, but there’s never been a better time to organise your garden shed. Take advantage of the long balmy evenings (or cold drizzly nights), grab your wellies and tackle those cobwebs with vigour!

Why not create a snoozy spot with a comfortable leather armchair? Textured throws in a variety of colours will give it instant appeal after a long afternoon in the garden.

Gardner's chair - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Gardner's chair - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Love browsing your favourite journals? Use mossed flower pots as bookends. They will add instant country charm and give your shed a cosy, lived-in feel.

Plant pot bookends - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Plant pot bookends - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Another great little trick is to up-end old apple crates and screw them together to create shelves for storing pots, plants and accessories. Wire baskets are also good for storing bulbs as they allow air to circulate.

Potting shed storage - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Potting shed storage - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

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Lunchtime lust: tickling a room pink

August 9, 2010

I love these pretty pink decorating ideas from Homes & Gardens. From delicate coral to punchy cerise, shades of pink are perfect for giving your summer an uplifting feel… something we all need (not mentioning any names Monsieur. RAIN!)

Give your terrace a modern Moroccan feel with spicey pink shades, corner seating and intricately detailed cushions.

roomenvy - vibrant garden terrace

roomenvy - vibrant garden terrace

It only takes subtle touches of vibrant colour, like these cute pompoms, to liven up an all-white interior.

roomenvy - relaxed living room

roomenvy - relaxed living room

I love this flouncy shower curtain in graded pink shades!

roomenvy - rustic bathroom

roomenvy - rustic bathroom

Hmmmmmmmm, I’m nervous of the shell trim hitting the tiled floor but like the simple striped bedding.

roomenvy - tranquil bedroom

roomenvy - tranquil bedroom

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Garden party ideas for the weekend

August 4, 2010

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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