Posts Tagged ‘Garden’

Summer paradise

July 24, 2012

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.

Chayla 

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

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.

All hands on (Christmas) decorations

November 15, 2010

I’ve been scouring the web for Christmas craft ideas to make festive decorating more personal this year… I may have to put my hands up, surrender, and become the latest recruit to the craft revolution, because I’ve discovered so many ideas I don’t know which to choose as my first project!

After much deliberation (Lloyd Grossman-era Masterchef style) I’ve pulled out my top three homemade craft ideas from Housetohome‘s extensive festive portfolio. And these ones won’t leave you with glue-coated hands or days-worth of attempting to scrub glitter off every exposed surface, including your hair…!

roomenvy - make your own christmas stocking

I don’t care how old you are, everyone should have a Christmas stocking by the living room fire. And maybe Santa will give you extra ‘nice’ points if you make your own (and the rest of the family’s) oversized traditional mini-gift carrier?

roomenvy - make Christmas gift vouchers more personal

roomenvy - make Christmas gift vouchers more personal

Ok, so you’ve run out of ideas and had to buy gift vouchers/ theatre tickets / any paper goods that can’t be wrapped. Oh, but they can! Personalise the ‘impersonal’ gift with these clever little present pouches. Reindeer friend optional (but recommended!)

roomenvy - wintry paper lanterns

roomenvy - wintry paper lanterns

LOVE these glowing paper lanterns – they have such a welcoming festive feel. All it takes to light garden path to the front door, or add a glow to your living room, is some paper bags, tealights and a hole punch. Who said Blue Peter?!

For more Christmas craft ideas, visit Housetohome.co.uk and keep your eyes peeled for extra tips at new super-seasonal blog, Home for Christmas.

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How to create a nature-inspired garden room

September 7, 2010

Check out this botanical beauty! I loved this fresh conservatory/garden room when I first saw it, and I couldn’t wait to quiz the Homes & Gardens decorating team on exactly how to get the look.

Check out this video for inspirational ideas on how to create the perfect garden room, from elegant finishing touches to practical ideas. LOVE IT.

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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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Leafy shapes and urban attitude

August 25, 2010

Gone are the days of weedy patios, tired old plants and rickety fences – it’s time to get creative! This season is all about bold statements, geometric shapes and zingy summer colours.

But before you hands dirty, check out Housetohome.co.uk for all the latest style tricks for lack-lustre gardens. Here are a few of my favourites..

Colourful garden walls - Housetohome - Roomenvy

Colourful garden walls - Housetohome - Roomenvy

Flamingo pink paint gives this outdoor living area instant curb appeal. Make a sophisticated chill-out zone by painting your own rug onto decking and group living room-esque furniture and accessories around it.

Colourful garden wall - Housetohome - Roomenvy

Colourful garden wall - Housetohome - Roomenvy

Create a modern arbour by using an outdoor wall as a canvas for a bold artwork – either your own or an artist’s. This graffiti combines urban attitude with leafy shapes and glorious summer colour to lift a simple seating area out of the ordinary.

Colourful garden walls - Housetohome - Roomenvy

Colourful garden walls - Housetohome - Roomenvy

The background in this garden works two big trends – grey and geometric – and gives the green and silver an almost magical glow.

Need more inspiration? Browse hundreds of beautiful garden schemes over on Housetohome.co.uk.

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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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