Posts Tagged ‘gardens’

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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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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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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Garden ideas – something for the weekend!

August 3, 2010

Anyone seen the July issue of Ideal Home? Ahem, ok, to rephrase, anyone looking to create a STUNNING garden to relax in allllllllll weekend long? Ah ha, now you’ve perked up!!

Here’s how to create this … I’m going to say MAGICAL … outdoor space in just 5 easy steps.

1) Find a quiet corner of the garden and finally put it to use (or in my tiny garden’s case, transform the ENTIRE space).

2) Revamp old furniture with a coat of varnish and pretty cushions. Go for natural linens and cottons in greys, beiges and whites. Team with dark wood furniture for an exotic feel.

3) Make it easy to set up. Nothing says ‘it’s winter again’ like your newly updated garden furniture withering in the rain – choose folding furniture so you can stash it away.

4) Add plenty of shade. I adore this exotic Indian parasol from The White Company… enough to use as a regular umbrella.

5) Grab book, grab cocktail and LAZE!

roomenvy - exotic relaxed garden

roomenvy - exotic relaxed garden

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Garden design ideas from the experts

August 2, 2010

If ever there’s a new exciting way to add drama to your garden, Homes & Gardens‘ Arabella St John Parker know about it! I’m always asking her for her top garden tips. This week she’s shared her 5 top tips on how to create a garden with the wow-factor, and BOY did they give me and my little patio something to think about!

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Country garden ideas – oh for lazy days!

July 29, 2010

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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