Posts Tagged ‘outdoor living’

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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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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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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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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Contemporary garden designs

July 27, 2010

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…

roomenvy - walled garden

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

July 19, 2010

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!

roomenvy - garden swing

roomenvy - garden swing

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Garden ideas, tips and advice!

July 9, 2010

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

June 29, 2010

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

June 25, 2010

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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