Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

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

Lunchtime lust: Paintbox florals

August 23, 2010

Capture summer’s brightest trend and bring florals up to date with vivid, hand-drawn-style blooms used in unexpected ways.

I love the pop-art shades and floral flashes in the September issue of Livingetc. Forget fussy, feminine prints – these bad boys have attitude…

Spray of flowers - Livingetc - Roomenvy

Spray of flowers - Livingetc - Roomenvy

For a grown-up alternative to stickers, have a floral design graffitied onto a wall. It allows you to choose your own design, shape and colours, such as on-trend fluorescent pink and charcoal grey .

Shades of pop art - Livingetc - Roomenvy

Shades of pop art - Livingetc - Roomenvy

Make floral lamp shades more feisty than fussy by going big on scale with giant drums and large screen-printed flowers in rich colours. Flex dyed in a zingy shade adds to the attitude.

Floral flash - Livingetc - Roomenvy

Floral flash - Livingetc - Roomenvy

No time to decorate? Simply lay an oilcoth over a table for an instant – and easily changeble – swathe of vibrant blooms. For a personal feel, have the fabric of your choice made into an oil cloth.

Need more decorating ideas? Visit Livingetc 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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Day dream believer

March 26, 2009

With the clocks set to go forward this week, i’m really getting in the mood for Summer, and I think a day bed, like this one, is just the ticket for warm, lazy afternoons. Team with shabby chic cushions and a colourful bunting for a country-style feel.

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living room

living room

Shed-loads of style

August 6, 2008

I do have a shed – but it looks nothing like this one! I’m definitely tempted to sweep out the spiders and go for a whole new shed makeover. With some soothing pastel shades and they’ve transformed this shed into a gorgeous summer retreat.

If your a shed fan check out www.readershed.co.uk – its filled with real shed makeovers – fab!

Summer shed

Summer shed