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Garden Party

ee563378d31b4e4b72e0ffa44b52e7f4I love this time of year. Everything is just so alive. It’s a time when I hate to be inside and yearn for a walk in the park surrounded by the lush green trees, an afternoon spent lying in a field or simply just sat outside drinking a cup of tea or glass of wine. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden – whether it’s large, small or London-sized postage stamp (that’s me folks), you’re bound to be spending quite a bit of time in it over the coming months (fingers crossed). Which means it’s time to get decorating…

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Just stringing up a row of fairy lights can instantly transform the plainest garden into something pretty, making the slide from dusk into evening just magical. Winding them around a flower box also looks lovely. I’m also a big fans of lanterns and tea lights in jam jars, either strung up in trees (as in the top picture) or just scattered around on different surfaces.

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Rattan lights, £10, Wilko; White Festoon Lights, £45, Cox & Cox (not available until July); Solar-powered lights (also available in white), £10, B&Q

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Hanging teardrop votive, £7, Garden Trading; Brenton copper lantern, £26.95, Broste; Aged metal lanterns, £26.50, Nordic House

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So, you’re probably not going to do this when a friend’s popping over for tea, but isn’t this votive surrounded by lavender just the prettiest thing? By tying springs of lavender around the candle with twine, you’ll not only have a beautiful light, but also the scent of lavender enhanced by the heat from the candle. Heavenly.
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It’s worth thinking about seating when you’re planning your outside space. Obviously, being Britain, you can’t leave rugs, cushions and chair covers out all summer (or even overnight), but I love the idea of bringing the inside out and creating another room in your garden. While, personally, I love a mismatched look, this simple grey seating area (below) looks very chic. I would just add a brightly coloured cushion or crockery and some candle lanterns to brighten it up.

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Inside/outside Nirvana rug made from recycled plastic (4ft x 6ft), £40, Green Decore; Cushion cover, £5, Ikea; Iron brazier, £95, Cox & Cox

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Banbury ceramic stool, £89.95, Joss & Main; Indoor/oudoor Birdcage mirror, £40.95, Joss & Main; Saraille Cobalt linen throw, £150, Designers Guild127bdf4105dcc955d8a13d3f369fd903If you’re going for more of a country look, then how about bunting? It speaks of summer fetes, Miss Marple mysteries, country weddings and gold-tinted days of years gone by. It’s just so English and summery, and yes lovely. It’s also a great way to easily ‘prettify’ a small space. If you have the creativity and the time, then make your own out of old bits of fabric, but if that’s too much of a faff then you can easily buy some here. I also adore tipis, so much so we slept in one on the night of our wedding. These children’s tipis would be a much-loved edition to any garden (and can easily be brought inside when it rains).

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Wigwam, £60, Great Little Trading Co.; Plain tipi, £120 and decorated tipi, from £150, My Wee TeePee; Play tipi, £99, Strawberry Hills

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Claire
    May 6, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    The first image is stunning – how I’d love to hang out in a garden like that! The lavender votives are a sweet idea too. I may well give this a try in the summertime once my lavender plants are a little more established!
    Claire

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    Sheepskins Fairylights
    May 7, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Really beautiful ideas. You can see how the lights add a different dimension to a space. Magical 🙂 xx

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    Laura Colonnese
    May 9, 2014 at 9:44 am

    I just wanted to say thank you for an inspiring piece. I have just purchased the Nirvana rug from Green Decore!!!

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