When the weather is playing ball, nothing beats sitting outside and soaking it up; something us Brits are very good at.
Maybe it’s my love of the great outdoors, or more likely because I live in Scotland, but whenever the sun does come out I want to spend every last minute enjoying it and I want my surroundings to be pretty while I do so.
Your postcode (and let’s face it, your bank balance) will likely determine what outdoor space you have. But, even the tiniest patch can be made to look inviting, pretty and create a space that you’ll want to spend every waking sunny minute in.
I’ve moved house recently from a top-floor flat with no outdoor space to an apartment with my own garden. The space I have to call my own is limited but it’s enough; there’s space for a bench, a table and a few potted plants. And, of course, some wonderful garden accessories, which make a real feature of the space.
Let’s start with furniture. My space is small, so I need somewhere that allows the furniture to be pretty permanent, as storing it is an issue. That’s why I opted for this iron set – it doesn’t succumb to the elements and just needs a quick wipe down before I use it. If you have a bigger garden and some storage space, you might want to opt for this wooden set. It’s really chic and perfect for those of you with a larger outdoor space.
On the topic of furniture, I’ve always wanted a traditional bench, but I assumed they were going to be ludicrously expensive. Much to my relief I was wrong. Marks & Spencer currently has a beautiful one that I just bought in this lovely grey colour. You can also find a more traditional bench for a very reasonable price on Tesco Direct and Homebase also has a really unique one, which also comes with storage.
Now, lets talk about plants. The space I have limits me on this front, so I have a series of potted plants and herbs. You can get the most adorable plant pots from Tiger Tiger that are also inexpensive. I have a lot of plants and herbs in these pots and this approach to gardening is pretty low maintenance. Not to mention with just a tiny bit of effort, they really brighten up your outdoor space.
You know those nights when the light begins to dim but you don’t want to go indoors yet? Light some candles. There are so many beautiful outdoor candle holders available. I have three steps leading out to my garden and I have candles on each one. I’m a huge fan of the copper trend, so I picked up these from White Mint, but the lantern style ones are also pretty, and you can find a huge selection on Not on the High Street.com.
If you have no space for furniture, try a pretty potted plant arrangement with the candles I mentioned. No matter how small (or big) your space is, you can add your stamp to it and have a lot of fun enjoying it along the way.
Chiara is an editor who likes the simple things in life; a cup of tea by the fire, travel, and spending time with friends and family. She also can’t resist the lure of Scandinavian decor and has a penchant for anything warm and cosy. You can find out more about Chiara and follow her adventures on her blog, Wine and Olives.