It’s been a while but we made it, we can finally have garden drinks with friends again, just in time for (hopefully) some nice weather!
If your garden needs some pre-entertaining prep, check out these beautiful spaces for all the inspiration you need to turn your back yard into an outdoor retreat.
Such an integral part of creating atmosphere, adding any lights to your outdoor space can instantly transform it come dusk, perfect for outdoor evening entertaining! There is such a wide variety available, from festoon and string lights to feature hurricane lanterns and cute tea light holders. If you’re looking for effective, budget friendly solutions to transform your outside space, lighting should be first on your list! Willow and Stone have some unique options for exterior mains lighting and string lights, or check out Nordic House for some beautiful hurricane lamps.
Image: Rachel | Velvet-Juniper
To create the ultimate bohemian outdoor space, the layering of textiles in different tones and patterns is key. From cushions and throws to floor rugs and canopies, there are so many ways to get that textured, layered look - perfect for an outdoor living space or urban garden. Textural pieces like a faux fur throw or hide combined with fluffy or looped cotton cushions will add a bohemian vibe, or opt for some neutral, ecru designs for an understated, scandal look. Reste, based in Hastings have some amazing textiles, as do Maisons du Monde.
As seen in this gorgeous set up from s.u.s.a.p, the right garden seating and outdoor furniture will set the tone for the look you want to create. Whether you opt for modern and contemporary garden furniture or get thrifting for some vintage pieces, your patio design will spring to life with the addition of some beautiful garden seating and outdoor table to create a real outdoor living space. Cox and Cox have some wonderful outdoor furniture in their current range. You could also include some unique pieces like the screen below to create some patio privacy and divide up your space. Which brings us nicely onto our next addition…
To add a real wow factor and unique feel to your beautiful patios, some unique accessories are essential! These can be incorporated into a garden of any size, whether you have a tiny garden or balcony garden, or a large terrace fit for the Queen! Check out This Wild House for some travel inspired, unique pieces, or have a go at thrifting! It’s an inexpensive way of sourcing one off items and pieces that you won’t find anywhere else, making accessorising your courtyard or patio a treasure hunt for seagrass baskets and vintage art to stoneware containers and planters, happy hunting!
Greenery and Dried Flowers.
It goes without saying that any outdoor living space should incorporate some greenery or foliage, but it doesn’t mean you have to be green fingered to keep it looking at it’s best! If you are looking to create a tropical zen garden or a Mediterranean oasis, you can easily add some botanical interest with stunning trees like olives or eucalyptus that can be grown in a pot, or use palms and lush grasses for a more exotic look. If you want super, care free foliage then an eye-catching, dried flower display would look perfect against some bohemian textiles and woven baskets. Pampas is a great option due to it’s size and impact, use either on their own or with some dried grasses and palm leaves to compliment a feast of textures!
For a gorgeous final touch (somewhat needed here in the UK for those chilly nights!) a fire pit or chimney will not only keep you warm, but is perfect for a late night S’mores! An open fire pit like Gemma’s featured below is perfect at creating that camp fire atmosphere without the need to sleep in a tent after, win win! There are also so many fuel choices available now in case you can’t get your hands on any locally, that are sustainable too! A must have for creating that true, outdoor living experience when the sun goes down.
You don’t need an outdoor cinema or the World’s biggest bbq to enjoy your garden this summer! Some carefully curated pieces and a little thought can transform your space into the outdoor haven of your dreams!