Although the summer and sun is yet to properly appear (this weekends not been too shabby though has it), I still have hope that we’ll have weeks of long hazy days here in the UK before we know it. Which is why I’ve been focusing at lot more on the external part of my house and what changes I can make to my garden this coming season.
Whether you live in a townhouse with a modest garden, a country cottage with acres to play with, or even a city centre apartment with a small balcony, I think creating some kind of ‘outdoor space’ is vital to your overall health. Fresh air and plants do absolute wonders for the body, which is why I’m always so promoting of indoor plants if you don’t have an actual garden.
Today I wanted to share seven gardens and balconies that will hopefully inspire you to create your own hub of relaxation, somewhere to kick back with a drink and book and enjoy the lighter evenings once you return home from work.
The space between the garage and the stairs down from the back entrance has been utilised perfectly in this garden, with not only a seating area to enjoy an evening with friends, but also a built-in fireplace and television. This really is an example of bringing the inside out. If only my budget would stretch to a TV inside and out. (Image credit)
Again, proving how indoor accessories can turn a standard outdoor space into something special, I love how to use of a mirror on a bold painted fence creates the feeling of sitting in your living room – except under the evening sun. The pop of yellow is also the perfect contrast against the blue shade used to paint the fence and make a real focal point in the garden. (Image credit)
Get creative with furniture, as the example shows above, by using old wooden pallets and crates to create an inexpensive seating area. This has such a bohemian feel about it, especially with contrasting cushions casually throw together, rattan furniture and potted plants in varying coloured pots. Again, this use of colour could brighten up the dullest of British days. (Image credit)
Even if you’re working with a city centre balcony, you can still create an urban oasis to enjoy a summers evening with friends – perhaps only a select few though. If you’re looking to create a flooring effect, wooden tiles can be picked up from Ikea for an inexpensive outlay While small pieces of furniture placed in corners facing outwards creates a more open, less cluttered feel. (Image credit)
Following the lead of interior design blogger, Kimberly Duran of Swoon Worthy, consider buying waterproof soft furnishings such as cushions and rugs that can be layered to create a homely, cosy nook in the corner of your garden. Fairy lights just add to the ambience of this bohemian-inspired space. (Image credit)
If you have the space, a wood burning pizza oven could be the perfect addition to your Friday night. I love how lifestyle blogger, Claire Wainwright of The Green Eyed Girl has installed this beautiful redbrick structure, which is in keeping with the overall look of her garden and home. Just think of all the different toppings you could have at your weekly pizza parties. (Image credit)
Utilise your undercover porch area with furniture, outdoor lamps and potted plants aplenty. I love this idea of filling a wooden trolley with smaller plants and herbs – although if entertaining is on the cards, it’s also a great spot for mojito ingredients. That’s why you’re growing mint, right? (Image credit)
Have you got plans for your garden this summer?