Blogging Holiday

Despite being new to running a blog and finding myself frustrated at the lack of time I can spend indulging in my new love, I am also amazed at how quickly you can learn with a bit of research and help from fellow bloggers.

I’ve read from several sources that bloggers using a free service such as WordPress.com inevitably end up switching to a hosted service which allows you to buy and/or register your own domain name and opens up a raft of features and future proofs your blog.

So far I’ve bought a domain for just over £50 and have registered it with Blue Host. I went with this provider having read  a lot of Tom’s posts on blogtrafficbuilder.com and a few other sites, this seemed like a good place to start.

I’ve also downloaded WordPress.org and successfully exported and then imported my blog content from my current blog to this new platform.  It has taken quite a bit of time and has only been possible with the help of Google and the huge amount of guides and videos available from fellow bloggers and people far more technical than me and honestly, I’m not entirely sure what I have and have not ‘plugged in’ but I know I need to keep going!

I had hoped I could keep posting whilst working on the new site but there just aren’t enough hours in the day so I’ve decided, whilst my readership is low, to go offline for a short while.  This will allow me to get the site up and running, hopefully with new branding too.

Until then, I’ll still be active on social media so do keep an eye on me via those means and of course I’ll let you know once the new site is live.

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How to Buy the Perfect Sofa

There are some days when I feel I have spent far too much time slouched on my sofa and other times when it seems I have hardly been in my lounge for more than an hour after work. But, regardless of the time we spend sat on it, the furniture we choose is crucial to how we feel and use the space and finding the right sofa can be harder than you think.  Often something which looks great, isn’t actually all that comfortable and doesn’t work for your lifestyle and as some pieces don’t come cheap, getting it right first time is pretty important. Here are some key things to consider before buying your new sofa:

Size (does matter)Measure the floor area of your room and draw a diagram of it, include any windows and doors, TV points etc – you want to capture all the main features of the room. Try to think of the room as a blank canvas and don’t be stuck to your existing layout, could you re-jig the room, move the TV  to create more space for a larger sofa or just a different feel to the space?  Trying to envisage the potential for the room gives you the widest range of options when it comes to choosing furniture so it’s worth spending some time drawing out a diagram, measuring and thinking. It might mean swapping some of your other existing furniture too but sometimes that’s all part of the fun and as always needn’t be expensive.

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Shape – There is often a temptation to put a certain shape of sofa in a certain sized room and this is a bit of a bug bear of mine.  I have been in so many small houses or apartments (like my own) where the living room is perfectly lovely but the sofa of choice is nearly always a big L-Shaped monstrosity! Now, I am all for a well designed L-Shaped sofa but I don’t think it is always the best option for a small room – it generally leaves you limited to having the sofa in one position forever, your guests all have to sit neatly in a row craning their necks to converse and it can dwarf the room making a small space look even smaller. When I moved into my house I had a pretty ugly second hand 3 seater leather sofa and when I had guests, two people would sit on it and I would perch on the coffee table or lean in the kitchen doorway so I now have a generous two seater and a lowrise vintage chair on one side of the room and my antique ‘captains’ chair tucked in front of the TV on the opposite side – perfect for when I have guests and it is the best use of the space that I have found having tried various options over 2.5 years! So, always consider if perhaps a 2 or 3 seater sofa plus a chair, or two 2 seaters etc would work better for you (and your guests) and try to avoid having furniture in a row if you can.  You can still create the L-Shaped look with two 2 seater sofas, making up the corner section with a statement table or you could go formal and have the sofas facing each other with a table or sumptuous rug in the middle.

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Style & Practicality – I’ve gone for a classic, elegant design from Laura Ashley in the Kingston 2 seater which comes in standard and large. I fell in love with the range when staying in a holiday cottage a couple of years ago which had the 3 seater version, it had deep enough seats that I could curl up on it, the arms were just the right height for propping cushions against and laying out and the back height supported my shoulders without looking like an ‘assistance’ chair. It works well with my eclectic style and I know I’m getting a quality, long lasting product from a tried and tested brand. I also love that I can vacuum underneath it and having a sofa raised off the floor works well in a small space as your eye line can travel a little further, giving the perception of more space.

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When it comes to deciding which style will work for you, often the one that grabs your attention first will be the right one but it must do more than look good.  If you’re fortunate enough to have two lounge areas you could go for a firm chesterfield style in one room and a deep seated, squishy style in another. You might be quite happy to slouch and go for something super soft with low backs or something with a rigid base and lots of moveable cushions but really think hard about how much time you spend sat on your sofa and what you’re doing during that time.  For me it’s a mix of reading, drinking coffee, eating breakfast, watching TV and using a laptop so I needed something that offered me enough support to sit up straight and support my slightly dodgy shoulders/neck but was equally comfy for watching a film or Restoration Man marathon (no GOT in my house!) The key here is not to go for something that just looks pretty.

Colour & Fabric – Here you can really go all out as many companies will custom make your sofa in a fabric of your choice. I’ve gone for a pale grey textured fabric on my sofa as I intend on keeping it for many years and didn’t want a bold fabric or colour to soon look dated or for me to quickly change my mind (more likely). Again, think about how durable it needs to be – a wipeable leather or darker coloured fabric is probably a more sensible option if you have young children or pets, similarly a crushed velvet or very textured material may not be wise.

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So once you’ve decided on Size, Shape, Style, Fabric and Colour – enjoy buying your perfect sofa!

For more inspiration check out my Pinterest board Sofa’s & Chairs

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5 House Plants for Every Home

You may have seen my post 5 Top Tips for Outdoor Living …well, the weather has turned so I thought I’d look at bringing the plants indoors with my 5 favourite house plants as well as, I hope, providing some inspiration for including plants in your home.

  1. Boston Fern – Regarded as the best plant to have in your home for purifying the air you breathe, the Boston Fern will appreciate some indirect sunlight without being scorched all day and will want to be kept moist without being saturated. I use clay balls in the bottom of all my house plant pots and misting the leaves is a good way to water but don’t forget to stand them in the bath or sink to avoid getting water everywhere! 

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  2. Snake Plant – A fantastic, tall stemmed plant which I’m about to invest in to fill the empty corner at the top of my stairs, perfect for adding height. This plant will tolerate low light levels and won’t want too much watering, in fact from what I’ve read, it is better to let it dry out a bit in between watering. 
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  3. Succulents – I am a huge fan of succulents and have a box of them hanging outside my front door. More recently I’ve tried them indoors in a geometric glass vase which apart from a slight watering issue (the metal detail vase leaks, really should’ve tested before planting up!) they seem to be doing OK. I have lost one which I think may have been due to over watering as having since done some research I have learnt that they really only need to be watered every 2-3 weeks and they hate to be sat in wet soil. They also want lots of lovely sunshine without getting sunburnt (don’t we all!) so place near a window to keep them happy.  Don’t panic if they look a little sad over the Winter months, this is absolutely normal as they have a dormant period and the lower leaves may die off, lesson your watering and they should come back to life with renewed vigour in the Spring.
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  4. Aloe Vera – I love the idea of having Aloe Vera in a bathroom, perhaps it lends itself to this room in my mind because of it’s many uses in beauty products but I also think it looks right in a bathroom setting. Aloe needs a South facing room but only needs watering occasionally, perhaps once a month, although some water less.  You can use the gel deep in the leaf and the latex near the edge of the leaf for all manner of skin problems, it’s a fantastic natural remedy. My only word of warning is to keep it contained in a small pot, I made the mistake of potting on and the plant became so large I had to remove it entirely. 

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  5. Orchids – I am slightly obsessed with moth orchids phalaensopsis in particular and I have almost run out of space to house them indoors. I love their Asian simplicity, striking colours and rich green leaves, their thin stem becoming dotted with buds which suddenly open into the most striking of flowers.  I choose to grow mine in glass containers (the roots enjoy access to light) and I use horticultural moss to bed them out, this gives a natural contrast against the man made glass.  People often think they are hard to look after but once you know how they really are quite simple and you will be rewarded with a succession of flowers. You can buy specialist orchid compost which has a lot of bark in it as well as the right nutrient base to give them the best growing medium. They will need water every 5-12 days but the moth orchid prefers to dry out between watering and will not thank you for being sat in water – a good tip here is to water with an ice cube or two.  Once it has finished flowering, if the stem still looks healthy, cut it off on an angle about an inch above a ‘node’, below where the last flower fell off. Easy! and oh so beautiful! 

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There are a huge number of house plants on the market and they all make the air we breathe healthier as well as bringing a sense of calm to a room and they needn’t be expensive or difficult to care for.  For more inspiration follow my Pinterest board.

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Big Dreams Small Spaces

Two years ago we appeared on the BBC 2 programme ‘Big Dreams Small Spaces’ with Gardener’s World favourite Monty Don.  This came about because I saw a Tweet from the production company requesting applicants for the show and at this point my Mum was just starting a difficult chapter in her life, living by herself after we lost my Dad to cancer and my brother and I had both moved out. It was certainly about time we all had something positive to focus on and her ‘story’ and small, scruffy plot sounded perfect for this new garden makeover show.

So, I sent off the required email with a bit of history and some photos of the garden and a few weeks later had an email back asking for a bit more info, then I spoke to a researcher who explained it wasn’t  a ‘suprise’ show so I would need to inform my Mum and they would then send someone to do a screen test and view the garden – it was all becoming more real.  I quite often phone my Mum on my 40 minute commute home and so I did this as normal and then dropped in “you mustn’t get too excited as it might not happen but”, and listened as she squealed like a teenager about to meet her idol.

After a couple more meetings and screen tests we were selected and the journey into TV land began!  We had a camera set up on the back of the house to capture all the action when the camera crew wasn’t on site and various dates were put in the diary for filming.  It was all rather exciting but came with a fair amount of pressure too as we had to get work finished by certain dates and this was difficult when working full time, having limited helpers and battling with poor soil and winter weather. But in true British fashion we pressed on!

In my family my Mum has the most horticultural knowledge, I have the creativity and my brother has the muscle (he has other skills too but as we’re just talking about gardening…) and so it fell to me to create the garden design based on the idea of creating a Cottage Garden.  Here’s how the garden looked when we started:

Mum had about 30 beloved rose bushes as well as a number of other plants to move from our old house so it was a tall order to fit all that into this small space.  My initial garden design included a separate rose border but on reflection I felt this would make the space look smaller so after much persuasion (and Monty’s agreement) Mum gave her approval to have the rose bushes interspersed amongst the other flowers and the plan became set.

  • We would keep the patio but get rid of the two huge conifer trees
  • We would create some form of privacy barrier between the garden and the patio so Mum felt less overlooked from neighbouring houses
  • The grass and garden structures would go as would the path
  • We would create a meandering ‘S’ shaped path from the patio, through the garden, to a greenhouse at the end and borders full of plants on either side.

Sounds relatively straight forward but here’s how the first few weeks looked:

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Monty visited 3 or 4 times in total over the year and was, strangely enough, just as he seems on screen in his cord trousers and braces, unkempt curls atop his head (much to my Mother’s delight!). He critiqued my design honestly which was a little hard to take at the time but absolutely worked out for the best.  His first and main suggestion was to include a greenhouse (I felt the space was better used for plants and still feel I may have been right! but…) as my Mother had always wanted one. His second suggestion was that my idea of having raised sleeper beds at the edge of the patio, planted up with tall grasses acting as a living barrier would not create the privacy required and having a more solid structure would work better. I was happy to agree on this one and after playing around with the idea of a secret garden I became stuck on using old wrought iron gates, welded together to form a fence with an arch through to the garden, this would eventually be covered in climbing plants and you would just see glimpses of the metalwork. Mum and I started collecting old gates and spent a few hours holding them in position to get an idea of the effect…we didn’t like it! It was too harsh for the cottage garden style and so we went to my plan B which was to erect 3 tall willow pillars, spaced apart by an arch one small and very beautiful gate.  The idea being the plants would completely cover the pillars and flow across the tops leaving picture windows through to the garden beyond.

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The programme aired over a year ago and I can’t say I enjoyed watching myself on screen but understanding the process of how a show is filmed was interesting and despite the moments of panic when things seemed to be against us and we were up against a deadline, overall it was the positive distraction we all needed and the garden has well and truly come into its own since.

Here are some recent photos which I hope show what can be achieved in a small garden:

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Brand Spotlight – Rowen & Wren

One of the great things about my job is it often leads me to new designers, artists, retailers and creators.  Some are well-known brands that I just haven’t used before, others are purely online; there are local independents and artists offering a more bespoke product and when I have been particularly impressed by a company, I have decided to write about them in a new midweek feature, Brand Spotlight.

For the first in this feature I’ve picked the lovely Rowen & Wren who I have used to buy some pendant lights. When I called with a few questions I got straight through to Zoe and not only were all my questions answered, she was also super efficient at replying to subsequent emails and the items arrived quickly and well packaged.  On arrival one of the glass fittings was slightly damaged (a manufacturing fault) and Rowen & Wren accepted the item back for an exchange with no trouble at all.  Here’s how they describe themselves:

“As a couple we’re passionate about beautiful interiors.

After years working in retail and design, we launched Rowen and Wren in 2011, as a thoughtfully sourced collection of distinctive homewares. We’re fascinated by eclectic design, muted colours and simple functionality that means everything we sell sits as comfortably in an urban loft as a country retreat.

We love homes that are well loved, lived in and tell a story with pieces to treasure. That’s why we have a thing for new talent and traditional artisans.”

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In addition to lighting, you’ll find something beautiful for every area of your home and garden. Some of the larger items are out of my price range but they have a wonderful, thoughtful, selection of smaller items within most budgets and I will certainly be using them to find new pieces for my own home in the future.

Here’s 3 things I’ve got my eye on but you can find the full collection at www.rowenandwren.co.uk

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Wilham Ceramic Egg Plant Pot £14.00

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Linen Tiggy Cushion £62.00

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Brass Pippin Flower Rack £28.00

 

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Inspired by Nature

I had planned on writing about bringing a bit of luxury into your home with a post about ‘hotel chic’ but having spent the most magical of days in Somerset last week I couldn’t bring myself to think too deeply about decadent wallpaper, sumptuous bedding and metallic accessories. Instead I am desperate to remain in mind, if not in body, in the flowing calmness that being surrounded by nature provided and this led me to thinking about the surge in botanical and nature inspired design we’ve seen in the last 18 months.

I’ve always loved nature and so when I became a homeowner it was a natural choice for my interior design scheme, but at the time botanical prints were just becoming popular on the high street so my selection was limited. I didn’t want to decorate the whole house in the same style as I love that each room can be entirely unique so I have kept my botanical prints mainly to the master bedroom.

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Arthouse Fern Motif Green Wallpaper – Wallpaper Direct

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Fern Print Cushion – Next at Home

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Yellow Hydrangea Print Lampshade – HomeSense

 

I am a firm  believer that the bedroom should be for two things (you can make your own assumptions here, but one of them is quality sleep), it should generally be a place of calm where you can unwind in an uncluttered, minimal environment. For me this means no TV, no bold prints, no bright colours or heavy furniture and to have all the ‘stuff’ hidden away and so the botanical theme works really well for me.

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Here are some current high street finds to bring a bit of nature into your home….

Next Jersey Painted Birds

Next at Home Jersey Painted Birds £12

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3 Faux Hydrangea Sprays (blush tipped) Cox and Cox £40

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Marks & Spencer Phoebe Floral Towel £25

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Seasalt Cornwall Cornish Joyful Daffodils Kings Size Duvet £70

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Silver Birch Forest Wallpaper custom made by Murals Wallpaper from £23.50 sqm

And here’s where the inspiration came from, Somerset…

 

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How to Create a Wildflower Bouquet – Part 1

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My brother Chris and his lovely fiancee, Natalie, get married in roughly 14 weeks and although my job is to make the cake I will also be helping my Mum create the brides bouquet. We get off easily really as Natalie wants a wild meadow style bouquet, nothing too orderly or obviously arranged (phew!).

Being the planner that I am (sorry folks I just can’t help it) I am already thinking about which flowers will work well, when we’ll need to have them ready and do we make at home and travel to the venue or make on site…I’m going to have a trial run for the cake and I thought this would be a good idea for the flowers too. Here are some of the blooms I think would work well…

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Whilst they are all beautiful and a wild meadow bouquet should look like it’s been gathered together randomly whilst walking in the sunshine, I am sure that there needs to be some harmony between colour, shape and size.  So far my research has led me to three handy tips which I thought I’d share.

Firstly, decide if you want to follow a colour scheme. You could have several shades of the same colour, against a crisp white flower, a mix of colours and shades or one strong accent colour in a big, voluptuous bloom.

Secondly, find out when the flowers you like are in season as some will have a long flowering life of several weeks and others will only be at their best for a matter of days. You may be able to grow your own and prolong their life by providing shelter in a greenhouse or polytunnel and many florists will be able to source your favourites from specialist growers in the UK or Europe. You may need to make compromises here but before you despair, try and find flowers that are similar to those you had your heart set on or investigate the architectural elegance a dried flower or seed pod can bring, poppy heads are the perfect example of this.

Thirdly, now you know the flowers and foliage you want to use, figure out where you can get them from.  A good local florist will order in for you but are likely to charge for doing so, online retailers may be good for sturdy blooms but anything delicate and quick to fade will do less well transported.  If you’re near a flower market, lucky you! But, I’m hoping that we’ll be able to use homegrown or locally foraged flowers and of course I’ll have a florist order on back up just in case.

So that’s colour scheme, favourite flowers and ordering covered. In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing How to…create a wildflower bouquet Part 2 where I hope to provide a step by step guide on putting the bouquet together and the finished product (for better or for worse!)*

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10 Ways to Grow your Pinterest Traffic and Keep It — Love Chic Living

I have been a big fan of Pinterest for a while and whilst my personal account is like an insight into my mind (I hope Mr W never discovers it!), I’ve been working hard to create some great design boards which I hope will be useful – you can find us by searching One Day Design so please follow and enjoy.

This post by Love Chic Living is super helpful and I’ll definitely be working my way through the tips and tricks.

This is a blog post for the bloggers, entrepreneurs and small businesses out there, who follow because they the like the home angle of the blog but are also fans of Pinterest like me. If you’ve been wondering how to grow your traffic using Pinterest, and keep that traffic on your site once it arrives…

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5 Top Tips for Outdoor Living

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My first post!  We’ve been experiencing some typically changeable British weather this week but I thought I would start on a hopeful note with a fresh, summery Top 5.

1   Zone your space

You may have a huge plot or be working with something not much larger than a postage stamp, either way think about how you can zone the space you do have. Creating different areas within your garden needs to be practical but can also be well designed.  View your outdoor area as an additional room, an extension of your home and have fun with textiles and colour – you may find yourself being more daring than you would be inside!  What do you plan on doing in your garden?  If you have young children you will likely want a safe area for them to play and whilst lawns are great, what about a teepee den or wet play box – but don’t forget an area for the adults too! I am a sucker for sketching out layouts and I can assure you that my creative talents are limited when it comes to drawing, but have a go, it’s always useful to visualise and if you’re really keen there is some great free software for designing plans.  If you like entertaining then zoning your eating area with a table and chairs is almost essential.  You want to be able to easily move around the table but need to look at the flow of the space, for example, you wouldn’t want to place your table directly in front of the kitchen door or too close to the BBQ.  Having a formal eating area works well but if you can, zone off a comfier seating area for once you’re done eating – I’m envisaging a couple of stripy deckchairs and bean bags as well as some bright, geometric or Aztec print scatter cushions to perch on top of raised railway sleepers.  The all important BBQ can be the hub of your space or tucked away but bare in mind you need to be in a safe position with good ventilation, away from any flammable materials. Plus, your head BBQ chef may not want to be too far from the rest of the party.

Now you have an idea of how your garden will flow you can think about decorating it!

2   Textiles

Apply the same principals as if you were decorating an indoor room.  Add some colour and a feeling of comfort with a mix of cushions, placed neatly on dining chairs or scattered across a bench, wall or piled up on the floor.  Go cheap and cheerful for heavy, ‘one summer’ use or invest a little more on zipped covers you can wash or material that can be wiped clean. Beanbags may divide opinion in the home but I think suit outdoor living well as they are adaptable and (secretly) loved by adults as much a kids.  Perfect for propping against a wall, using as a footstool or nestling a sleeping baby (or adult!). As the night draws in and the temperature drops, make the most of the evening by wrapping up in a throw or blanket. You can pick up cheap blankets in most high street homeware stores, perfect for using frequently and throwing in the wash at the end of the Summer.  If, like me, you see such things as an investment, something which will always be used and not really go out of fashion, go for a blanket with a percentage of wool as they’re much warmer and will last for years (although more delicate if frequently washing). Lastly, we would all use a blanket when picnicking at the park so following along the same lines how about putting a rug outdoors?  I’m not suggesting an expensive, thick pile, wool blend that many of us have in our living room but you can either get creative and make a rag tie rug or pick one up second hand. I love the idea of having a rug in the centre of the comfy seating area and this is certain to make your garden feel like an outdoor room.

3   Lighting

Most of us have cottoned on to the clever effects of good lighting in a room and how it can set a mood, this can be applied to your garden too.  Have a low wall or raised flower bed? Line up a row of old jam jars with tea lights inside.  Already have a couple of the oh so fashionable glass lanterns in your house, the candles inside having never seen a match? Bring them outdoors! Huddle them together in a dark corner for a warm glow.  Fairy lights may be a divider for some people but imagine static white LED’s around a parasol, along a fence or gently draping over a shrub or tree (avoid anything too ‘flashy’ and always go for a nude light – it’s not Christmas).  Paraffin stick lanterns act as good boundary markers particularly if your guests will be exiting via the back gate down the side of your house  – light the way for them.  To dress your table you could go for a couple of large church candles, an odd number of different sized candles or tea lights – try and have a couple of citronella candles to keep the bugs at bay.

A good tip for arranging groups of similar objects is if they are all the same colour, go for a group of different sizes or textures and if they’re all different colours, have them the same size.

4   Games

Most strong trends experience a revival after a few years and traditional garden games have been back for a while and don’t seem to be going anywhere quickly.  Those who know me well are used to my opinion on banning noisy, plastic toys ruining my lounge (or garden) so I am more than happy to keep the trend for wooden toys going for years to come.  Kids may laugh at the simplicity of skittles, 4 in a row and Hoopla but they are soon almost as transfixed as they would be with an electronic game and adults struggle to deny their enjoyment too.  You can hire games for around £25 which would be good value if you were having a big shindig but keep an eye out for second hand games on sale and auction sites and at car boot sales.

5   Accessories

The amount of garden accessories available nowadays is almost as large as those for our homes and whilst this is great, it can be overwhelming (and costly) if you can’t decide what to buy and end up with too much.  Think practically. I know this can be hard when the design element of your brain is overstimulated with the array of colours and textures on offer! As with any shopping it is always better to have a list of what you need before you go and don’t forget to look through your house for anything you already have which would work with your outdoor scheme.  For example, do you really need a new set of beautifully bright plastic crockery? Instead, just buy the pretty gemstone coloured tumblers and use your everyday plates and bowls. When I think about my dream garden being put to use on a balmy summers evening (remember this is a hopeful post!) I envisage a wooden table with a patterned table runner, flowers, candles and food.  Some of us don’t have a dining space indoors so why not go all out and really dress up your outdoor table. Have any spare wallpaper lying around? I know I’ve got at least two brand new rolls leftover from various projects, stored in the cupboard in case I want to use them again (which is unlikely as I won’t want to do the same scheme twice) so, measure the length of your table and cut a piece of wallpaper to suit, leaving a little extra to hang over at each end.  Place a couple of vases of seasonal blooms on the table with some candles in between and you have a quick, cheap but stunning table. The table runner can be recycled at the end of the evening and the vases brought indoors for you to enjoy the scent of summer for days to come.

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