Welcome welcome one and all to my small part in this summer’s #UKHomeBlogHop organised by the super sexy Kimberly Duran of Swoon Worthy. There are 27 of the UK’s best interiors and home design bloggers taking part in this “hop” and we’re all sharing with you our summer style for 2017. Big thanks to Kate from Fabric of my Life for sending everyone my way.
For those of you that are new to Making Spaces (and if you’re a nosey bugger), you can have a snoop around our house here. In the meantime, let me catch you up. We completed our loft conversion at the beginning of the year which gave us a great new second floor to our 3-bed semi. You can read all about the 17 week process over here.
Oh my god, i’m so ashamed. Don’t judge me.
What it didn’t leave us with, however, was a very nice outdoor space. The scaffold and building work had taken its toll on our patio, driveway and lawns. It was a complete disaster zone. So much so, it’s on the cards for a complete re-landscape next year including new aluminium sliding door and windows. Ya know, when we’re rich.
In the meantime, I wanted to spruce up our outdoor space, something to get us through another year before we dig the entire lot up. Luckily, Primrose were happy to work with me on our garden makeover which was ace as they stock everything you could ever need for your outdoor space.
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After waiting some time for nice weather, we finally managed a weekend of hard graft outdoors and rescued our small garden spaces. Here’s a quick reminder of the complete dump that was our garden/building site…
And here’s what it looks like now:
The 1.8 x 2.5m outdoor Samti rug has worked a treat to disguise our old patio flags. The rugs are made from recycled Polypropylene and are UV and frost resistant, so they’re easy to plonk outside without worrying about the weather.
The large rectangular garden mirror reflects light and greenery back onto the patio area. It’s a real heavyweight, metal and glass number so needs a masonry drill to fix into your external wall. It also looks quite at home indoors too, you may remember I used this mirror in the Upper Brook St Project for the ensuite shower room.
My new solar light bulbs from Primrose are simply clipped to the washing line, providing a lovely twinkle around the patio when the sun goes down.
Almost nice enough to sit out isn’t it?
You can see our outdoor clock here too. I actually bought that from Primrose about three years ago and it’s still going strong.
My glam Oscar Raised Planter from Sweetpea and Willow isn’t technically an outdoor piece. I just got carried away with my faffing. It’s now in our bedroom, looking rather stush adding more greenery to the space.
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Sometimes, I walk past this room on my way to the loo from my lil home office and think, "ooh that's a nice colour". It's such a shame you guys will never see it. Not properly anyway. Not one camera can pick up the green in our teal bedroom walls. Midtown Magic by @valsparpaintuk to be precise. It photographs as a bright electric blue, which does look cool. But it's much darker and greener in real life. I've never really liked this angle into the bedroom before now. But my new gold planter from @sweetpeaandwillow and gold Obie floor lamp from @madedotcom have really lifted this little reading corner. Hope you like! . . . . #bedroom #interiors #interiors123 #interiors4all #interiordecor #interiorsinspo #greenery #bluewalls #darkinteriors #myhomevibe #realhomes #instahome #instainterior #thatsdarling #makingspaces #designupnorth #colourmyhome #wardrobe #midcentury #styleatmine #mcm #armchair #ikea #interiordesigner #styleitdark #aahousecrush #makingspaces #teal #tealwalls #oakfloor #plants
Ok, now onto the really tricky bit of the garden. The concrete jungle.
Like I said, EVERYTHING is getting dug up next year and re-done. We purposefully left the outside of the house until last. We’ve toyed with so many different extension ideas since we moved here 4.5 years ago, it seemed daft to do anything with it until we got the interior sorted. But I think we’re just about there now. She says.
Unsurprisingly, the reed screening was used to disguise the horrendous concrete boundary wall. It belongs to our neighbours who hate it as much as we do. All of us (not so) secretly hoping it might just fall down one day. I’m sure that can be arranged…
Once my hubby had fixed the screening to the block wall, it was time for me to start my bit. Bring on the faffing!
So much better
The reed screening (as a temporary fix) has worked wonders to improve this small 2m x2m space.
Along with another Tabriz outdoor rug from Primrose. This spot is where the sun shines for most of the day, but currently it’s the entrance to the timber garage, the garage that blocks out most of the sunlight to the rest of the garden. It’s all going next year. All of it. You’ve really got to plan and design your outdoor space around the sun.
I kindly received some goodies from Wayfair too to help finish off the garden.
The fab Festoon Lights were strung across the top of the garage and along the screening for some ambient lighting on this side of the garden. And the Vito Side Table which came in exactly the same colour as the our timber garage, a lovely muted stone colour is the perfect size for some drinks and nibbles.
I really do love it. It’s made me super excited to get the outside done properly next year. I’ve got me some grand plans.
It seemed a bit unfair to neglect the front garden so the, vintage zinc planter, made its way around to the other side of the house.
Adding a bit more “urban jungle” and colour underneath our living room window.
And that’s our mini update for this year, everyone. I hope you like it and it’s given you some ideas of how to spruce up your outdoors spaces, quickly and easily. It’s by no means perfect, but it’s a damn sight better than it was a month ago. Amazing what a bit of faffing can do isn’t it?
I’ll just end with a lil before and after of my fave bit.
Fancy more summer style inspiration? Why don’t you pop onto read Amanda’s post from Ana Mum Diary who’s next on the hop. I’m sure she’ll have a very warm welcome for you.
And if you’d like to see who’s taking part in the whole #UKHomeBlogHop, here’s the list of all the awesome bloggers taking part this week. Everyone’s post will be going live at 11am each day.
I highly advise you to start at the beginning of the hop to check out everyone taking part this summer. Everyone’s posts have been fricking amazing so far this week. Such a talented bunch. Huge thanks to Kimberly again for organising such a fun week. She’s a good egg!
Sponsored post. Big thanks to Primrose, Wayfair and Sweetpea and Willow for working with me on this post and gifting some wonderful items for our makeover. All photos and opinions are my own, as always. I only ever work with brands I like, and think you guys will like too. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Making Spaces.