It’s that time of year when I’m sure you’re thinking about styling your outdoor area. In recent years our exterior design has become as important as our interior design. So I’m excited to share my gazebo makeover with you. What’s even better is, I did it all on the cheap and you can too!
It’s Caradise’s 1st birthday today! Exactly one year since my first blog post. I’ve still got loads of ideas on things I want to do to the house and garden. The hardest part is making the time to do them. I’ve spent the first half of this year getting everything else in my life more organised and up to date to try to allow more time for the blog. So it’s been super busy, creating a bottleneck effect with my to-do list. Speaking of bottles…
As we’re having a heatwave, why not get out in the garden? My latest blog post is how Andy and I (mostly Andy!) made a wine bottle screen for our garden.
Now that the sun has finally made an appearance, it’s time to think about how to decorate your outdoor space. Just think of your garden as an extension of the house and have fun styling it up. What better way than to add some glam lighting to your outside area with my simple DIY solar chandelier.
As we head towards the end of the summer season, and before our thoughts turn to Halloween and Bonfire Night, I thought I’d share with you what Andy and I have been working on in our garden this year. Because everyone likes to be nosy, and look at other people’s homes and gardens right? (I know I do). We don’t profess to be expert landscapers or gardeners, but have worked hard on our outdoor space and love it. I hope you’ve been enjoying your garden too. Feel free to comment and let me know what you think 🙂 . You can also email me anytime (just hit reply) with the kinds of things you’d like to see on the blog and what questions, dilemmas, problems you have when it comes to interior design, upcycling, cake decorating (anything creative!). I’d love to hear from you!
Let’s remember it’s still summer, despite the recent downpours (if you live in the UK!). I’m determined to embrace the sunny days so am continuing with my garden theme. If you read my recent post ‘My Instant Garden Bar Area’, you’ll have seen the cool wall art ‘Roll With It’ sign that I made to help style up the area. It was super cheap, quick, and easy to make. We all have pictures hanging inside the house, so why not outside! You can make this DIY outdoor wall art and add some decoration to your garden too.
You don’t have to spend lots of money to have something ‘new’. Simply painting garden furniture that’s seen better days can give it a new lease of life, cost you less, and help the environment to boot.
We’ve had a dark green bistro set for around 15-20 years (it lived under the pergola at our old house). I wanted a small table and chairs set to sit on our new stone circle in the garden, but the ones I looked at weren’t cheap. So I decided to paint the old set, and I have to say it’s made a MASSIVE difference.
Gardens don’t have to be all about herbaceous borders and pristine lawns that take years to establish. You can transform an area of your garden in an instant. Sometimes we spend a lot of time on our interior design, and forget about our exterior design! Think of your garden as an extra room and an extension of your house. I had such fun creating this instant summer garden bar area in a corner of our patio, and we use it all the time now.
I hope you’ve been enjoying the lovely weather in your garden during the weekend! Andy (hubby) and I have been working hard on part of ours, which I will be revealing in a future post, so watch this space. I absolutely love my garden, even though we’re still in the process of landscaping and designing it, and I’m by no means an expert gardener, but I do try, and am learning all the time. As our garden is quite large, we decided to make some of the areas as low maintenance as possible. So if you’re too busy for gardening, or prefer to spend time relaxing instead of weeding, read on for some tips on how to create a low maintenance, high impact, garden.