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HOW TO MAKE YOUR GARDEN COOL!

Gardens are often perceived as quite hard to get right. We spend time and money on the inside where there are oodles of inspiration from blogs to mags to TV programmes but when it comes to outside we are all at sea! I should know, I neglected mine for a good 10 years before it really started to bug me. The inside looked beautiful but the outside looked so boring! Here are some tips that have turned my garden around, oh and I should say that I brought the same principles inside as I did out!

How to Hygge your garden

I’m not a gardener but somehow (subconsciously) I have managed to pull off a hygge inspired garden. Like I said a few posts back I am obsessed with creating cosy comforting spaces – simply because they immediately make you happy. It’s got nothing to do with material stuff it’s about...

MY QUICK GARDEN TRANSFORMATIONS

In my garden I’ve created lots of little zones with seating nooks, a fireplace and an outdoor kitchen on the patio. I’ve tried to create a magical effect of fairytale woods-meets-jungle style! It honestly hasn’t taken zillions of bucks or years of landscaping to achieve thought. I’m the most inpatient...

FAVOURITE OUTDOOR SPACES OF 2016

I’m no gardener, so it’s been a weird position lately (but very flattering and exciting I must say) to have my little city garden photographed for not one but two fabulous gardening magazines. I think the thing is that because I don’t know the rules of planting I just treat...

WINTER GARDENS

Today I wanted to talk gardens, might sound strange as we’re rapidly coming into winter. But stay with me because a garden, balcony or window box should give us year round pleasure I reckon. What’s more this is the perfect time for armchair gardening – dreaming, plotting, planning what you can plant...

MAKING THE MOST OF A SMALL GARDEN

If you follow me on social media you’ll know that last month my little garden made the front cover of Gardens Illustrated – super flattered about that. The issue was a small garden special, focusing on itsy-bitsy, urban or awkward spaces that have nevertheless been made beautiful. My garden is certainly...

CREATING ROOMS OUTDOORS

As you guys probably know already I have an outdoor WWOO kitchen with which I am obsessed. I had no idea how transformative this would be – a grill and a pair of tongs did me fine for years – except when the kitchen was installed it changed everything. I now grill...

HOW TO THROW THE PERFECT SUMMER SOIREE

I love summer; doors flung open, M’s pottering in and out, and the scent of the lilac and soon to be flowering jasmine perfuming the air. Nice! Talking of which nothing beats throwing a garden party on a balmy night. I have just added one of our new sofas to my...

GARDEN LESSONS FROM CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

Big crazy week this week. We’re moving out of Upper Street – our home for the past 12 years! We shut the doors on Wednesday evening and (great news) prep the space for a big warehouse sale which we’re holding for one day only – this coming Saturday. If you’re...

MY LOW-MAINTENANCE GARDENING TIPS

When I first moved into this pad I pulled all the old plants out bar a beautiful old lilac tree. Not being green fingered I pebbled the whole lawn planted a row of bamboo down one section and jasmine the other and called it a day. That was in my minimal...

THE BEST DRESSED GARDENS

Might not feel like it yet, but Spring is officially here! The focus will soon be outdoor – alfresco lunches, weekend pottering in the garden – cannot wait. So now is the perfect time to think of sprucing up your garden. The best trick I can give you is to decorate them...

Lighten up your outdoor space

Outdoors spaces can be tricky to get right. If you’re not naturally green thumbed it feels really overwhelming sometimes to create gardens and yards that we’ll love and enjoy spending time in just as much as indoors. I’m no gardener, so for me the trick has always been to style it up...

HOW TO CREATE THE COOLEST BACKYARD ON THE PLANET

The coolest backyard on the planet? That’s a big ask I hear you say, but actually it’s pretty easy if you think outside of the box. The big trick is not to buy everything from a nursery or garden store. The reason so many gardens (also I might add bathrooms and...

4 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR GARDEN STYLE

Figuring out your garden style comes down to few things – namely drilling into yourself and figuring out what you gravitate towards in terms of vibe and what you don’t. The thing about design is a lot of people follow trends remember when water features were so big in gardens...

Working your styling skills outside

Tips for creating the coolest outdoor spaces

OUTDOOR DECORATING NAILED

With summer in full swing I get asked all the time about  tips for  terraces  and patios.  Seems like the terrace causes us the most concern and whilst I’ve covered it to some degree before strolling around town on the weekend  got me to thinking I haven’t covered it quite nearly enough! Here goes!...