Does anyone else finish one project and immediately get itchy feet to start another? I’m glad it’s not just me, although sometimes I don’t even finish the first project before I get stuck in to the next.
Now that the office is complete, we really want to sort out the dump that is the back garden. We’ve been in our house for over 2 years, and still haven’t had a single BBQ. When we moved in the back garden was covered in rotten decking, and I lost count of the number of times one of us stacked it putting out the washing. After ripping this up we found uneven patio slabs. Not quite as bad as the decking but still pretty awful, especially seeing as they slope AWAY from the drain. So a couple weekends ago, I decided these needed to go too. Eventually we’re aiming for a low-maintenance, pebbled courtyard, and I’ve taken major inspiration from the lovely Alice in Scandiland’s garden, which you can catch a glimpse of here.
Now that we’ve started to get our teeth into the project, I’ve been searching for the perfect outdoor dining set, and thought I’d share some of my favourites with you guys. We may go down the upcycling route, perhaps using pallets or electrical reels, but hell, there’s no harm in window shopping is there!
Asda really are killing it with their homeware at the moment, and their garden furniture makes no exception. Everything in their range is so reasonably priced, and could easily be mistaken for a high-end design. I’d love to buy the pink set, but I don’t think Mr T. would approve! Whichever design you went for out of these, they all look ultra-trendy, and much more pricey than they actually are.
If you’ve got a little bit more money in the kitty, Maisons du Monde have a beautiful collection in for Summer 2017. Their modular garden sofa is fab for larger spaces, and you can customise the size and shape to fit perfectly in that sunny corner. If you’re after a retro-vibe, their pillar box red icebox is the perfect place to store your cold drinks, and even has a built in bottle opener. And they currently have a great range of shade- sails and parasols, for those of you who’d rather avoid the midday sun (on the rare occasion it shows itself!)
I had to mention Ikea here. I’ve always loved the fact that their outdoor range is so adaptable. Their aim seems to be to blur the line between outdoor & indoor living, and their furniture works well in both of these environments. The ‘PS 2014’ Table & Benches would work just as well in an informal dining area indoors, or on a balcony outside. And when you’re done, they fold flat for storage. The ‘VÄSTERÖN’ stool is weather proof for use in the garden, but stack a few in the corner of your living room and you’ve got an instant pop of colour and extra seating. And my personal favourite, the ‘Mastholmen’ armchair, is just crying out to live in the corner of our bedroom once we have finished painting it.
Do you have plans for a garden project this summer? Pop your ideas in the comments below, and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!