Transform your outside space with a little bit of imagination and only a few small accessories... read more
Ever looked outside your windows and thought about what you should do to make your outdoor space a little more interesting? The lovely Rhian from Our Growing Story is here to show us how she transformed her space into the idyllic alfresco style set up.
Has anyone else had dreams of al fresco dining all summer long? Come on British summertime, bring back that glorious sunshine and let us enjoy the last of the summer evenings in style. Let us fling open the doors and bring the inside out.
I donâ€™t know about yours, but our children are so much happier when they are running free outdoors in the fresh air, but since we moved into our home 3 years ago the garden has always been on the back burner. So this summer we focused on finishing our garden, to combine our indoor/outdoor living arrangements, and to create a casual, home-like vibe outdoors. Last weekend the sun was shining, and we were finally able to sit, relax and enjoy some of the indoors, outdoors.
At the beginning of the Summer, I aimed to create a space where family and friends would be drawn to. A space that will be useful for our day to day family life, all year round. Iâ€™m very lucky that we have large bi-fold doors opening up the kitchen into the garden, and this makes the whole al fresco dining idea so achievable. The outdoor area is so accessible, and the doors are always open at every opportunity. The construction of the pergola was my starting point, and it quickly transformed the patio and created an extension to the kitchen.
The patio area has become an extended dining room, filled with garden furniture and bright coloured flowers. I added in some accent scatter cushions, a throw, a basket of hydrangeas and some lanterns and the outdoor space instantly became so enticing. I love adding the finishing touches to any project, and I opted for a vibe that will see us through to Autumn. The floral wisteria and little vines printed cushions prolong the fresh, pastel, Summer accents, while the darker purple shades incorporate a warm, cosy feel ready for the cooler days.
The lanterns are undoubtedly my favourite part of the outdoor area, and Laura Ashley has a vast amount to choose from in their AW17 range. Along with the light fixtures and festoon lights, the lanterns create an inviting glow in the evenings, and this is when I feel the area really comes into its own. I canâ€™t wait to sit outdoors under a blanket, with candles flickering, as we embrace the darker nights to come in the Autumn.
I hope youâ€™ve enjoyed an insight into our newly, styled outdoor area. Bringing indoors out is achievable in any garden. The key for me is to create an outdoor space that is lovely and cosy, using traditionally indoor accents to achieve this. Take out your cushions and throws, add some snacks and beverages, and enjoy some down time in the fresh air.
Creating a stylish outdoor space opens up your living arrangements, and itâ€™s a great place to unwind, to enjoy some family time and even some peace and quiet to yourself from time to time.
Do you have an outdoor space that your love to sit back and relax in? Lets us know below or @LauraAshleyUK