Interiors

Equipping Your New Family Garden

A family garden is many things. A place where you can allow your children and pets to roam free without worrying about their safety in an exposed space. It’s a place where you’ll entertain, watch your children learn how to play with friends, or spend a good number of summer evenings reading on a lounge chair. It’s a place of comfort, of wonder, and of constant dynamism. A garden is a dynamic environment, not a static place of boredom.

Equipping Your New Family Garden

But a garden is also the easiest thing to see fall into disrepair. This can be quite upsetting to see happen. If you have the garden space and the time to keep on top of it, you should absolutely consider keeping up with it, and trying your best to equip it fully. But like with any organisational home effort, this can be an extremely difficult thing to do from the offset. With the following advice, you’ll have more success:

Shed

The garden shed you purchase is likely going to be one of the most convenient tools of your garden. Not only does it offer you ample storage space, but allows for the long-term storage of items during winter, preventing rust and a range of other issues associated with your belongings remaining exposed to the elements. A great garden shed can be a safe place to keep your children’s bicycles, to house your deconstructed trampoline during the winter, or can stop a range of garden toys from being strewn about the place. A shed can also house your garden tools, keeping them well out of the reach of your children, ensuring their safety at all times.

Sheds are often quite inexpensive, easy to build, and if varnished or painted correctly can look quite beautiful. Just be sure to keep them in solid condition, because an old, rotting or mould-covered shed can tank an otherwise beautiful garden from top to bottom.

Garden Design

The design of your garden is important to consider. Of course, you may not decide to implement sweeping and expensive changes, or to have a perfect idea of what you wish for just yet. But let’s say that it’s your ambition to plant some vegetables this spring. Where would you place a greenhouse? Where would the vegetable rows be placed? How might this affect the winding pathway in your garden, or how might you efficiently ensure this space doesn’t impede the overall open area of your turf? A little planning as to the design and layout of your garden can help you make the decisions ahead of time, and see just what the changing potential of this beautiful environment could be.

Climbing Frame

It can be wonderful to bring some form of play equipment in for your children, but of course, it’s best to be careful in its construction. If purchasing or building a climbing frame it’s important to go for heavy wood constructions, as this can often be slotted together strongly and limits the likelihood of collapse. Be sure to invest plenty into this, because if your child is climbing it, it’s important to know they’re going to be safe.

A careful ladder, a slide, monkey bars, or a small climbing wall is all you need, but be sure that the child is able to enjoy this with care and that you only bring it in when they’re old enough to fully handle their body well. Also, be sure to keep a close watch on them. We all have memories of climbing monkey bars when we were children, but this is unfortunately a drop hazard, and has resulted in many injuries since the inception of the climbing frame. A soft padding to fall onto, or perhaps simple turf well maintained can cushion a fall, but just be sure your children are likely to adapt to this well.

Maintenance

Maintenance of your garden is essential for it to look as resplendent and beautiful as you had planned. Of course, in winter, only sweeping the leaves and gunk from where the water collects is important. But Spring is almost here, and with it arrives nature in all its blooming glory. This is where ensuring you have the garden tools to pull up weeds, to repaint the fences or to bring in tree surgeons to treat the health of your border trees could be important. But don’t forget to give yourself the maintenance implements you need to succeed.

For example, if you have lawnmower, cutting your grass becomes this long, laborious process in which you need to borrow the neighbour’s item, and this can simply put you off from deciding to take care of this job. But if you purchase your own petrol lawnmowers, the task becomes easier and you once again unlock the beauty of your garden. The maintenance of your garden iis also important to look at from a fun perspective. Make your garden jobs enjoyable. For example, pulling weeds might seem miserable if you consign yourself to it as a grim duty. But put on some fun music or listen to a great podcast, wear your comforting clothes and spend a beautiful afternoon in the sun doing this, and automatically it becomes a weekend day well spent.

Furniture

Garden furniture allows you to host and invite people around to the garden you are so proud of. Some people might wish their garden to stay as a hidden area only they know about and enjoy, while others are quite happy to bring friends around and perhaps enjoy eating outside once in a while. Comforting furniture well-maintained and cushioned appropriately can make any outdoor garden seating area feel fresh and beautiful.

Not only this, but the investment in furniture also encourages you to enjoy your garden and to show off all your efforts. This helps you feel pride, and that you have actually achieved something beautiful. This, from then on, will make you someone who truly appreciates your outdoor space.

My home, my lighting style

My regular readers will know that we are planning to move home soon, fingers crossed it will be at some point this year. As always I am dreaming about how our forever home will look, what colour themes I want to use in different rooms and the same with lighting. I do have some nice lampshades and light fittings in our current home, however I do not want to take them with us. So I have started to look at the lighting design trends for 2019.

I’m not always into the latest trends and styles in both my fashion sense and my home, I generally look at what I like and how it would fit into my home. So seeing some of this years trends has really made me think more about my interior style. Festive lights have out together their very own lighting design trends for 2019.

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Living room

I have seen lots of homes this year have dark navy walls, it seems to be popular with lots of interior designers. They then add blush, gold and copper shades along with dark wood furniture, and it looks fabulous all together. I really love this look and would love to have it in the living room, long with some tinted glass ceiling lights and geometric shaped table lamps in the gold and copper shades. I may even add an Edison bulb to give that extra bit of warmth to the room.

Kitchen

It’s a difficult one for me, as I have no idea how I want the kitchen to look. The only thing I do know is that I would love to have a country feel and have a large dining table or island that seat 8-10 people. Then have three lights hanging down over the table with an industrial look. It would appear the industrial light style is really popular this year.

The bathroom

The bathroom is one room I have spent a lot of time thinking about, since we stayed in at the beautiful Eynsham Hall last year. The en-suit bathroom in the hotel I have been thinking about since, pale green shades, with traditional white bathroom suit, roll top bath and a splash of industrial lighting. I loved it. I would love to have this style in our new bathroom. At the very least we would like a patterned tiled floor, with some industrial lighting.

Our daughter bedroom

Our daughter has just turned 5, as like almost all little girls she has a love of unicorns and mermaids, so she is wanting something that has space for her collection. I was thinking pale green, baby pink and then adding flashes of unicorns throughout. I have found most lovely unicorn night lights and even some LED string lights that we can add to her room. She will be in love.

Our son’s bedroom

Our son is almost 10, how that happened I have no idea. For his new bedroom I would love him to have something that will grow with him into the teenage years. So I am thinking grey, white and navy with star theme. Not little boy room starts but big bold stars, on the walls and then using the current trend of astronomy designs for the lighting. I want to design him a room that he will love and so will his friends.

Our bedroom

For our bedroom, I am hoping for a luxurious feel, with pale grey walls, crisp white bedding and then blush velvet lampshades and a chair sat in the corner. I love vintage furniture so I am hoping to source a dressing table and mirror set to finish the room off. My friends daughter is very talented at watercolour and she painted me a water bouquet that is full of colour that I want to hang in the bedroom and it will give us a base to work with.

I’m sure that when we find our forever home my ideas will change numerous times, but for now this will give you an insight into what styles I am thinking about.

 

*This is a collaborative post.*

 

How to Look after Your Summer Plants In the Winter

If you can’t wait until the summer and spring when you can show off your flower beds and your colourful flowers around your home, you might have a couple of perennials that need looking after during the winter months to survive frost and ice. Most of the bulbs planted in the garden will be fine, but what if you have a large cactus or palm tree that you need to keep alive during the winter? Below you will find a few tips on how to get started and protect your plants during the winter.  

How to Look after Your Summer Plants In the Winter

Conservatory or Orangery

The most obvious place you can keep your flowers – if you have one – is your conservatory or your orangery. The good news is that you can prevent frost inside with a low energy consumption heater, or simply add solar panels to your orangery roof and install a thermostat to ensure that the frost cannot hurt your plants and tropical trees. This is a good option as you can provide your plants with natural light even during the dark days.

Cutting Back

When  you have flowering bushes that are young, you will have to ensure that you cut them back before the cold weather arrives, otherwise they will get damaged. You will have to protect the fresh shoots and prevent new ones growing during the warm days of the winter, or they will freeze, and you will have a  sick tree or shrub for the rest of the year. After all, you want your garden to look beautiful all year, and don’t want to plant new shrubs every spring.  

Covering Your Flowerbeds

In case you have perennials in the flowerbeds, and you are expecting frost but not snow to protect the leaves, shoots, and roots, your best option is to invest in a flower bed cover. Of course, you will need to let fresh air get in, and ensure that the natural light reaches the green leaves, or the plants will eventually die. You can also only cover the soil if your bulbs are deep enough and are covered up.

Plant Tents

In case you have a tropical tree you planted in the garden, and there is no chance you can take it indoors, you  can get a tent for it that will allow the sunshine to get through, but protect it from the severe weather, wind, sleet, and ice.

Greenhouse

It might also be a good idea to invest in a greenhouse. It doesn’t have to be huge; in fact, it can be only big enough to house your plant pots and a couple of shelves for your shoots. You can get an energy efficient heater set up there and monitor the temperature. Start with getting a sealed and insulated greenhouse base installed, so you can keep insects and frost out.

Looking after your plants in the winter can be challenging. Use the above methods to keep your perennials safe and protect them, so they can make you proud when the spring comes.