Garden

Dreaming about a Garden Office space

Along with all of my many ideas and dreams for our forever home, I often think about having my very office. At the moment I have a small work space in the corner of our living room, or I balance the laptop on the chair arm. I would love a space that is light and airy, stylish and full of inspiration, should be easy right?!

Unless you have a room in your home that is in just the right location for light and with nice big windows then it might not be possible to find it. So I thought about having a Garden office, a space full of everything I am looking for.

Finding a ready built garden office or something that would be built in the garden, with large windows, nice floor boards and a small heater for the winter months. It would be perfect, just as I think it would be easier finding something with all of the correct dimensions and then choosing your finish, the flooring and roofing. Then all I have to do is find the perfect spot and wait for it to arrive. The insulated garden offices from GBC group are everything I have been dreaming about. I can imagine it being an olive or sage green colour with some beautiful pots outside that I would plant with seasonal flowers.

My Garden Office style

I could have a lovely desk, it would be looking out across the garden. I think I would add my beloved bureaux instead of a desk. The space would have a small sofa or a large snuggle chair and a small table, perfect for just sitting with a book and a cuppa. Maybe I would add some lovely shelf’s for my books and my favourite and very well loved copy of pride an prejudice, I could lose hours in there reading.

Having lots of natural light and lovely floor boards would also be perfect for the hundreds photographs I take, the garden office could also double up as a small photography studio.

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I would try to keep the space stylish using the lovely country side colours that I love so much. Adding plants in wicker baskets, blankets and cushions, some wall art and possibly a large mug. It makes me happy just thinking about it. I would also have to fit a small set of drawers in, so I can house all of my stationery, there is a lot of it!

Spending hours working in my very own garden would just be heaven, having that space to get creative, while looking out over the garden. Being away from the house, all of the washing and cleaning, will help to ensure I have a better work life balance. Plus it would look amazing in the garden.

Designing my dream garden office is not difficult in my head, its packed fill of ideas but making it a reality might not be so easy. We don’t have our forever home yet, but one day we will have it and I cannot wait!

 

*This is a collaborative post.*

Keep your Garden looking beautiful all year round

I love having a big garden, although I find it so much more difficult to keep looking perfect all of the time. At our first house, we had a tiny little garden, my Dad referred to it as a postage stamp. It was however always immaculate, a couple of hours a week kept it looking perfect all of the time.

Since moving into the bigger house, we also now have a rather large garden. It’s great, it has allowed our house to become the place for gatherings, bbq’s, fireworks and Easter egg hunts. The children also have a large wooden climbing frame and large trampoline which are both used all year round.

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It does however take up so much time. Having such a large garden does come with it’s own issues. We have hedges either side that take hours to cut, collect it all up and then burn, three or four times a year. There is also a lot of lawn, in the back garden and well as the front garden. In during the last year we have found that time has been very precious, we just have not been able to keep it all looking nice. Yes, we have kept on top of the lawn and hedges but not so much on the boarder, the patios, the flowers. For next year we are thinking about getting a Gardener in to help out. It might be just to keep on top of the lawns each week or do the hedges or it could be for everything.

As most of my readers know, we are planning to find our forever home. A place that will need renovating and improving. After an extension or conservatory has put in place, inevitably means that a garden design would need to take place. Making the garden beautiful and manageable even if that does mean we get a gardener in to help out.

How do you manage your gardening? Do you have someone in to help you out or do you find the time to complete it all yourself?

 

*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

Fall in love with your home again

Summer is almost over, and many of us are starting to look forward to the colourful shift to the autumn. It may mean a few more rainy days, many cups of tea, and a couple of extra layers, but at least we get to enjoy the fantastic view of trees bursting with colours in red and orange.

Your home can get ready for fall in a short day or two, and you’ll be so happy that you took care of the most essential stuff by the time spring returns next year. Here is a quick guide to how you can get your home ready for the upcoming season so that you can fall in love with your home no matter what time of the year it is.

Fall In Love With Your Home Again

Getting the garden ready

Fall is the time for harvest, and you should have enough to do in the garden already if you’re boasting a big one. The leaves will be laying everywhere in just a short month, so prepare yourself by getting the necessary gardening equipment already.

Get the mower out and give the grass a nice cut first. Even though it will grow a lot slower during winter, it will still grow – and the heavy rainfalls of fall will make it a lot harder to mow the grass. Be on the lookout for a dry day in September, and tick this one off the list as soon as you can.

If you have a lot of branches and rubbish from the garden that you’d like to take care of, it’s a good idea to visit Dirt Cheap Rubbish Removal as they can clear out your property quite fast. That way, you’re able to get on with cleaning up the garden sooner rather than later.  

Remember to take all the outside furniture in as well, by the way, and give it a quick clean before storing it away for the next 9 months.

Getting the house ready

Now that the weather is taking a turn for the worse, you should take a long and hard look at your house’s exterior. Even if you think everything is fine, an unnoticed problem can get a lot worse during the cold season – and you don’t want to call a roofing company in the middle of December when something is leaking.

Inspect your roof and look for any broken or cracked tiles, clean those gutters so that they work perfectly when the rain comes, and check the water drainages as well while you’re at it.

You should consider reinforcing all of your windows and doors too as you’ll be able to save a lot of money on your energy bill when they’re not leaking any air. Plus, a damaged seal on your window may make it weaker over time – which, as we know, costs quite a lot to have replaced.

Fall is actually a great season when you’re warm, cozy, and get to enjoy the gloomy weather with a bright mood. Preparing for it helps a lot, and it will make the season so more enjoyable.