By our resident blogger: fashion, beauty and lifestyle editor Charlie Bell
Al fresco fun
With summer in full swing, we’re spending as much time as we can outdoors – British weather permitting of course! So with a heatwave imminent, we thought now is the perfect time to show you how to spruce up your outdoor space. Whether you have a balcony, a patio or a garden, these simple styling solutions will transform your patch into your own little oasis.
Before you start designing your garden layout, spend some time observing the space so you get to know what parts of the garden get sunlight and at what times of the day. This will help you with positioning your plants, flowers and furniture so your garden can reach its full potential.
Bring the indoors out
You want your garden to be a warm and welcoming space and one of the big trends this year is to treat it like an extra room in your house. Think rugs, cushions, mirrors and home accessories to make it look cosy and inviting. Pretty and practical, blankets will come in handy during chilly evenings and we have these gorgeous Recycled Wool Blankets, £29 that can be draped over chairs or sun loungers.
With no sitting room sofa to curl up on, the next best thing is to pile up some cosy cushions onto your garden seating. Not only will they make it comfier to sit on, they will add a pop of colour too. We have our bestselling Embroidered Cushions – LOVE, HELLO, FUN, and HAPPY, £35 each, which are bold and bright and perfect if you’re looking to create a fun tropical vibe. Just remember to be on guard and bring them back indoors if the heavens open! Fabrics such as rugs are also best placed on a patio or terrace so they don’t get wet from the dewy grass.
Mirrors help to bounce off light and make the space feel bigger – perfect if you have a small space or balcony. Try to fix them under a covered part of your garden as they can take more of a battering outside, so make sure you don’t mind if they get slightly damaged. We think it helps create a chic vintage aesthetic!
Pick your plants
When it comes to choosing plants and flowers for your outdoor space, look for foliage that works both inside and outside so there’s a seamless transition between the two, such as geraniums and boxwood. Potted plants add character and look great placed on a patio or terrace. We have our Large Rustic Stone Effect Classical Face Planter, £85, which is guaranteed to add some fun to your foliage. Or the distinctive Rustic Stone Effect Winged Foot Planter, £60 for a dash of ancient Greek symbolism. If you’re after something more classic, we have the Narlu Planter Stand in Large, £60, Medium, £50 and Small, £40, which would give a cool, urban feel to a garden – ideal if you’re in the city. When dining outside, why not use pots – such as our Cement Planters, £15 - to store cutlery and napkins to embrace that rustic, outdoorsy feel.
Set the mood
You must know by now that we’re big on lighting here at Myles From Home. It really is the easiest way to create atmosphere and when it comes to your garden, it’s no different. When the sun goes down, fairy lights, solar lights, lanterns and candles can really make the space feel magical, like your very own Narnia. Popping lights along pathways will also make it easier to find your way in the dark too. We have the stunning Morri Tea Lights, £7, which look beautiful grouped together and the Mokomo Hanging Lantern in Small, £20 and Large, £30. Our cute Pair of White Mice Candle Holders, £38, will make an adorable table centrepiece too.
Entertain in style
Now we can finally have guests over, garden gatherings are on and there are a few things you can add to get everyone in the party mood. Show your Bohemain side by mixing your guests an Absinthe cocktail (read our earlier blog for recipes). Serve your drinks in our Fali Wine Glasses, £37 for a set of 4 - a sophisticated, unusual glass - fluted with a wonderfully organic quality.
Nothing screams party more than a bit of bunting and we have this Summer Meadow Paper Bunting, £5 for that summer fete feel.
Whether you’re entertaining friends and family or just enjoying a relaxing afternoon amongst nature, we hope you’ve found the inspiration you need to create your own outdoor sanctuary.