Alfresco Breakfast Hosting Ideas In the Press…

Alfresco summer breakfasts are the perfect way to start your day, here are just a few of our top accessories to make the most of your outdoor dining experience.

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A stylish outdoor dining table & chair set is a must have for open-air meals. This Rive Droite Bistro set by Garden Trading featured in the Sunday Mail this week and is the perfect size for a garden patio, or if you are stuck for outdoor space, it is also an ideal fit for a balcony. In clay, shutter blue & gooseberry you can add subtle rustic style to any outside setting.

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No breakfast is complete without a chic toaster that perfectly complements your dining expression. Appearing in Grand Designs this month, the Delonghi Vintage Icona toaster in beige gloss radiates fun style, ideal for displaying when entertaining and of course, it’s a must have kitchen accessory too.

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Don’t forget to decorate your outdoor space just as you would any room in your home, add a pop of colour (not to mention a touch comfort) to your new chairs with a bright cushion. The Relief yellow cushion cover from Hugo Boss which featured in June’s Period Homes & Interiors is a fantastic way to incorporate summer’s hottest colour trend into your garden.

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This Alessi Pinch vase which featured in The Lady this month will complete the look with a stunning yet simplistic floral arrangement, superb for showcasing summer’s best foliage. Now all that is left to do is decide what you would like for breakfast…

 

Will you be dining alfresco this weekend?

Put a Spring in your Step – Easter Inspired Home Ideas

Easter traditionally heralds the beginning of spring. Whilst the weather might be anything but spring-like at the moment, we are holding out hope that by the start of the long weekend we will all be in shorts, sipping cocktails in the garden. How about some spring inspired home accessories to get you in the mood for some much needed time off…

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Brunch is a must after a bank holiday lie in, you’ll never lose track of how many eggs you have with this fun egg-run from Garden Trading.

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This Pip Studio dining set appeared in the April edition of Period Homes & Interiors and is perfect for serving Sunday lunch or perhaps enjoying a hot cross bun…or three.

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Weather permitting, why not have your first picnic of the year on this bright Kissing Rabbits picnic blanket from Anorak. Whether exploring the beautiful countryside or just in your back garden, this blanket will take you straight back to your childhood with its kooky animal print.

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If picnics aren’t your style then spend your extra time relaxing at this Rive Droite bistro set of table and chairs also from Garden Trading. We love the shutter blue colour, perfect for adding spring style to your garden.

What are you planning for the Easter weekend?

Autumn/Winter Interior Design

Bringing the seasons into your home is a fantastic and often beautiful way to decorate. It can be functional as well as attractive, making your house ready for whatever Mother Nature brings. Autumn sees the weather getting much colder and winter is the harshest season, so it’s best to get ready as soon as possible and decorate your house to reflect the changes outside.

Pip Studio – Shabby Chic Cushion – Khaki

Period Homes & Interiors have the right idea. They’ve recently featured several Danish-style products for a warm and autumnal feel inside the home and one product they used was the Shabby Chic cushion from Pip Studio. The floral design mixed with the earthy tones of the background is a perfect combination for the colder seasons, as it has the air of change about it without being lifeless.

Donna Karan – Hand Carved Rippled Wooden Round Vase

Rustic hints always go down a storm and add a natural element of warmth to any room. They look fantastic in colder rooms, so would look wonderful if partnered with more industrial or Scandinavian interiors. This vase from Donna Karan is hand carved and perfect to stand alone or use as storage for little precious items.

Garden Trading – Dolphin Log Carrier

A wicker basket full of logs can add warmth in more ways than one. Perfect if you have a wood burning fire, this log carrier can become the epitome of autumn as you bring it out every year when the weather turns for the worst.

Graypants – Bell Pendant Lamp

Even something as simple as changing your lampshade can make a big difference. The recycled-cardboard shades from Graypants create a glorious golden glow that’s sure to warm up any chilly evening.

Beat that October Chill

The months are really settling in to the colder temperatures now, and along with the roaring fires and woolly sweaters, your home might need some extra help warming up. Here are our top five products for ensuring your family stays toasty throughout October…

Avoca – Lambswool Throw – WR73

The new range of lambswool throws from Avoca are gorgeously coloured and luxuriously soft. The tasselled edges give them an interesting, fun twist and they’re perfect for livening up a sofa or a bed as well as keeping you warm.

Fornasetti – Scented Candle – Civette

This 100% vegetable wax scented candle from Fornasetti is sheltered from any chilly breezes by its funky ceramic vessel. Decorated with wide-eyed Autumn owls, it makes a fabulous decorative piece for a mantel or table.

Garden Trading – Log Carrier – Dolphin

Stock up on logs of wood for that blazing fire with this Log Carrier from Garden Trading. Rustic and simple, it’s not only great for taking outside to collect the wood but it’s also brilliant for storing it near the fireplace. Make sure you aren’t caught short!

Graypants – Bell Pendant Lamp

Nothing says Autumn like that orangey glow, and bring some more into your home with Graypants. This striking Bell pendant lamp has been responsibly hand crafted from repurposed cardboard. Precision cut by a laser the cardboard is then assembled by hand to create each stunning design.

Pip Studio – Roses and Dots – Khaki

Wrap up your preparations- and yourself- with one of Pip Studio’s thick, beautiful bathrobes. Perfect for snuggling up in, they’re guaranteed to keep out the cold and offer comforting security during those long, dark nights.

How are you preparing for October?

Decorate Your Fireside with Garden Trading

We’re entering the colder months again, so it may be worth looking into ways of keeping yourself and your family toasty at night. Nothing is warmer and classier than a roaring fire so make sure you get the most of yours with these fabulous fireside accessories from Garden Trading. They’re hot stuff!

Garden Trading – Kindling Bucket – Slate

This kindling bucket is classic, stylish and features an ergonomic wooden grip. Ideal for keeping your kindling wood to hand by the fireside, this bucket is also light and so easy to carry when a refill is required. The bucket is enamelled and a label adorns front in black letters to give a classy and retro feel.

Garden Trading – Round Rattan Log Baskets – Set of 2

These round rattan log baskets have been beautifully crafted in rattan and you get two in a set. Both log baskets are generously sized, so you don’t have to keep making unwelcome trips out in the cold night for more wood. They feature useful carry handles and are ideal for storing other household items too!

Fireside Set – Poker & Log Grabber

Add the perfect finishing touch to your fireside with this set, which includes a fire poker (designed to poke your fire from a safe distance) and a log grabber (used to transfer logs and bits of wood into the fire safely). Crafted from wrought iron, this set measures 65cm in height and are beautifully classic in design, meaning they look great next to the fireplace even if they aren’t being used.

Are you looking forward to the colder months?

Treat Yourself and Your Garden

To many people, their garden is their pride and joy. A lot of time and effort is spent on them, and whether you have a little plot to work with or a giant sprawling jungle, these garden accessories are perfect to get you sprucing and primping.

Garden Trading – Bulbs & Seed Box with Scoop – Apple Green

For something practical yet ornamental, have a look at this Bulbs & Seed Box in Apple Green from Garden Trading. Perfect for holding all your bulbs and seeds (or anything else you choose), it would look great sitting next to a flowerbed too. It comes with a scoop for easy scattering of seeds and a lid to keep your precious bulbs dry.

Kew Gardens – Cast Iron Garden Line

Some people prefer to line up their seeds rather than scatter them, and if you’re this type, garden line may prove to be a helpful addition to your flowerbeds and vegetable patches. Created under license for Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, this 25m of jute string is perfect to act as a guideline when you’re planting.  It is embellished with the crown of Kew’s royal crest and is fantastically rustic in style. Even if you don’t use the string often, the Cast Iron sword-style pegs will look fantastic side by side.

Kew Gardens – Slate Garden Sign

If you’re the forgetful type, you may want to invest in this little gem- or rather, slate! This garden sign from Kew Gardens measures 20cm x 15cm and has a knotted twine handle to allow you to hang it up somewhere important or special. Simply use chalk to write messages and a damp cloth to wipe them off. You could use this to make lists of things to buy, as a memo, or to simply write sweet messages to those visiting your garden. A little personal touch never goes amiss.

TAJ Wood & Scherer – Emily Crème Watering Can

Add even more beauty to your garden whilst keeping your flowers perky and pleased with this Emily Crème Watering Can from TAJ Wood & Scherer. The off-white background with the delicately painted floral designs makes this a very pretty piece that would look stunning in any location in your garden or even on display. Handcrafted using natural & sustainable materials, it may have small imperfections, but they just add to its charm.

Which gardening accessory is your favourite?