Take a seat

Once your garden has been brilliantly designed and perfectly lit, you really do need somewhere to sit – drinks with friends in the garden of an evening? Yes please!

Lutyens bench

These statement Lutyens Teak designs from Garden Benches are just beautiful, perfect for so many styles of garden, whether your garden is cottagey or more expansive, it would make a lovely centrepiece.
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Outdoor walls

In my last post I discussed the importance of your outside space from the point of view of kerb appeal. A garden is an outside room and adding structure to our gardens to makes them so much more interesting and distinctive. A patio immediately makes a garden more functional and, to a contemporary garden, a glass balustrade could be the perfect finishing touch.

glass balustrade balcony

If I am honest, I can’t really imagine anything more glamourous!
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Outdoor lighting

Weather is a bit weird for the time of year, I know, but there is no doubt, it is winter – it is completely dark by 4.30pm up here, for starters and your garden is probably not looking it’s best.

Do bear in mind though, that the garden is still the first thing that people see… Even if you live in a flat, there might be a shared patio area at the front? I am talking about that all important subject, ‘kerb appeal’. You also might have a balcony, and it too, in January, is possibly not looking it’s prettiest. However, giving some thought to outdoor lighting could change all that.

Patio

This our front patio on a winters evening, the string of vintage, teardrop lights is a joy to arrive home to. I love my garden in winter. First of all I do not have to do anything to it – no lawn mowing, no weeding… Ok the fanatics among us are probably doing loads – clearing, digging, hard landscaping, but actually, if you want to be green, it is quite good to just give your garden a rest and leave the moss, the dead leaves and wild life in peace.

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North Berwick

Affectionately known as ‘The Hamptons of Scotland’, the East Lothian coastline is where everyone really wants to live. Laid back, friendly, with stunning beaches and great schools… It’s where we live, of course and big news in our neck of the woods – a new show home has opened at Walker Group’s Glen Ora development in North Berwick. I have been very curious…

Family room

I knew that Walker Homes were planning to add a retro, off-beat note to this development. Featuring this season’s hottest trend in warm metals and Pantone’s new colours for 2016: rose quartz and serenity in abundance. I nipped down as soon as I could and I was not disappointed.

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Ikea – Live Lagom

Delighted to be involved in a project with Ikea. The word ‘Lagom’ means ‘just right’ in Swedish and Ikea are launching a project called ‘Live Lagom’ to encourage us all to live more sustainably, avoid waste and save money. As a Lagom ambassador, I am being given £500 of sustainable products and will tell you how they change the way I live across the course of 4 months by writing blog posts and recording short videos. Ikea want to show the world why Living Lagom is the way forward for all of us.

At the end of December, Doug and I enjoyed a shopping trip, with Katie Thomson, from customer services, to select some products that will help us reduce our outgoings and use less energy. Predictably, we loved every minute!

IMG_4651 laminate worktop Doug & Katie

Katie lightbulbs dishwasher crop

Just looking at their beautiful room sets and admiring their innovative product designs is a joy.
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