Live Lagom (iii)

Well the project is complete. What a success. Thank you Ikea, our whole life is simpler: our kitchen is now streamlined, tidy and beautiful.


I am saving money and water by having a working dishwasher. My fridge is more organised and, as I am menu planning, there is a lot less waste and I have to share, dear readers – I have lost half a stone!! I know – who cares about the planet – I am slightly slimmer – I will be able to jet off to a poolside this summer and lie beside a pool without feeling too embarrassed – oops, I mean jump on a train and lie on a riverbank somewhere and not feel embarrassed. Marvellous.
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Adding colour to your home

I know, I know, I am obsessed… one minute I am suggesting you add colour to your garden, next minute, your home – it is summer! I see over and over again homes that stand out and it is often for the same reason: a bold use of mouth-watering colour:


Just look at this bedroom! It really is some blue isn’t it…? Nothing to be scared of. A beauty by Edinburgh interior designer Claire Barlas.

An apple green ‘Snuggler’ chair?


Or a mulberry’ sofa? This room is by Dundee designer, Lynne Duffus. Her website is a cornucopia of Lovely Things
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Adding colour to your garden

Definitely time to start working in the garden – yes, yes, I now – some people never stop, but definitely time for ‘fair-weather gardeners’ like me to get started. I believe that the most important thing, especially if your garden is quite small is to get the structure in place. All sorts of materials can be used to create structure: wood, concrete stone. Texture is important and gravel, bark chips and pebbles can all be incorporated. However, one of the cleverest things you can do to really individualise your garden is to add a bit of colour.


Easily done: concrete can be painted, so can stone and wood seriously needs protecting, so why not consider a coloured wood stain?

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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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