Postcard from the podcast (115)

Victorian terrace house black extension, outdoor sofa, armchairs, coffee table and floor lamp, garden at
  My garden at the old Mad House! Summer finally seems to have landed and on this week’s podcast Sophie and I discuss outdoor living. I am firmly of the opinion that you should take the indoors outdoors for true comfort. I want armchairs, sofas, and real crockery, while Sophie likes throwing a few rugs

Seletti Outdoor Shower

outdoor shower by seletti I've given up trying to schedule posts to go with the weather, but it's July, it's officially summer and if it's not hot today then it will be tomorrow. Maybe. Anyway, weather schmeather, this was just too much fun not to share. outdoor copper shower It's a copper outdoor shower by

Striped picnic blankets and cushions

grey striped garden cushions from nordic house
grey striped garden cushions from nordic house It's been nearly a week of sunshine (not that I'm counting or anything) and operation fantasy garden is in full swing. I've found the perfect elegant lounging chair, some great accessories for eating outside and now this gorgeous quilted picnic blanket and cool striped cushions. I'm not one

Garden Lounge Chair

metal lounge chair garden
metal lounge chair from cox and cox I hardly dare think it, let alone write it, but perhaps, just perhaps it is time to think that summer might be around the corner. There is blue sky with fluffy white clouds, there is a yellow orb peeking shyly out from behind them and the lawn definitely

Mad About … Outdoor Living Rooms

There is something almost unbearably romantic about an outdoor living room. Perhaps it is just the promise of a summer so long and hot that you don't need to worry about the rain ruining the furniture. Perhaps it is simply that in the UK, the summers are neither long enough not dry enough to warrant

Objects Of Design #91: Ammonite Water Feature

A well chosen water feature will add interest Many water features look a little cliched but this is modern and unusual and will add a sculptural feel to your garden or patio. Comes in two sizes and, unless you are putting it in a pond, you will need to buy the reservoir to go with

Objects Of Design #80: Zinc Window Box

  These shiny zinc window boxes make a change from all that galvanized steel and lead that's always around.  Stick one of these on the window and fill it with herbs - the smell will be lovely - or add a mix of flowers for a bit more colour. Whatever you choose it can be

Objects Of Design #71: Sylvester Bird Box

Not so funny for the birds? Living in an urban area, I'm reluctant to feed birds in my garden because I  worry that the poor ickle birds won't get the food I've laid out for them as it will be snaffled by the squirrels, the pigeons and the - whisper it - scary ones on

How To Spring Clean The Garden

It's the bank holiday and it's time to get out into the garden now. With any luck by the time of reading this, if not writing it, the sun will have poked its head through the clouds and decided to stay out. The snow will have vanished from Scotland and thoughts will have turned, if