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Quick summer garden updates!

On August 28th, 2012 by .

When the sun finally came out this weekend, I decided I’d make the most of it and spend some time in the garden.  In my garden there is a small patio area which is used for an outdoor seating area, and a kitchen garden with herbs.  The patio is fairly packed with wooden planters, a rusted old bench, and plenty of the same old terracotta pots.. oh, and a garden gnome!  It’s undoubtably a lovely area but it lacks in colour and character.  I wanted to make changes that 1, wouldn’t cost too much, 2, would add colour and 3, would be quick and easy!

My first quick fix was to update the wood and wrought iron bench, which I sanded down then painted in a sky blue, outdoor gloss paint. Next on my list was the boring planters for the various herbs and flowers.  I raided the garden and greenhouse – collecting lots of different shapes and sizes of terracotta pots to paint.  I sealed the insides of all the pots before painting them in different colours.  So as not to waste paint I had several 250 ml tester pots made up in my selected colours at Homebase – they only cost £2.50 and they go a long way.  I chose bright colours with the intention of using contrasting coloured flowers for each pot.  Once all the painted pots are dry I will mix them into groupings with different pots already on the patio.

Apart from the terracotta pots I wanted to find other planters that would add further interest – first stop, my local charity and antique shops.  I was in luck and found a gorgeous old green metal watering-can which is now a planter for fresh mint.  I was also hoping to come across a couple crates or wine boxes with interesting type or design, that I could line and use as a planter, but I wasn’t so lucky this time. From looking online, I’ve seen that Not On The High Street offer a fabulous crate which can be personalized with font and colour – click here to view.

Below are the images of my days work in the garden…

Jubilee Jollies

On May 1st, 2012 by .

2012 really is a great year to be British! Not only do we have the Olympics this Summer, but it is also our grand old Queen’s Diamond Jubilee; a remarkable achievement with only Queen Victoria as a fellow monarch to reach such Jubilee heights. The Jubilee weekend will stretch from the 2nd to the 5th of June, and is sure to be packed full of celebrations and events all across Grand ol’ Blighty; street parties and pic-nic’s galore!

With the recent gloomy Spring it’s a great time to look ahead and start planning your Jubilee celebrations. Think red, blue and white. Think crowns, corgies, champers and yummy treats; cucumber sandwiches (no crusts) and scones! To help you get started here is a selection of beautiful Jubilee party themed products…

 Union Jack Bunting – The Cotton Bunting Company, Jubilee Crown Tea Cosy – Ulster Weavers, both Not On The High Street

Above all from the Jubilee Street Party collection – Pipii

Afternoon Tea Stand – Talking Tables, Jubilee Cake Topper – The Contemporary Home


The fabulous LifestyleBazaar

On March 18th, 2012 by .

The start of the year is always a very promising time for freshening up and welcoming in the new – and that is exactly what the team at LifestyleBazaar HQ have been doing! The new year has been a very busy one, with not only a fab new look to the shop floor but an extension and refurb to the basement. This entire new floor has lead to a larger selection of high quality, affordable and most importantly, interesting and individual designs to the LifestyleBazaar catalogue.

The design duo behind LifestyleBazaar, Chris and Laurent go above and beyond to bring the best selection of products for the home that you won’t find anywhere else! Originally based in Nice, South of France they relocated back to London five years ago, bringing their eclectic mix of design and decorative homewares to Shoreditch. The store holds a mix of styles, well known brands and new designers – all offered at fantastic prices. Some of the brands at LifestyleBazaar include Leitmotiv, Virebent, iBride, The New English and Mode Design to name but a few.

Next time you’re in London I highly recommend a visit to the LifestyleBazaar store to explore the gorgeous products on offer. Or, if you can’t make it to the shop browse the extensive website by clicking here.