Ok I know it’s not cracking the flags today, but what an amazing weekend we have had? I love those sunny weekends with blue skies. The kind where you wake to sound of birds singing and know it’s an outdoors kinda day.
And that is where we spend our time on sunny days and have created our outdoor living space around this. Giving us dining, chill out and lounging areas in the garden. Allowing us to make the most of the sun as its makes it’s way around our country garden.
Last week I head down to London to take a look at some of the seasons key garden trends with HomeSense. It’s wonderful to get an insight into seasonal fabrics and colours. Giving me the opportunity to inject the current trends into to our outdoor decor.
The great thing about introducing different areas into your outdoor spaces is that it offers you versatility to change as your family grows. But to also introduce seasonal collections and trends without having to overhaul your entire furniture and accessory collections. Thus giving you real scope to be creative and brave with colours.
Two keys garden trends I love this year are the vintage pastels and strong citrus shades.
Between them they give a town vs. countryside feel. Making it hard to choose a favourite when you want the best of both worlds like me. Greedy I know, but that’s the downside of being a townie living in the countryside.
Vintage pastels with its muted dusty shades of pinks, lilacs and duck egg blue give a real feel of country living. Yet have a modern edge that is so popular at the moment with vintage modern inspired weddings and country picnics.
And with the inclusion of some cleverly chosen artificial flowers, which lend themselves to garden rooms that may be just a bit to hot for flowers. I have never been a lover of artificial flowers but found myself marveling at how realistic some of these blooms were. Planning where I could put them in our home. And working out a rotation plan to keep visitors on their toes and non the wiser of their artificial nature. I am also excited about having a never-ending stream of flowers for flat lay photographs. Without having to worry about seasonal influences and availability.
Put these alongside cushions and throws of muted tones and pastel shades and candelabra’s with candles burning softly this really is a great look for evening patios. You know when you have enjoyed the sun and tranquility of a hot day and are making the most of the summer evenings.
Caribbean inspired tropical shades are also very much a key trend for this summer.
Bright and bold with the discreet but present influence of animal prints. And the pineapple being a strong trend for another season. These colours can do nothing but make you smile and think of beaches and crystal clear waters.
What more could you want than enjoying the June sun with a little Bob Marley playing softly in the background, a salmon on the BBQ and cocktail in hand. Isn’t that what summers days are made of?
So there I am, torn between two trends, procrastinating as usual. But loving what’s on offer this season and the fact that I actually have a choice of options I love.
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