It’s time to dust off the cobwebs and get your garden ready for Spring. Here’s 3 easy projects to get you started…

Hello friends!

Here in England, we are now allowed to meet up with one other household/6 people in our gardens or in a park. This is welcome news after a long, cold, dark winter of lockdown! With that in mind, I’m looking to update my little corner of the globe here in Kent and get our garden guest ready. Yippee! I’d like to pretend that we will be hosting sophisticated cocktail parties, but it’s more likely to be long catch ups over a cuppa. To be perfectly honest, that’s more ‘me’ anyway!

With all of that in mind, let me share with you 3 easy updates that you can make to your garden to ensure it’s ready for those long anticipated guests. Sophie from Golden Feather’s Interiors is also writing on this topic today, focussing on gorgeous garden colour palettes. Make sure you head over to read her blog after this one!

Make your guests feel welcome with some stylish seating.

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Creating a stylish seating area for your guests is easier than you think. If you don’t have an outdoor dining set, then mismatched chairs from inside the house work just as well! Throw a table cloth over a table to instantly elevate the space and add some tea light candles or outdoor solar lanterns. You can pick up some great outdoor lanterns for a reasonable price at The Range for example.

Create an inviting garden with some thoughtful styling.

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Attention to detail really does count when you are wanting to create a welcoming and special place for guests. Some colourful bunting works wonders and shows that you’ve made an effort. Plus it’s pretty simple to create! Use some pinking shears to cut old fabric into triangles and thread onto some cotton for a super quick and easy update. Pair this with a tent for the little ones and you’re bound to have some precious uninterrupted talking time with your nearest and dearest.

Another simple styling idea is to string bunting or paper lanterns from a washing line. You’d be surprised how effective this can look! Add in some outdoor lighting in the form of solar powered festoon lights and you’re all set. You can find some great ones at Lights 4 Fun.

Don’t forget some finishing touches to make it extra special.

If your budget can stretch to it, then purchasing an outdoor fire pit is a brilliant way to create a focal point for guests to gather around in the chilly evenings. We have one from Achica that I was given about eight years’ ago and it’s still going strong! You can read the post I wrote at the time on it here.

Another special touch is to add some stylish outdoor tableware to your table along with some cushions. Outdoor cushions are great, but so are the ones that you may already have in your home. If you have some old fabric you want to use up, you could consider creating your own outdoor floor cushion. This cushion DIY from A Beautiful Mess is a great way to achieve the look.

Finally, why not grab a party box for a special occasion? I’ve seen these pop up everywhere over lockdown – you can get children’s birthday party boxes, hen party boxes…all sorts! You can find some great ones from La Di Dah.

How will you style your outside space?

If you’re fortunate enough to have some outdoor space, do you have any plans to update it this spring? If not, you could always take some of these ideas to a local park and create a special space within it for your friends and family. Some bunting in a tree and comfy camping chairs can go a long way to zoning off a place in the park for your gathering of 6!

Make sure you share your ideas in the comments below so that we can keep up with your plans. I love to hear about how other people are planning to use this season now that we are slowly venturing out of lockdown again.

Don’t forget to head on over to Sophie’s blog to read her garden styling tips too.

In the meantime, check out my services page if you like these ideas. If you are looking for an interior designer in Kent, I can help!

Take care,

Claire.x

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