Corners Of My Home // A Not So Perfect Patio

Our outdoor space has completely been neglected since we moved in 18 months ago. Our garden was basically just a play area for the kids and the occasional BBQ dinner which we 9 times out of 10 took to eat inside.

Our garden was basically just a play area for the kids and the occasional BBQ dinner which we 9 times out of 10 took to eat inside.

This Summer though I want to make some changes, as we rent I want it to all be moveable. I want to focus mainly on the Patio area so that we have somewhere nice to eat family breakfast in the sun, or entertain, or even for me to work on a nice day.

As you can see we are starting with pretty much a blank canvas, we had new patio furniture delivered last week, which is simple, clean lines and perfect for all the above, we have jet washed the patio and now it is time to turn this plain space into something special.

I’ve decided one way I want to liven up the area is lighting. I am a big fan of string lights so when I saw this article in House Beautiful about Garden Lighting Trends I was convinced.

I loved this quote from Festive Lights

‘It’s always been about bringing the outside in,’ say indoor and outdoor lighting company Festive Lights, ‘but how about changing things up this summer and making your garden an extension of your indoor living space?

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That is exactly how I want the space to feel. They have some great tips on there about using lighting at different layers, I definitely think some lanterns in the centre of the table and something hanging on that vast brick wall to break up the space. Being a townhouse patio area looses all natural light by 10 am so I am hoping lighting will make it feel cozier.

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What do you think?

I am not sure what sort of feel I want out there yet but I do think some colour would be good. Definitely some pots with plants that I can take with me, some funky cushions for the benches to bring a bit more comfort.

I also love how fellow blogger Sabina from Mummy Matters brought colour into her garden with little painted stripes and accessories. I definitely like the idea of her pallet bar (I love pallets) and could see some cute outdoor fairy lights hanging on the front.

So much to think about, I shall be doing it on a small budget and can’t wait to share what we do.

What would your tips be for garden design? What would you do with this space, gardens are all new to me.

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Kara Janelle, Plus Size Blogging Mama. Vintage Lover, Interiors Obsessed, Chair Crazed, Collector of Much remembering to Smile as it is the 2nd best thing you can do with your mouth.

  • Thank you for featuring me in your post, I love to see home ideas and I’m so in love with outdoor lighting too. We put up new coloured lantern solar lights in the garden each Summer and they look so pretty. Especially now we have our Bestway pool because they reflect in the water which looks really pretty.
    I LOVE your patio table and chairs, like you say at least you will be able to take them with you if you move house. It’s so important to have a nice space to sit in when the sun shines xx

    • My pleasure, it is such a fantastic area. It really is, as I type this I am sitting outside

  • I would love to do something like this. It looks fantastic xx

  • It’s fab to have a blank canvas to work with, I think your patio will end up looking really lovely and it’s definitely possible on a small budget too. A lot of the supermarkets have really good value garden stuff at the moment X #HomeEtc

  • Fionnuala Zinnecker

    Some small changes can make a huge difference. We have several lanterns and a couple of cheap sets of solar outdoor lights (fairly lights and bauble-type ones too) on our patio area. What I love is that they come on by themselves once dusk arrives and they don’t need electricity. #homeetc

  • We’ve gone for garden lights this year in a big way – great advice in this post and look forward to seeing how you transform your space #homeetc