Remember the #UKHomeBlogHop tour that we took part in at Christmas? Well, it’s back and better than ever! This time the key focus is on summer style and all this week, bloggers have been sharing their own unique summer style, be it rooms or projects inside their homes, or ideas for the garden.
It’s been run again by Kimberly at Swoon Worthy, who’s done a fantastic job of organising it – she deserves a big round of applause for all the work she’s been doing behind the scenes! There are 27 bloggers taking part, with five or six posts going live at 11am each day this week. There have some excellent posts, and we’ve really enjoyed reading them. Today we’re following along from Renovation Bay-Bee, who’s just shared her garden reveal post – so if you’ve hopped over from there, hello and welcome!
Bohemian summer brights
Gardens seem to have been a popular theme for the #ukhomebloghop this year and that’s where we’ve focused our attention too.
Our colour theme inspiration is pink and green – to match the colours that are predominant in the garden at this time of year, for example from flowers like clematis and peonies and their rich green foliage. The warmer summer weather is the ideal chance to relax and unwind in the garden, dining outside or indulging in a good book, so we wanted to focus on ways to make that even more enjoyable, whilst also adding a pop of colour to the garden. Plus, as budget issues are high on our agenda, the majority of items used are affordable, high street buys, so it’s easy to replicate and not break the bank.
We’ve used our existing garden furniture and styled up the table and chairs with a bohemian brights theme – to be honest, the wood is in need of re-staining, but we’ve run out of time and haven’t had a chance to do that yet, so forgive the faded wood look (let’s just pretend it adds a bit of boho charm, ok?!).
A lot of the items were found at TK Maxx – a store that’s fast become one of our favourites for affordable homeware. You never know exactly what you’re going to find, and things come and go quickly, but we love the surprise element of it and of course the fabulous prices. The green Koziol bowls, pink plates, plastic glasses and table mats were all from there and designed especially for alfresco dining. The bowls came in sets of two, whilst the plates were a set of four. We thought the plates were all going to be one colour, but they turned out to be in graduated shades of pink – perfect if you’ve got someone not so keen on having a bright pink plate as they can have the palest one instead!
The velvet seat pads are from TK Maxx too and are very comfortable! Velvet is so popular in home interiors at the moment and these are really luxurious for garden chairs. So much more comfortable than our thin old seat pads.
The round pink boho style cushion is a great find from Sweetpea & Willow – the colour matches perfectly with the pink velvet seat pads and the pompom trim around the edge finishes it off in boho style.
On the table, we’ve added various candle holders from TK Maxx, to light up the table for evening dining. The little pink LED lantern is from Wayfair and has a battery operated tea light inside, which is perfect for outdoor use – it can even be hung in a tree, if you wish.
There’s also a green wooden tray (a bargain for £5) and a flamingo design jug, which you can see better here:
Elsewhere in the garden we’ve continued the theme and created a relaxing chill out zone under a shady tree. It’s a good place to sit and enjoy some time out of the sun…our cat agrees too and did not want to move from here!
We’ve hung LED solar lights in the tree and bush, so they’ll gradually come on as the light fades. The two toadstools to the back right of the picture are from Wayfair. They caught our eye as they’re a bit unusual, a nice combination of natural wood and shiny metal, and help add a touch of magical charm to the garden.
The large pink and green outdoor cushion is amazingly from Matalan and is lovely! It’s big, comfy, boho in style and even has a handle on it, so you can grab it and take it into the garden, or take it with you to the park or beach. It was only £12 and a great buy, but it looks like it may have sold out online (there is a matching round picnic blanket though and that’s currently reduced to just £5.60 – get it while you can). The oblong cushion is from TK Maxx and is in a slightly more subtle shade of pink and green.
Here they are close up – we love the combination of patterns:
The patterned design on the Matalan cushion is on one side only, the back is a coordinating green and hard-wearing fabric. Here’s a glimpse of the back of it and the leather effect handle:
Finally, we also discovered that the smaller round cushion was the perfect size to go on our tree trunk stool – it’s a nice spot for a quick coffee break and a touch of sun and we like how the effect mimics the outline of the toadstool garden ornaments, bringing it all together nicely. The hanging basket was expertly made by Roger Savage from Choice Plants and is just coming into bloom.
So there we have it. That’s our summer garden style this year and we love it. Roll on more good weather and plenty of opportunities to use it and enjoy it!
For more inspiring ideas, check out the rest of the #UKHomeBlogHop tour for today. Next, hop on over to Don’t Cramp My Style to see what Anna has in store for you!
Follow the #UKHomeBlogHop hashtag on social media to see plenty more ideas, or to read all the posts from the bloggers taking part this week, click on the links below:
(Disclosure: Many thanks to our sponsors, TK Maxx, Wayfair and Sweetpea & Willow, for supplying products for styling and inclusion in this post. All views and opinions are our own)