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Every home needs a shed

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Contemporary wood garden shed

Everyone at some time in the working week needs a place of retreat. Those interested in DIY let off steam constructing some amazing devices while others just like to go off to sit and think.

The ideal venue to carry out these activities is usually the shed at the bottom of the garden.


Many great works of fiction have been created from a garden shed. The author Roald Dahl was just one in a long line of authors who used this building as a space where he could employ his wonderful imagination.

There are many who have found that small garden sheds are perfect to store bicycles and other paraphernalia that will just make a house look untidy if stored inside. Just imagine if you’re a home brewer and have nowhere to nurture your precious fermenting liquid, the secluded shed is ideal for this type of activity.



This wonderfully useful building can be as smart or as basic as you like. Some people install electricity so that they can use power tools and other gadgets, others have a Wi-Fi router so they can retreat and use their laptops in peace.

10x8ft is the average size of a shed and they can exist unobtrusively at the end of the garden.


Windows are easy to install if you want some added light and it’s always a matter of personal taste as to how you decorate the interior. If you have mounted the shed on a concrete base you could even fit carpets to make it cosy.

Don’t forget you can always smarten up the exterior with paint or hanging flower baskets and possibly even incorporate a couple of potted bay trees to your design.


Sheds are gaining popularity, the sculptor Barbara Hepworth had a small shed at the end of her garden where she could retreat and have a nap in between bouts of artistic genius.

The versatility of the self-assembled shed can never be underestimated. The UK has an annual competition where proud owners can submit photographs of their precious sheds to a panel of judges.

***This is a guest post from Homebase***


Relax in a garden hammock

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Relax in a garden hammock

On a warm, sunny day we couldn’t wish for anything more but to be relaxing in one of these garden hammocks.

Under the trees with just the right amount of sun shining through leaves, coupled with a light breeze, it would be the perfect way to relax, unwind and while away some time.

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or outdoor space blessed with trees, poles or a garden wall, then a hammock such as this can easily be hung.

This particular hammock is in zesty, summery colours and fabric that’s mildew and fade resistant. It’s available from Waitrose Garden.

Fab Friday Bargain: Dine outside with a reduced price Bistro set

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Contemporary garden bistro furniture

Enjoy the benefits of al fresco dining on your balcony or patio, and save money on the cost of garden furniture, with this bistro set.

In the cool, fresh summery colour of turquoise blue, teamed with aluminium frames, the set comes with one table and two chairs. It’s the perfect seating option for small spaces and great for enjoying breakfast, brunch, coffee or drinks in the sun.

Both the table and chairs are light weight and easy to fold up and move when not in use, so you won’t be stuck with heavy or cumbersome furniture.

The Hamilton bistro set is sold by Furniture Village. It was £259, but is currently reduced down to £189 in their sale.

Rimini sofa: stylish rattan outdoor garden furniture

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Affordable rattan garden furniture

Rattan furniture is a popular choice for garden furniture and, with our current spell of good weather, now’s the perfect time to make the most of sitting outside on something comfortable.

This Rimini rattan sofa is hand woven with a willow effect weave made from man-made materials. The benefit is that it’s suitable for using outside on a patio as well as inside in a conservatory.

The design is relatively simple and classic contemporary, and comes with padded seat cushions. What attracted us most to this piece is its price – £375 for a two seater sofa is pretty good, compared to other similar garden sofas we’ve come across recently.

The rimini sofa is available from John Lewis.


Fab Friday Bargain: Calligaris Linea Brights bistro garden furniture

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Contemporary garden outdoor bistro furniture

There’s nothing better than enjoying a drink outside on a balcony, deck or patio when the weather allows. If you’re in need of some funky contemporary outdoor furniture, then the Linea brights bistro range is well worth a look – not least as there’s a significant saving available at the moment, making them a fab Friday bargain.

The contemporary designed chairs in fuschia pink or lime green add a lovely pop of colour. The chairs were £320 each, but are now reduced to £108.

If space is an issue, a bistro table is always a good buy as they’re slimline.

The Calligaris Evolve brights bistro table has another advantage as it can be folded too, which makes storage during colder months easier. As it started off being priced at £599 and is now down to £179.10, you’ll be making a fab saving on it.

All of these pieces of garden furniture are available from House of Fraser.

Contemporary garden furniture: Luxurious Santa Rosa daybed

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Contemporary design garden seating

Now that the weather is showing brief signs that it might manage to get past winter this year, we can’t help but start thinking of balmy summer days in the garden.

There’s a brilliant range of contemporary garden furniture available and we’re currently loving the look of this Santa Rosa daybed. It’s got all the ingredients for a comfy and relaxing time in the garden – all the shade you need from strong sun (we’re optimistic…!), lots of comfy seating and cushions, and your very own perfect nook seat for the garden.

The daybed was originally priced at £1499, but is currently reduced to £1299 - it’s still a bit of an investment piece, but it’s a special piece of furniture that’s bound to get lots of use. It’s available exclusively online from dfs.

Driade Tokyo Pop designer daybed

Friday, July 27th, 2012
Contemporary Japanese designer daybed

Contemporary daybed

What do you think of this contemporary design daybed?

Made by Japanese designer, Tokujin Yoshioka, the unusually shaped daybed is made from polyethylene and is designed so that you can lie back and relax.

The daybed is suitable for using both inside your home or outside in the garden and is available in white or black.

The Driade Tokyo Pop daybed is in stock at Mac and Mac Interiors.

Breezer contemporary garden parasol

Monday, June 4th, 2012
Contemporary garden parasol canopy

Breezer flag garden parasol

With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in full swing and flags flying high, this contemporary garden parasol seemed rather an appropriate item to feature.

Designed by Sywawa, the large canopy-style parasol has dozens of white flags hanging from the top of the canopy.

In addition to providing an unusual textural element to the design, the flags also add movement as they flutter and swirl as they get caught by the breeze – which explains why it’s called Breezer!

The Breezer garden parasol has a brushed stainless steel pole and base and is available in either white powder coated steel or anthracite grey from Go Modern.

Fresh Finds: Bargain garden parasol

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Affordable garden parasol shadeBudget contemporary garden furniture

A garden parasol is essential for ensuring you have much needed shade on hot days, and helps reduce the risk of getting sunburnt if you’re sitting outside. If you haven’t got a huge budget to spend on a garden parasol, then these two options are currently available for under £40.

The parasol poles are made from FSC eucalyptus wood, work with a pulley system and have added UV protection included in the canopy.

Available in lido blue or coral, the parasols currently cost £39.20 each from John Lewis.

For more garden shade ideas, check out our guide to five of the best garden parasols.

Fresh design finds: Three dream day beds

Friday, May 25th, 2012

We love a good day bed.

They’re comfortable, relaxing and a great alternative to a sun lounger for using outside. Here are three well designed and gorgeous looking dream day beds!

Fresh design contemporary garden day beds

Dune day bed

The Dune day bed, by Barlow Tyrie, is an elegant piece of furniture for a contemporary garden. It’s made from hand-woven resin fibre which is weatherproof and has plenty of space to curl up on. It’s available from John Lewis.

Fresh design daybeds

Atlantic day bed

A lot of daybeds tend to have rounded cover shades, but we love the look of this Atlantic Daybed, that’s produced in a tipi tent style. It’s from House of Fraser.

Contemporary outdoor day bed

Padstow day bed

Compared to the two other options, the Padstow day bed is somewhat more affordable, but is still equally well styled. We particular the addition of some hidden storage, so you can stash away your suncream, shades, books or magazines. This one’s available from Tesco.

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