We’re at a bit of a standstill in terms of big renovations, so we’re looking to sort a few areas of the house that can be spruced up (relatively) cheap. We have started to clear out the back bedroom as it has been housing a lot of crap we can’t move into other rooms currently, and we’re hoping to temporarily paint it and put the bed together for guests.
And now we’ve decided it would be REALLY lovely if we can sort a bit of the garden, too, because I’m not the kind of person who can just relax and enjoy where we’ve got to with the renovations, I’m a ‘what next’ type of person and I’ve accepted that. The heatwave almost killed us knowing we had outside space not being used! We’ve never had a garden in London, or in fact any outside space, and it was one of the sticking points for us when we moved. Our garden isn’t huge but it’s perfect for what we need (and can achieve with our distinct lack of green fingers) and I gave up the idea of having a large garden in London long ago – to have anything is a huge bonus! When we knocked down the old downstairs lean-to bathroom, we gained a bit of side access as a lovely little extra outside space which isn’t overlooked and I would love to turn into a little dreamy courtyard.
It’s not quite a walled garden (more concrete jungle) but it has a lot of potential.
So of course I bought an outside sofa and some ceramics to go in it before I’ve actually painted or prepped anything.
I think the real skill here is not worrying about making the space look ‘bigger’, but ‘homely’ instead. Embrace the small space, bring in foliage and plants and hidden mirrors which will, in turn, open up the area and let even more light in. Another trick is to keep the furniture light, too, rather than too cumbersome. Cox & Cox are always great for outdoor furniture, as is Ikea.
We are going to paint the floor and rendered walls a light grey to keep the space looking fresh and airy (and perhaps one day, tile it but for now, paint will do!) and add some ceramic pots and hopefully a bench to sit and read – whether this will work and I will get any reading actually done is a different story but, for now, I can dream.
Oh and fairy lights, outdoor cafe lights in particular, are a must for me.
We’ll be concentrating on painting for now and making it a usable space and hopefully we can work on foliage over time, as we learn more! Wisteria would be the ultimate wish but I think that takes around 10 years to flourish….
So hopefully we will have a space worthy of sitting in, at least, before the summer’s out. Watch this space (literally – over on IG stories!).