Outdoor living: prettying up the decking.

Roughly one year ago Sam asked me what I wanted for our anniversary, being super practical and of course a great lover of all things Interior design – though this is technically exterior-, I asked for decking in the back garden.  Anyway, I got what I asked for, Sam worked tirelessly for two days getting it up – a process that went a little like this…


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And seen as though I seem to be obsessed with Before & After pics at the minute, here’s on of those too!



Well, its a year on and the deck is still looking lovely, but actually maybe a little bit basic. All garden funds last year were spent on the decking and new dining area, so it got left as it was – though its still so much better than it started!

Anyway, Summer is back, Garden work can resume, and i’m wanting to fancy up that little area a bit this year. I found some gorgeous garden inspo via Homify.



And scoured the web for any garden related potential purchases. The first buy will be a gas BBQ, our coal one has to be dragged to the back of the garden every time we use it, NOT practical. We’ve decided on the premium 4 burner gas bbq with side hob. (Argos.) Its on sale and you get 25% off a protective cover – Big mistake we made with our coal BBQ , was leaving it uncovered for winter after winter. Its quite the bargain.

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Another thing I really want is a pergola over the dining table. After the monster build that was the TV unit, i’m having to really convince sam to get his tools back out. I just want to hang festoon lights from it, I really fell in love with this little set up in Ikea.



And the rest is just decoration.



Hanging star tea light holder : £2.99, Homebase.

Hanging lantern : £10, TKMAXX

Bird house: £6, Sainsburys

Festoon lights: £19.99, Amazon

Artificial tree: £35, Ikea

Large clay plant pot: £20, Amara living. 

Stags head: £13.26, Jardinitis

Solar floor lamp: £16, Ikea

Chalk board design: Catinacricco

I love the everything about this mood board. Its surprisingly modern, not usually my taste, but we live in a terraced house in quite a busy city, as much as i’d love a quaint english garden, I’d rather create a fitting spot realistic to our surroundings. The rest of the garden has been taken over by the kids, so it’ll be nice to have a ‘grown-up’ zone out there. If you have me on Instagram, you’ll see I’ve already started buying some little bits. I absolutely love the outdoor chalkboard art, so i’ll hopefully have an exciting tutorial up over the next couple of weeks on something similar.


So thats my plan for the decking are. I’ll be back with an update in a few weeks.



The little woman pretends.


 * This post was in collaboration with Homify. *

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