Anyone else have dreams of al fresco dining all summer? C’mon British summertime, bring back that glorious sunshine and let us enjoy the last of the summer evenings in style. Let us fling open the doors and bring the inside out.

Since we built our home 3 years ago, the garden has been an on-going project, and it’s so satisfying to see it all coming together. This summer seen the construction of the pergola, and it quickly transformed the patio and created an extension to our open plan kitchen.  We invested in some long lasting, weather proof garden furniture and the area has become an extended dining room, bringing home-like vibes outdoors. Our Rebo In-Ground Trampoline was installed and in between the showers, the children have played non-stop on it all summer. Finally, we replaced the lawn with artificial grass, and the big “jobs” were all complete!

Bringing the indoors, out:

I aimed to create a space where family and friends would be drawn to. A space that will be useful for our day to day family life, all year round. Our large bifold doors instantly open up the kitchen into the garden, and this makes the whole indoor/outdoor idea so achievable. The outdoor area is so accessible, and the doors are always open at every opportunity. The children come in and out as they please, and the space outdoors is now safe and secure for them.

Creating a stylish outdoor space was key for me, and being the Laura Ashley addict that I am, I browsed through their AW17 catalogue and was inundated with items suitable to add the homely touches to our patio area. I added in some accent scatter cushions, a throw, a basket of hydrangeas and some lanterns and the outdoor space instantly became so enticing. I love adding the little details to any project, and I opted for a vibe that will see us through to Autumn. The area includes some floral, fresh, pastel, Summer accents, while the darker purple shades incorporate a warm, cosy feel ready for the cooler days.

(Brass Finish Tealight LanternLarge Brass Effect LanternLemington ThrowWisteria Printed Duck Egg CushionLittle Vines Printed Hedgerow CushionLarge Round Wicker Basket)

(Kubu Oval Storage Basket)

Now, if the weather ever decides to play ball, we could have more moments like this – I have no idea who she takes after 😉

To add the finishing touch to our outdoor space, it needed lighting. I bought some battery operated festoon lights from Festive Lights and fixed these to the pergola. The lanterns are undoubtedly my favourite part of the outdoor area, and Laura Ashley have a vast amount to choose from. Along with the light fixtures and festoon lights, the lanterns create an inviting glow in the evenings, and this is when I feel the area really comes into its own.

Creating a stylish outdoor space opens up your living arrangements, and it’s a great place to unwind, to enjoy some family time and even some peace and quiet to yourself from time to time.

This post is in collaboration with Laura Ashley – my very favourite UK home interior brand 🙂

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