This post is sponsored by Cane-Line
You may know that I love being outside, but you will have never seen a picture of my garden to this date. The simple reason being that it’s never been an attractive space, and that’s not for lack of trying! We live in a Victorian terrace, so the garden is the width of the house, and long. Long and thin, and made even longer and thinner by a horrible deck board path that runs the full length of it. It’s always covered in moss and we go flying all winter, and get splinters all summer.
The grass grows in random patches, and the borders are so full of old ivy roots they are almost impossible to dig. No amount of scarifying, reseeding, watering, mulching or worrying has ever produced any decent results out there. For all the 8 years we’ve lived here, I have known what it really needs is to bring a digger in, to start afresh with the flower beds, a brand new lawn and a nice patio. And this is now finally going to happen! This Summer! I am beyond excited, but also slightly worried about not having my haven of outdoor space whilst the work is done.
I adore being outside. The large garden was one of the biggest pulls about this house for me. It’s quite unusual around here, and it’s our compromise for living on a busy road. I often take my coffee outside at 7am and enjoy the peace and quiet for 5 minutes, and watering in the evenings often with help from my kids is surely one of life’s little pleasures?!
My solution to the imminent mud and mess has been to create this little outdoor haven next to the house. This area of decking will be staying put for now, because one day we hope to rebuild the kitchen with sliding doors out into the garden. There will be a new patio down at the far end, but the decking up and around the back of the house will have to remain for the time being.
If you spend a lot of time in the garden, outdoor furniture is an important thing to get right. Cane-Line is a Danish furniture brand, whose wares combine beautiful Scandinavian design and colours with the most hard wearing, UV and weather resistant materials. You may also be happy to know that they are an ethical company and everything is produced with the utmost consideration for the environment and well-being of people. If beautiful design, functionality, and ethics are all important to you then you’d be pushed to find a better company!
I have had wooden chairs in the past but have had no where to store them over the winter, and they’ve fallen apart. I’ve also had cheap and very unattractive plastic furniture. Always a false economy in my book. The Cane-Line range comes with a more premium price tag, but if you work out the cost for many years of happy garden sitting with minimal maintenance or worry, it’s a good investment in my book.
The Copenhagen Rocking Chair I have chosen is the perfect “relax and unwind” seat. I adore the aqua colour, and the playful yet pared back and modern design. It’ll look great alongside any other existing furniture you may have. The little side table is a completely ingenious item. The top lifts cleanly away so it can be used as a tray to carry drinks from the kitchen. Also if it’s been raining you can flip it over and use the dry side. It comes in lots of lovely colours and can be used inside of course too.
It’s well worth having a browse of the Cane-Line website if you are looking for new furniture for this Summer, and especially if you are tired of having to repaint wooden furniture, put covers over things or find storage for them! Their entire range is aspirational, and I can vouch for the quality and comfort. We also have four indoor dining chairs from Cane-Line (you can see them here) and I am utterly delighted with them.
This is one of those things I now wish I’d done years ago! A tub of white masonry paint, some new plants, and some fabulous new furniture has given me a little haven. This is where I’ll be sitting in the mornings with my coffee, and in the evenings with my wine!
5 Simple Ways to Refresh Your Outside Space
- Consider painting walls or fences white to give a fresh and light look to your space
- Use bamboo screening to cover ugly areas that can’t be painted. It’s very cheap and easy to put up
- Use a pressure washer to clean up old patios and decking
- Fill your space with flowering plants and fragrant herbs. They have a calming effect and looking after them will get you outside even more
- Invest in some good garden furniture. You will spend far more time outside if you have furniture that is comfortable and durable!
This post is very kindly sponsored by Cane-Line, all opinions are of course my own xx
So gorgeous Hannah! My parents used to have a Victorian house opposite Abington Park so I always think of that house when I read your posts. But tell me about that rug!! Is it an outdoor one, or something to bring out on a sunny day? X
Hi Jessica, oh how lovely and what a small world! Those houses are absolutely beautiful. Yes it’s an outdoor one! It’s plastic and can stay out all the time, I’m so pleased with it! xx
That came out beautifully! I love the color scheme… My balcony needs a major upgrade, so this is quite inspiring too 🙂
Thank you so much Dee! I’m thrilled with how it came out, such a relaxing little space! Good luck with your balcony x
Such a beautiful outdoor space you’ve created, Hannah. I love your color choices–I have aqua or turquoise accent pieces in my home too so I just want to copy your garden space for my own! I hope you get to spend lots of time in this little oasis over the summer and I can’t wait to see the results of the garden overhaul! Cheers! Xo
Thank you so much Christine! This chair would be perfect for you then! I love it, such fresh and pretty colours. Thank you so much lovely 🙂 xx
Oh gosh, I have a disastrous garden too, also long and thin behind a Victorian terrace. It’s about 60ft long but over 3 levels, so without a complete overhaul and a lot of upheaval it’s been hard to see how to make it better. But you’ve given me a push to at least sort out the patio area off the kitchen which needs repainting, and the bamboo screening idea is genius! I’d never thought of that but it’s very clever and would soften the white paint that we have a little.
Thanks so much Skye! I’m happy to have given you a couple of ideas. it’s amazing the difference this has made, I wish I’d done it years ago! These long thin gardens are tricky to know what to do with aren’t they? They are big, but end up not being very useful to anyone. Fingers crossed ours will be much better soon! xx
I’m so inspired by this space you’ve created Hannah! We also live in a Victorian terrace, but sadly our garden is really just a yard… I love how you’ve brightened this up. I’ve thought about painting the brickwork white but I’m worried it will be so much work! Where is your rug from? Do you have to bring it in if it rains?
Thank you so much Hannah! It was quite hard work painting the wall but worth it I think, I did a bit of repointing first which made it take longer but a much better result! The rug is from Wayfair, it was really cheap and I love it! It stays out all the time, it’s just like a big plastic mat! xx