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