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It’s a strange summer we’re having when something so mundane as opening up the patio doors becomes an almost momentous occasion. But such a has been the weather, I feel like trumpets should sound every time there’s a break in the rain and I can finally turn the handles and use the terrace as an extension of the living room.
But with forecast looking a little more promising, this week I’ve embraced the outdoors and given the little seating/bar area that links the main part of my living room to the patio a bit of a summer spruce up. You can see how it used to look in this post, but with a few select pieces from Studio and some inexpensive handmade touches, it’s been transformed.
Which products inspired this summer themed makeover?
Well, two in particular. As soon as I spotted the chevron cotton fringed throw in ochre at the Studio immersion day, I knew it would look amazing draped over the arm of the dove grey chair that we brought back from Switzerland with us. A beautiful colour, fantastic quality and unbelievably priced at £18.99 (for the large 228cm x 254cm version), if I had to recommend just one Studio buy to spark joy in your home this summer it would be this one. And with the smell of the Wax Lyrical Made In England lemon verbena candle filling the room, if I close my eyes, I could be lounging in the lemon groves of Sicily rather than right here in North Wales.
Once I lit the candle, I had lemons on the brain and then I remembered a small piece of lemon-covered fabric I had stored away. While I can turn my hand to simple sewing projects, I’m not averse to cutting the odd corner so instead of using my sewing machine to make a cushion cover, I saved myself half an hour of pinning and faffing, and conjured one up using fabric glue instead. Not too shabby, right? Always keep offcuts of fabric; you never know when they’ll come in handy.
Same with wrapping paper. Frame your favourites. It’s a cheap and cheerful way of changing things up in a room. And if you decide it’s not for you, take it down and use it to wrap presents. There’s no waste.
Of course, whenever you have a living space that leads directly on to a garden or patio, and particularly when you have children that like to run between the two with no thought to muddy shoes/grubby carpet, a rug or mat is a must. I chose this chic but simple indoor outdoor reversible flatweave rug in charcoal because it slots seamlessly in to the room. It’s practical but perfect. While my tastes tend towards the more colourful end of the spectrum, neutral basics are brilliant because they can be moved from room to room and go with any colour scheme.
I love this black and grey ceramic stripe table lamp (priced at just £29.99, can you believe?!) for similar reasons. It’s a lamp that I know I’ll get so much use from. Right now, it’s ideal for casting a little extra light over the patio when we sit outside in the evenings but come autumn, it will make a great reading lamp next to the sofa in the far corner of the living room. It works well alongside lemons and I know that it will look fantastic when I switch to slightly less ‘out there’ accessories when the summer’s over.
Lemon tea? Or a Vesper martini? You decide. I’ve got just the spot for you to sit and sip it. Come on over and put your feet up.
I’m so pleased with the Studio products that I selected for this month’s post. The quality of them is not just great for the price, it’s amazing full stop. I can’t wait to show you what I’ve got planned for July … we’re heading out in to the garden for a special Studio picnic. Wish you were here?