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It’s not that we don’t love exotic holidays to far-flung destinations but when you have an old house and a big garden requiring a fair bit of love and attention, something has to give while you invest your time and money in upkeep and renovation plans. So, other than a few days in Scotland (somewhere I’d choose to visit over many other places in the world though, to be honest) and walking the streets of Edinburgh so my eight year old can spot the scenes that provided J.K. Rowling with inspiration for the Harry Potter books, we’re going to be spending the summer at home. And while I love a glistening pool and having early evening cocktails prepared for me, I’m looking forward to hanging out at home with the kiddos and enjoying what’s on our doorstep instead.
Days out, we’ve got covered. We live in the Welsh countryside but are only a short drive from the coast and a hop and a skip away from Chester. And both Liverpool and Manchester are a mere hour’s drive away. So yes, we’re more than spoilt when it comes to potential day trips.
Evenings are obviously a little bit trickier. We can’t eat out every night but sitting at the kitchen table doesn’t have the same charm as sitting beneath the twinkling lights of an Italian trattoria or Spanish tapas bar. Which is why I’ve decided, with the help of Studio, to make the most of the sunshine (if it continues) and add a touch of magic to the corner of our garden in the form of the cutest wooden bench, a gorgeous circle rug that I spotted when I visited Studio back in May, and the super fun flamingo picnic set that makes everyone smile as soon as they see it.
That shady spot beneath the trees is now perfect for family picnics on warmer evenings. Add candles, an Ibiza chill-out mix, and a game of cards to keep the children entertained and it’s heaven. All the while being close enough to the freezer to be able to pop a few more ice cubes in my drink whenever I need to. Who needs to go abroad?!
Want to recreate these happy holiday vibes in your home or garden? Let’s take a closer look at the Studio products I chose and I’ll tell you what I particularly like about them.
THE CAYMAN TWO SEATER WOODEN BENCH
While rattan is the material of the moment, I chose the Cayman two seater wooden bench because I loved the timeless look and feel of it. It’s the perfect size for curling up on and reading a book in the corner of the garden or for using as extra seating under a picnic table when we have family or friends over. The quality is fab and I was able to put the bench together in just 10 minutes … on one of the hottest days of the year and without stopping for a break - pop to my Studio highlights on Instagram for the proof. Go, me! There’s currently 50 percent off so you can snap one up for £49.99, too.
THE ATEC CIRCLE RUG IN TEAL
The Atec rug (priced at £64.99) is quite small but perfectly formed. I was torn between the yellow and the teal, but the teal just edged it. It’s not an outdoor rug as such but one that is so easy to pick up and use in the garden that I think we’ll just keep on carrying it out with us whenever the weather’s good and we want to picnic on the grass. I love using things in the garden that would normally be seen in a living room and also bringing things in to the home that would traditionally be found out in the garden. It’s a nice way of marrying the two spaces.
THE CAMBRIDGE 12-PIECE FLAMINGO BAMBOO DINNER SET AND SERVING SET
The cute flamingo picnicware is made up of two sets: a twelve pice dinner set that includes four cups, four bowls and four plates, and the serving set which comes with a large jug, a salad bowl, serving tongs, and a really handy tray. All are made from eco-friendly, easily recyclable bamboo and, get ready for it, can go in the dishwasher. How amazing is that? They’re obviously brilliant for picnics - no more plastic and no more smashing of porcelain plates - but I’ve also earmarked them for children’s parties, too. I think we’re going to be using them a lot. They’re such a good buy.
Are you heading off anywhere lovely on holiday this year? Or are you mostly staycationing like us? What are your top tips for creating those happy holiday vibes at home? A strong cocktail? A beach read but on a sun lounger in your garden? Or perhaps a paddling pool that if you scrunch your eyes up enough could pass for an infinity pool in the south of France? Whatever you’re up to, I hope you have a brilliant time.