If there’s one thing that Instagram seems to be guilty of these days it’s making me SHOP TOO MUCH. Or at least put together a never-ending wish-list. I’ve long been a fan of Made.com and spotted some beautiful window boxes/planters. They were so reasonable that I kept meaning to buy them. And then they appeared in the SALE and so I snapped two up (and now wish I’d bought more).
Of course though, with a lovely new product comes the need for a little bit of a mini makeover. Eventually our patio will be built over as part of our ground floor extension so although I have SO many ideas for this space, none of it will happen any time soon. A little bit of a face lift though goes a long way to cheering up the space.
What’s made the biggest difference to this patio corner is having the very dilapidated post lamps replaced. We’d bought new lights at least two years ago but as with everything, other projects kept getting in the way. When we did finally source an electrician to do some work inside the house, he also fitted the new outdoor lighting with no trouble at all. It looks so much more stylish and again, was fairly inexpensive but makes a big difference. Here are a couple of befores/during:
The window boxes work perfectly on the patio wall (but would 100% be too big as normal window boxes for us and they’re very heavy!) and the colour flecks come from recycled Heineken bottles which make me love them even more. They retail at just £35 each and I picked mine up in the sale for £29 each, even better. Sometimes with Made you do have to wait a few weeks for delivery but the products are always so beautiful and well-made that it’s worth the wait.
Then it just came down to a little rejigging here and there. We had an old pallet I had originally intended to be a herb planter but instead it became another project I never finished. So we moved it out of the way for now, dusted down our table and chairs and shifted them back into the space. A little visit to the garden centre for some pretty new plants and job done. It’s looking so much fresher and now maybe I will get round to giving the table and chairs a lick of paint after all…
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