It may have been a bit premature to expect spring was here last week with that beautiful warm weather. Right now Storm Freya is well and truly making her mark to remind us winter isn’t quite over just yet. But the daffodils are out, the evenings are getting lighter and I’m starting to think about new home and garden updates because I’d basically love a trolley dash at Garden Trading.
Despite the name, Garden Trading offer beautiful products for both indoors and outdoors so I thought I’d share a few of my plans for our home and garden this spring. After all, the birds always sing after a storm and I’ll finally have time to actually focus on our home this year now I’m here more.
It’s still in my plans to paint the back of our front door. I originally bought some colour matched paint in the Farrow & Ball colour ‘Calamine’ which was mixed by the brilliant team at Decorating Centre Online. I can genuinely recommend their amazing service and help. That paint though got commandeered for my top kitchen cupboards when I did the kitchen makeover so the front door is still it’s old white dirty self. Once I paint it I’m going to treat myself to a new doormat and love this Garden Trading dark grey one with three stars. Perfect to hide all the muddy Maddie paws!
The Living Room
Now we’re more or less done with all the big projects in the living room, it’s left to the fun part with all the accessorising. Sometimes though I find this the hardest bit – when there’s still money to be spent on so many other parts of the house, accessories always feel so frivolous. Our living room though is looking a little bare at the moment and we need a table lamp for the shelving in one alcove plus a room full of ‘dust collectors’ as I’m sure Pete would call them. I love the look of Millbank Bullet Table Lamp at Garden Trading, mainly because the concrete base looks so aesthetically pleasing. They also have a beautiful collection of recycled glass vases which would be perfect either for the alcove shelving or the mantel beam.
Last year right at the end of that blissful summer I got my butt on gear and gave one side of our patio a bit of a makeover. We’re so lucky (and remember it every day) to have a very generous garden for London living and have so much outdoor space we don’t always know what to do with it. Our corner sofa and coffee table is in place but I still have my eye on a hanging chair. Garden Trading have THE dream, the Hampstead Hanging Nest Chair which now I’ve seen it, I’m not sure any others will match up. It’s not the cheapest but it certainly is the best-looking. We’re also in desperate need of lots of extra planters in the space, similarly to the living room it’s looking a bit bare. I’m all about fluting at the moment and think a large and small Bathford Planter would definitely help to fill the space.
Our back garden is a bit of a tricky space to deal with. It’s very typical of a 1930s home, long and narrow and slopes upwards to the top over 100ft from the house. It was in pretty bad shape when we moved in and neither of us are particularly green-fingered so tend to just do what we can maintenance wise. Having a very bouncy Springer Spaniel who loves to tear up and down it at top speed doesn’t help either! Despite that, Pete said today he wouldn’t mind growing something and we may pop a small greenhouse/potting shed of sorts at the top. Garden Trading have the Wooden Latchmere Greenhouse which would be ideal for us as we find our feet with learning how to grow fruit and veg. Of course then we’d need a seedling tray and some greenhouse tags with chalk. We may live in the city but there’s no harm in bringing a bit of the countryside along for the ride.
I’m excited for spring to arrive properly and enjoy as much as time outdoors as possible for the first time since we’ve lived in the house. Fingers crossed for another beautiful summer.
This may look like an ad or collaboration but it isn’t. I came across Garden Trading and decided to share some picks from their website as I genuinely love them. I am not being compensated in any way for this post.