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Outdoor bathing

Outdoor bathing

  Bathing in the sunshine is an indulgent, atmospheric experience whether you choose a refreshing shower or a relaxing dip in a hot tub. Swedish brand Roshults’ sleek outdoor model is a striking metal structure that comes with a slatted teak shower tray and a rainfall-effect shower. It’s easy to install and connects to a standard garden hose. Another designer option is an open shower cabin by Ludovica+Roberto Palomba that is fitted with a large rainfall shower head. It can…

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How to build a wooden terrace

How to build a wooden terrace

Most people have a sunny corner in their garden that they naturally gravitate towards: turn that spot into a backyard terrace and rest of the design will follow. Read our secrets on building the perfect versatile patio or garden deck area. Consider how your decking will be used. If it’s primarily for adults, you can be more creative, opting for split levels and including freestanding planters. If you have children, you may want to add a sandpit or seats with…

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Vertical greening

Vertical greening

Popularized by contemporary French botanist Patrick Blanc, living walls are a great way to create indoor gardens in even the smallest of spaces. Simple to install, they require very little maintenance other than dead-heading and occasional weeding. From freestanding systems that have built-in water reservoir stands to ready-to-hang gardens, there’s plenty of choice. ‘Ecopods’ (pictured below) are the best quick-fix solution. Equipped with adhesive strips, they’re easy to secure to your wall or window. For something more impactful, consider an…

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Green screens

Green screens

Customize your garden as you would any open-plan interior and delineate an intimate seating area with these ingenious ‘Abri’ screen panels by Paola Lenti. Available in two heights and covered in the brand’s signature water-repellent fabrics, they will protect you from spring breezes and provide shade from the sun. Each screen comes with pickets that you can hammer in – if you’re positioning them in soft ground – to ensure that the screens stay exactly where you want them.

Shutter solutions

Shutter solutions

A practical option for any home, external shutters filter light and increase privacy. Follow these tips from Nick Garratt, director of The New England Shutter Company, to ensure that you choose the right style for your room. Consider the climate and how your shutters will weather in those conditions. I recommend using Western Red cedar as it’s a material that improves with age. If you decide to paint your shutters, use an acrylic finish as it is water-resistant. Our most…

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Glansnava curtain liner

Glansnava curtain liner

–  The densely woven curtain liners darken the room and provide privacy by preventing people outside from seeing into the room. – Effective at keeping out both drafts in the winter and heat in the summer. – You can use the included hooks to attach the curtain liners to the heading tape on your curtains. – The heading also has hidden tabs that allow you to hang the curtain liners directly on a curtain rod.  

Outdoor fire pit areas

Outdoor fire pit areas

The perfect focal point for afternoon drinks or late-night soirées, a fire pit recreatesthe best bits of camping in your own back garden. Plus, it costs next to nothing to build your own. You’ll first need to ensure that you don’t live in an area that bans wood-burning fires. Also, consider the direction that the smoke will blow in and watch out for trees, fences or buildings that could catch alight. Once your safety checks are complete, dig a circular…

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The painted palace

The painted palace

  Ditte Lamptey’s Copenhagen home is far from typical of Danish apartments. The ornate ceilings – a different design in every room – are worthy of Versailles, while the elaborate doorframes and dark wood paneling wouldn’t look out of place in a Tudor palace. To add a finishing flourish, Ditte, who owns socially conscious clothing brands Solidary People and Skin, has painted the walls in shades of everything from the palest green to the brightest red. This is a home…

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Two quick and effective ways to add pattern using paint

Two quick and effective ways to add pattern using paint

Stencils. Stencilling is a simple method of decorating your walls. The beauty of this technique lies in the handmade effects that you can create. For a faded-wallpaper effect, opt for a repeat pattern, varying the paint coats. Use a small amount of emulsion – a little goes a long way – and apply gently over the stencil using a sponge roller. Start stencilling in the middle of the wall and work outwards.  Patterned rollers. This is a form of \”speed…

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