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Month: February 2016

Office backyard – Shed studio

Office backyard – Shed studio

  Working from a garden studio is a time-honored tradition. Here, we find out how to get a modern-day equivalent. In an age of rising travel- and office-rent costs, there are financial incentives to becoming a ‘shed worker’ as well as the draw of optimizing your time while separating work from home. Here’s everything you need to know to get started. How do I build a shed studio? There are surprisingly few hoops to jump through to install one, especially…

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Gardens under glass

Gardens under glass

  The trend for greenhouses is big right now, but you don’t need a large garden to take part. With many smaller versions now on offer, all that’s required is a sunny windowsill or balcony. The extra protection offered by growing under glass means you’ll have more plant options than if you were relying on the British climate alone. Manufactum’s glass-and-pinewood balcony greenhouse  is easy to assemble and comes with three modular shelves. For something on an even smaller scale,…

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Home garden lighting

Home garden lighting

Lighting is as important outside as it is inside your home. Follow these simple tips to illuminate your garden. Layer lighting in the garden as you would in the house. Use spotlights to draw attention to key features such as sculptures, and opt for floodlights to offer a broader wash of light across a path. Consider how your set-up will look from all vantage points, especially from different levels in a house. It’s a good idea to use a dimmer…

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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.