I don’t know if this is the reality or my perception, but it feels like winter has lasted much longer than usual here this year. The Easter Bank Holiday – which usually falls around both Mr N’s and my Dad’s birthdays, so it’s generally memorable – was wet and cold (we made the most of it though with our Rainy Day Games Day) and that pretty much sums up the weather generally for the last, ooh 7 or 8 months.
So when a mini heatwave was announced, I was determined to make the most of it (we live in Manchester, this could be the extent of summer). As I explained in my patio inspo post, last year we spent the whole summer labouring in the garden, so this year we will absolutely be making the most of it. Which is definitely what we did for a few days last week.
It was everything I wished we were doing last year as we were digging, lifting, shifting and painting – chilling, eating, drinking, laughing and reading. Bliss.
Of course, a massive part of my enjoyment of all that is what the patio looks like and I pulled all of my inspiration together to refine it.
I wanted to keep things fairly simple and classic in terms of colour. My vision was always grey, green and white as a starting point and then pops of colour with the cushions and accessories. We’ve had the sofa and chairs for a few years now and although I painted the fences only last year, I like how the colour (Cuprinol Urban Slate) blends with the furniture.
You know the ‘pops of colour’ are totally going to change depending on my mood but for now, the main theme is blue with of course, a bit of brass thrown in. All of these cushions are regular indoor cushions. Whilst you can get hold of cushions specifically for outdoor use, there doesn’t seem to be a huge variety available in the UK (for obvious reasons I guess given the weather) and they are expensive. So these are stored under the stairs ready to come out as soon as there’s a chink in the clouds.
As with indoors, I love something a bit unusual and unexpected outdoors. My wire chair and ceramic garden stools do just that here. Both are ebay bargains from a few years ago and I’ve been on the look out for a second chair to pair with this one ever since.
We lounged around here all day, enjoying the rose with a barbecue, until the sun went down. Which meant the other essential ingredient of a perfect summer patio were turned on. There’s something about fairy and festoon lights on a warm summer’s evening which is really evocative. These lights are hard wired in and are turned on, along with the other outside lights, inside so we can use them all year round. We lit the candles, poured another drink and turned up the music.
I’m keeping everything crossed that we have such a good summer that we can do this pretty much everyday.
Get the Perfect Summer Patio Look
Cushions – Stripe Cushion alternative, Spot Cushion alternative, Flat Seat cushion, Long Central cushion alternative (I might have to get this one too!), Ikat alternative, Black & White Jacquard alternative, Round White Tray alternative, Brass Tray, Brass Hurricane Lanterns alternative, Ceramic Garden Stool (love this in blue!) and here, Festoon Lights, Rattan Footstool, Brass Mid Century Style Planter, Veuve Clicquot Paint Pot Ice Bucket, Grey nibbles bowl, White and Gold nibbles bowl, Watercolour bowl alternative.