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Jaliyah Hanging Garden Chair

by Alexandra Thomas on April 21, 2014  |  0 comments
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Jaliyah Hanging Garden Chair

Add some drama to your garden with this Jaliyah Hanging Garden Chair, £299.

The weather has been pretty mixed these last few days with both glorious sunshine and pouring rain. But we’re confident (well hopeful), that there’s some great weather to come over the coming months.

Now’s the time to start planning your outdoor space, and we have some super items for your garden here at Furnish from hammocks to garden chairs, and outdoor lighting to pots and planters.

One piece which has really caught my eye is this Jaliyah Hanging Garden Chair by Out There Interiors. Made from high quality rattan and available in Grey or Mixed Choco, I adore its retro feel.

Great for adding a luxurious touch, this chair is perfect for curling up in and reading a book while soaking up some much needed rays of sunshine.

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Regal Planter

by Alexandra Thomas on April 08, 2014  |  0 comments
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Regal Planter

Brighten up your garden with this Regal Planter, from £79.

With spring here, it’s time to start sprucing up the garden, but not everyone has a large outdoor space, especially if you live in a flat or apartment.

That doesn’t mean you can’t be using your green fingers though. Quite the contrary, with a little imagination, you can turn your patio or balcony into the garden of your dreams.

Window boxes and planters are especially versatile and easy to take care of, and I love this Regal Planter by The Orchard.

Made from steel, it can be planted as subtly or extravagantly as you wish, and will brighten any external space, whatever size.

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Regal Planter with plants

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Green Hobnail Lantern

by Alexandra Thomas on April 05, 2014  |  0 comments
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Green Hobnail Lantern

Add a subtle glow with this Green Hobnail Lantern, £15.

I might be getting a little ahead of myself but, with the sunny weather we’ve been having of late, I can’t help but start to think about summer.

Those in the know claim that this summer is going to be a scorcher, so I’m planning as many al fresco events as possible to make the most out of the predicted good weather.

Perfect for summer evenings is this Green Hobnail Lantern by The Orchard. Suitable for hanging from trees or fences, this little lantern is sure to add some atmosphere to any garden party.

Also comes in peach, cranberry, violet, yellow and turquoise, and a selection of colours would look fantastic scattered around a garden dining area.

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Christmas Gifts for Gardeners

by Alexandra Thomas on December 01, 2013  |  0 comments
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Our pick of the best gifts for gardeners

Find gorgeous gifts for your green-fingered friends with our Christmas Gift Guide for Gardeners.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a wannabe Alan Titchmarsh or Rachel de Thame, we have some great gardening gifts for your green-fingered friends.

From watering cans to bird feeders to garden tools, we have everything to make sure your loved ones’ gardens bloom this coming year.

To help them adhere to the inevitable hose pipe ban in a few months’ time, this Orla Kiely Watering Can from Design 55 is just the ticket, while twitchers will be delighted with this Blomus Nido Bird Feeder by Red Candy.

And to keep seeds neat and tidy, look no further than this simple yet stylish Garden Trading Large Seed Box in Gooseberry from Amara Living.

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Blomus Nido Bird Feeder House

by Alexandra Thomas on November 04, 2013  |  0 comments
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Blomus Nido Bird Feeder House, £55.80, from Red Candy

Look after your feathered friends this winter with the Blomus Nido Bird Feeder House from Red Candy, currently £55.80.

I’m no expert when it comes to our little feathered friends, but they certainly seem to like my small courtyard garden. Maybe it’s thanks to the high fences which protect them from the neighbourhood’s felines, or the fact that I indulge them in a fat ball or two, but they love to flock to this tiny oasis.

Now that winter is rapidly descending on us, it’s time to make sure they’re properly looked after and what better way than by installing this super stylish Blomus Nido Bird Feeder House from Red Candy.

Simple, yet oh so chic, this birdhouse provides enough room for birds to feed and shelter from the wind and rain, and can be hung from a tree or placed on a handy stake in the ground.

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John Lewis Alphabet Children's Deck Chair from John Lewis

by Alexandra Thomas on August 06, 2013  |  0 comments
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John Lewis Alphabet Children's Deck Chair, £39, from John Lewis

Let your little ones relax in the sun with this Alphabet Children’s Deckchair from John Lewis, £39.

The summer holidays are here and the sun is shining, but you still might need some ammunition to tear your little ones away from the TV and get them enjoying the great outdoors.

If a cool, inviting paddling pool isn’t cutting the mustard, then this Alphabet Children’s Deckchair from John Lewis is sure to do the trick.

This small, but perfectly formed, garden chair features a brightly coloured alphabet fabric with a special character for each letter.

Great for letting the smaller members of your family sit back and relax, it’s subtly educational too.

Garden Tool Kit from Great Little Trading Company

by Alexandra Thomas on July 29, 2013  |  0 comments
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Garden Tool Kit, £22.40, from Great Little Trading Company

Turn your little ones' fingers green with this Garden Tool Kit from Great Little Trading Company, currently £22.40.

So the school summer holidays are upon us. To me this means less crowded trains, but to my friends with children it means occupying little ones for weeks and weeks and praying it doesn’t rain.

If it is good weather, one way to keep your little darlings busy is to get them helping out in the garden.

And what better way to create the next Alan Titchmarsh or Charlie Dimmock than with this Garden Tool Kit from Great Little Trading Company.

Comprising spade, rake, hand trowel, hand fork and matching gloves, it’s got everything a little gardener needs to help Mum or Dad make their outside space look absolutely beautiful.

Asanti Reclaimed Hardwood Double Bench from Oak & Ash Furniture

by Alexandra Thomas on July 27, 2013  |  1 comment
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Asanti Reclaimed Hardwood Double Bench, £398, from Oak & Ash Furniture

Relax in the garden with this Asanti Reclaimed Hardwood Double Bench from Oak & Ash Furniture, £398.

Sadly I don’t have room on my little patio for a garden bench but, if I did, you can bet your bottom dollar I’d be treating it to this Asanti Reclaimed Hardwood Double Bench from Oak & Ash Furniture.

Crafted from eco-friendly reclaimed hardwood, which has been given a distressed finish, I love the elegant curved arms and legs which make this piece something really special.

Great for relaxing on, this bench is perfect for adding just the right amount of shabby chic style and, if you like the look of the bench, you’ll be delighted to know that there’s a selection of matching tables and chairs available too.

Moustache Door Mat from Design My World

by Alexandra Thomas on July 21, 2013  |  0 comments
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Moustache Door Mat, £24.95, from Design My World

Give your guests a quirky welcome with this Moustache Door Mat from Design My World, £24.95.

As well as being extremely practical and a must for the hallway, a cheerful doormat offers the perfect way to give your guests a warm welcome and add a touch of interest to any hallway.

While we have a vast array of door mats to choose from here on Furnish from bright, bold stripes and cityscapes to delicate florals, without a doubt my favourite is this Moustache Door Mat from Design My World.

Ideal for adding a quirky touch to your hallway, it will also ensure your floors are kept spic and span.

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Barbara Cantilevered Parasol from Out There Interiors

by Alexandra Thomas on July 18, 2013  |  0 comments
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Barbara Cantilevered Parasol, £245, from Out There Interiors

Stay cool in the sun with this Barbara Cantilevered Parasol from Out There Interiors, £245.

No sooner has the sun arrived after months of doubting it ever would, than people are already moaning it’s too hot.

Well, I’m not one of them because after the worst winter and spring I can ever remember, I’m desperate to get my daily dose of vitamin D.

Of course, it’s not wise to sit in the sun all day so you’ll need some stylish protection, which is why I love this Barbara Cantilevered Parasol from Out There Interiors.

With its beautiful curves, this parasol is the ideal way to give your garden a pretty touch while avoiding sunburn at the same time.

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Tealight Chandelier from Primrose & Plum

by Alexandra Thomas on July 15, 2013  |  0 comments
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Tealight Chandelier, £60, from Primrose & Plum

Give your garden a stylish glow with this Tealight Chandelier from Primrose & Plum, £60.

The garden is often considered an extra room in the house these days, rather than just an outside space. As such, it’s just as important to get your lighting right outdoors as it is inside the home.

Personally, I find electric lighting a little too harsh for the garden and much prefer the soft glow of candlelight.

Which is why I adore this Tealight Chandelier from Primrose & Plum. Consisting of two layers, each tier holds a number of pretty, dimpled glass tea light holders, giving a warming, subtle yet ever-so effective glow.

Perfect for creating a stunning atmosphere, try hanging the chandelier over your garden dining table for maximum effect.

Arabesque Round Lantern from Summerill & Bishop

by Alexandra Thomas on July 11, 2013  |  0 comments
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Arabesque Round Lantern, £42, from Summerill & Bishop

Add a touch of the exotic to your garden with one of these Arabesque Round Lanterns from Summerill & Bishop, £42.

So summer looks like it’s finally arrived and, before we all start moaning it’s too hot and that we need a thunderstorm to clear the air, can we please remember it’s been miserable for months.

So, it’s time to embrace the sunshine, fire up the barbecue and make the most of this glorious weather.

Weekends in my garden are precious to me during the summer, so I’ve already got a few al fresco dinner parties planned. While hunting for the “perfect” lanterns to make my soirees atmospheric, I came across these Arabesque Round Lanterns from Summerill & Bishop.

Intricately designed, they’re made from aged metal and will look fabulous hanging from a tree or grouped together as a centrepiece.

Houston Hammock from Furniche

by Alexandra Thomas on July 07, 2013  |  0 comments
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Houston Hammock, £319, from Furniche

Turn your garden into a tropical paradise with the Houston Hammock from Furniche, reduced from £699 to £319.

While my little patio certainly isn’t big enough for a hammock, that doesn’t stop me dreaming about them.

Hammocks have to be the ultimate in luxury when it comes to garden furniture, but can be tricky to install if you’re not blessed with palm trees which, let’s face it, most of us aren’t.

Not so with the Houston Hammock from Furniche which cleverly comes complete with its very own stand.

Simple, yet ever-so stylish, it’s ideal for adding some luxury hotel style and is guaranteed to become a real talking point in your garden.

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La Hacienda Tartarus Stainless Steel Firepit from John Lewis

by Alexandra Thomas on July 04, 2013  |  0 comments
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La Hacienda Tartarus Stainless Steel Firepit, £179, from John Lewis

Keep warm long after the sun has set with this La Hacienda Tartarus Stainless Steel Firepit from John Lewis, £179.

Sorry to be all doom and gloom but, unbelievably, the days have started getting shorter already. Don’t fear though as late summer is usually warmer, and September in the past few years has been glorious.

To make the most of those late summer evenings, investing in a fire pit is a great idea especially if you’d rather avoid patio heaters.

This La Hacienda Tartarus Firepit from John Lewis is a particularly stylish choice.

Perfect for keeping warm long after the sun has set, it will also create a stunning focal point in your outdoor space.

Made from stainless steel, its simple design makes it ideal for both classic and more contemporary gardens.

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Kasbah Textured Metal Stools from Artisanti

by Alexandra Thomas on June 21, 2013  |  0 comments
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Kasbah Textured Metal Stools, £204, from Artisanti

Give your home a taste of the exotic with these Kasbah Textured Metal Stools from Artisanti, £204.

Although ethnic interiors aren’t really my thing, it’s nice to inject a touch of the exotic into your home now and again.

I was more than happy to stumble across these Kasbah Textured Metal Stools from Artisanti which add just the right amount of Moroccan-style chic without being too over the top.

Great for additional seating, these stools can also be used as side tables but, best of all, have a hidden secret.

Simply turn them over and you’ll discover that they’re hollow, which means they can also be used as decorative planters. Genius!

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Rice Bag Planters from Garden Beet

by Alexandra Thomas on June 20, 2013  |  0 comments
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Rice Bag Planters, £6.99, from Garden Beet

Give your outdoor space a touch of ethical chic with these Rice Bag Planters from Garden Beet, £6.99.

Garden planters come in many guises ‒ short and squat, tall and thin, wooden, metal, plastic, stone ‒ but not all of them come with a conscience.

These Rice Bag Planters from Garden Beet, however, certainly do. Made from, unsurprisingly, recycled rice bags, they reduce landfill and also support communities in Cambodia.

Available in an array of striking, bold colours, these clever little planters can be used outside, and will add a splash of colour to any patio.

Alternatively, if you’re not blessed with an outdoor space, they can also be used to disguise less than attractive herb pots and will look fantastic on a kitchen windowsill.

Colombian Single Hammock from Wholesale Hammocks

by Alexandra Thomas on June 16, 2013  |  0 comments
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Colombian Single Hammock, £38, from Wholesale Hammocks

Embrace summer with this Colombian Single Hammock from Wholesale Hammocks, £38.

With the weather finally getting better (and then worse and then better again!) what could be nicer than spending your weekends lazing around in your garden in a hammock?

While hammocks are usually the preserve of five star hotels in exotic, far flung destinations, Wholesale Hammocks is on hand with a wonderful collection so you can give your outdoor space a taste of the exotic.

I love this Colombian Single Hammock which has a definite nautical feel thanks to its bold stripes in varying shades of blue.

Now all you need is someone on hand to attend to your every whim… and to make sure the sun keeps on shining.

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Flora Patio Chair from Neofurn

by Alexandra Thomas on June 09, 2013  |  0 comments
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Flora Patio Chair, £49.95, from Neofurn

Pretty up your patio with this Flora Patio Chair from Neofurn, £49.95.

These days, the garden is often considered an extra room in the house, rather than just an outdoor space.

With this is mind, it’s important that you put as much care and time into decorating and accessorising your garden as you would your living room or bedroom.

While garden furniture needs to be practical and withstand all conditions, that doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish too.

This Flora Patio Chair from Neofurn is guaranteed to give any neglected outdoor space a much needed lift. Available in a range of colours, I love the intricate detailing on the backrest which will add texture and pattern to your garden.

Garden Trough Dining Table from The Orchard

by Alexandra Thomas on June 05, 2013  |  0 comments
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Garden Trough Dining Table, £315, from The Orchard

Dine alfresco with this Garden Trough Dining Table from The Orchard, £315.

With summer finally having decided to pay us a quick visit, I’m going to be making the most of it by dining outside every night.

And while my small patio table is ideal for supper for two, it’s not really large enough for entertaining friends, so I’ve been on the hunt for something a little more substantial.

I love this Garden Trough Dining Table from The Orchard. Crafted from Canadian Yellow Pine, it’s generous enough to seat all your guests and also has a built-in zinc trough, which is perfect for stashing bottles of wine, beer and soft drinks, meaning there’s no going back and forth to the fridge!

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Eva Solo Standing Bird Feeder Table from Design 55

by Alexandra Thomas on May 23, 2013  |  0 comments
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Eva Solo Standing Bird Feeder Table, £89, from Design 55

Keep your feathered friends happy with this Eva Solo Standing Bird Feeder Table from Design 55, £89.

While I’m certainly no Bill Oddie, my little garden seems recently to have become a haven for the neighbourhood bird population.

And as Disney as this sounds, they all wait patiently on the fence for each other to stop eating.

As such, I’m regularly on the lookout for the slightly dopey, but deadly, black cat who lives next door to make sure she’s not planning on taking advantage and turning the birds into her next meal.

To ensure the birds can dine in style, I have decided to invest in this super chic Eva Solo Standing Bird Feeder Table from Design 55.

With plenty of room for food, and a handy roof to shelter under if it’s raining, this simple, contemporary bird feeder can be stuck straight into the ground and be ready to go.

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