Posts Categorised: Garden

A Beach Hut Inspired Garden Room

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One of our favourite things in the world is visiting the coast and we try to as much as we can, but sometimes there’s too much to do here and a trip seems a bit tricky. We’ve been meaning to do up our garden room for a while  – it’s right in my eye line when I look out the kitchen window, so at last we have combined our love of the seaside with some DIY and created our own little beach hut hideaway.

Beach Hut Shed

The exterior blue paint is ‘ Pure Duck Egg ‘ by the Homebase range of  ‘ Home of Colour Garden Colour ‘ which I think is refreshing. What do you think ?

I covered some old deck chairs with some new canvas in bright stripes. It was really easy, especially as the material only had to be sewn to loop around little poles and not tacked in to them.

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I painted the wooden interior and then we covered the floor to make it easy to clean with an oak effect vinyl . It came in plank style and feels very strong. It’ll be handy for wet feet after water fights and labrador paws.

The  Drew Lacquer Table is by Habitat as is the bowl, I love the print and think I might invest in the collection more, it’s really reasonable .The cakes are a treat to ourselves for finishing the project finally !

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The flowers are all from the garden – I found these retro style wall vases recently – they’re great for displaying a few at a time.

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The decking came in tile form. My brother built it for us, we just used 6 which enough for us to be able to put the deck chairs on and even maybe have a little barbecue. I’ve put some lavender and other flowers on there too to add a little extra colour and nice aromas.

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I hope you like our new rustic beach hut garden room ?  Please do leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts. :) Would love to hear from you.

I feel quite proud that I did a lot of it myself. Especially as it is the summer hols ! It has given me confidence to try some more house projects.

You can find the paint, decking, Habitat items and some of the plant pots on the Homebase website.

Lucy x

This post is in collaboration with Homebase. All opinions my own.

A Sense Of Summer Splendour

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We’re in to the summer holidays now which means nice, long days outdoors and eating al fresco. I like my garden to feel and look like an extension of my home and that means lots of colour and eclectic eye candy.

I’ve found and put together my top 10 favourite unique finds from homeware store HomeSense that I hope you like too – they’re perfect for barbecues with friends and family.

These items are by well known top brands, but offering savings of up to 60 % which makes them all the more enticing. Prices start super low.

I found it quite hard to limit myself to just 10 so below are some more things to wet the appetite …

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Particularly like this bistro style, patterned table and chair as it would add some character to a smaller urban garden.

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Happiness on a plate. An informal dinner party out in the garden – I love evenings like this – reminds me of childhood. Fun and relaxed days.

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The drink dispenser is such a good idea. Sit it in the middle of  the table and help yourself. Quite a good idea for kids too  – maybe fill it with a fruit juice punch ?

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Absolutely love these chairs. They work indoors and outdoors. They are timeless. HomeSense have a great selection of seating.

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Lots of pretty colourful lanterns. They look effective scattered over an outdoor table and give the feeling of being on holiday. Yes please to that !

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If you’re looking for an indoor garden, this wood and glass house is perfect for displaying your potted plants, like a mini Kew Gardens. :)

HomeSense stores are part of the TK Maxx Home family and are dotted around the UK. They are constantly updating their stock with new products from around the globe so well worth checking them out. You can find out more on their website here.

Have a nice day …

Lucy x

( Pic 1 copyright Lucy Loves Ya and 2 – 7  copyright HomeSense 2015 )

This post is a collaboration with HomeSense.

Colourful Easter Treats

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Spring is my absolute favourite season, the sudden pops of colour everywhere and the gentle breeze twinned with a hint of happy sunshine. It seems to change peoples moods and brighten us all up generally.

It’s not too long now until Easter is on our doorstep. Which means  a chocolate frenzied time in our home, but I guess not everyone is as obsessed with Easter eggs as we seem to be here. That said I have spotted some rather delicious, unusual choccy goodies as you can see above but also lots of other colourful cute items that might tickle your fancy…

1. Make Your Own Chocolate London sounds like a plan to me. I’m not sure how long it would last until we’d scoff it up like King Kong but it’s well worth the fun. Belgian chocolate too. Yum. £12.99 from Choconchoc. £12.99.

2. Just so sweet. A string of little chick lights. It would be difficult to take them down after Easter. They are from Dotcomgiftshop and are £19.95.

3. Matroyshka might love these Petite Poupee dolls by chocolatier Pierre Marcolini. A unique take on the usual style of egg. Selfridges from £13.90 each.

4. You may wonder why I have added some astro turf ? You could dress up a table with these mats and coasters by adding some bright napkins and Easter themed bits. You can find them on Etsy by Artificial Landscapes. Set of 6 – £19.95.

5. Oh, I had one of these as a kid and wish I had kept it. It’s a lovely classic egg cup and yellow chick – a lovely gift. Liberty – £12.95.

6. What about this Harlequin inspired, handmade bunny brooch ? It’s pretty reasonable at £10. From SketchInc at Etsy.

7. Daffodils. They’re everywhere at the moment, I love ’em. Laura Ashley do some mini candles tea light candles – £10 for 6.

8. More chicks ! This time a medley of fluffy ones which would combine pretty well with number 7. They are from John Lewis. £4 for 12.

9. Rubber stamps are definitely big at the moment. You could use these hand carved ones to make cards, maybe ? £4.25 from Not On The Highstreet.

10. Some bunting to colour in would make a lovely little gift as an alternative to chocolate. Will keep them busy for a bit over the holidays too. It’s £3.99 from Not On The Highstreet.

11. I just added this Hungry Bunny Night Light because it was too sweet not to. Dotcomgiftshop have lots of lovely ones. £3.95

12. A rainbow coloured ” Happy Easter ” egg garland will add a seasonal touch. Nice and vibrant. £6 from John Lewis.

13. If you want to get really themed up, some yellow nails will do the job. The yellow reminds me of all things Spring like. From LoveLula  – £5.15.

14. This company make the coolest cards. This lamb is a little magnet that you can remove. They have their own store and also stock on Not On the Highstreet. Pango Productions – £3.

15. Gisela Graham are doing a lovely range of kitchenware at the moment. This jug is £11.99 and you can find it at Mollie and Fred.

Hope you like these goodies. Please share if you do by using the links below :)

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Meet Our Pup from Pink Apple Designs

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We have a new member in our household. He’s very well behaved and doesn’t bark when we have visitors. This is Pup.

Designed by Aarnio for Magis, this is the medium sized version of the Magis Puppy Chair – it also comes in various colours. Pink Apple very kindly sent us him to review and so I have asked my daughters to tell me what they think. Mae says he’s cute, comfy and fun – Betsey thinks he’s cuddly and lovely. They can lean back on it and it takes their weight and apparently feels nice and relaxing. Sandy likes him too although he gave him a good sniff first.

Personally, I like the fact that is so lightweight but robust at the same time. The shape/ base of the legs seem to ensure that it’s really sturdy. Made from polyethylene plastic, apparently the Puppy Chair is suitable for outdoors too, so good for the warmer months.

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He’s also not just a seat in our home – oh no. He’s also a jewellery holder and a book rest. I have a feeling that he’s going to kept busy here.

I would give this little fella an all round 5 out of 5 – the price starts at £53 plus delivery for the smallest size, which isn’t cheap but it’s not a throw away item and  something that you woulds want to keep for as long as possible and then friends would happily take off your hands for their little ones, as it is aesthetically rather loveable.

Thanks very much to Pink Apple for sending him over. I very much like their store  – it’s bubbling over with colourful ( and plenty of lighter ), contemporary products. They sell lots of original, good quality pieces for the home that are manufactured by Europe’s leading furniture and lighting companies such as such as Ercol, Kartell, Vitra .. way too many to mention. The list of designers that they work with are pretty impressive too. Have a look if you fancy … www.pinkappledesigns.co.uk

Have a good day.

Lucy x

Colour Your Christmas – 20 Stocking Fillers for Kids. £10 and under.

Xmas 3 Pt 2!The last couple of weeks, I’ve shown decoration and home inspiration for Christmas. Last but not least is stocking fillers for the big kid in you children. All of these are under £10. :) It’s impossible to stick to 10 this week. So many fun things …

 

1. This’ll bring out the Larry Adler in you all. A cool harmonica. £5.95. Selfridges.

2. What’s your favourite flavour ? Jelly Bean Mini Bean Bin. £8.99. American Sweets.

3. An oldie but a goodie. Remember this from your childhood ? Beetle Game. £4.99. Lakeland.

4. Definitely think this would be a winner. Eight scenes to colour in a ” Chromadepeth 3D book and pens “. £5. John Lewis.

5. NPW Origami set. A nice creative little gift. £6. Also from John Lewis.

6. I can vouch for this pen. It’s really amusing. Writes surprisingly neatly too for a “Wiggle Writer”. £6.75. Blott.

7. Naturally, I was going to pick this out. A little Crafts Sewing Kit in a jar. It’s for age 6 and over. £6.95. Dotcomgiftshop.

8. This Kissing Rabbits design also comes in notebooks, bags, cups etc. Think the little ones would love the melamine plate. £5.50. Amara.

9. There are loads of Mr and Mrs mugs to choose from. Classic characters – which was your favourite when you were a tot ? £7.95. Bloomsbury Store.

10. I cannot express enough how much I love these Doodle books. They’re so good for kids inspiration. Lots of different ones. £3.99. The Book People.

So, half way through, here are some more bright and happy gift ideas … Xmas 3 Pt 1

11. A personalised book to jot all of your fabulous ideas. £9.95. Sukie @ Not on the HighStreet.

12. Too cute alert ! Snowglobe lip gloss palette. Glitter – tastic. £4. Accessorize.

13. Santa Shades. I suspect it wouldn’t just be the kids wanting to try these on. £4. Paperchase.

14. I bought this Space Race Pin Ball Game for my friend’s son last year. The whole family loved it ! £7.95. Love from Rosie.

15. This brand have plenty of colourful and kitsch style products. Their Money Bank Tins are a great way to start saving up the pocket money. £5. Wu & Wu.

16. You haven’t lived if you’ve not tried to solve the Rubik’s Cube. :) I’m not sure I ever managed it. £9.99. Rubik’s.

17. I mentioned this this company last week. They have loads of gardening gifts. Love their Rainy Day Mini Garden. You can grow herbs or flowers in it. £9.95. What You Sow.

18. Lipstick Marker Pens. Great gift – would be sneaked in to the classroom, no doubt .. £7. Paperchase.

19. I had to squeeze a flamingo somewhere in this line up. Here it is. Tropsticks ! It will make eating noodles loads of fun. £7.19. Sticks.co.uk.

20. Good ol’ Boden. Always colour a plenty. Think these novelty tights will be a hit.Different styles available – starting at £10. Boden.

There you are. Hope you feel inspired by these ? Have a happy weekend.

Lucy x

Suffolk Food Hall – Local Inspiration

SFH1When my friends or family want to catch up, this is the place we quite often end up meeting up at. It’s equidistant for most of us. Suffolk Food Hall. Because we can eat, the kids can play, then we can shop a little, look at all the plants, eat a bit more and then buy more food to take home.

Suffolk Food Hall has so many home goodies, gifts and yummy food. I want to share one of my favourite places around here – just in case you don’t know about it yet – or love it too and want to share this post with others. SFH2

Yesterday we had a very tasty lunch in the Restaurant. I had fishcakes. In fact, I nearly always have the fishcakes with butter bean mash because it’s so good.

The views out across to the Orwell River and Bridge are spectacular in every season. I love to watch the boats and cattle grazing, whilst we eat. It’s very relaxing. The windows of the Restaurant are huge, so you feel part of the vast land outside.

There’s loads of inspiration in the Home and Garden department, I love their recipe book selection too. Everything seems lovingly sourced.SF3

As we are getting in to gardening and growing veg ( remember my VegTrug post ), I spend quite a bit of time wandering around the plant section, which is brimming with colour and floral aromas. The staff are really helpful.

The best bit for my girls is the big Jumping Pillow. Well, actually, we all quite like it. It’s by the ice cream hut. Needless to say, the two go hand in hand on a sunny day !

Recently, they did a cooking course there for a day. They loved it. Not sure how much chocolate actually made it home but they learnt a lot. There’s all sorts of courses – cake making, kitchen club, art and photography and many different types of cuisine workshops.

If you are a foodie – the Food Hall is somewhere you would need to put some time aside for perusing. It’s 8000 square feet of good quality, local produce.

They can always check out their website if you want to know more.

So, now I have told you about one of my favourite places to visit nearby. It’s only fair that you let us all know yours too ? ;) Please do leave me a comment or tweet me @lucylovesyablog.

Lucy x

Festival finds

Glastonbury is here –  and I’m happy to say that I will be watching it from my the comfort of my sofa. I love the whole idea of it but there’s only so much you can do with wet wipes and I do love a good bath so it’s for the best ! That doesn’t mean to say though, that I’m not getting into the spirit of things and have found some really cute items for the whole season whether it be actually at a festival or partying in your own garden.

sun-shelter_kartingorange_610c Deckchair stripes have a massive amount of accessories, fabrics and home, garden and seaside products with all the colours that you can imagine. Their sun shelters are brilliant for sunny days and fold up really easily – much more practical than fighting with a tent on the beach. :)

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 13.49.15 Kigoule Duck Front On GreyIf you’re a big kid then you might like these parrot wellies by Kigu or their duck Kigoule. How cool are they ? ! Kigu is short for Kigurumi which means costumed animal character in Japanese. This company have been gong since 2009 and have a plethora of different animals to choose from.

original_cactus-candles-set-of-threeI couldn’t tell at first glance whether these cactus were real or not. They are in fact candles – perfect for sitting out in the evening. I found them on Not on the Highstreet by Bonnie and Bell. You can buy all 3 or individually.

original_tissue-pineapple-decoration A few decs around the place, hanging in trees maybe ? Peach Blossom sell various styles – my fave is the pineapple. Amara have some Anorak Kissing Rabbits picnic blankets ( currently in the sale ) that would brighten up any garden space. They have matching cool bags, plates and cups. I like ! 1kissing-rabbits-picnic-blanket

Last but not least – in fact one of the most important things you will need is a barbecue. This bucket shaped one, although it looks small is big enough for 6 people. It’s from Not on the Highstreet. original_large-portable-barbecue-for-six-persons

Have a great weekend, whatever you’re doing ! :)

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