Posts Categorised: Garden

My New Bike And A Lemon Drizzle Floral Cake …

Bike Flowers

How has your weekend been so far ? There are two reasons for this post. One is to show you my new bike. I am beyond excited about it as I’ve wanted one for ages. Everyone else in the family has one so I have felt a bit left out when they’ve all cycled off for a little road trip. Not anymore.

Bike Flowers 2

I haven’t stopped since I got it  – cycling is the new running. One of my the stipulations was a basket on the front so that I can pop to the shops or visit my family with cake…. more on that in a minute…

Bike 3

On this trip I was on the way back from the local garden centre ( far more appealing than night clubs these days ) and stopped off to take a few photos. The bike is designed by Victoria Pendleton and I chose the mint green as this colour would always be my first choice as its subtle and inspired by times gone by.

It has seven gears by the handle at are really easy to change too. Whoop ! You might have guessed that I’m a bit in love with it ? You’d be right.

Lemon Cake-1

I left half of the lemon drizzle here for my Mum with the edible flowers and we took half for a long journey. It’s something that I had wanted to try out for ages and it was fun decorating with the pansies, violas and marigold petals – think next year I will try growing some so they are at hand. The lavender was just for extra aroma, although lavender and lemon works well together as a cake too. If you’d like the recipe then leave me a comment and I will get it over to you in two shakes of a lambs tail ! I hope you like it ?

Have a good one …

Lucy x

A Beach Hut Inspired Garden Room

Beach-Hut-Shed

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.

Cupcakes

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 !

Cupcakes!

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.

Flowers From The Garden

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.

Covered DeckChairs

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 in the Garden with Homesense

HomeSense Summer garden

We’re in to the summer holidays now which means nice, long days outdoors in the garden and eating al fresco with a sense of outdoor summer splendour. I like my garden to feel and look like an extension of my home and that means lots of colour and eclectic eye candy so got myself down to Homesense recently.

I’ve found and put together my top 10 favourite unique finds from their homeware store 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 …

homesense homeware

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

homesense colourful homeware

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.

homesense homeware

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 ?

homesense homeware

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

lanterns homeware

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 !

garden pieces

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 )

You can find me over on Pinterest if you’d like some more inspiration.

This post is a collaboration with HomeSense.