• Posts Tagged ‘garden’

    French cafe culture

    by  • October 7, 2014 • Stylish living • 0 Comments


    So, September turned out to be gorgeous after all – the warmest and driest in years, apparently.

    Now, long lazy hot sunny days may be over for another year, but, fingers crossed there’s still time for some alfresco brunches, lunches, or coffee breaks.

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    Late summer alfresco dining

    by  • September 9, 2014 • Desirable dining • 0 Comments



    I haven’t given up on summer yet. I’m still hoping September will be fabulous…

    Perhaps being able to sit out in the garden all day, dragging my deckchair into the shade when it gets too hot, is a tad optimistic, but hopefully it will be nice enough for a few more long, lazy weekend lunches.

    This pretty garden features a traditional paved dining area, fresh foliage and a pleasant, secluded view. The check tablecloth, matching comfy chair cushions and simple white china looks both summery and welcoming – perfect for informal alfresco dining.



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    A room with a view

    by  • September 2, 2014 • Best of the rest • 0 Comments



    This fairytale little house in the sky, painted in ice-cream shades, complete with sloping roof, bunting and slide, looks like it would be lots of fun and it’s sure to be a magnet for children all summer long.

    On the other hand, you could always commandeer it for yourself. There’s room inside for a little desk and space on the balcony for a deckchair. So, why not create your own little hideaway, where you can escape, enjoy lovely views and relax.
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    Al fresco perfection

    by  • July 13, 2014 • Stylish living • 0 Comments


    You don’t need a garden to enjoy a bit of al fresco dining. A little patch of patio, or even a balcony can often suffice – you just need the right furniture and ideas to pull it off. So, how to do it. Fold-up furniture is a must if you’re tight for space, and there’s a lot of choice out there from rustic wooden designs, shabby chic vintage to über modern. Once you have your furniture in place, a tablecloth will create the perfect centrepiece. Go for inexpensive outdoor crockery for practicality but choose something pretty – jewel shades will add a lovely touch of colour. Meanwhile a small pot of flowers, hurricane lamp or even jam jars with tea lights for an evening event will add the finishing touch. http://bit.ly/1swYp1M

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    Stylish alfresco dining

    by  • June 24, 2014 • Stylish living • 0 Comments



    I love the idea of alfresco dining, now summer has arrived. But, as I only own a couple of deckchairs, I have to try and balance my plate on my knees, while juggling a glass of wine and quite frankly, it’s easier to just go inside and eat at the kitchen table. However, I’m rather taken with this garden furniture and screen.
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    The perfect spot

    by  • June 17, 2014 • Stylish living • 0 Comments


    It’s no fun being in the office all day when the sun’s shining, but getting home and finding it’s still warm enough to sit in the garden and enjoy a G&T, before sorting out dinner, is one of life’s little pleasures.

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    All things French

    by  • June 13, 2014 • Best of the rest • 0 Comments


     Does this tickle your (French) fancy?

    Shhh… keep it under your sunhat but there are some things the French do better than us. Weather, food, football (but only just), architecture, charm, pastries, accents, kissing (so they tell me), revolutions… I could go on but I’d probably get

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