Today is a good day. Why? Because today kicks off the #UKHomeBlogHop where 27 different UK bloggers are sharing their summer style with you with little ol’ me as the host. At the end of this post, I’ll be encouraging you to ‘hop’ to the next blog on the list (there are between 5-6 going live every day this week!) so you’ll be gaining loads of summer inspiration both inside and out! As for me, I’m finally ready to share our back garden spruce up!
For those visiting who don’t know me, I’m Kimberly *waves* and I live with my partner, Wayne, a pup and two kitties in a 3 bedroom Edwardian semi-detached house just outside of Manchester. I’m an American ex-pat and he’s a native Mancunian. We’ve spent the last 7 years creating a home we love in my quintessential eclectic boho glam style and this extends out to our small garden. Welcome welcome! If you want to check out the inside of our home, you can see the House Tour here or learn more about me here.
While we’d done a lot of work over the years to bring the garden up to standard, there were still a few niggling things left to cross off our list. Last year, we erected a pergola at the back of the garden which I loved but I’d always wanted to make it into a little jungle oasis and this summer, I have finally been able to do that!
I have to start this post by giving huge thanks to West Elm who supplied me with a number of products from their gorgeous range to help me out with this project and I’m so grateful to be working with such a fantastic brand because I genuinely love their stuff! *insert heart-eyed emojis here*
Adding the fabulous Soleil metal plant screen has totally transformed it, creating a real stand out feature in the space. I filled it with both flowers and herbs, allowing us to simply pluck a few leaves when BBQing here. I love the strong geometric lines of the piece and how they play off the lines of the pergola.
The comfy egg chairs were purchased last year and I just accented them with a mix of cushions. The whole space is filled with partial-sun-loving-plants as this spot is a wonderfully cool oasis in the mid-afternoon sun (necessary after last week’s scorching heat!). What you might not realise is that the big palm at the side – added to create more height behind the chairs and balance the plant stand – is actually fake! Hard to tell, right?! It’s from the lovely ladies at MiaFleur and because essentially, it’s plastic, it can be outdoors no problem.
The little Moroccan table purchased a couple of years ago adds a touch of gold and boho styling and those pretty white ceramic lanterns are from West Elm.
You can see how I made the bamboo style solar lights here. I love a bit of natural texture in a garden setting which is picked up again in the hanging planters and in the woven seats, all adding a bit of boho glam to this spot.
On the opposite side of the garden, nearer the house, I painted the decking black to match the pergola and fence at the end of the garden. I love using darker colours in garden design and everything just pops against it. The black and white outdoor rugs are available from Wayfair. I have had them since last year and they’ve held up amazingly well! You only need to hose them down and they clean up so easily!
Of course, the star of the show now is that insanely comfortable outdoor Portside sofa from West Elm. It’s easily the nicest piece of outdoor furniture I’ve ever owned and it’s utterly sublime to sit or lounge in the garden. Needless to say, it’s gotten an incredible amount of use the past week as temperatures have made it easy to sit out until the late evening. I can’t express just how much we love this sofa – super comfy as well as durable and it looks gorgeously stylish too. I predict it’s going to get a LOT of use this summer if the weather cooperates!
The beautiful cushions are also from West Elm and they add a gorgeous touch of glamour and extra comfort to the sofa. I adore the colours – those peachy shades I talked about in my post here and a gorgeous natural pattern reminiscent of desert landscapes. They are velvet, however, so they are only out in nice weather!
Aside the sofa is another gorgeous piece from West Elm. This is the Mosaic Coffee table with an Isometric Concrete top and I adore the gorgeous pattern. It’s a really incredibly well-made piece and works perfectly with the Portside sofa with the weathered grey legs.
I feel a little bad that it’s been relegated to the corner but it’s such a good size that I didn’t really have the space to put it anywhere else on my little deck – it does work perfectly here, however, for setting down a drink or a little snack. I’ve also gathered a bunch of potted plants on top to add some greenery to this little corner.
For the rest of the decking, our existing dining table and chairs are the perfect spot for a little alfresco dining but for today’s post, I’ve styled it up for a lovely afternoon of drinks and snacks in the sun (which were thoroughly enjoyed!).
You can see in both the image above and below that I used a piece of trellis painted in the same colour as the decking and attached to our fence to hide our bins behind (more on that here)! I think it’s been really effective to visually separate the side return from the rest of the garden and it means I’m not staring at a bunch of ugly bins when we’re sat under the pergola!
The table setting is casual and included is this beautiful gold and black plant pot and gold tray from Sweetpea & Willow, a cute little brass ‘cheers’ word object and pretty peachy pink glasses from West Elm.
A few cheeky bevvies are always in order when it’s warm in the garden and I adore the pineapple brass cocktail tumblers that Wayne bought me as a gift – they make whatever you’re drinking feel fancy! Ha! I know I’ll get questions where they are from but you can find them on 31 Dover.
Speaking of cocktails, I set up my little table as a bit of a bar area, pulling in the peachy pink colours with a piece of fabric from Earthed layered under a pretty fringed teatowel I purchased in the Christmas sales last year. Whenever you are styling or entertaining, I would always encourage you to use what you have around!
Those gorgeous brass planters are another find from West Elm and I fear they are almost too pretty to leave outdoors! I’ll probably bring them in as soon as the weather turns again because they are just so stunning!
So I think that’s everything for now! We are getting just so much use out of the garden and it’s finally at a point where I am really quite happy with it. Huge thanks to West Elm for sponsoring this project. They are genuinely one of my favourite websites for really on-trend homewares.
I also want to give a little shout-out to a few other companies who sponsored the #UKHomeBlogHop this time around. Big thanks to Wayfair, Sweetpea & Willow and Johnstone’s Paint for helping out all the bloggers on our hop today – your support has been so appreciated!
And now, it’s time to hop to the next blog on our hop – the lovely Victoria of Apartment No. 4 is next who has the most gorgeous feminine style! Go check that out to continue the hop! In the meantime, what do you think of my garden spruce up? Have you updated your garden for summer? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Be sure to check out the hashtag #UKHomeBlogHop on social media! New blog posts and loads of inspiration for your own summer style go live all week! Please note, all links will go live on the days listed this week.
Swoon Worthy (that’s me!!)
Disclaimer: I received items for free in exchange for my review from West Elm, Sweetpea and Willow and MiaFleur. As always, all images, words and opinions are my very own. I only work with companies I really love and think you’ll like too! Thanks for supporting the businesses that support Swoon Worthy!