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Laying a New Patio? Here’s Why Limestone Could be a Great Option

From pinkish whites through blue-greys and out into deepest black, limestone brings a natural beauty to outdoor spaces Houzz Contributor and homes and property journalist with a passion for interiors…. More Limestone is durable and versatile, can be cut to any size or shape, and has an even colour that produces stunning results. Let it fade and develop a patina ...

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5 Key Trends to Steal from the Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Want to know what’s set to be hot in gardens this year? Look no further… Houzz UK and Ireland Editor. I’m thrilled to be part of the team bringing the… More The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is always a rich hunting ground for garden ideas and inspiration, and this year was no exception. The show was packed with tips, tricks ...

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10 Interesting Ways to Fill Your Walls With Plants

Gone are the days when sticking a pot plant in a corner sufficed: green walls are now the must-have, inside or out Houzz Contributor. Editor in Chief of RealHomes.com. I am an editor, journalist,… More Wall planters – whether specially created pockets that self-irrigate or a simple shelf stacked with pot plants – are a big trend for both indoors ...

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Outdoor Dining Areas to Lure You Outdoors All Year Round

Even fair-weather diners will be tempted outside by these fab garden dining ideas – and they look good from indoors, too Houzz Contributor. Editor in Chief of RealHomes.com. I am an editor, journalist,… More Whether you’re an all-weather barbecue lover or a high summer only alfresco diner, a good-looking garden dining area makes eating outdoors much more of a pleasure. ...

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Plant Pot Ideas to Add Extra Colour to Your Garden

Brighten your patio, balcony or terrace with planters that make as great an impression as their contents Houzz Contributor. I’m a freelance journalist and editor writing for nationals, magazines… More Flowers and foliage go a long way to making your outside space look gorgeous, but if you want to maximise the impact of container planting, there’s another element to consider. ...

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7 Surprising Sheds That Rewrite the Garden Design Book

Cast off the constraints of a 6 x 4ft shed and express your creativity with one of these inventive ideas Houzz UK and Ireland Editor. I’m thrilled to be part of the team bringing the… More Not all sheds are created equal and these examples demonstrate just what can happen when you break free of the restrictions of a standard ...

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Discover Garden Seating Area Ideas for Spring

Check out these ideas for a spot outdoors where you can rest a while and watch the garden waking up Houzz UK Editorial Staff. I’m a freelance journalist with more than 13 years’ experience… More It’s tempting to get out in the garden in February and March, but, let’s face it, the cold weather can really put you off. What’s ...

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How Slate Can Create a Stunning Effect in Your Garden

Non-slippy, durable and effortlessly modern, this versatile stone brings instant appeal to outside spaces Houzz Contributor and homes and property journalist with a passion for interiors…. More Slate looks good for a lifetime, whether it’s honed, brushed or riven. Use it to bring a sense of style to outdoor dining areas, zone a space, or mark a transition from inside ...

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Discover These Fire Pit Table Ideas for Your Garden

It’s the garden kit that lets you come out of hibernation early and extends long summer evenings. Here’s why it’s hot Houzz UK Contributor. I’m a freelance writer and sub-editor with more than 15 years’… More There are lots of different types of fire features for the garden, ranging from small, bowl-sized pits and tall, elegant columns to full-of-character chimineas ...

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Do I Have Room for a Pergola in My Small Garden?

Take a look at these small garden ideas to see how to work a pergola into your outside space Houzz UK and Ireland Editor. I’m thrilled to be part of the team bringing the… More Got big dreams but a small garden? If a pergola is top of your wish list, there could still be a way to fit one ...

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Why a Garden Sail is Summer’s Most Useful Quick Fix

If it’s privacy, shade or colour you’re after for your garden, look no further than a stylish sail Houzz Contributor. Editor in Chief of RealHomes.com. I am an editor, journalist,… More Whatever your garden’s size and orientation, it can always be improved upon with a garden sail. Perfect for making a colourful focal feature of a dining or seating area, ...

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10 Ways Paint Can Transform a Small Garden

Change the look of your outdoor space for the warmer months with these colourful ideas It’s not just plants that add welcome colour to a garden – check out these schemes for inspiration on how paint can add character to a compact space. Experiment with furnitureIn a really small space like this courtyard, just one piece of colourful furniture can ...

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