Its safe to say that from April-September, I become pretty obsessed with the weather. As a girl born in the Southern Hemisphere, I love the sun and being outdoors. I grew up in Queensland Australia where it was mostly hot. We would spend our days by the beach and our evenings on the veranda, barbequing and eating outside. Later having moved to the UK, when I bought my house, I was determined to create an outdoor room where as a family, we could spend lots of time outdoors.
Cue blissfully hot days and balmy nights, with the fire pit roaring and candlelight flickering. Lying out on the sun loungers reading a magazine, surrounded by 20 tassel cushions and sheepskins, while the kids splash around in the paddling pool. Stoking up the BBQ and slowly cooking delicious meats that have been marinating for hours, with a jug of mojitos to keep us going…….Oh hang on a minute this is England we are talking about and judging by the amount of rain we’ve had recently, days like that could be rare this year.
However, I am not one to let the weather spoil my fun and when that pesky sun does shine, I fully intend on making the most of my outdoor space. We have a tiny garden, infact it’s more of a yard, so space planning is important. I bought an outdoor sofa a couple of years ago, but now as the kids have got bigger, there is no room for me to sit on it, so this year I decided to do a little revamp. I sold the sofa to a friend and fully inspired by the pallet sofas of @jade.doutch and @pandora.maxton on Instagram, I decided to build my own.
It was relatively simple and with sofa cushions I bought from from Amazon, I created a larger and more modular seating area. Now was the fun part, decorating and styling. I’m huge fan of the rustic boho vibe, think lots of natural materials like wicker, rattan, rafia and bamboo. I wanted to create a little candlelit Ibizan sanctuary and my tiny outdoor space is perfect for this.
Natural fibres are essential for this look as they are so textural and add such warmth to a space. Maisons Du Monde have created 6 key Decor Trends for spring/summer 19 called, Paper Shop, Paradise, Palm Grove, Villa Del Sol, Baia Verde, Summer Smoothie, that feature a HUGE range of accessories that are perfect for this. It doesn’t have to be too expensive either to create an impact. I often find that improvising is always a good way to get the look if you are on a budget. Here I’ve used a couple of Round Woven Plant Fibre Placemats fixed to the fence to look like super cool wall art.
Lanterns and fairy lights are a must in the garden to create the magical holiday look and I strongly believe you cant have too many. Lanterns look great aesthetically, as structural decor and at night you can light them up with candles and get that really cosy vibe. This oversized Metal and Fir Lantern is a real statement piece.
I also love a large lantern like the Pananma Lantern, which looks great on the floor as it is a fabulous size.
Another great lantern is the Comoedia Plant Fibre Lantern which is the right size to stick up on the back of an outdoor sofa or table. I also love to use lanterns like all of these indoors, so in winter months they can be brought in to give a boho vibe to your space.
Natural textures can be brought in to the space in so many ways. Super cute baskets to put logs in, or bags like the Wickerwork Basket with throws and blankets. Or why not use things like Seagrass covered Jugs or the Seagrass Tumblers which are just the perfect thing to serve chilled drinks or cocktails in.
I was a bit spoilt or choice if Im honest, as there are so many amazing products at Maisons Du Monde that would be perfect to help create that rustic boho vibe. So here is My Edit inspired by the things I have used in my garden and there really are some fabulous things that would look amazing in any outdoor space. Let me know what you think, I hope you like it.
This blog post was sponsored and is in collaboration with Maisons Du Monde, as always, all the thoughts and words are my own and I would not vouch for anything I didn’t truly love.
All the items featured from Maisons Du Monde have been gifted.