I’m so happy that spring has arrived (rather bumpily, but there are definite signs – I saw my first bluebell today), and I am spending more time out in the garden, and working on it looking at its best when the really warm days arrive.
This pretty book – Happy Home Outside (from Jacqui Small) – by Charlotte Hedeman Guéniau of Rice and Happy Home fame – has lots of fun ideas for summer living, and ways to bring your day to day life into the outdoors (whether it be in the garden, at the park, or on a country picnic).
The style is colourfully Scandi – eclectic, bright, cheerful, a little bit vintage, a little bit folky. There are ideas for relaxation:
There are some delicious ideas to encourage playfulness and laughter, and get everyone, young and old, enjoying the outdoors.
The ethos is about making the everyday just that little bit more magical and fun, but easier too. So if you’ve got a covered outdoor space, why not make a little outdoor kitchen:
But if your ambitions for your outdoor space are a bit smaller, there are simple ideas, for example, for lighting:
I really enjoy books like this (full of pictures and inspiration), that aren’t too prescriptive and are full of ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ moments. I guess a lot of it could be found on Pinterest, but it’s very restful to have it all curated for me, and I like the words too!
If you’d like to win a copy, do feel free to leave a comment on this blog post, letting me know what you are looking forward to this summer. I will make a draw for the book sometime on Friday evening (8 April). I am afraid, because of the postage, entrants are limited to the UK please.
To order Happy Home Outside at the discounted price of £20 including p&p* (RRP: £25), telephone 01903 828503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote the offer code QPG409.
*UK ONLY – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.