If you’ve been following me for sometime you will know that my husband and I have been renovating our first home since we moved in 6 years ago. It’s been a slow and steady journey mostly because we like to do most of it ourselves (Mr Style & Substance is in the building industry so knows a thing or two) and we had Daisy shortly after we moved in. Nonetheless, it’s been a labour of love and fortunately the house was in a liveable state when we moved in so we’ve done the renovations when we’re clear what we want and mostly when we can afford it.
Taking full advantage of our current time at home, we decided to turf the second tier of our garden (I say we, it was mostly Mr S&S) and as you can see we are now we are just one section away from a complete garden. We have no idea what to do with that part so will leave it for now.
Over the years we have deployed lots of little tricks to improve the garden’s appearance while we waited to do it and most of them haven’t been expensive. So if you are lucky enough to have a garden but it’s perhaps not yet quite finished (like ours) here are some pieces that can instantly update your garden without breaking the bank.
- Parasol, £36,
- Base, £24, both Argos – practical and fashionable, a parasol is a garden must-have.
- Wood Paint in “Urban Slate” £30, Cuprinol, for 5 litres at Wickes – we’ve painted all of our fences and our bistro set in this shade (obviously because it’s grey and my favourite) and it looks lovely with a pop of green next to it.
- Festoon lights (mains powered), £25, Next – I recently hung ours in the garden and they give a lovely light in the evening. Hopefully it’ll actually be warm enough to sit out there soon at night time.
- Bistro Set, £35, Ikea – we have this very set and have had it for years so I can vouch for it.
- Outdoor rug, from £42, Dunelm – a handy way of covering a rough unattractive floor in an instant.
- Cushion cover, £8.99, H&M – even if your garden isn’t very green, add some colour with cushions.
- Solar Powered Bulb, £5, Sainsburys – an inexpensive way to add some low level lighting to your garden.
- Cactus Planter, £25, Matalan – again an easy way to add some colour to your outdoor space.
- Mirror, £80, Dunelm – the most expensive piece I’ve chosen but a great one for making your garden appear bigger.
- Artificial Hedge, £65, Dunelm – if like me you’re not the most green fingered, these faux hedges will add some colour and are handy for hiding any unsightly walls.
This post was not sponsored. All thoughts, writing and opinions are my own.