Now that summer's really here we’re heading outdoors... London's art galleries and museum spaces such as Somerset House, The Royal Academy and Tate are taking advantage of the summer months and providing outdoor activities including theatre, film screenings, food vans and urban beaches.
For those lazy days and evenings when you just want to relax at home we had a look at a few ideas for transforming our personal outdoor space into a cool and calming urban retreat. We love Lombock’s Sambala Collection... perfect for outdoors but just as beautiful inside if you want to create a garden atmosphere or use in a conservatory. The range is part of the Trees4Trees scheme - with every item purchased from the Sambala collection, a contribution will be made towards planting new trees in Indonesia. Each piece is handcrafted from reclaimed Indonesian teak which is then distressed by hand, enhancing the natural characteristics of the wood.
With London’s microclimate, tropical plants can thrive, and just a few grouped together, either in borders or containers around a carefully curated seating or dining area can create the illusion of a tropical retreat. Urban Tropics based in London’s Highgate, show us how to transform even the smallest patio or balcony into a green haven, including advice on bursts of tropical flowers and plants which can thrive in the city.
We were delighted to discover East London Parasol Company - each of their parasols is traditionally handcrafted. The company maintains an ethos of producing ethical artisanal parasols and textiles. Many of the processes can't be mechanised, and if they were, the beauty and personality of the fabrics would be lost.
Their textiles and cushions range can transform the most English garden into a tropical retreat.
Opium in Chelsea’s Worlds End is a treasure trove of Indian artifacts including antiques, furniture, mirrors and screens alongside contemporary crafts from India including these hand-made bamboo screens which could be used to create a shaded and secluded area, either on a balcony, patio or greenhouse.
Use an antique mirror to reflect your greenery and add a sense of space and vista to an area of your garden, or place a carved screen against a wall for an instant transformation.
Vintage throws on a chair or sofa, and the addition of candles and small artifacts completes the effect.
Here are some other ideas to complete the look...
Even if you don’t have an outdoor space you can still create a cool green oasis indoors. The benefits of indoor greenery go further than the purely aesthetic. Plants are known to provide cleaner air by removing pollutants and can act as a mood enhancer. Patch will source and hand-deliver indoor plants suited to your environment and provide handy tips for easy plant maintenance.
For more garden inspo take a look at our previous Frida Kahlo blog.