Cosy Patio Makeover

Well I’d hoped to be showing off the rest of the completed garden this week, but sadly when our slatted fencing was delivered over the weekend, it was delivered with the wrong nails so we are unable to complete that until the correct nails arrive. These things always seem to happen with these projects unfortunately, deadlines are never quite met, but we are nearly there!

But instead of keep you waiting I thought I’d show you the top area of the garden which is completed (give or take a few more plants to fill the space!) Like most people we have neighbours, and with them comes an adjoining fence – it’s not the most attractive fence I know but we just have to make the most of it! This space was never used before, I didn’t really know what to do with it – it doesn’t get a huge amount of sun in the day (maybe a couple of hours in the morning at most) so it’s not really a place you would spend sat during sunny hours, which is exactly why I thought it would be perfect for a cosy space to use in the evening, warming up around a big firepit toasting marshmallows!

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Cosy Patio Makeover

Before

Cosy Patio Makeover

During

Cosy Patio Makeover

After

Cosy Patio Makeover

We had no intentions of transforming the top of the garden this year, it just sort of happened. We’d spent so much effort on the bottom half of the garden that it was almost a shame not to finish the top off. We didn’t want another mammoth task putting flooring such as tiles all over this space too, we wanted more of a quick fix solution and one that would totally brighten the space up which is why we went with gravel! It’s pretty quick to put down, easy to do it yourself and relatively low budget to completely transform a space. We did still have some of the tiles left over from the main patio area so we decide to use these to edge the top level, this way it would stop any gravel spilling over and it just gives the space more of a design edge! We chose the Cotswold Chippings from Gravelmaster (be sure to put membrane down below to limit weeds – you will massively regret it if you don’t!) A lot of the gravel companies we looked at were delivery within 14 days – we got this delivery within 2 days and the price was the best we could find too so I couldn’t recommend Gravelmaster enough! We are so pleased with the gravel – it’s changed the look entirely and works really well with the Tile Mountain tiles! Oh and I used the Cuprinol paint in ‘Black’ to paint the fencing and it looks a million times better. I’m so glad I managed to squeeze my love for monochrome into the garden. Oops I forgot to mention – we actually managed to sell all of the ugly slabs that were previously down on eBay! It could have been a real ball ache getting rid of them ourselves so if you’re trying to get rid of slabs or flooring give eBay or local Facebook sales a go with a collection listed! It made life so much easier for us!

This huge rustic firepit is from Wayfair and we just love it, it’s only going to get more beautiful as it ages too, rusted metals are in guys – trust me they were everywhere at Chelsea Flower Show this year! It’s over a metre in diameter but it’s absolutely perfect for huddling around late at night. We actually tested it out this weekend (as you can see), and i can confirm that it toasts marshmallows real good. With the width of the firepit, I’d suggest you get a decent firepoker too – this one is from Wayfair too!

Cosy Patio Makeover

Cosy Patio Makeover

Okay, onto the rest of the bits featured! This striking white string bench is from Maison du Monde – the perfect pop against our black fencing! Also available in black which is gorgeous too, I just didn’t want to make the space too dark.

These West Elm abstract cushions are my favourite outdoor accessories this summer without a doubt. I love the design but the best part is they are actually designed to be used outdoors so you don’t need to worry about them being left out – of course don’t leave them out all Winter ha! And colour co-ordinating throws too of course! After all, it wouldn’t be a cosy space without blankees would it? Oh and the seagrass basket is perfect for storing cushions, blankets in – it’s easy to carry everything in and out of the house in and looks great too!

Cosy Patio Makeover

I plan on getting lots more planters and plants potted up in this space, I’ve been really enjoying gardening lately, I don’t know if I’m just getting old or if it’s because I’m so pleased with the garden that I’m starting to take a huge amount of pride in it? Either way, I love finding planters that will last for a lifetime but look great too and this set of 3 aged zinc planters from Cox & Cox are no exception.

Cosy Patio Makeover

Cosy Patio Makeover

Although we are yet to put the electrics in for this corner of the garden (a million and one jobs still to do), I have the lighting sorted for this corner already! Festoon lights from Dotmaison that I’ve had for years, I actually used to have them hung on the wall in my living room but they’re outdoor safe too, and this outdoor lamp from Maisons du Monde which is gorgeous but with such a heavy base it’s perfectly sturdy for blustery days too!

Cosy Patio Makeover

Cosy Patio Makeover

The black string chairs are from Aldi – a total bargain at £24.99! I know right?!

Cosy Patio Makeover

Cosy Patio Makeover

Cosy Patio Makeover

Cosy Patio Makeover

What do you think of the space? I’d love to know! I’m so happy that this is now a part of the garden we will actually be able to use and enjoy!

Disclaimer: A massive thanks to the companies that helped sponsor this project – Wayfair, Maisons Du Monde, West Elm, Cox & Cox and Gravelmaster. I’m beyond delighted with all their products and as always only feature items that I love and genuinely recommend.