The Great Outdoor Living Event – Inspirational Summer Garden Tour

Welcome to “The Great Outdoor Living Event – Summer Garden Tour” If you are looking for a little summer inspiration for your garden and patio area then you have come to the right place!

8 super stylish and creative home decor bloggers ( and little old me 🙂 ) have opened up our garden gates to let you take a snooch around and soak up some inspiration.

Here is how the garden tour blog hop works:

Once you have finished reading this post you will find the next blog in the garden tour at the bottom of the page.

Click through to see their garden, then click the link at the end of their post and so on.  If you keep clicking you should come back in a full circle to me!

I’m absolutely certain you will enjoy this.

I love the fact that we all have very different styles and that you can find oodles of different ideas and lots of handy tips.

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Well, despite the atrocious weather the last few days I have been super busy working in the garden and adding the finishing touches to get it ready for this Summer Garden Tour.

So, without further ado.  Follow me and let’s get started on this tour!

 

The Great Outdoor Living Event Summer Garden Tour - Join 9 talented Home Decor Bloggers for a look at their gorgeous gardens and outdoor spaces. You'll find heaps of inspiration and lots of useful tips to make your own garden into a relaxing paradise :)

Since moving to our house in 2011, I have to admit, that we actually destroyed our garden.

Bit by bit we removed overgrown trees, bushes and a huge pond.

Finally, last year we got around to having a new patio laid to make it functional again.

If I’m honest, I would totally love a huge back garden.  A garden with lots of trees, grass and interesting features but alas, it is what it is.  A small garden!

Because our garden is pretty small, space is very valuable and I have tried to use it wisely and create a feeling of space.

 

 

Small Garden Makeover - Here are the before photos, click through to see finished patio area and planting

So, as you can see the garden was a real mess

There was a gaping hole after removing the pond, so we just filled it in with some second-hand paving blocks.  This was always meant to be a temporary solution but it took us 3 1/2 years to replace them.

I was truly sick of the sight of them!

We also had a really lovely lilac tree at the bottom of the garden but with a lot of persuasion from my other half and a heavy heart we removed the trees to make way for the kid’s trampoline.

The trampoline is one thing I can honestly say that I won’t be sad to see the back of.  But for now, the kids love it and use it so much it has to stay.  I’m looking forward to replacing in with some kind of pergola once the kids have outgrown it.

Updating The Fence & Patio

We repainted the fence with a grey/green semi-transparent colour wood stain.  I wasn’t sure whether this would look ok on old previously stained fence panels but I cleaned and sanded them well and I think turned out quite nice.

For the patio, we chose a grey tile with a slight colour ripple running through and a contrasting buff coloured blocks for the raised beds.

I loved the buxus topiary ball bushes and the rhododendron bush so I decided to keep these and built the raised bed around them.

 

The Great Outdoor Living Event Summer Garden Tour - Join 9 talented Home Decor Bloggers for a look at their gorgeous gardens and outdoor spaces. You'll find heaps of inspiration and lots of useful tips to make your own garden into a relaxing paradise :)

On the opposite side of the garden, the border is a little narrower.

So far I have added a few bushes and bedding plants but this is work in progress.

With regard to a colour scheme, you can see from the photos that I am using a selection of white, pink, purple and blue which I think contrasts nicely against all the grey.

 

Small Garden Makeover - Here are the before photos, click through to see finished patio area and planting

Going For A Song

I really love this table and chair set that I found going for a song at a local DIY store.

It was reduced down to a ridiculous price. As we were paying for it, the lady went on to tell us that they had accidentally labelled it as a  much cheaper model.

Luckily for us, the lady was really nice and said that we were allowed to buy it for the price it was marked up at.

 

Summer Garden Tour - Click through to see garden makeover and get details about the Great Outdoor Event where 9 expert home decor bloggers take you on a tour of their gorgeous outdoor spaces

You can’t see it on the photos but our lounge set has seen better days so it desperately needs replacing.

When I get round to replacing it I would actually like a better quality one next time round.

We will probably wait and buy one at the end of the season when the shops reduce all garden furniture.

 

This is my new favourite tray for serving drinks to our guests.

If you are a regular visitor to the blog you will probably recognise this tray from my last DIY upcycle post.

You can find the DIY Tutorial and details about the free printable pattern paper here –> DIY Tray Makeover Tutorial

 

The Great Outdoor Living Event Summer Garden Tour - Join 9 talented Home Decor Bloggers for a look at their gorgeous gardens and outdoor spaces. You'll find heaps of inspiration and lots of useful tips to make your own garden into a relaxing paradise :)

Kringloop (Charity/Thrift Shop) Finds

This little chalkboard was a kringloop (charity/thrift shop) find.  It was only 50ct!  Bargain!

 

The Great Outdoor Living Event Summer Garden Tour - Join 9 talented Home Decor Bloggers for a look at their gorgeous gardens and outdoor spaces. You'll find heaps of inspiration and lots of useful tips to make your own garden into a relaxing paradise :)

DIY Log Store

The log store was a DIY effort that my hubby and brother in law made using lengths of wood and reclaimed roof tiles.

It’s a shame the log store was nearly empty when I took these photos as I think it makes a really nice feature when it is full of wood.

 

The Great Outdoor Living Event Summer Garden Tour - Join 9 talented Home Decor Bloggers for a look at their gorgeous gardens and outdoor spaces. You'll find heaps of inspiration and lots of useful tips to make your own garden into a relaxing paradise :)

Butler Tray Table Display

And this Butler Tray Table was another charity shop find.  At €5 it would have been mad to leave without it.

I have a load of these big river pebbles left over from when the garden had a pond so I added a few to the top of the tray to add a little interest.

Oh yes, and whilst we are talking about the “kringloop” the hearts, a lot of the baskets and the candle holders were also charity shop finds.

 

The Great Outdoor Living Event Summer Garden Tour - Join 9 talented Home Decor Bloggers for a look at their gorgeous gardens and outdoor spaces. You'll find heaps of inspiration and lots of useful tips to make your own garden into a relaxing paradise :)

So, now you have seen our little garden make sure you follow through and check out everyone else’s gorgeous gardens.

The next stop on “The Great Outdoor Living Event – Summer Garden Tour” Blog Hop is with Sarah over at The Project Pile

 

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House by the Bay Design | Red House Style | Pearl Street Designs | Momma Can

 

 

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37 thoughts on “The Great Outdoor Living Event – Inspirational Summer Garden Tour

  • June 30, 2017 at 3:46 pm
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    Your patio is so pretty! I love the log store. We’re currently trying to figure out how to store ours. Love all of the pink flowers!

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    • July 2, 2017 at 12:07 pm
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      Thanks Emy, yes I love the log store too. It was a pretty simple set up but looks quite effective.

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  • June 30, 2017 at 5:59 pm
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    Sam your new outdoor space is beautiful!!! Such a huge upgrade for that space, it just needed your love!!! I really like the way you integrated the firewood shed in to the design, very smart and useful, love that clay roof.

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    • July 2, 2017 at 12:13 pm
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      Thanks Jennifer, it took us a long time to get the space functional again. But once the patio area was finally finished, I really enjoyed getting to work dressing the space and adding the little touches. I think we will be spending a lot of time out there this summer.

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  • June 30, 2017 at 9:58 pm
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    Lovely outdoor area. I love the white tray with the stones. Each year we keep a little nook with all our treasures from summer travel to the beach and things. Doing it on a standing tray would make a nice change!

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    • July 2, 2017 at 12:17 pm
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      Yes, the tray was a last minute thing and I had a flash of inspiration with the stones. What a great idea to add travel treasures (I like to do that too) – I’m totally going to add a few more bits to the tray – thanks for the idea 🙂

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  • July 2, 2017 at 4:31 am
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    What an amazing transformation Sam! Your garden and patio are beautiful, I love that table and what a happy mistake on the stores part! Such a cozy wonderful place to hang out 🙂

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    • July 2, 2017 at 12:20 pm
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      Thanks Susanne, yes I just instinctively knew that it was the deal of the century and texted my other half to come and look straight way.

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  • July 2, 2017 at 5:36 pm
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    Incredible space, what a difference a little love makes! That table and chairs set is so droolworthy and getting it for a steal is always the BEST. The log cabinet is definitely a cool rustic feature too. Fab job!

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    • July 4, 2017 at 7:40 pm
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      Thanks Tina, yes it was a long time coming but we are now enjoying the fruits of our labour 🙂

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  • July 3, 2017 at 5:36 am
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    Your outdoor space looks lovely, Sam. It’s very inviting and looks like a great place to relax. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinning.

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      • July 8, 2017 at 5:10 pm
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        Popping back by to let you know this is our Snickerdoodle Special Feature this week. Hope to see you at the party.

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        • July 9, 2017 at 11:06 am
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          Hi Beverly, Really? How fabulous! Thank you so much – see you there! 🙂

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    • July 4, 2017 at 7:49 pm
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      Ha ha, I used to be like that. I have learned a lot over the last few years but I wouldn’t call myself a total expert. I often tend to just stick things in and see if they take.

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  • July 3, 2017 at 4:57 pm
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    Your outdoor space is simply stunning! I love how you brought indoor elements outside and it looks like a cozy outdoor living room!

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    • July 4, 2017 at 7:50 pm
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      Thank you Kristen, we are certainly spending a lot more time out there now that it is a bit cozier 🙂

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  • July 4, 2017 at 1:03 pm
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    I love a good DIY before and after, and this one is incredible! Can’t believe you did all that!!

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    • July 4, 2017 at 7:54 pm
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      Me too! I love to see what other people have done in their homes and gardens.

      This project was a long time coming and I am so glad that we can finally kick back and enjoy it!

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  • July 4, 2017 at 3:52 pm
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    What a beautiful transformation! We are in the middle of a pool remodel. Saving this for when we get to the next stage

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    • July 4, 2017 at 7:57 pm
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      Ooo sounds exciting! Be sure to tag me in when it is finished I’d love to see it! 🙂

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  • July 4, 2017 at 4:18 pm
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    I’m following this event and loving it! There are so many beautiful gardens/patios with great ideas.

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    • July 4, 2017 at 7:59 pm
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      I’m so glad are enjoying this garden blog hop 🙂 I have really loved taking part and the other ladies are truly inspiring!

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  • July 7, 2017 at 7:33 pm
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    Oh my gosh, I’m so inspired! I wish I had a garden to get to work on… One day 🙂

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    • July 9, 2017 at 10:54 am
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      Thanks Jenna, I must admit it was quite exhausting but well worth it.

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  • July 8, 2017 at 4:07 pm
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    What a beautiful space! Looks like a lot of time and hard work went into creating that space. Enjoy!

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    • July 9, 2017 at 11:03 am
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      Thanks Carrie, yes it certainly was a lot of hard work but I am so glad now that we made the effort and got the garden done.

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