The Great Outdoor Living Event – Inspirational Summer Garden Tour

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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.

What Is A Garden Tour Blog Hop?

In addition to the transformational garden that I have shared here today, I have also linked up with some of my blogger friends.

They also have some brilliant inspirational outdoor space ideas for your gardens and patios so it’s well worth hopping over to their blogs too to see what everyone has been up to.

How The Garden Tour 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.

You can either read all the way through or use the table of contents below to jump to the different sections of the post.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links which I think you may find useful – any purchases made via these links provides a small commission to me at no extra cost to you. This helps me keep the blog up and running.

Well, despite the atrocious weather the last few days I have been super busy working in the garden. Working hard to add all the little 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 out 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.

Before The Garden Makeover

Photo collage showing a small garden before makeover

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 heavy heart and a lot of persuasion from my other half, 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 it 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 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 a work in progress.

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

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

Garden Table – 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 in the photos but our lounge set has seen better days so it desperately needs replacing.

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

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 :)

Recycling From The Thrift Store / Charity Shop

This little vintage look framed chalkboard was a Kringloop (charity shop/thrift store) 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 :)

Homemade 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 leftover 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 candleholders 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.

Where To Next on The Great Outdoor Living Event – Summer Garden Tour?

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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If you love plants and like gardening then you may also be interested in this post that shows further updates and Garden Patio Decor Ideas that I added the year after. Or this easy tutorial on how to make a DIY Succulents Wreath which looks great on a porch or patio.

And if you enjoyed this post and would like to see more then make sure you don’t miss any future DIY projects & Home Ideas by signing up on the Happy Home In Holland email subscribers list.

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

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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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      Thanks Emy, yes I love the log store too. It was a pretty simple set up but looks quite effective.

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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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      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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    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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      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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    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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      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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    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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      Thanks Tina, yes it was a long time coming but we are now enjoying the fruits of our labour 🙂

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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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      Hi Beverley, thanks for stopping by. Glad you like it 🙂

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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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          Hi Beverly, Really? How fabulous! Thank you so much – see you there! 🙂

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    Your garden is so pretty! I love the flowers.

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    Wow. The the after results are wonderful. I struggle to even keep one plant alive. I could learn a thing or two from you. 🙂

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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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    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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      Thank you Kristen, we are certainly spending a lot more time out there now that it is a bit cozier 🙂

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      🙂 Ha ha – I’m pretty in love with it too!

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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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      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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    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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      Ooo sounds exciting! Be sure to tag me in when it is finished I’d love to see it! 🙂

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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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      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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      Thank you! I’d have more if I had the room. 🙂

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      Thanks Jenna, I must admit it was quite exhausting but well worth it.

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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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      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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    You should be so proud, you’ve done a great job here, the difference is massive! The colour scheme (paint on shed and tiles) works perfectly.

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      Thanks Jenny! Yes, it makes so much difference with the feel of the space – I love to sit out in the garden now.

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    I love your garden tour. It is really an awesome transformation. Your outdoor space is pretty.

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      Thanks, glad you like it 🙂

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