It wasn’t too long ago that I was 21, sharing a beautiful 5 bedroom house with my friends in our third year of university. We had huge bedrooms, an even bigger living room and a garden that was bursting to be used. Before I went to university aged 17, I had lived at home with my foster mum who had a gorgeous garden of her own complete with flower beds, a vegetable patch and more. So reclaiming a garden space of ‘our own’ felt like a little piece of home and despite the hustle and bustle of ‘city life’ we could use our garden to recharge our batteries. That being said, when I graduated university and moved to another property, I did not have a garden of my own and things haven’t changed since I moved to London either. While my current property has a small patio, concrete slab is not the same and after all it is not my own home so I can’t decorate it as I please. Still a girl can still dream right? I know that when the time comes to claim a house as my ‘own’ there is bound to be some exciting pieces that I plan to bring in to liven up the garden. Want to take a peek into my outdoor furniture fantasy? Then read on below…
While I might be a minimalist in some ways, I am also very much a ‘maven’ of colour too. Thus what better way to conduct this wishlist then splitting it into two categories? Behold ‘The Colour Maven’ (Inspired By Street Art) and The Minimalist/ Traditionalist, inspired by a battle between my two ‘interior selves’. Question is what side will you choose?
The Colourful Maven
Regular readers of my blog will know that I have been obsessed with street art, ever since I discovered it two months into my blogging journey. I became obsessed and have used it as my ‘primary aesthetic’ from that moment forth. While having ‘street art’ themed furniture is ‘rare’, who says I have to give up my ‘colourful’ side completely? From bright primary reds to a bold splash of sunshine yellow, turn your garden into the colourful paradise that it deserves to be.
- Kartel Magic Hole Armchair (In White and Orange)
For those who want to introduce a ‘splash of colour’ into their gardens, Nest has an array of ‘colourful furniture’ that can be loud, proud or in-between. If you are a minimalist who is itching to inject a dose of much needed Vitamin C into your garden then why not try the ‘magic hole armchair’, also available in green and white? Consisting of a two seater sofa and armchair, the Magic Hole series features an uncluttered silhouette and slim, elegant legs.
2. Moroso Supernatural Chair In Fluo Green
While the chairs might appear as a ‘yellowish hue’ the fluo green lends a ‘zesty’ feel to any garden. As someone who comes from a Mediterranean background, having colourful chairs ties into our interior aesthetic and while the liquid, organic form of the chairs seems almost ‘childish’, the ‘supernatural chair’ still manages to put a smile on my face. I have never been a massive ‘wearer’ of yellow in terms of fashion-unless mustard counts- but there is something about these fluo green chairs that make me long for a Mediterranean garden of my own.
3.Vitra Vegetal Chair
Ironically it seems like I have a thing for ‘pretty chairs’. Either that or the pretty photos that Nests site seems to have of their outdoor furniture. But like usual I am rambling so back to the chairs; inspired by the shapes of ‘vegetation’ across the world, Vitra chairs use earthy colours inspired by you guessed it ‘fruit and vegetables’. While Vitra may not be technically the marker of a ‘colourful maven’ it is certainly not traditional in both colour choice and design. Combining a rusty brick red hue with the layered vegetation inspired design, I can imagine me sipping vinho verde and eating delicious olives in the lolling heat of the sun.
4. Magis Spun Rotating Chair
How cool are these rotating chairs? Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, this startling twist on conventional furniture design has captured my heart. Not only do they remind me of ‘pottery wheels’ – which is a welcome hark to my Year Six Pottery Club days – but they must be so much fun to spin in. Practical? Most likely not, but fun 100% yes!
The Minimalist/ Traditionalist
While I love colour as much as anybody else, when it comes to furniture there is a part of myself that is somewhat of a traditionalist. From monochromatic palettes to ‘fantasy’ cottage beds, prepare to be wowed by my ‘choices’.
- Menu Wire Plant Pot- Black
Inspired by a fusion of ‘Japanese architecture’ and ‘Japanese Gardens’, these wire plant pots give the impression of ‘beautiful floating flower arrangements’. Whether you choose to place them on the patio or line the driveway, the menu wire plant pots are undoubtedly stunning.
2. Kartel Ami Ami Chair
Inspired by the play of warp and weft in woven fabric, Tokujin Yoshioka wanted to use the technique of weaving in a brand new way, so he created the Ami Ami Chair. There is something so decively ‘traditional’ about woven ‘outdoor’ furniture and who better to perfect the art of weaving than the Japanese? Even when it comes to my ‘outdoor furniture’ choices, I have to have everything ‘colour-coded’ so the Ami Ami’s monochromatic aesthetic would be perfect for my garden.
3. Kettal Cottage Daybed
Undoubtably my favourite outdoor furniture piece, the Kettal Cottage Daybed looks like it was plucked out from one of my dreams. Whether you choose to meditate, read or simply relax, this intimate cabana is the perfect daybed to ‘feel closer’ to the outdoors. As someone who is not much of a camper, the cottage daybed seems like a far more exciting if expensive compromise, thus if anyone is winning the lottery this week make sure you think of me!
While both styles are intrinsically connected to my personality, there can be only one winner. Question is who has the ‘Interior Crown’? The Colourful Maven or The Traditonalist?
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