Time for a garden terrace makeover

June 4, 2018

Well with our recent burst of summery weather (early days, but forever hopeful), it’s got me thinking about our garden terrace – currently a sorry looking affair with a couple of old Indian Ocean armchairs and our table tennis table and BBQ both covered in cobwebs.  And don’t get me started on why we ever thought cream cushions for the garden was a good idea.

 Image: Brooke Copp-Barton

So it’s most definitely time for a makeover, which is why I’ve turned to my IDC chums for some summer seating inspiration.  

Cue Cathy Dean of Cathy Dean Interior Design. Cathy is a self confessed ‘go bonkers in the garden’ kind of person, as this glorious pop of colour can testify.

Image: Cathy Dean Interior Design

Beautifully put together, this fabulous pink and orange combo would brighten your spirits on the gloomiest of summer days, and I love how even the flowerpots and planting table in the background are an extension of the scheme.  

Now Serena Pitchers from Your Interiors Friend knows a thing or two about garden terraces as well.  She has not one, not two, but four beautiful seating areas on her stunning property in Leamington Spa.  


Image: Your Interiors Friend

First, I love the laid back vibe of these Acapulco chairs and weathered nest of tables for the terrace decking - creating a sociable sun trap off the main family space.


Image: Your Interiors Friend

Next, an outdoor dining area to die for, complete with reclaimed teak table and mismatched chairs. This leads on to a circular seating area usually with cushions that surrounds a fire pit (which are having a moment – more on that in a minute). I like how shape has been used to cleverly zone the space and break up some of the straight lines.  


Image: Your Interiors Friend

Kate from Kate Lovejoy Interiors has gone for this rather cosy 2 seater Cabana garden pod from John Lewis.

 Image: Kate Lovejoy Interiors

Apparently she is busy making cushions to go in it – and with her amazing eye for colour I can’t wait to see what outdoor fabric she is going to choose.


Next up is IDC co-founder Karen Knox from Making Spaces.


Karen updated her small seating area last summer with a few key pieces. You can read all about how she transformed an unloved bit of her garden to a lovely spot to sit for an hour or two over here.

Now back to fire pits, and Rebecca Herman from JOAN has this stunning patio fireplace on her wishlist and who can blame her.  

Terrazza out door wood stove by Jotul.com

She loves the simplicity and robustness of this Jøtul Terrazza, an outdoor wood stove made from Corten steel.  Apparently it can be left outside all year round and the steel will develop a rich, rusty protective coating.  

Speaking of wishlists, some other members of the IDC crew had some other brilliant suggestions too.

Emma Gurner of Folds Inside has spotted these little beauties from Made.com.


Vitti tiled tables from Made.com

Made have teamed up with Studio Rhonda to create these gorgeous graphic tables.  The frame is powder coated and the tiles are laid by hand – making them practical as well as beautiful and a simple way of adding a bit of pattern outdoors.

Our other lovely IDC co founder Fiona Duke of Fiona Duke Interiors has her eye on the Tibbo Collection outdoor dining set by Dedon.


 Tibbo Collection for Dedon

Made from a combination of teak, textiles and woven fibre this collection is both elegant and sophisticated – and in the words of the designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby it is created for an era in which indoor and outdoor spaces are merging.  Simply stunning. Although I have to say, Fiona’s current garden terrace is none too shabby…

Image: Fiona Duke Interiors

OK, maybe not Dedon, but I do love the cosy and casual layout and if you are on a budget these Ikea chairs and Kartell Bubble sofa certainly do the trick.

Last but not least Lisa Mettis from Born + Bred is lusting after the Hay Palissade collection by French design brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.  

Image - Hay

With beautiful, inviting curves the Palissade for Hay is a collection of outdoor furniture comprising stools, benches, chairs and tables.  And in the words of their marketing speak they are strong without being bulky, elegant without being fragile.  And rare I think to find comfortable furniture that looks this good that is made from steel.  Definitely one to consider. Budget permitting, obvs.

So there you have it for the IDC garden terrace round up.  Thanks guys.  You’ve certainly got me thinking and itching to make some changes.  Sadly given my postage stamp of a terrace, full scale dining may be out, but some chairs, cushions, rugs and colourful potting are definitely in order.  And dare I say given my kamikaze kids, casual garden poufs like these ones could well come in handy…

 Divine footstool from Cane-Line

Watch this space for my garden update, but in the meantime we’d love to hear what you do with your outdoor living areas.  Please let us know!

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