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Creating a Vintage Inspired Outdoor Living Space

May 13, 2016

Vintage Afternoon Tea 8I am most definitely a summer person. As soon as the weather turns warmer, I want to spend all of my time outdoors. I am lucky enough to have a nice big garden and I’m slowing working on making my outdoor space, somewhere that I can relax and enjoy.

Vintage Afternoon Tea 4When Wayfair invited me to create an outdoor living space using a few of their products, I jumped at the chance. having looked at some of their garden furniture I thought it would be nice to create an outdoor afternoon tea. The idea of taking tea and cake into the garden on a summer day really appeals to me, whether I’m entertaining friends or just relaxing with a good book on my own.

Vintage Afternoon Tea 7The area I’ve made over is a boring patch of garden, next to our big concrete garage. We put some decking down a couple of years ago and I really wanted to brighten the area up. It’s the perfect spot for a little seating area and I’d already bought lots of plants and put them in some old pots to add a little colour.

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Vintage Afternoon Tea 10If you are creating a living space outdoors, the first place to start would have to be somewhere to sit. I wanted something simple which had a slightly vintage feel. I chose the Lutyn Bench as it has a lovely classic design and it’s quite an affordable piece. I wanted something light in colour as all my plants are really colourful and I wanted them to provide most of the colour in my seating area.

Vintage Afternoon Tea 12Next I needed a small table. Because I wanted this to feel like an outdoor living room as opposed to a dining area, I chose a small folding butlers table, which goes really well with the bench. This is perfect for a couple of drinks or could be used as a decorative piece with plants and an ornament. It was just the right size for a few cupcakes and scones and a nice big pot of tea.

Vintage Afternoon Tea 16No indoor living room would be complete without throws and cushions and my outdoor living space is no different. I softened up the bench with a throw and some mix and match cushions. I prefer my cushions to all be different, while sticking to a colour scheme and I think these all work really together.

Vintage Afternoon Tea 17To complete the look I wanted some decoration on the wall behind the bench. I absolutely love outdoor mirrors and these shabby chic Wayfair green garden mirrors look like they have been salvaged and up-cycled, which I think works really well in my garden. Eventually I’d like a climbing plant to grow on this wall, which I thinking would look amazing surrounding these mirrors.

Vintage Afternoon Tea 15I’d like to keep adding to the area and adding a few more decorative items, but I’m really happy with how it looks so far. What things do you do to make your outdoor space more interesting?

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  • Reply
    May 14, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    It’s such a beautiful set of items and I love the layout. When the sun is out we HAVE to have an outdoor afternoon tea! xx

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    May 23, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Looks great! Moved into my house almost a year ago, really need to sort out my garden this summer!

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