Sunday, 16 June 2019

How to create an outdoor living room with Sainsbury's Home*

*This is a sponsored post*
How to create an outdoor living room in your garden this summer. summer garden makeover in collaboration with Sainsbury's Home.

Gardens are funny things aren't they? Ours spends about 9 months of the year being ignored, and once the spring sunshine pops it head out, its all of a sudden all systems go. So to get my garden summer-ready in one fell swoop, I've teamed up with one of my favourites for beautiful yet affordable homeware - Sainsbury's Home, to create an 'outdoor living room' - somewhere perfect for summer entertaining, or just lounging around with a cocktail (more on that later!)

How to create an outdoor living room in your garden this summer. budget summer garden makeover in collaboration with Sainsbury's Home.

Want to create your own outdoor living room this summer? Here's five ways to bring the indoors out this summer - all on a budget, of course:

Comfort comes first 
I think the key to getting summer-ready is to create somewhere comfortable where you actually want to spend time. If your garden furniture isn't as comfy as your sofa, add texture through cushions and throws. Because, let's face it, you're probably going to need a throw outside on a British summer's evening, aren't you? I've gone with some of the beautiful boho-style cushions and throw from the Sainsbury's Home new Global Monochrome range - outdoor cushions can be stylish too!

How to create an outdoor living room in your garden this summer. budget summer garden makeover in collaboration with Sainsbury's Home.
Cushions: Tassel cushion, woven cushion, spot cushion

Add a touch of nature
It probably goes without saying seeing as this is a garden, but bring some potted plants into your seating area to add a touch of nature. I must admit I've cheated here a little with some artificial plants (I can't even keep things alive outside!) but they're really great quality, and a really good size for the price. I'm seriously in love with that macrame hanging plant pot - doesn't it look perfect on the fence there?! I'm already eyeing it up for the spare room once summer's over.

How to create an outdoor living room in your garden this summer. budget summer garden makeover in collaboration with Sainsbury's Home.
Artificial plants: Macrame hanging plant, Aloe (available in store at selected Sainsbury's)

Light it up
Cosy lighting is key to creating a luxurious feel, particularly if you're planning on spending your evenings in your garden - I've strung up some festoon lights to create the ultimate cosy corner, and these are solar powered too so no need to worry about batteries or plugging them in! Light some candles to add to the atmosphere - how beautiful is that lantern? If the wind is playing havoc with your candlelit scene, why not try some LED candles?

How to create an outdoor living room in your garden this summer. budget summer garden makeover in collaboration with Sainsbury's Home.

How to create an outdoor living room in your garden this summer. budget summer garden makeover in collaboration with Sainsbury's Home.


Cover up
I'd love to really overhaul my garden at some point, as its obviously not the most attractive, however if you're on a budget like me why not use layers to hide some of the less-than-pretty parts of your patio. I've popped an outdoor rug down to hide my ugly patio slabs, and this cute spotty tea towel, which comes in a set of three, is the perfect size to act as a runner, making more of a feature out of the boring coffee table.

How to create an outdoor living room in your garden this summer. summer garden makeover in collaboration with Sainsbury's Home.


Have your refreshments to hand
I mean, this is the most important one really isn't it?! There's nothing like sitting out on a warm summers evening enjoying a summery cocktail to make you feel like you're on holiday (I've included the recipe for my absolute fave - a pornstar martini below). I've used this cute wooden tools caddy as a mini-bar cart, as its the perfect size for your cocktail glasses, drinks and cutlery. I'm also a sucker of anything gold at the moment - how lovely is this ice bucket?!

How to create an outdoor living room in your garden this summer. budget summer garden makeover in collaboration with Sainsbury's Home.

How to create an outdoor living room in your garden this summer. budget summer garden makeover in collaboration with Sainsbury's Home.

Want to recreate these drinks at home? I've popped my go-to easy recipe below - serve in these beautiful copper cocktail glasses and you're good to go! 

How to create an outdoor living room in your garden this summer. summer garden makeover in collaboration with Sainsbury's Home.

So what do you think? Is your garden summer-ready? 

Thanks for reading.
Sam Xx

*This post is sponsored by Sainsbury's Home, but as always all my opinions are my own - products are available in selected superstores and online*



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