Month: November 2016

So with just over a month to go until the new year hits us, we thought that it’s now acceptable enough to take a look at what is forecast to the be the top trends of 2017. According to the latest predictions, it is clear to see that the underlying theme of them all is to bring the inside, out. Gardens are now being seen as extended living rooms, an added space for the whole family to enjoy. So to give you some inspiration going into the new beginnings that are just around the corner, we’ve put together some of the top new directions that gardens are going in!

The Seating ArrangementWinchester with tan lavastone table

Seating has moved on lightyears from just the simple table and upright chairs setup. Today, it is much more about finding that comfort, in a welcoming, lounge type environment. In 2017, we’ll see a continued focus on outdoor furniture sofa sets, however, we are now seeing much more recliner sets and even things like swing seats. With the evolving level of high quality, weather resistance fabrics, it’s going to all be about practical but stunning piece that you would typically see inside of a household.

More Affordable Lighting

Outdoor Fairy Lights | Garden Trends 2017 If you’ve not noticed already, it seems as those the nation has become obsessed with picturesque lighting, shown through the fact that most bars and restaurants are filling their places with fairy lights. Lighting as a whole is getting cheaper and it a lot more fun. There is a whole host solar powered, battery powered or even rechargeable lights on offer in all different shapes and sizes. Fairy lights can provide the perfect look and outline to the features in your garden and you can even get especially shaped ones to compliment the theme of your garden. Whether you hang them from trees or across your patio, they are a simple, inexpensive way to give you a lovely, warm, soft lighting effect to your space.

The Scandinavian StyleDesser's White Bliss Sunlounger

Very much the focus of the 2016 interior design trends, the minimalistic Scandinavian style swept the nation and looks like it’s making its way outside in 2017. The colour of choice appears to be a fresh white accent colour, with complimentary white washes in the surrounding decking, fences and decoration. Add a side table, some candles and a faux fur rug to complete the true Nordic style. When it comes to the flower side of the things, the Scandi style once again is a key theme, with planting getting softer and more romantic. The top sellers you’ll see are blousy pink Tulipa ‘Angélique’. Enormous blousy pink peonies like Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ fit the mood, or go for Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’, dripping with soft white flowers. Once again it is about the refined and minimalistic sophisticated look.

Cosy Conservatory In Winter Your living rooms and spaces are really the epicentres of your home over the cold, winter months. Ideal for a warm, comfy retreat, these rooms act as a welcome retreat after a long day of dealing with the unpleasant weather! To help you maximise that cosy feeling, we’ve put together these tips of features you should look to include in your home to make the most out of your space!  

Maximise That View

There’s nothing better than on a cold winters day than to be enjoying the outdoors from the comfort and more importantly warmth of your own chair. Ideal for those of you with orangery’s – position your rattan furniture arrangement next to your window or facing out of them so you can make the most of that beautiful scenery. Floor-to-ceiling windows or the now highly popular bi-folding doors are fantastic ways of maximising your view.  

Decide On Your Focal Point

The living room is the natural home for both the television and the fireplace. What is being tipped as a top interior design trend for 2017 is incorporating the two together in terms of being a focal point. This can be done by balancing the two together by placing the TV directly above the fireplace so they’re not competing as focal points. Following this, your living room arrangement cam then follow suit by logically grouping around the one focal point. This offers guest and your family to have one centred area where their eyes will naturally be drawn into.  

Get Cosy with Some New Fabrics & Textiles

A give for when its bitter outside – snuggle up by making sure you have plenty of cushions and throws to ensure your living room feels wonderfully cosy. Your furniture might be old and worn so it might be time to be updated your pieces. With a new upholstered fabric on your suite, you can match your accessories match. This also gives you a simple way of updating your space for the season at hand without having to redecorate fully.  

Create a Wonderful Window Seat

A living room is a perfect place for a window seat. It not only provides a place to sit and admire the outside view but the cushions can actually help to reduce draughts coming in through the windows. A great place to delve into a book, you can relax in comfort whilst being surrounded by the wonderful winterland outside. If you have the capability, when designing your window seat, make sure you take full advantage of the space by incorporating under-seat storage, or by adding holes for hidden a radiator.

Orangeries are something which can be more associated with the renaissance era, but in the 21st century it has now become the perfect home extension that lets the outside in. Much like conservatory, the room is designed specifically to let in an abundance of light and brighten up the home.


What Is The Difference Between A Conservatory And An Orangery?

An orangery is very similar to a conservatory. However, instead of being primarily using glass on the outside, they tend to be more similar to an extension. Usually with bricks and a flat roof that has a piece of glass centrally at the top.

The combination of less glass and more brickwork makes and orangery the perfect choice for winter use. They can be made to feel cosier, and less cold temperatures can come through the window glazing.


There a number of ways you can design your orangery for it to be a wonderful addition to your home. See below some of our ideas:


Open It Up to Your Patio

When building your orangery, it can be a good idea to try and have it matching with your outdoor space. This can be done by adding some French doors that can be opened up to have a seamless flow between your outdoors and indoors. An additional way to make sure this is enhanced is by having your cane furniture outside following the same tone and colour as what you are using indoors.

cane chairs in an orangery

Integrate It with Another Room

You don’t always have to use an orangery as an extension and a separate room to your home. Often when we are asking the question what is an orangery, people picture an almost separate room. Instead, you can use an orangery roof with a high apex at the top of your dining room. This is a way to really brighten up the space and create an open feel in the room. If you already have adequate space for a dining room, you have lots of other options for what you can do for the orangery. You could even use it as a bathroom!

Get Creative

One of the fantastic aspects of an orangery is that you can get creative with how you choose to design the architecture. With a conservatory, your options are minimised. This is because you are primarily dealing with glass and this usually means the room shape has to be square or rectangular. However, with an orangery the brickwork means you can get choose to get a chimney wall built in to create more of a cosy feel and create a focal point for the room.

Fireplace in orangery room

Bring the Outdoors Indoors

So, what is an orangery? Well, it’s one of the greatest ways to bring your outdoors into your home. By following a natural theme with the colours and décor chosen in other rooms, you can create a consistent flow from room to room. If you want to create a different vibe, then you can always decorate it completely differently to the rest of your home.

Pastel colours always work well, especially when teamed with natural wood flooring and soft furnishings. They give vibrancy and light to the room while also keeping it subtle and tranquil. To really make the most of the space, include plenty of greenery which will also help with purifying the air.

House plant by the window

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For many of us, we have a wonderfully sized outdoor space but we often don’t fulfil its potential in terms of what we do with it. Frequently, we can find ourselves using the basic patio dining table and chairs – which are certainly a good choice – but there are certainly better ways to manage your outdoor space to make it a more desirable space to spend some time and relax in.

Get Some Comfortable Sofas

Desser's 3 piece Olympia range on a garden patio A great way for you to utilise your outdoor space is by getting some outdoor furniture that is just as comfortable as the one you have indoors. This makes your outdoor space an area which is more welcoming and somewhere you can use to entertain guests or simply relax with a good book and warm drink. Add a wood-lit furnace too and you can have some perfectly cosy evenings spent by the fire.

Add Some Colour

When it comes to indoor designs, a number of people choose to go for colour themes that are brighter and more extravagant. However, when it comes to their garden it is surprising to see any furniture or appliances that aren’t brown, beige or black. Giving your fences or furniture a lick of paint can go a long way in making sure that you are making the most of how creative you get with your garden.


A home garden lighting design

One of the factors about the outdoors has always been that when it gets dark, it signals the end of the fun and you have to return indoors. However, if you make sure your outdoor space is illuminated, you can still enjoy your garden even when the sun goes down! There are a couple of ways you can do this, one way is to use landscape lighting around the edges of your patio or walkway. Another way to do this is by hanging fairy lights around the edges of your house or around any trees to create an enchanting tone.

Sustainable Features

A delightful aspect of an outdoor space is how you can use it as a way to nurture mother nature! In 2016, there are now a huge number of ways to be more sustainable – and there are now a number of ways to use your outdoor space to do so. One of the more popular and common ways is to have solar panels fitted which can be used to power some of the electrical goods in your home. Another option is to use rainwater collectors which can be added around the edges of walls to recycle the water and be used again for your home as the water when you flush your toilet – this really is one of the most useful ways to make the most of your outdoor space.