Across the Board at Gardeners' World Live

It's been a little while since I shared a post from our visit to Gardeners' World Live so what better to share today, than this garden designed and created by Conquest Creative Spaces.  It's one of those spaces that while it looked great, it also looked realistic and one I'd be happy to have.

There were a couple of elements that, apart from its 'realness' appealed to me, which were:

  • Corten steel planters, looking at these again while writing this post, I'm thinking it's a good thing that my recent order for new pots has turned into such a debacle, but more on that another day,
  • A chunky oak pergola that would provide some respite from this summer's heat, and protection from a more usual summer!
A calming tranquil garden space at Gardeners' World Live

And that's even without mentioning the gabion design elements - I tell you, they really are the thing to have, you'll start to see them more and more in gardens, domestic and otherwise and they're no longer just for the sides of motorways.

I think one of the things that gives this garden its everyday feel is the meadow planting, which might at first glance be misconstrued for weeds, or it would it my garden anyway.  But it's nature, and natural, which is always my argument too.

Stepping stones and a swing

It also shows that you can build a swing seat into a small space and do it stylishly so.  I think this swing is more likely aimed at the gentle movement, rather than the climb as high as you can that I remember from my youth - that was quite the challenge wasn't it?  I'm sure mums everywhere would peek through their hands just hoping momentum would keep us on the seats.

But yes, the Corten steel planters, aren't they just great?

Corten steel planters - swoon!

Even MOH is a fan, and this is the man that likes things clean and pristine.  But their beauty really is their markings and age, and I can't help but sigh every time I think about how I could manoeuvre some into our garden.  I haven't worked out how yet, but I'm not prepared to give up just yet. 

Plants softening the structures in the space

I'm also a fan of planting between hard landscape and while that's more usually around paving slabs and bricks, this bolder and more modern take with what looks to be Mind your own business (the green plant) and what could be a fragrant herb - camomile? - shows how traditional ideas can be adapted and given a new lease of life.

Now wouldn't it be good to have a wooden box like this to shelter from either the sun, rain or chill in?  This one is complete with a fire pit and the log store seats look pretty and have a practical use too.  I'm definitely banking this idea for a future garden, it won't work in our garden of circles, but some day I'll have to find a garden that it will.

A corner space to retreat to

The other thing that makes this garden work for me is the mix of textures, not something you think of in gardens generally, and you'll remember that I've mentioned it for interiors on more than one occasion, so it sort of makes sense that a garden with textures also works, doesn't it? 

A cosy corner for whatever the weather

So, what do you think - is this a garden for you, or are there elements that have inspired you?

Cushion crazy

This week I'm sharing more from the Yorkshire interiors shop of loveliness.  Our cushion detecting radar must have brought us here as we keep saying we need to buy cushions for all three of our grey sofas.  The easy, and more traditional way of doing this would be to choose two or three designs and stock up.  But I'm not always a fan of the easy route, sometimes that's a good thing and at others it just means more shopping than either of us are used to...

Stags and fishes

There was certainly plenty of choice here and while many were lovely, and there was the pom pom edging that I've been banging on about for most of the year, many were a bit too pastel and soft for what I was after.  The hare did seriously test me though, isn't it lovely?

we were tempted by the hare cushion
A badger to lean back on

It wasn't all just animals though, there were florals and multi-coloured bobbles. These were getting to more of what I had in mind, something full of colour that could be switched between our main living room and our conservatory, but even so we moved on.

brightly coloured flowers with silk tassel pom poms
A pug to share your chair

The fish cushions were admired, and they're quite obviously related to some of the cushions I've already shared.

fish and bobbles

And then, upstairs in one of the many rooms, we found our cushion.

The orange stag cushion came home with us

Yeap, the orange stag was ours and is now proudly living on our conservatory sofa. I suspect it's quite lonely out there as while we find the right cushions for the main sofa, we've requisitioned the black and white geometric patterned cushions (these ones which have already been promoted from the futon).  But putting these together give you an idea of the bold approach we're aiming for in the conservatory, the living room might be slightly more sedate, but who knows...

There's definitely going to be more cushion shopping taking place.  Where do you recommend?

Post Comment Love & Blogger Showcase 10-12 August

Hello there and welcome to this week's #PoCoLo - if you're new here this week, hello and welcome along.  If you were here last week, it was great to see you and I'm sure this week you'll find some more great posts to read.  Once again I'm joined by Suzanne from Chicken Ruby as co-host while Morgan is having fun Disney style - thanks Suzanne.

It's a short one from me today, but let me tell you about the photo.  It just about sums up last weekend.  Something to read, a cook book and a magazine, some crafting - sewing in the ends of my spring crochet and of course some tech.  With MOH away, what else could a girl need?

crafting, reading and tech

Blogger Showcase: Chloe from Beautiful Bundle of Chaos

1. Who are you?

Hey! I’m Chloe, married, mother of one and 23 years old from Leicestershire. My daughter Lola is a bubbly, crazy child that keeps me on my feet every single day, and is also my inspiration behind most of my blogs.

2. How did you discover blogs/blogging?

I actually have no idea how I discovered blogs! I didn’t tend to read many blogs and I really didn’t know much about them either. One day I decided to set up a new Instagram account, basically because I thought my friends and family were sick of seeing Lola’s outfit choices for the day – and it went from there. Once I started that page I started to discover more and more blogs and I loved the pieces of writing I read and it reminded me of being a child again and the hours I would spend writing at my grandma's house.

3. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I loved the sense of freedom it gave me when I wrote my first post on Instagram about my feelings. I opened up to people I had never met or spoke to before in my life, something that I would strangely never dream of doing in front of my friends and family. Truth is, I can’t talk about my feelings out loud, the words just don’t come out. I started blogging and I was having conversations with people about my worries/guilt that I'd never been able to talk about before. I started blogging as a kind of therapy.

4. What do you find most challenging?

My biggest challenge has been confidence, there are amazing bloggers out there that stand fierce in their photoshoots, they travel for days on their own to events and that is something that I majorly need to work on.

5. What is your favourite topic to write about?

I love to talk about my daughter and the mischief she gets up to, and it feels so good when I get parent responses explaining how they are going through the exact same thing. They are always happy to hear I’m experiencing the worst of the terrible twos haha! I also love fashion, I forever get the latest trends for Lola and share them with my readers.

6. Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?

I have big goals for my blog, as a first time parent that works a 9-5 job I’m envious of people living the self employed dream. I miss my daughter and feel guilty I can't spend as much time with her as I want to. Not only that, I want to create something where people want to come and read my blog when they're feeling down, or when they want a giggle or even want to know what the latest beauty products I'm using are. I want to build a community.

7.  What is your favourite thing about blogging?

My favourite thing about blogging is not only the writing but being able to be creative with my pictures, I like to tell a story or make people laugh with my pictures. Again, I also love that blog posts can be so relevant to issues going on in peoples lives, but they are able to read and know that they are not alone and that we are going through the same issues – especially new mums, times are hard with a new baby and it's nice to have a community around you.

8. Have you ever attended a blogging conference and if so, what did you think?

I have never attended a blogging conference but I would love to one day.

9. What are your 3 best posts?

I think my 3 best posts are…

10. Describe yourself in three words!

Myself in three words

  • Imaginative
  • Sensitive
  • Slight control freak

11. Are you a tea and biscuits or coffee and cake person?

Tea and biscuits all the way!!! Only because I’m not a massive fan of cake.

12. What's your idea of a perfect night out?

My perfect night out is being with friends or family, grabbing ourselves a few 2 for 1 cocktails and some food, maybe a little dancing and there 100% HAS to be a kebab on the way home.

13. Your perfect night in?

My perfect night in is good food, good tv and bottle of wine to share with my other half and of course in an ideal world my daughter to actually be in bed on time.

14. What would your best friend/OH/mum or kids say is your best quality?

My best friends would say I'm completely crazy, my other half and daughter would saying I’m very loving – hopefully!


Thanks Chloe, it's great to learn more about you and your blog.  Before you link up do pop over to Chloe's social channels:  Instagram  -  Twitter.