Cacti, brights and a hint of vintage
There’s a host of outside influences on interior design this summer – and inside trends on garden furniture, blurring the lines between living spaces.
Anyway, forget all that ‘design talk’ and do what I’ve done – pick the stuff that appeals to you.
Here are eight of the best products around capturing the mood this summer and all easily available on the internet.
Jacqueline Colley’s prints of cacti, succulents and toucans adorn UK-made products such as stationery and textiles. I love the cacti print shopper £45, cacti or succulent print tea towel £14, cacti or succulent notebook £4, shop.jacquelinecolley.co.uk.
More prickly fun here from Oliver Bonas, with a coral cactus chair £59, green cactus chair £59, coral round table £65, mint geo planter £20, large lanterns £18, tealight holders £8.50, for more information, log on to www.oliverbonas.com.
I love this! The space age, retro-styled EXO range from MY Furniture is an outdoor range that will light up your life, including an easy chair, table light, ice bucket, cube light and small and large sphere lights.
Made from tough, moulded polyethylene, each piece comes complete with a battery-powered remote control and 16 pre-set colours which can be selected according to mood or situation.
There is a dimming function, colour fade and colour flash settings which will run up to 15 hours on a full charge.
Priced from £59.99 for the table light, ice bucket and small sphere light, £69.99 for the large sphere light, £84.99 for the cube light and £149.99 for the easy chair. Visit www.my-furniture.co.uk for further information.
Add a dash of colour to your patio with Internet Gardener’s Hartman Lena Hammock Swing Seat, perfect for two or three people to relax on. When reclined, the swing becomes a day bed.
The frame is constructed from FSC certified acacia hardwood, which can be left outside all year round, with soft green cushions (store when not in use). It also has an adjustable green overhead canopy, price £524.
The Hartman Lena Lounge Wooden Garden Bench is also made from FSC certified acacia hardwood. The sides can be folded down to turn the bench into a lounger and is complete with padded green cushions, price £248.99, for more details, visit www.internetgardener.co.uk.
Timorous Beasties have launched eight new wallcovering and wallpaper panel designs, including Topical Tropical Patterns.
Previously only available in fabric, samples can now be ordered from the Timorous Beasties website. Topical Tropical is available in Vanilla, Light Lime and Black.
All designs will launch officially during London Design Festival in September. The Topical Tropical Superwide Wallpaper in Vanilla costs £126, www.timorousbeasties.com.
Make your campfire light up like the Aurora borealis with Kindlecone.
The company’s mega flame colour-changing pine cone – measuring approximately 12cm (height) by 9cm (wide) is impregnated with magic powder which, when placed in the flames of a wood-burning stove, open fire, chiminea, brazier or campfire will produce amazing colours, price £9.99.
A box of approximately 30 flame colour-changing pine cones is also available, visit www.kindlecone.co.uk.
Add a dash of vintage charm to your garden with an ornate bench from the Sue Ryder charity, available in grey or white, price £89.99.
There are also elegant metal dining sets, available in two colours and two styles, price £99.99.
All money raised helps provide hospice and neurological care for people with life-changing illnesses.
As well as online, some products are available at one of Sue Ryder’s 450+ shops. To find your nearest shop, visit www.sueryder.org/shop.