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12 lively lifestyle blogs

5th July 2017

Want to revamp your outdoor space in time for the next heatwave? Now’s the perfect time to lick your garden or patio into shape.

And with so many inspirational ideas online, your dream backyard is within your grasp. So sit back and relax as we take you on a tour of the best lifestyle blogs around and highlight their gardening gems.

Cassie Fairy
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Pretty pastel paint and vinyl floor tiles brought beach-hut chic to Cassie’s shed
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‘My biggest gripe is paying for something new if I can get it cheaper or free’, says lifestyle guru and thrifty DIY makeover expert Cassie. If you’re looking for stylish ideas that won’t break the bank, then look no further than Cassie Fairy. Reusing, recycling and repurposing other people’s castoffs, she will show you how to recreate any look on a shoestring.

Be inspired by her greenhouse makeover and see what can be done with an old plastic vent (salvaged from a skip), some bunting and solar fairy lights. Swoon at her pretty beach-hut styled shed and discover how Cassie transformed bargain-basement handrail timber into raised bed frames.

Little Green Shed
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Follow Lou as she brings a little nature into her home each day
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‘As I spend most of my time sitting at a desk, I am feeling the need to get more connected with nature’, writes Lou Archell from Little Green Shed. That’s why this lifestyle blogger tries to bring a little nature into her home each day.

Lou’s blog is a beautifully curated melange of interior design, food, photography, family life and style inspiration. Follow her as she determines how she will style her tiny outdoor space into the pretty garden she dreams of. From creating a beautiful herb garden to increasing your home’s value by gardening, this blog has something for everyone.

Girl in a Hard Hat

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A terracotta wall and renovated garden furniture create a Mediterranean haven
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Vibrant, colourful, and slightly offbeat. That’s how Michelle, AKA Girl in a Hard Hat, describes her style. She’s inspired by the passion and heat of the Riviera and this is reflected in her own garden makeover.

Follow the transformation of an ugly suburban garden into a Mediterranean haven. Michelle turns a concrete wall into a terracotta beauty, and breathes new life into tired old garden furniture with paint and elbow grease. There’s magic at work here.

Lylia Rose

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Mismatched pots and an old wooden cart make a pretty market garden
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Accidental blogger, Victoria Sully, started writing her lifestyle blog to drive traffic to her accessories website. But when she found herself writing instead about the things she cared deeply about - home, family, natural health - it was a fortunate stroke of serendipity.

A committed organic gardener, Victoria loves growing and cooking wholesome food for her young family. Follow her lead on choosing the best fruit trees for garden and table, creating an edible garden and growing patio veg.

A Cornish Mum

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One of Cornish Mum’s great loves is coastal walks
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Stevie started her Cornish Mum blog to help parents of children with Type 1 Diabetes feel a little less alone than she did when her own son was diagnosed. The blog has grown and grown and she now also writes about DIY, lifestyle and family life in her beautiful county.

There’s a wealth of lifestyle posts, including documenting her garden makeover, and creating an outdoor workshop/utility/gym and choosing solar panels – all set against the enviable backdrop of beautiful Cornwall, where Stevie loves to walk the coastal paths.

Life Outside London

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The Scandi she-shed; Michelle’s piece of hygge heaven
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‘I carved out some time on Sunday in which I ignored every single thing on my to do list and just sat in the sunshine with a book, a coffee and a spaniel’, writes Michelle of Life Outside London. Prioritising the important things in life was her motive for moving to deepest Devon, and the inspiration behind this blog.

Michelle’s Life Outside London comprises Wonderful Wednesdays – ‘tuning into the lovely little moments that I want to hold on to’ – and achieving her dreams one project at a time. Prepare to feel envious of the magical hygge retreat that she has created from her garden shed, and feel motivated to spring clean every aspect of your life.

Just a Small Sensation

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Less is more for Jane, ‘except when it comes to prosecco’!
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‘I love the quote by Leonardo Da Vinci: “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication”’, writes lifestyle blogger Jane Atkinson of Just a Small Sensation. Her mission is to inspire others to create beautiful homes with stylish, affordable interior design.

Let her do just that while you browse pretty ideas for your garden including wine cork plant markers or an outdoor bar made of pallets. This ex-accountant turned interior guru will even help you fathom the style equation behind adding just the right pop of colour to your home.

Old Fashioned Susie

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Susie’s hanging garden brings the outdoors into her Manchester home
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‘If you DON’T want your home to look like something out of a showroom then this lifestyle blog is for you’, explains Susie. This Manchester lass has a penchant for vintage decor, pretty cocktails and vegan cake and her style is down-to-earth, quirky and full of personality. 

Susie experiments with concrete casting, creating scaffolding board shelving and making a garden room indoors. Her projects are eclectically brilliant, and ever accessible.

The Inspiration Edit

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Angela’s Bichon Frise friends, Yoda and Caspar
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‘Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy’, writes Angela Milnes of The Inspiration Edit. Not long after her wedding in 2013, Angela Milnes was diagnosed with Adrenal Insufficiency and Human Growth Hormone Deficiency and spent three years severely unwell.

Time at home made a blogger of her and she writes about lifestyle, home, and positive family experiences. Follow Angela as she dreams of luxurious outdoor daybeds, devises the ultimate DIY tool wishlist and shares her creative ideas for getting kids into gardening. All while caring for her family and two Bichon Frises, Yoda and Casper

The Tiger Tales

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A busy bumblebee enjoying Maria’s lavender
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The way to my heart is a Trini Chicken Dalpuri Roti’, writes Trinidadian-born, Surrey-based blogger Maria. But as well as some mouthwatering Trini recipes, you’ll find varied posts on parenting, family experiences as a mixed heritage family, fashion, food and, of course, lifestyle.

Maria and her family love their garden. Read how gardening together has become an after-school ritual, and has helped the kids learn to play fair. There’s pretty lavender, voluptuous roses and plentiful veg in the backyard, but there’s also a teepee and an occasional paddling pool. Theirs is a real garden for a real family.

Burkatron

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Burkatron is packed with quirky DIY projects like this flower bench
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Creating easy, trend-led DIY projects has become something of an obsession for Caroline Burke. And we’re glad about that because Burkatron is a mine of stunning design ideas. Such as kokedama - Japanese hanging plants that eschew traditional plant pots and instead grow from a ball of moss and string. Cool, huh?

Burkatron's DIYs are quirky, one-of-a-kind pieces and we put some of that down to Caroline’s Central St Martin’s training. Note her Kado flower bench or dipped terracotta planters. If her projects sound über-cool, that’s because they are. But take heart. She’s a great teacher and breaks each DIY into easy-to-follow steps.

Strawberry Squeeze

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Jack Russell Alfie happily testing out Sam’s pallet seating in the shade
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‘Splash your cash on a hot tub’, advises Sam from Strawberry Squeeze. There’s no better way to relax after work than watching the sun go down in your own spa. This lifestyle blogger and her beau have created a luxurious hideaway under their decking with pallet seating, hot tub and sumptuous textiles. It serves Sam as a shady outdoor workspace during the day and a chill-out zone by night.

And the inspiring garden posts just keep coming. Find out five easy ways to brighten up an overlooked garden, discover sweet structures that will make your garden more dynamic and learn how to create the garden of your dreams.

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