6 Glamorous Ways to Update Your Garden

Bring designer-influenced style to your outdoor space – and create maximum catwalk impact with minimum effort

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6 Glamorous Ways to Update Your Garden

The great British summer is (finally) here, and there’s not a moment to lose. Make the most of every last drop of sunshine by transforming your garden into extra living space to enjoy with friends and family. And if you’re not the green-fingered type, don’t worry. We’ve taken inspiration from our favourite fashion designers to create DIY projects that bring colour and wow-factor to your space without so much as a garden spade. Then, when you’re finished, all that’s left to do is sit back and enjoy the heatwave...


INSPIRED BY: Top fashion guru Isabel Marant’s globe-trotting style

Want a showstopping setting for a special occasion? Turn your garden into a magical oasis by combining different types of outdoor lighting throughout the space. Hang string lights in trees or from tall plants, or wrap around large branches for maximum impact. Add glimmering hanging lanterns and position hurricane lamps on tables and along paths – then watch as your outdoor space takes on a gorgeous glow as dusk falls. 

Buy it: George Home White Rattan Heart String LightsGeorge Home Chicken Wire Square Lantern Tealight HolderGeorge Home Chicken Wire Wooden Lantern 


INSPIRED BY: Designer Matthew Williamson’s laid-back boho vibe

Turn your outdoor space into a guest-ready entertaining zone in an instant with heaps of bright, boldly patterned throws, rugs and cushions. Bright colours like fuschia will stand out against a backdrop of green. This stylish trick will transform plain patio and decking areas and will add splashes of colour if your garden is lacking flowers. Layer up different designs for a relaxed ethnic vibe – and you’ve set the scene for a garden gathering with a twist. 

Buy it: George Home Large Rattan Lantern, George Home Embroidered Pom Pom Floor Seat, Heritage 3 Piece Classic Bistro Set in Olive Green


INSPIRED BY: Paul Smith’s hallmark English-style-with-a-twist

An easy way to pep up your garden space is to give tired-looking furniture a lick of paint. It’ll keep your garden wood lasting longer, too, as the water-repellent paint provides a protective barrier against the elements. As for the colour... the bolder, the better! Dark, rich tones on fences and sheds make a striking backdrop to show off shrubs, garden- classic roses and climbing plants. Or go for brighter shades on chairs and tables for a cheerful setting, no matter what the weather’s doing. Looking to accessorise? Go retro rustic with old milk churns or vintage watering cans to complete the look.

Buy it: George Home Large Wood Lantern; Larchlap Limoge Arbour SeatSedona Garden Trolley & Planter; Paint shop 


INSPIRED BY: Italian duo Dolce & Gabbana’s sun-kissed Mediterranean style

Think beyond standard terracotta by using recycled buckets and wooden crates to give your garden a quirky look. Personalise them with a splash of colour from our George Home outdoor paint range. Get extra creative and mix and match different types of planter for an artfully eclectic look – old wheelbarrows, tin cans, anything goes! Finally, play with colours and shapes to create an eye-catching feature wall.

Buy it: George Home Pelican PlanterHighlands 12Lt Galvanised Mop BucketGeorge Home Wooden Nesting Crates


INSPIRED BY: Striking butterfly motifs from Alexander McQueen

Chunky candles and tealights in big jars create a focal point on a patio, balcony or around the garden at any time of day – and these butterfly designs add a cute wildlife touch. Not only are they pretty decorations for an al fresco brunch or afternoon barbecue, bugs tend to keep away from lighted candles, so it’s a win-win idea all round! 

Buy it: George Home Butterfly String LightsPlay-Doh Vinci Butterfly Wall Art;  George Home Wall Pot Plaque


INSPIRED BY: The muted palettes across the menswear collections, as seen on the S/S16 catwalks at Marni

Pick a sun-trap that captures the afternoon rays and toast the setting sun with sit-back-and-kick-back garden furniture that will have you dozing off behind your shades. Or bring the party outdoors with your own garden bar, complete with stools for perching and a retro-style radio. You can even set up a trolley with essentials so you don’t have to keep dashing indoors. Perfect.

Buy it: Primo Egg Bistro Chair - Lime GreenBorneo 5-piece Cushion Store & Bar SetASDA 3 Tier Trolley


For more great garden solutions, check out our articles 5 Easy Ways To Give Your Garden A Mini Makeover and Simple Gardening Tips The Pros Don’t Want You To Know.