Ruth Writes is a 30-something Liverpool based blog covering mid-size fashion, pescatarian food and beauty.
The second anniversary of us living in our home has just passed by and on one hand, I can’t believe how quickly it’s flown and on the other, I think it’s gone quite slowly as that means we’ve now utilised our full warranty period, had all the snags fixed and we’re good to start decorating! The fun begins! In terms of inside the house, we’ve got a few plans up our sleeve and we’ve now bought the majority of the furniture we wanted (just a new couch and a new mattress left on the list) and cos we’ve spent the last few months in lockdown, we’re turning our attention to the garden as it’s been a godsend recently.
We’ve now painted 90% of the fence panels dark brown, with just two to go and the current patio section of the garden is feeling lovely and Mediterranean inspired indeed. Which is exactly the vibe we wanted, but the rest of the garden and lawn, is untouched.
I’m sure I’m not alone in spending hours getting inspo from the hundreds of Insta homes on the Explore page and seeing what other gardens, similar to ours and a new build, have done with their outdoor space. Brown fences is our bag with black furniture. We already have the black patio set, but the plan is to extend the patio further in width, so we can follow the sun as it sets. Our patio is in the sun from sunrise till half 2 in the afternoon. Then we follow the sun across the garden into late evening.
Extending the patio and adding decking across the entire top length section of the garden means we’ll always have the sun.
Like I mentioned, we want to stick with the black furniture theme, so I’ve been browsing garden furniture sets online, taking inspo from Very, Wayfair and Dunelm.
There are so many gorgeous pieces of Garden Furniture on the market now and I love the look of monochrome outdoor rugs, with matching cushions and classy outdoor crockery. No multicoloured plastic, thank you. Morrocan inspired plates and a crisp white table runner – perfect for BBQs and the garden party we had planned to host this summer.
We’re not really into the upkeep of plants or growing but we did just get an olive tree and would like a few more, so decorative outdoor pots and planters are on our wish list. My mum had a mirror hung in her old garden and when I was younger, I didn’t really get it but now I’m older I do like that look and can see how its a good idea for smaller gardens and yardens so they appear bigger.
Lastly, Darren won’t stop going on about wanting a shed…. So I think that’s one of the next big purchases so he can upgrade his outdoor storage box for a bigger outdoor man cave to house the lawn mower and other garden tools! As long as it’s painted a nice colour, I’m ok with it!