Bringing the outdoors in

Sometimes you just have to think outside the box. Or rather, outside the patio doors. If you’re after a little rustic originality, perhaps it’s time to stop browsing the ‘living room’ tab on your favourite interiors website and give the ‘garden’ tab a click.

We’ve done a little scouting and have unearthed some of the very finest outdoor and garden pieces that we feel shouldn’t be left out in the cold. They work as beautifully indoors as they do out.

Butler’s Tray by Garden Trading

This piece has a thousand uses. A side table to sit snugly next to a sofa in the living room, a bedside table or even an indoor drinks station. It’s made of hardy steel as it’s designed for gardens so will be one of those handy things you have forever (it also works for both the industrial and farmhouse trends).

Stable Light by Cox & Cox

Cox & Cox do a wonderful line of garden accessories in lovely colour choices. Their lighting is particularly gorgeous, case in point these mint coloured outdoor stable lights. They’d look divine as side lights in a bathroom.

Image: Cox & Cox

Drinks/Planter Table by Garden Trading

If you’re browsing Garden Trading (and why wouldn’t you be?) you should absolutely check out their larger furniture. This unique bar table in reclaimed teak is a real conversation starter and would be as at home against the dining room wall as it would be on the patio. After all, the Sauvignon Blanc ought to be kept cool wherever the party is taking place…

Ladder Shelf by John Lewis

This slice of rustic loveliness is supposed to be for plant pots and garden tools but can’t you imagine it groaning with books? It’s nice and wide so would accommodate plenty of tomes.

Image: John Lewis

Hanging Cocoons by Graham & Green

These suspended tents are like something out of a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and we are totally under their spell. While wonderful for the outdoors, we think they’d be darling in a children’s bedroom or playroom. Hours of fun.

Kathryn Bellamy


Farmer’s daughter turned Londoner, writer and interiors lover Kathryn lives in Battersea with her boyfriend and chilli plants. When she’s not writing or re-decorating, she’s working on a series of children's books. At the weekends she regularly swaps London for Devon or Herefordshire.

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