6 ways to turn your garden into a cosy outdoor cubbyhole

This year, our gardens have become places of solace where we can escape daily stresses and enjoy some fresh air, nature and green fingered activities. As nights draw in, leaves start to fall and season change, we can still make the most of our precious outdoor spaces by turning them into warm and welcoming garden rooms.

a bunch of items that are on display: With fire pits, blankets and mood enhancers

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With fire pits, blankets and mood enhancers

“People want to give their garden a cosy feel this year, truly making it an extension of indoors,” says Jonny Brierly, CEO of Moda Furnishings. “With the introduction of softer outdoor-use upholstery, lighting, accessories and fire pits, they are applying the same interest in the design of their homes to their gardens.”

So, on that note, here are some great ideas for extending the season and turning your garden into an outdoor haven.

1. Create shelter

a statue of a person

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If you’re going to enjoy your garden whatever the weather, you’ll need a place to shelter. A stylish pop-up tent or gazebo neatly bridges the link between indoor and outdoor living space and can be put up at a moment’s notice and stored away in a shed or garage.

An arch or pergola planted with an evergreen climber such as Clematis Armandii offers protection from howling winds and helps create a sense of privacy. An arbour structure with storage is even better if you need to fold away those essential garden blankets.

But for the ultimate hideaway, embrace the outdoors all year round with a garden pod. It’s a see-through space to entertain, work or simply enjoy nature.

2. Sociable seating

a living room filled with furniture and a fireplace: garden outdoor room

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garden outdoor room

The key to all-weather garden furniture is durability and it’s worth investing in a decent weatherproof combination set.

“We have been seeing a huge increase in sales of our garden furniture during lockdown, with people spending generously on their gardens rather than holidays,” says Siobhan Lancaster at garden furniture company Sitting Spiritually. Their Swinging Day Bed has been particularly popular. Accessorise daybeds and outdoor sofas with colourful tasselled quilts and cushions.

3. Let there be light (and warmth)

a close up of a picnic table: CHIMINEA

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When the sun sets, it’s crucial to add light and warmth to an autumn/winter garden. The chiminea, an all-weather alternative to the fire pit, is gaining ground, according to curated online marketplace Notonthehighstreet.com: “Three out of our five top-selling items are currently chimineas,” says spokesperson Phoebe Ede.

Candles and tealights cast a warming glow over any socially-distanced gathering. “Outdoor lighting is now an important consideration when creating a seamless flow from home to garden,” says Marketa Rypacek, managing director at Industville Ltd.

Achieve this with strings of festoon bulbs in warm white, cool white or multi-coloured.

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7 Conservatory Decor Ideas To Keep Room Warm And Cosy In Winter

Conservatories, garden rooms and orangeries are often beautiful, light-filled living spaces but they can feel pretty cold and unenjoyable as soon as the temperature plummets.

In order to continue using these rooms during autumn and winter, we’ve compiled some practical conservatory decor ideas full of smart tweaks (which can also be applied to an orangery and garden room) to help create a warm and cosy space.

‘Cold weather needn’t mean these rooms should be abandoned. Instead, we update them to make them extra cosy and comfortable to relax in whatever the weather,’ says Catharina Björkman, Scandi lifestyle expert at Contura.

‘Garden rooms and conservatories are a connection between our indoor living space and the outdoors, which is so beneficial for our wellbeing, but these rooms can get chilly, dark and damp as the weather cools down.’

From using a wood burner to styling your room with decorative rugs, there are plenty of ways you can keep your space cosy throughout the colder months. Get some inspiration with these conservatory decor ideas below…

1. Hang curtains or blinds

As well as adding character, curtains and blinds will help your conservatory or garden room to retain heat in the cooler months.

If you’re not sure which style to go for, Catharina suggests: ‘It’s tempting to choose heavy, dark winter curtains, but for longevity, choose a neutral colour that will work all year round. Soft greys, warm yellows or soothing greys all work well. If possible, choose floor-to-ceiling options to retain the most heat, these can be tied back in summer as well.’

pleated blinds, house beautiful range at hillarys

2. Warm lighting

Create a warm and welcoming atmosphere with beautiful lights. Harsh lighting can be abrasive in the darker months, so opt for floor lamps, hanging fairy lights or table lamps instead.

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‘You could add coloured lantern style lighting (red or amber look really inviting) combined with tea lights for a warm, cosy glow,’ adds Catharina. ‘Strings of fairy lights hung strategically can enhance a cosy look. Alternatively, look for lights with a dimmer option so you can adjust the light brightness to suit the required cosy factor.’

3. Decorative rugs

Most garden rooms and conservatories have wooden or tiled flooring, so warm rugs are brilliant for adding warmth underfoot. As well as helping to retain room temperature, they can also help to bring the overall room style together.

shaggy rug, £275, cox  cox

When it comes to pattern, Catharina explains: ‘A bold print rug, such as decorative Indian style, can look great combined with more laid-back interiors, but play around with shape, colour, texture and size to find the right look for the space. Rug wall hangings can also look stylish and help prevent heat loss through the walls.’

4. Cosy textures

Add an extra of layer of warmth with cosy blankets, cushions and throws — perfect for curling up with.

Catharina adds: ‘Choose warm colours and earthy tones that work well for autumn/winter, such as burnt orange, moss greens and warming terracotta. Go for textures that are soft and woolly for the

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Inside Vicky Pattison and Ercan Ramadan’s Lake District holiday cottage with huge kitchen, log fire and cosy sofas

VICKY Pattison gave her social media followers a glimpse of her romantic Lake District holiday with boyfriend Ercan Ramadan.

The reality TV star took to her Instagram Stories to showcase their idyllic countryside cottage with a huge kitchen, log fire and cosy sofas.

Vicky Pattison shared a glimpse of her romantic Lake District holiday with boyfriend Ercan Ramadan


Vicky Pattison shared a glimpse of her romantic Lake District holiday with boyfriend Ercan RamadanCredit: Instagram

The 32-year-old first showed the outside of their impressive rental in Cumbria for the week and explained that she had organised the trip for Ercan.

Giving an impromptu house tour, she began: “So I’ve brought Ercan away for the week to the Lake District to this little cottage. Super cute.

“I thought we could hike, snuggle infront of the log fire.”

Vicky was sure to give her followers an eyeful of the country bolthole’s stylish interiors when she entered the home starting with the kitchen, which featured a wraparound island with stove.

The reality TV star took to Instagram to showcase their idyllic countryside cottage with a huge kitchen


The reality TV star took to Instagram to showcase their idyllic countryside cottage with a huge kitchenCredit: Instagram
The sitting room featured cosy sofas and an eye-catching painting of sheep


The sitting room featured cosy sofas and an eye-catching painting of sheepCredit: Instagram

The white wash on the walls was offset with two bold statement walls in yellow and blue that complemented the farmhouse inspired wooden counter tops.

The space also boasted a Scandinavian-inspired dining area, which was situated infront of the kitchen’s windows.

“How gorgeous is this kitchen?” Vicky said of the space. “And they left a bottle of prosecco for his birthday.”

Moving into the sitting room, she pointed out: “the log fire, cosy sofas”, while giving a quick glimpse of the grey walls and artwork that adorned the space.

Their 'cottage' was in fact an impressive three-story home


Their ‘cottage’ was in fact an impressive three-story homeCredit: Instagram
Vicky got cosy infront of the sitting room's log fire


Vicky got cosy infront of the sitting room’s log fireCredit: Instagram

Finishing off the tour, she showed the house’s carpeted stairs and explained how the home “goes up and up and up”.

Her latest trip comes months after she revealed to OK! online that Ercan, 27, offered to have children with her earlier than he had planned because of their five year age gap.

In January, she explained: “He said to me, ‘If you want to have kids now we can have kids now but, it’s not the right time and you know that yourself if you’re honest’. I was like, ‘I know’.

“I love the stage we’re at, we have weekends away, we spend time with our families, we’re on about moving house, it’s a lovely stage and having a baby would just complicate that and I don’t know if either of us are ready.

The kitchen also boasted a Scandinavian-inspired dining area


The kitchen also boasted a Scandinavian-inspired dining areaCredit: Instagram
Ercan appeared in the video and teased at the kitchen's statement yellow wall


Ercan appeared in the video and teased at the kitchen’s statement yellow wallCredit: Instagram

“I had be really realistic and there’s part of us would love a baby so much but I know it’s not the right time.”

Vicky started dating the former Towie star in January 2019, just three

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