Home Inspiration: The Courtyard

After 6 months of being in our new house, Summer is nearly here and we've started to renovate. We're starting on the outside spaces by building a new garage, landscaping the driveway, fitting a new front door and creating a lovely little space in our courtyard garden.

We live in a cute Victorian terrace (*heart eyes emoji*) with quite a quirky footprint in terms of the outside space. Our house is on a private road that runs right along the front of the terrace and on the other side of the road we have a long garden that stretches back, away from the front of the house. Over the years the large, overlooked front gardens have been converted into more practical driveways and parking as they are easily accessed by the road. There are a few of our neighbours that still use them as gardens but this is crazy to me as I certainly couldn't be able to relax in a garden at the front of the house.. but hey, each to their own. It was one of the major selling points for us when we bought our house as we needed lots of parking and it's pretty rare to find somewhere in the centre of town with just that. The only thing that's missing is a garage (or man cave) which we're now in the midst of building.

At the back of the house we have a cute little courtyard garden that's very secluded and south-facing. Our next project is to tidy it up and make it pretty, so we can dine and drink cocktails outside in the summer - al fresco style. We've already put up a new fence and laid new Indian sandstone slabs but we still need to add some finishing touches.

I want to stick to quite a minimal, contemporary approach to the space, as it isn't the biggest, with exposed brickwork and large, light-coloured sandstone slabs to keep it light and airy.

In terms of furniture I'm thinking about getting a white or grey table with benches, maybe this Falster set from IKEA which will be perfect for when we have people over. We might also have a separate sofa bench for lounging with some bright cushions to add some colour, like this Applaro/Hallo sofa bench from IKEA and these velvet and linen backed cushions from Graham & Green, or these geo cushions from Oliver Bonas.

We'll also need to get a new outside light and I've got my eye on this Nordlux bulkhead outdoor wall light from John Lewis. I might even go all out and hang some string lights like this teardrop festoon from Cox and Cox.

I've also had my eye on the Sintra dinnerware set from Habitat for a while so a new outdoor dining space might be a perfect excuse to purchase it!

I plan to fill the rest of the space with various plants in terracotta pots to add some warm tones and some much-needed greenery.

Hopefully our lovely little courtyard garden will be ready for the next warm spell so we can enjoy it in the sun. I'll be sure to do a post once it's finished.

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