The Summer House

Adele Shotton-Pugh | Updated

Hello again to one and all!

We’re approaching that time of year again where we live in the vain hope, rather than the guaranteed certainty, of warmer weather; or if we’re really lucky, long, hot, scorching days, where we endeavour to dwell for longer in the great outdoors, at every given opportunity.

Fabric draped over metal frame

For the purpose of my summer feature this year, ‘The Summer House’ means more than just a hut on the beach! It means the home or space we live in during those warmer, if not sunny, summer months. As usual I have endeavoured to source some inspirational ideas by scouring some of the top designers and design sources to see what’s hot and what’s not, for indoors and out this season. In my journey through the inspirational highway, I have come across some colourful and enlivening ideas on how to add energy, zest and colour to your summer season, indoors and out.

Blue, white and red pin striped chair in a beach house

I share these images with you, with full credit to their sources and with some carefully selected and relevant product, tips and ideas, to help you achieve these vibrant and enlivening looks for less.

There’s everything from this year’s maritime-seaside and summer-florals fabric collections, to giving the shed a much needed lick of colour as part of your garden glam up, pretty picnics with English rose florals, quick, easy and fun ways to add colourful glamour to your camping plans, current and topical events such as the Royal Baby, the trend for Rough-Luxe and Copper, the ‘Great Gatsby’ film release, the trend for Statement Stripes and the hotly tipped Colour of the Year - Emerald green.

Whatever your plans for the summer, I hope you find something here that will help you on your way to a bright and cheerful journey through the warmer months, regardless of the weather.

Here’s wishing you a summer full of warm sunny days and even warmer memories.

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