A DIY and interiors lover has transformed her back garden into a stylish hangout. Previously, it was just a good-sized lawn with a paved path, but Alex saw its true potential.
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Today, it has a comfy seating area featuring the highly coveted Aldi Gardenline Egg Chair (not jealous at all), the Peaktop Fire Pit from Amazon, an inflatable hot tub and cosy PREUP Festoon Lights from Amazon.
'When I moved into my home, I knew I wanted to create a second living area in my garden where I could chill out with friends,' Alex tells us. She designed the space on Microsoft Word, and worked out what she could take on herself, and which elements would need the help of professionals.
In the summer of 2020, she completed the first stage of the garden, with a patio extension, decking and a planter ticked off the list. 'I was so pleased with it and so grateful throughout several UK lockdowns to be able to enjoy the sunshine from the comfort of my garden,' Alex says.
Early this year, Alex continued with the garden project, feeling much more confident in her DIY abilities this time around. She built a pergola over the hot tub, redid the fencing for privacy and upcycled the slabs for a more contemporary look.
Inspired by other DIYers online, she used the Midar Stencil from Dizzy Duck Designs – sold at Etsy. 'I used masonry paint and a concrete patio sealer to give the desired effect. So many people on Instagram and TikTok ask where my garden tiles are from and I am always so delighted to tell them it is just a stencil,' Alex says.
The tiles are definitely one of the most striking elements of the space, but we also love the details. The garden mirrors add depth and light, giving the impression of windows, and the fire pit creates a focal point. Alex has also made good use of the vertical space by hanging planters on the fence.
'I couldn’t be happier with how it has turned out, and I am now enjoying learning about different plants to add some more colour to bring the garden to life,' she says.
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See more of Alex's projects on her Instagram account @casalawson.
If you're thinking about giving your own garden a makeover, check out our budget garden ideas piece. Alex encourages you to go for it and reach out to others who blog about their home projects along the way.
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Millie Hurst was Senior Content Editor at Ideal Home from 2020-2022, and is now Section Editor at Homes & Gardens. Before stepping into the world of interiors, she worked as a Senior SEO Editor for News UK in both London and New York. You can usually find her looking up trending terms and finding real-life budget makeovers our readers love. Millie came up with the website's daily dupes article which gives readers ways to curate a stylish home for less.
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