Louise Roe reveals her secret for creating a stylish outdoor space on a budget

The interiors influencer lets us in on her al fresco styling know-how

Louise Roe on rattan recliner in garden
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Louise Roe's stylish outdoor space secret

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer. we're spending more time outdoors than ever. But while there are garden ideas aplenty, many of them require a lot of work or cost a pretty penny.

TV presenter and interiors influencer, Louise Roe, has shared exclusively with us how she styles her outdoor space to perfection - without having to take out a mortgage. Her favourite trick? Inspired by the relaxed vibes of Provence, she uses vintage and pre-loved items to create a beautifully Bohemian space on a budget.

Louise Roe's stylish outdoor space secret

Louise Roe on rattan recliner in garden

(Image credit: eBay)

So, how does the style guru make her outdoor space into something special without the price tag?

'With vintage,' Louise Roe said to us. 'We often use vintage for indoors but never consider it for the garden. I love finding old rugs, vintage bamboo tables and chairs and crockery, to give it a more timeless feel. I set up searches on e-Bay when I get obsessed with styles and items. Plus, I actually love the thrill of things coming up unexpectedly!'

'Adding these one of a kind pre-loved pieces can really make a smaller space feel special. And it’s a great way to make the area your own.'

Cream metal bistro set in terrace

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Choosing vintage pieces means you're guaranteed to have a unique look in your outdoor space. Plus, it doesn't matter if you have acres of lawn to play with or a tiny balcony - there's something to fit both large and small garden ideas.

'A bistro set is a lovely way to create a sweet Brasserie moment in a limited space,' suggests Louise. 'They usually fold away, so can be very practical. Little rattan lanterns are a nice touch in smaller spaces, too, and I love a hanging plant!'

Rattan recliner with cushions and throw

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It's not just style and budget garden ideas that looking for secondhand pieces bring, however. By purchasing a pre-loved item you're being eco-conscious and helping the environment.

Louise Roe has partnered with eBay to create an edit of her favourite garden products to buy this summer.

There are so many vintage outdoor pieces out there - and some seriously stylish one on the edit - but unless you have ample storage, our tip is to make sure you're buying something that will work indoors as well as out. After all, the British summer only lasts so long!

Thea Babington-Stitt
Managing Editor

Thea Babington-Stitt is the Managing Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for around 10 years.

She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.