Bringing festival spirit to our own back garden!



T I M E   F O R   A   G A R D E N   P A R T Y ?

Now, Jason and I are hardly your typical festival goers.

We’re too fond of home comforts- of the snuggliness of our own lovely bed and crisp, line-dried sheets, of familiarity and routine, of the dogs who fall asleep by our feet each evening, and of, let’s face it, the glory that is hot running water ;)

And, let’s face it, we’re just not that cool either!

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But, the lovely relaxed atmosphere of some of the more family-friendly festivals I’ve seen pop up over the past few years does totally appeal to me!

The ones where children and adults alike enjoy music and great food and refreshing summer drinks from sunrise to sunset, and the whole affair has a garden party kind of vibe, as opposed to being all about mud and tent-burning and the like! ;)

And so, when just recently DFS got in touch and challenged me to give my garden a mini ‘festival chic’ makeover using some of their gorgeous furniture, my immediate response was a big fat YES!

I loved the idea of trying to capture a little of the summer festival spirit, and bringing it home to my very own garden!

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The set we picked out for our garden makeover ‘look’ is called the Napa, and is made up of four woven rattan armchairs and a glass-topped table, comfy grey seat cushions, and a parasol to boot.

The chairs are insanely comfortable (especially when accessorised with a few colourful cushions to complete the look) and the table is the absolute perfect size for our pretty tiny garden and deck space!


I love that right now the decking is looking so lush and vibrant, flanked on all sides by flowering plants and our hanging basket and wall planters.

The tomatoes are nearing the end of their life (I’ve been picking regular handfuls of ripe beauties for a weeks now, and eating them in salads and on toast in the mornings!) but our strawberry plants are just beginning to spring into action!

I’m a little concerned about the little nibble marks that have been appearing on the strawberry plant leaves, but I can never seem to spot any slugs or caterpillars when I go out looking for them. Keeping my fingers crossed Jason and I get to enjoy the fruit before the bugs do!

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Once Jason and I had finished bedecking the lovely parasol with a set of the festoon lighting we’d bought for our wedding last year, we put some music on (still obsessed with Bear’s Den, and also the Spotify Weekly Discovery playlist!) and then sat back with a tall jug of watermelon and apple juice pepped up with some frozen berries and mint.

Candles were lit, Teddy and Elsie pottered in and out of the house proudly showing off the rawhide treats I’d given them to keep them from getting under our feet whilst we set up the garden, and eventually we all settled down outside on the deck, and whiled away the evening whilst the sun went down.

So what’s that- music? Check! Fancy drinks? Check! A beautiful and cosy outdoor space to enjoy? Check!

All the ingredients for a ‘festival chic’ vibe at home, don’t you think? :)

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Thank you to DFS for sponsoring this post.

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  • Hannah | That Adventurer

    I love those lights Rosie! An at home festival sounds perfect!

  • Kayleigh

    Lovely photos Rosie. The garden furniture looks so lovely and the way you’ve decorated the garden looks beautiful, especially with the garden lights! :)
    Kayleigh |

  • Sophie Cliff

    This looks so cute! I really want to get some of those lights for our garden xxx
    Sophie Cliff

  • Aleksandra // bunniesaremagic

    Must be so hard to wait patiently for these strawberries to mature!

  • Catriona Haines

    This whole post is massive garden inspiration, I especially love the candles on your table, where did you get them from? x
    p.s cute spaniel

    Lady Law Student

  • Monica S

    Such a joyous read! I will definitely be recreating this – thank you for the ideas! xx

  • Samantha @ Samantha Rose Says

    Your patio is adorable! Quick question: in your FAQs, you mention that you use a 50 mm 1.8 lens. Have you still been using this lens for photos like these? I always absolutely love your pictures, so I’m thinking of purchasing the same lens for my Nikon. Thank you in advance :) xo

  • Michelle | Daisybutter

    What a beautiful outdoors space you’ve created Rosie! Love that you’ve managed to make us of those lights from your wedding as well!

  • April @ aprileveryday

    I love what you did with the space! i’m dying for a nice little table and chair set for outside! I’m loving all the lights too – I was so tempted the other week to buy some, but I realised that I actually have nowhere to hang them haha! One day…
    I’m can’t get over how amazing your strawberry plants are doing! I think I got a grand total of about 4 strawberries from about 6 plants. Total fail haha! Hopefully they’ll do something next year!

    xo April | April Everyday

  • Kelsey Douglas Short

    What a wonderful garden; looks so lovely and most importantly, relaxing. I hope you get the sunshine to enjoy it, Devon weather is a bit too temperamental at the moment for my liking!!


  • Emily B

    I love wicker outdoor furniture! I also love the lights! I have outdoor fairy lights on my umbrella right now but it doesn’t give off a lot of light.

    x Emily ||

  • Abby | Lace & Lilacs

    So cute!

  • Peppermint Dolly

    This is so lovely – such a great post!


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