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8 Interior Ideas For Your New Summer House

There are hundreds of ways to decorate your new summerhouse/log cabin. You can tie in your new outdoor space with the rest of your home or have it stand alone as a unique and quirky room. Either way, deciding how to decorate your summer house is a big decision, and you might not know where to start. To help you create the outdoor space of your dreams, we’re sharing eight ways to decorate your summer house.

Beach hut

If you live in a seaside town or simply have an affinity for the ocean, turn your summer house into a beach hut. Add a lick of pale blue paint and some beach chairs as your interior staples.

Take your beach theme one step further and set up a blow-up swimming pool outside your summerhouse or a sandpit for the children to enjoy.

Outdoor bar

Invite your friends round for a round of drinks without the rowdiness or price tag of the pub. Setting up a home bar in your summer house is ideal for those that love to socialise. Stock up on your friends favourite drinks, stock the freezer with ice, and don’t forget the packets of peanuts!

Zen Space

We all need somewhere to relax, and a summer house is a perfect location to do so. Create your Zen paradise at the end of your garden. Keep your decor simple and use your summer house as a studio for meditation or yoga.

Children’s/Teenager’s space

As our children grow, they start to need their own space. Unfortunately, your family home might not accommodate their needs. Or, you might feel like they’d benefit from a designated space of their own. Transform your summer house into an area for your children or teenagers to explore their independence.

 Bring the outdoors in

Plants and flowers are one of the most popular interior trends. Transform your summer house into a beautiful natural space with a mixture of vibrant blooming flowers and rich, luscious foliage.

Traditional

Take inspiration from traditional prints and furnishings. Keep your decor classy and timeless with complementary colour schemes and matching furniture. A traditional summer house is practical, comfortable and will stand the test of time. 

Contemporary

If you prefer a more modern aesthetic, you might decide to use more contemporary interiors. Contemporary designs have subtle features without any fuss or frills. If you like your space to feel clean and simple, you’ll enjoy a contemporary summer house.

She-shed

Fill your summer house with everything you love and make it the perfect she-shed. If you love pink and florals, why not run with this and create an ultra-girly outdoor space? Or if you prefer something more simple but suitable for enjoying your hobbies, keep the interiors basic yet practical. Create your dream space inside your summer house.

When it comes to summer house interiors and functions, the opportunities are endless. You might want to try several of the styles on this list, and you can! Create a hybrid beach hut and bar, or spend a few months enjoying your traditional space before upgrading it to something more modern. Have fun exploring the possibilities of your added outdoor space and make the most out of the extra room!

What Is A BBQ Hut?

Are you fed up with the weather ruining your summer plans? With a BBQ hut, you never have to worry about unpredictable weather again.

BBQs are a staple summer tradition in the UK. As soon as the sun starts shining, people begin planning BBQs with family and friends. And who can blame them? There’s nothing like crisp cooked corn or succulent burgers straight off the barbie and enjoyed in the sun. It’s even better if there’s a pint of cider or speciality cocktail thrown in the mix. Just thinking about it is causing me to crave summer.

However, I’ve also been subject to a few disappointing BBQ dates. After two weeks in the calendar, the unpredictable British weather decides to open the heavens and unleash lashings of unforecast rain. As a result, we stood around the kitchen table, solemnly waiting for twenty burgers to cook in the oven. Or, even worse, we’ve cancelled plans altogether. It’s in these moments I wish we had a BBQ hut.

What is a Barbecue hut?

A BBQ hut is a wooden hut designed for having BBQs in. At the centre of the hut is a grill, and around the outside are benches. Depending on the size of your BBQ hut, you might have plenty of room to entertain, or you might have to ask people to perch around the grill. When purchasing your BBQ hut, the manufacturer will tell you how many people can fit in your hut.

For an example of a twelve-person hut, click here. And to view a thirty-five-person hut, click here.

BBQ huts are a Scandinavian tradition and are used throughout the year in Finland. If the snow is passable in skis or snow shoes then the BBQ Hut will be used. At the top of the hut is a chimney to let the smoke from the grill through.

Why do I need a BBQ hut?

If you want to stop worrying about bad weather ruining your plans, you need a Barbeque hut. Having a BBQ hut provides you with somewhere warm and dry to cook delicious food and accommodate your guests. Not only is a BBQ hut ideal for summer, but you can enjoy eating somewhere new in the winter too. If you’re bored with sitting at the dining room table, why not enjoy a delicious meal around the grill with a glass of wine and a blanket on your knee?

Ordering your perfect BBQ hut

As with all outdoor spaces, personal preference dictates which BBQ is right for you. If you have a small family and a close group of friends, you might prefer a smaller BBQ hut, leaving you more space in your garden to enjoy the outdoors (when the nice weather sticks around!) Alternatively, you might be looking for an outdoor area that doubles up as an extra room. With a large BBQ hut, you can use the excess space. Pack away the grill and pull out a futon when you have guests. Or add a comfortable chair and a few of your favourite books to create a reading knock.

Before deciding on your BBQ hut, consider what purpose it’s going to serve in your family’s life. Alongside its function, you need to decide on the design of your hut. What colour roof shingles will you have? Do you have a preferred wood? And how will you decorate the inside? These are all questions to ask yourself before ordering your BBQ hut.

Having a BBQ hut transforms your social life and your garden! Say no to British weather ruining your fun, and enjoy year-round BBQs and celebrations with your loved ones in your BBQ hut!

How to decorate your outdoor space for Christmas

Are you someone who neglects their outdoor space as soon as the cold weather hits? During the summer, are you outside soaking up rays and enjoying BBQ’s beside your summer house? But as soon as winter hits, you lock the doors, shut the BBQ in the shed and rush inside. You’re not the only one. The majority of us living in colder climates fail to make the most out of our outdoor space during the winter. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In this blog post, we’re sharing six ways to decorate your outdoor space at Christmas.

Add fairy lights to your foliage

Illuminate your outside space with fairy lights on your trees and bushes. The Christmas tree inside your house doesn’t have to be the only one. Make the most out of the natural beauty you have outside too.

Sprinkle snow

If you’re in a location that doesn’t get much snow, why not create your own? Use spray snow on the windows of your house or log cabin, or lay sheets of snow outside on the floor. Just make sure you’re not endangering any local wildlife!

Decorate your door

There’s no better decoration than a classic Christmas wreath. Pick up a winter wreath from your local decoration store, or create your own using twigs and ribbon. Placing a wreath on your backdoor or entrance to your log cabin instantly makes it feel more festive.

Create a decorative porch

Take your wreath one step further and decorate the porch to match. Pick a colour combination, such as red and green or just have fun hanging any spare Christmas decorations you can find. Here are a few staples every festive porch should have:

  • A log burner or fire pit
  • Blanket for keeping warm
  • Wooden chairs
  • Fairy lights
  • Mini (of full-sized!) Christmas trees
  • Pine cones

Turn your log cabin into a winter wonderland

If you have an outdoor extension, why not transition this into a winter wonderland? Whether it’s an exciting place for the kids to enjoy or somewhere to snuggle up and read, a log cabin is ideal for making the most out of winter. Add blankets, candles and cushions to make the space cosier. Or decorate with stuffed snowmen, reindeer and Santa Claus to create a fun Christmas themed spot for your children.

Create a light display

Bright and bold light displays aren’t just for the movies. Adding Christmas themed lights and ornaments can make you feel more festive and entertain the neighbours. Whether you decide to stick with simple fairy lights or go all-out with a light-up, true to size reindeer is up to you!

Enjoying your outdoor environment isn’t reserved for the warmer seasons. Make the most out of the most magical time of the year and decorate your garden, porch and log cabin for Christmas. Keep things classy and casual with a string of warm fairy lights or go all-out and create your own winter wonderland. The decorating opportunities are endless!

5 Must-Haves For An Unforgettable Bonfire Night At Home

The festive season kicks off on November the 5th with Bonfire night. Bonfire night, otherwise known as Guy Fawkes Day, commemorates the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Today, people celebrate the occasion with fireworks displays and fun-packed evenings with family and friends. If you’re planning on celebrating Bonfire night from home this year, there are a few essential items you’ll need.

A diverse and eye-catching fireworks display

First up is the fireworks. Bonfire night is all about watching beautiful displays of vibrant fireworks shimmering across the night sky. And if you want to have a Bonfire night you’ll never forget, you need to put on a worthy display.  We recommend purchasing an array of different styles to keep your guests entertained.

When lighting your fireworks, make sure to follow the correct safety procedures and ensure all people and animals are out of harm’s way.

Blankets

Bonfire night is at the beginning of November, meaning there’s more than likely going to be a brisk chill in the air. To keep enjoying your night and not have to retreat back inside, you’ll want to stay warm. As well as wearing multiple layers, have blankets available for your guests. If they’re sitting back and relaxing whilst watching your display, they’re likely to get chilly. Having soft blankets means they can enjoy the show without shivering through it.

Fun food and drink

If you’re the host, you need to consider the food and drink available to your guests. Are you going to provide dinner or snacks or politely tell your guests to eat before arrival? If you’re planning on providing food, here are a few tasty treats that suit the occasion:

  • S’mores (warm your marshmallow and chocolate delights over an open fire).
  • Smoky jacket potatoes (let your guests add their choice of toppings).
  • Hot dogs with fried onions, ketchup and mustard.
  • Hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream.
  • A hearty soup with crusty bread.

 Firepit

Keep your guests warm and provide somewhere for them to melt their s’mores. Set up the fire pit in your garden and place enough chairs around it for all your guests to feel cosy and comfortable. If you have a log cabin, you can have your guests sit in here around a wood burning stove rather than having an open flame. Although it might not be the same for your s’mores, it’s guaranteed to preserve the heat better.

Music and a speaker

Fun tunes always make an evening more exciting. Set up a playlist of your friends and family’s favourite hits and have them playing through a speaker throughout the evening. Remember to be mindful of your neighbours and let them know about your fun-packed evening beforehand!

Bonfire Night is the first celebration of the season. Kick things off with a night of fireworks, food and good company. These five must-have items will ensure you and your loved one experience a night to remember.