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29th March 2019

Garden Design Process

The key to a stunning garden landscape always lies within a thorough and effective garden design plan. When finding a company to offer you garden design services, you should make sure that they talk you through the process of how they are going to design the perfect garden for you. If not, then how do you know they are going to create a masterpiece? They could merely plant a few plants and say job done.

Garden Design Process - wooden bridge


This article will enlighten you to the standard processed followed by most companies in order to give you an idea of how the garden design planning process should take place so that you can ensure that you have the perfect garden to complement your home.


The first thing any good landscaping company needs to do is understand your wants. They should have a thorough consultation with you whereby they gain a full understanding of your requirements and your vision.


First and foremost, they should uncover your budget and then they will be able to tell you whether it is realistic or not for the work that you want doing.


After this, they should gain as much information as possible about the vision you have for your garden. They will find out what structures you want to incorporate, whether you want to go for a modern or conventional feel, and what colours you want to utilise throughout. You should also discuss whether you want features like a pond so that the company can price up pond liners and filters. The only way a company can fulfil all of your expectations is by soaking up as much knowledge about you as feasible.


Once they have done this they will begin to put a few ideas together. They will draw up plans for you to look at too. It is important to make sure the landscapers consult you with their ideas along the way so that you can say yes or no to the suggestions they have. After all, they shouldn’t go ahead with plans without seeking your opinion as this would be a recipe for disaster.


The company will come up with their ideas based on several considerations. Obviously, beauty will be one of the main ones. When investing in a garden design you want to ensure your outside area experiences a revitalisation. It needs fresh impetus and energy.


Not only is beauty an important incorporation, but landscapers also need to consider practically too. This is an important point that tends to be overlooked when people do their garden on their own. After all, you need to ensure that your garden is easy to manoeuvre around and enjoy time in. Not only this but most people will want plants and furniture that is easy to maintain and care for.


Aside from this, the company will consider the unique features of your garden, such as the size and the shape of it. For example, if you have a small garden then the landscapers will come up with different ways to make it appear bigger than it is.


Once everything has been agreed on, final plans will be drawn up before the green light for landscaping is given. Remember if you don’t like something then it is always better to say it during the design process. After all, a piece of paper with pencil drawn on it is a lot easier to fix than an entire garden structure.

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Control The Light Ambience In Your Home With These Simple Tips

light ambience in the bedroom

Nasa, ‘A Meeting With The Universe’ tells us: “Nothing is more important to us on Earth than the Sun. Without the Sun’s heat and light, the Earth would be a lifeless ball of ice-coated rock. The Sun warms our seas, stirs our atmosphere, generates our weather patterns, and gives energy to the growing green plants that provide the food and oxygen for life on Earth.”


The sun is incredibly important to us, and natural light serves many, many purposes, not least giving us warmth and letting us know the day has begun. It isn’t just sunlight that acts as in important light to us. When early man discovered fire, it was revolutionary. To cook with and to provide warmth, but in the evenings, to illuminate the area with soft gentle flickering and to ward off wild animals and danger, keeping the camp safe.


The fact is, we evolved to need light and in the modern world, light makes many of our most up to date conveniences possible; take the blue light from phones or laptops for example. Light creates atmosphere, it influences our emotions, it turns a mere aesthetic into a complete experience. Light is exceptionally important and so, it makes sense that the way you use light in your home sits at a high priority when it comes to making it a wonderful place to spend time in.

Oh, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth. – Roman Payne


To control the light ambience in your home, take a look at these simple tips:

Think Carefully About The Functionality Of Each Space

Different spaces will demand different lighting, and more often than not, different types of lighting at different times. The bathroom, for example, will need a bright light for brushing your teeth and hygiene, lowlights for relaxation time, possibly special mirror lighting for makeup application, and then floor lighting for safe bathroom visits in the night.


A kitchen may have bright practical lighting, display cabinet lighting, under cupboard low lighting, dimmer switches and different lighting for different ‘zones’. The functionality of each space will have a huge impact on the kind of light you use. Establishing how you want to use that space before you plan your lighting will help you to get the most out of that space when it comes to the light ambience.


If you want help creating a lighting plan, take a look at this handy guide to creating a lighting plan from BBC Homes Design.

Let The Shadows Add Texture

Shade can be just as important as light. Consider a starry sky, it becomes more illuminated the less light pollution there is. Try to create a contrast between the lit areas by using floor lamps, candles and other ambient lighting that doesn’t try to ‘fill all of the gaps’ instead it allows gentle shadows to be created, forming a pleasing visual texture and atmosphere in the room.

Get SAD Under Control

1 in 15 people have SAD in the winter months and, it can affect some people to the point they feel very depressed and struggle with day to day life. There are lots of ways to minimise the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder including opening your curtains and blinds and getting as much natural light as possible.


One of the most effective ways is to deal with SAD is to invest in a SAD lamp which is a special lamp that shines a bright light designed to improve your mood, replicating natural light. You can find a really great guide to buying a SAD lamp from WHICH here.

Make The Most Of Natural Light

Natural light is something we can take for granted in the home because it is always there for more than six hours every day. However, we can make more of it for a lighter, brighter home. The Scandinavian approach to life, Hygge, has a huge emphasis on making the most of natural light because it is deeply important to us as humans.


Try these simple changes in your home to make the most of natural daylight:


  • Clear ornaments from window ledges
  • Clean your windows
  • Get into a routine of opening your curtains across the house in the mornings
  • Cut away big trees and bushes outside that block natural light from your home
  • Utilise mirrors across the house to reflect light


It may be that you’ve fallen out of love with natural light in your home because it is either bright and harsh or not, with no in-between. Why not use beautiful window adornments like plantation shutters to control the ambience of the natural light that comes into your home?

Keep Your Eyes Out For Innovation

Always assume that the lighting you know, is not all there is. We can become very small-minded in what we think is available, forgetting the endless innovation around now, and that will continue to grow in the future. Visit decor centres and shops to see the latest designs in lighting. This kind of shopping trip works well if you’ve recently banished bad lighting and want a beautiful replacement.

I like to change. A new lamp, a piece of art, can transform a room. –  Madonna Ciccone

Once you see the potential in your home when it comes to lighting it, you will discover an entirely new area of decor to explore. There really are no limits to the creativity you can apply using light, and the power of good lighting in a home can be truly transformative. Why not try transforming your home with a new lighting plan, it could unleash the potential in your home in a way you didn’t realise was possible.

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Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s very nearly here and if you’ve not bought anything for your mum yet, I have a few suggestions for last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas.

Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – Gin!

First up we have something that I think will be on most mother’s wishlist this year – raspberry and rose flavour shimmer gin from Asda!

Last-minute mother's day gift ideas - Raspberry and rose flavour shimmer gin

We’ve got some raspberry and rose flavour lemonade and it’s delicious so I can imagine this gin will be even more so!

Rose Bush

If your mum is a keen gardener, there’s a rose by David Austin called Mum In A Million. Even if your local garden centre doesn’t stock this particular rose, they’re sure to have a Mother’s Day selection where you can find the perfect gift your special mum 🙂

pink rose

Cook For Her

As a last-minute gift, it probably won’t be possible to book a restaurant so why not invite her to your house and cook her a special Mother’s Day lunch or an afternoon tea with mini sandwiches and fancy cakes!

afternoon tea

Spa Day

Most gift vouchers can be ordered online and printed out these days so why not treat you both and spend the day getting pampered together.
There are a range of massage treatments in Hove, including full body, shoulder, neck and scalp, salt and oil scrub or even a hot stone massage.

lady getting a massage

Make Her Something Special

Are you a crafter? Pinterest has a multitude of ideas for making a special gift for Mother’s Day. As a mother, I know that homemade gifts are always my favourite (I really wouldn’t say no to that bottle of gin, however!!) and all mothers are being totally honest when they say, it’s the thought counts.

Mother's Day gift ideas on Pinterest
Find me on Pinterest – Shell Louise


Happy Mother’s Day 🙂

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