How to entertain the children this summer? Let them help you transform your garden into a magical outdoor playroom
POT STAND, £78; LARGE TERRACOTTA POT, £11, and SMALL TERRACOTTA POTS, £4 each, Rowen & Wren. WHITE CRACKLE POTS, £32 for three; BLUE POTS, £32 for three, and PINK POT, £32 for three, Broste Copenhagen. WHITE POTS, £14 each, Neptune. GALVANISED TUB, £42, and GALVANISED PLANTER, £24, Garden Trading. WATERING CAN, £49.95, Liberty. PLANTS, Homebase. MILLY WEARS SKIRT, £28.50, Boden. TOP, £8.99, and SHOES, £12.99, Zara
PINK LANTERNS, £10 for three, Talking Tables. FLORAL LANTERNS, £11 for three, Liberty. BLUE CHAIR, £200, The Conran Shop. TABLE, £80, Ikea. TABLECLOTH, £108, Anthropologie. DINING CHAIR including cushion, £235, and ARMCHAIR including cushion, £260, Neptune. CHEVRON CUSHION, £19.99; STOOL, £69.99, and BLANKET, £69.99, Zara Home. YELLOW CUSHION, £20, John Lewis. on table: PINK GLASSES, £12.50 for two; CLEAR VASES, £14.50 for two; PINK VASE, £15.50, and PITCHER, £22, Cox & Cox. WHITE CUPS, £7.20 each; DINNER PLATES, £14.85 each; SIDE PLATES, £11.60 each, and BOWL, £9.65, Broste Copenhagen. FLOWERS, The Real Flower Company
SOLAR-POWERED LED PAPER LANTERNS, £10 each, Ikea
GARLAND, £10, Meri Meri
CUP, £4 for eight, Meri Meri; STRAWS, £3.75 for 25, Peach Blossom; PAPER PLATE, £4.50 for eight, Postbox Party; NAPKINS, £5 for 20, Postbox Party
PLAY TENT, £35 including poles; FABRIC PAINT, £4.50, and FEATHERS, £2.50 for eight, Hobbycraft. POUFFES, £40 each, Ikea. JARS, £14.95 for four including carrier, Dotcomgiftshop. STRAWS, £3 for 30, Talking Tables. TRAY, £20, John Lewis. BOWL, £9.65, Broste Copenhagen. SOFA, £275, Raj Tent Club. YELLOW QUILT, £40, John Lewis. ZIGZAG CUSHION, £22.50, Ian Snow.FLOOR MATS, £12 each, Flying Tiger. YELLOW AND SPOT CUSHION, £20, John Lewis. GREY STRIPED CUSHION, £34, West Elm. CHECKED BLANKET, £69.99, Zara Home. INSECT NET, £7, Hedgehog. CROQUET SET, £30, John Lewis. From left: MARJA WEARS TOP, £22.50; SKIRT, £29.50; HAT, £16.50, and SUNGLASSES, £12.50, Boden. SANDALS, £40, Sun-San. MABEL WEARS DRESS, £34.50, boden. SUNGLASSES, £3, Flying Tiger. Teddy bear, £59, Steiff. HARRIET WEARS TOP, £10.50; SHORTS, £17.50, and SANDALS, £28.50, Boden. MILLY WEARS PLAYSUIT, £19.99, and SANDALS, £22.99, Zara
TENT, £17, Ikea; TENT, £145, The Conran Shop; FOLDING TEPEE, £105, Smallable
TWIGWAM, £179.95, Chairworks; WENDY HOUSE TENT, £100, Habitat
PICNIC TABLE, £32, Garden Trading. DRINKS DISPENSER, £29.95, and MASON JARS, £14.95 for four including carrier, Dotcomgiftshop. STRAWS, £3 for 30, Talking Tables. MARIA WEARS DRESS, £25.50, Boden. HAIRBAND, £2.99, Zara
DRINKS ON TAP: Drinks dispensers, from left: £68, Anthropologie; £29.99, Lakeland; £20, John Lewis
DAY BED, £538, Broste Copenhagen. WHITE CURTAINS, £10 for two, Ikea. AWNING, £7 per metre, Attwoolls. FOLIAGE, Wild at Heart. TAPESTRY THROW, £40, Urban Outfitters. MATTRESS, £150, and WHITE CUSHIONS (just seen), £35 each, The White Company. QUILT, £165, Ian Snow. STRIPED CUSHIONS, £8 each, Flying Tiger. BLUE AND WHITE CUSHION, £12.48, Smallable. BLUE THROW, £69.99, Zara Home. BASKET, £15, Hedgehog. STOOL, £55 for two, Cox & Cox. MARIA WEARS TOP, £22.50, Boden. SHORTS, £15.99, and HAIRBAND, £2.99, Zara. SANDALS, £40, Sun-San. MILLY WEARS DRESS, £25.50, Boden
CREATE AN OUTDOOR FOUR-POSTER
FOR THE FRAME, YOU WILL NEED
- Eight softwood fence posts (from most DIY stores) measuring 180cm high x 8cm diameter
- Wood saw
- 6cm crosshead screws
- Drill or screwdriver
- Cable ties
- First measure the length and width of your day bed.
- Cut the fence posts to size. You will need four 180cm posts (for the uprights); two posts 20cm longer than the length of your day bed (for the front and back of the top frame), and two posts 20cm longer than the width of your day bed (for the sides of the top frame).
- Hammer the four upright posts into the ground – at least 60cm deep – at each corner of the day bed to secure them in position.
- Lift the front and back posts for the top frame on to the uprights, securing them in position with cable ties before screwing into place.
- Repeat with the side posts of the top frame – positioning them on top of the front and back frame posts. For additional support you can use cable ties to secure the upright posts to the bottom of your day bed.
FOR THE AWNING, YOU WILL NEED
- Cotton canvas (cut to the same length and width of the sides of the four-poster frame)
- Twine or string
- An eyelet kit
- Position the canvas over the frame. Use a pencil to mark the four corners of the top panel and the four corners of the side panels just inside the poles. This is where you will need eyelets.
- Add an eyelet to each four corners of the canvas panels.
- Use string to tie the awning to the top frame.
CUSHION, £10.50, This Modern Life; BASKET, £27, Molly Meg; CUSHION COVER, £3.99, H&M
SPEAKER, £36, Oliver Bonas; SUNGLASSES, £4, Paperchase; PICNIC BLANKET, £45, Great Little Trading Co
BROSTE COPENHAGEN, brostecopenhagen.com
CANDLE & CAKE, candleandcake.co.uk
COX & COX, coxandcox.co.uk
FLYING TIGER, uk.flyingtiger.com
GARDEN TRADING, gardentrading.co.uk
GREAT LITTLE TRADING CO, gltc.co.uk
IAN SNOW, iansnow.com
JOHN LEWIS, johnlewis.com
MERI MERI, shopmerimeri.co.uk
MOLLY MEG, mollymeg.com
OLIVER BONAS, oliverbonas.com
PEACH BLOSSOM, peachblossom.co.uk
POSTBOX PARTY, postboxparty.com
RAJ TENT CLUB, rajtentclub.com
ROWEN & WREN, rowenandwren.co.uk
TALKING TABLES, talkingtables.co.uk
THE CONRAN SHOP, conranshop.co.uk
THE REAL FLOWER COMPANY, realflowers.co.uk
THE WHITE COMPANY, thewhitecompany.com
THIS MODERN LIFE, thismodernlife.co.uk
URBAN OUTFITTERS, urbanoutfitters.com
WEST ELM, westelm.co.uk
WILD AT HEART, wildatheart.com
ZARA HOME, zarahome.com