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  • Garden Furniture and inspirational ideas for small spaces

    If you enjoy entertaining friends and family alfresco, then there are many garden furniture sets that would suit smaller spaces. Metal garden 3 piece bistro sets can easily fold away when not in use and come in an array of bright colours and more muted shades. Also, smaller rattan garden furniture garden sets can nest together when not in use and protected from the elements with an outdoor cover.

    Pink Bistro Set Pink Bistro Set

    Floral Botanical Cushion

    Outdoor cushions, rugs, and pouffes will add colour and interest to a smaller garden space, providing comfort and extra outdoor seating.

    Use containers

    A great tip for urban dwellers is to choose an array of different-sized plant pots, especially for those restricted to a balcony or small courtyard. They can help add height and structure to small spaces. If you’re going for a more uniform look, choose one style of plant pot and colour but use them in an array of different sizes. If you like an eclectic look then, choose a mix and match colour pallet and different shapes and sizes.

    Large Plant Pot

    Using evergreen plants, liked box plants will not only help to add colour to your outdoor space but also add greenery all year round.  Also, if you don’t want a sparse garden in the winter, plant evergreens so you have colour all year round.  Grasses enhance smaller spaces by adding height and architectural structure whilst evergreen shrubs or trees both of which are hardy,  survive all year round.

    A Living Wall

    Creating a living green wall is no longer a new trend as many designers are now introducing this concept within urban structures and in garden installations.

    Attaching a trellis or a structure to a wall one can create a vertical garden. As well as creating a talking point, this is a great way to introduce a diverse range of plants to a smaller garden. Introduce a mix of species including flowering plants, herbs, herbaceous perennials, grasses, and smaller plants create a textured showpiece and can encourage insects into the garden.

     Let the Garden Glow

    Lanterns add a lovely cosy glow on warm summer evenings and cleverly positioned can create the illusion of space by using reflection.  Use a mix of different-sized lanterns around the garden and cluster them together in a corner and make a feature of a particular corner. Lanterns are more practical than tea lights as the glass protects the candle inside, LED lanterns are more practical as they offer a continuous glow throughout the warm summer evenings. If you want to add some festival fun, then add some decorative twinkling outdoor fairy lights and zig-zag them around the fencing or walls or hang them up high to make a canopy of light.

    Rattan LED Lanterns

    Festoon Fairy Lights

    Squeeze in a Garden Shed

    Even small gardens can do with extra storage for all sorts of items and bits and bobs . Small garden sheds and shelves are ideal for storing garden equipment and come in a range of painted options, materials and sizes. The smaller the nook, the more this will dictate the size you need but sheds have come a long way over the years and come in a variety of stylish designs.

    Small Shed Grey

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  • Inspirational Garden Furniture Ideas

    Decorating your outdoor space can be great fun and fills you with lots of inspiration when summer is just around the corner.  The high street stores are full of colourful and engaging ideas to spruce up your outdoor space, using new materials and textures, eye-catching colours and modular furniture solutions that can fit any space whether it be a small patio, porch or large garden.

    Our delightful and inspiration range of garden furniture seamlessly transforms your garden into a stylish space for you to entertain friends and family this Summer.

    Colourful Garden Furniture

    If you want to add some eye-catching charm to your garden this Summer then why not consider our range of contemporary three piece metal bistro sets, perfect for smaller outdoor spaces and available an array of delicious colours including mint, teal, and pink. Bright and funky, perfect for when you have friends over and want to offer them a nice cool drink. Priced at only £54.99 they are also incredibly good value.  Our fourpiece grey metal dining set is perfect for those who want to conduct some serious alfresco entertaining priced at only £119.99.

    Top Tip:  Most metal outdoor garden furniture is powder coated so to avoid any corrosion, do not scrub metal with anything abrasive instead clean with a warm damp cloth and store away in a dry place during wet winter months.

    Tropical Summer 

    Why not bring some tropical sun to your garden patio this summer with our colourful range of contemporary string garden furniture which includes three-piece dining sets as well as single benches and rocking chairs. The dense-weave string material is hard wearing, water resistant as well as very on-trend plus adds an exotic splash of colour to your outdoor space.

    Light-up time

    When the sun goes down but you still want to party, why not add some drama to your outdoor space, by using lights as a focal point. Outdoor lights can transform your garden into a twinkling theatre of luminous delight and don't require outdoor electricity, which means you can stay outside for longer during long hot summer evenings.

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  • Sue Ryder Online Shop Spring Collection Photographic Shoot

    There’s nothing we enjoy more than taking some of our most vibrant and exciting products and creating fantastic new lifestyle imagery for the Sue Ryder Online shop. We regularly plan photographic shoots throughout the year, especially when we need to promote our exclusive furniture collections.

    Sue Ryder Occasional Chairs


    On 8th March 2017, the Online shop team, armed with various props, with cars stuffed full of chairs, tables and various other bits and pieces, including the odd drill to assemble our furniture, headed off to our location at Thorpe Hall, in Peterborough.

    Thorpe Hall Peterborough


    Thorpe Hall at Longthorpe in the city of Peterborough, is a beautiful Grade 1 listed building, built by Peter Mills between 1653 and 1656, for the Lord Chief Justice, Oliver St John. After a period as a hospital, the hall is currently used as a hospice for Sue Ryder.

    With its grand façade, lofty interior spaces complete with huge windows, high ceilings, and neutral backdrops, we decided that this was the perfect location for our latest photographic shoot.

    Decorative Lanterns


    Luckily the weather was on our side and apart from a few drops of rain, we managed to assemble the furniture using our trusty hand-held drills but also shoot most of our new garden furniture and statues outside in the impressive landscaped gardens.

    Brand new kids furniture


    The whole process is important to us – Planning – Shooting – Editing – all of these steps are essential when it comes to successful product photography.

    Garden Bistro Three Piece Bistro Set


    A great working relationship with a professional photographer is an absolute “must” especially if the objective is to achieve beautiful aspirational photographs. We were, therefore, incredibly lucky to have acquired the expertise of Northamptonshire Lifestyle and Wedding photographer Georgi Mabee who joined the team for the day. Her years of experience really helped us focus on what we wanted to achieve for every shot and because of this detailed planning, we managed to get through all seventy shots within the day.

    Pretty Wicker Storage Bench


    After several hours of unpacking boxes, shifting key pieces of furniture into the perfect position and then enhancing the shot with the right props we managed to complete the entire shoot by 4.00 pm!

    Take a look at our new lifestyle shots on the Sue Ryder Online Shop site.

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