#UKHomeBlogHop – My Summer Style

My summer style = relaxed dining in the garden

Welcome to the second UK Home Blog Hop organised by the oh, so stylish Kimberly of Swoonworthy Blog. The first Blog Hop was in December and all of the participating bloggers did themselves proud sharing their Christmas preparations. This time around, we’ll be sharing our Summer Style. So expect lots of seasonal inspiration and make sure you hop over to the next blog on the list because you wouldn’t want to miss any of it.

My summer style = relaxed dining in the garden

If this is your first time on Dear Designer’s blog and you’ve popped over from French for Pineapple you might like to know a little bit about me. I’m an Interior Designer and I started this blog in 2009 as a way to document and share anything and everything, that interested me about home decor. And I’m still doing it! What started as a hobby turned into a full time job, and I now spend my days writing this blog, including documenting my own decorating projects (because us home bloggers always have a project on the go!), doing occasional interior design jobs, and writing for other websites. And I love it.

My summer style = relaxed evenings in the garden

My Summer Style is relaxed and casual. It’s definitely my favourite time of year. Not much inside the house changes to be honest. The winter duvet gets cleaned and stored and the summer one comes out. But apart from that, it’s just a question of throwing open all the windows and letting the fresh air in. We all call it ‘blowing away the cobwebs’ and it feels exactly like that. Fresh flowers replace the artificial ones, and I might change the scented diffusers for a more summery scent. That’s it. Because in summer we spend so much more time in the garden.

My summer style = relaxed dining in the garden

Our pergola (last years’ project) really comes into it’s own in summer. It’s one of my morning rituals to get the cushions out of the garage and arrange them so that I can pop out and enjoy it any spare five minutes I get. It makes so much difference to enjoy a coffee outside. And it’s also an evening ritual to have a drink out there before dinner. It’s especially relaxing after the plants have been watered and the garden smells fresh.

My summer style = relaxed dining in the garden

And entertaining in the summer is just as relaxed and casual. The table gets moved to the centre of the garden where there is much more space and because it’s closer to the kitchen. The parasol goes up, and I just use whatever I have in the house and kitchen to make it look special for guests. In fact, the Wayfair parasol (a gift btw) is the only new thing I have added this year. It’s big and cantilevered so that we can shade the entire table, and it creates a more intimate atmosphere for everyone.

My summer style = relaxed dining in the garden

I like to use a freshly ironed white tablecloth, although not necessarily over the entire table, and white plates and napkins. The glass hurricane lamps I have had for years, and I supplement them with nightlights dotted around the table. This time I’ve used miniature lanterns but it could just as easily be any combination of glass or silver holders. Another time I may also hang lanterns from the parasol to add even more twinkling lights.

My summer style = relaxed dining in the garden

I’m not a big fan of plastic tableware even in the garden so I use our chunky, French style wine glasses. They are thick and rustic looking and don’t topple over easily. Always a bonus on slightly uneven ground. I have used artificial plants this time though, for adding a bit of green to the table. But I’m sure that these will be replaced with potted herbs after my next visit to the garden centre.

My summer style = relaxed dining in the garden

For serving, I like to use a combination of wood or marble platters. Their robust appearance is suited to outdoor dining and the wood adds texture and colour. The platters with metal handles came from Sainsbury’s earlier this year. As did the metal bottle carrier I’m using for the wine. And to make sure the benches are going to be comfy I add blankets and furs from inside, because no one wants a numb bum.

My summer style = relaxed days and evenings in the garden

And when dinner is over we can always move across the garden to the sofa under the pergola for coffee and mints.

And that’s not all peeps. Please pop over to Seasons in Colour for some more summer vibes.

And if you want to catch up on the entire blog hop, here’s the full schedule.

Monday

Swoon Worthy

Apartment No. 4

The Ordinary Lovely

French for Pineapple

Dear Designer  (that’s me)

Seasons in Colour

Tuesday

Melanie Lissack Interiors

Candy Pop

Sarah Akwisombe

Design Soda

Around The Houses

Lazy Daisy Jones

Wednesday

Old Fashioned Susie

Mademoiselle Poirot

Lisa Dawson Styling

Lust Living

The Pink House

Thursday 

Fabric of My Life

Making Spaces

Ana Mum Diary

A Beautiful Space

We Love Home

Friday

Renovation Bay-Bee

Fresh Design Blog

Don’t Cramp My Style

Well I Guess This is Growing Up

Tidy Life

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48 Comments

  1. Reply

    Rosanna Alicia Design

    June 4, 2017

    Wow, stunning! I love the table setting and the Moroccan blanket is just to die for! Rx

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      deardesigner

      June 5, 2017

      Thank you so much. Glad you like it. 🙂

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    Maxine Brady

    June 3, 2017

    As ever your photography is insanely good! I have a blanket like yours – totally going to steal your idea and drape it over a garden bench 🙂

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      deardesigner

      June 5, 2017

      Thank you honey. xx

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    Karen Clough

    June 2, 2017

    Styled BEAUTIFULLY. And I love that you have a pergola as a place for a nightcap. Makes it feels like a proper room, but outdoors. Hope we get a good summer so that you get good use out of it hun. It’s too gorgeous to go to waste!
    Karen x

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      deardesigner

      June 5, 2017

      Thanks Karen. I’m hoping we get a good summer too 🙂

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    Amanda

    June 1, 2017

    You really are the queen of plants, real or faux. Such gorgeous styling Carol. The blanket/throw is to die for! I really want a pergola now too.

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      deardesigner

      June 1, 2017

      Awww, thank you. I am a bit obsessed with anything green. I waited a long time for that pergola haha. Was dreaming about one for years – even in my old house x

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    Karen - Making Spaces

    June 1, 2017

    I adore your garden. I so want to create a living room space outdoors when we have ours done next year, but hubby doesn’t think we’ll use it. I flippin would! And i’ve got those serving platters from Sainsbos too. They’re perfect for outdoors. Love your styling Carole!!x

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      deardesigner

      June 1, 2017

      Thanks so much Karen. And you would flippin use it! Tell him from me. xx

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    Susan Earlam

    June 1, 2017

    I loved your pergola last year and it’s great seeing it teamed with the outdoor eating area too. Love your style!

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      deardesigner

      June 1, 2017

      Aww thank you xx

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    Carole

    May 31, 2017

    What a gorgeous and welcoming space with so many beautiful details. That wooden bench/table is so fab! I can imagine spending long summer evenings and dinner parties in that space (not so much in my own garden…). xo

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      deardesigner

      May 31, 2017

      Thanks Carole. I seem to remember pics of your garden? It looked lovely xx

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    Anne Marie

    May 30, 2017

    It looks very glamorous! And I love the pergola at the back!

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      deardesigner

      May 31, 2017

      Thank you. That was the big project last summer 🙂

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    Lisa dawson

    May 30, 2017

    Looks so beautiful and serene! Love the table setting xx

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      deardesigner

      May 31, 2017

      Aww, thanks Lisa xx

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    Ruthie

    May 30, 2017

    So pretty Carole, I completely agree about plastic, it’s not the same and I can well imagine how lovely it is to have a cup of tea or a drink in such style. Lovely piece.

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      deardesigner

      May 30, 2017

      Thanks so much Ruthie x

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    Candy Pop

    May 30, 2017

    What a stylish and calming space. I love the beautiful tones and pops of greenery. Blissful. x

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      deardesigner

      May 30, 2017

      Thanks Natasha. Glad you like it x

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    Becky

    May 30, 2017

    So pretty particularly your lovely use of plants

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      deardesigner

      May 30, 2017

      Thanks Becky. I could do with some more plants to be honest but there’s always too much to do and so little time lol x

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    Lins @ Boo & Maddie

    May 29, 2017

    It looks so inviting and tranquil, exactly as though you can leave the day behind. I’d love to sit there with a glass of wine without a care in the world X

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      deardesigner

      May 30, 2017

      Thank you Lins. That was exactly my idea when I designed it. x

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    Lazy Daisy Jones

    May 29, 2017

    Such beautiful styling! (and like Rachel I too love that blanket)!
    best wishes
    Ashley x

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      deardesigner

      May 30, 2017

      Thanks Ashley. That blanket is one of my favourite things too x

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    Stacey Sheppard

    May 29, 2017

    Wow Carole, what an amazing space. I just love what you’ve done here. It’s the perfect zoned space for dining and relaxing. It’s very grown up and calming. I wish my garden looked like this.

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      deardesigner

      May 30, 2017

      Thanks Stacey. Now I just need good weather for as long as possible haha. x

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    Vicki

    May 29, 2017

    What a lovely space! I love he pergola with the bamboo screening, looks great! The photos are all fantastic too, thank you for sharing your ideas!

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      deardesigner

      May 30, 2017

      Thanks Vicki. Glad you like it 🙂

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    Stephanie

    May 29, 2017

    Such a nice outdoor space, I like that you haven’t gone for the usual plastic outdoor plates for your table too. I can’t risk it with my kids around (so clumsy!) the sofa looks so comfy, and I can just imagine sitting there and snipping my drink, whilst the sun sets.

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      deardesigner

      May 29, 2017

      Thanks Stephanie. I must admit to getting out the plastic plates for the little-uns. x

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    Juan Sandiego

    May 29, 2017

    Right. I’m reading all the posts in this blog hop and it’s leading to two things: inspiration and pure envy! I really need to get my garden sorted. I only have a single metal beach chair and a miniature dusty wooden table. Definitely going to check that table/benches Ikea set.

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      deardesigner

      May 29, 2017

      Thanks for dropping by Juan. And good luck with the garden 🙂

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    Victoria

    May 29, 2017

    Carole this looks incredible! So relaxing and inviting 🙂 beautifully styled and photographed <3

    Victoria x

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      deardesigner

      May 29, 2017

      Thanks Victoria. x

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    Bianca Hall

    May 29, 2017

    I love this Carole! The colour palette is so soothing and just perfect for a day chilling (and drinking!) in the garden. Beautiful! Xx

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      deardesigner

      May 29, 2017

      Aww, thanks Bianca. We do a lot of both haha x

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    Kate

    May 29, 2017

    Wow, it looks beautiful hun – elegant and refined (just like you) and I’m loving those palm prints cushions and textured blankets over the seating benches round the table! Can’t wait for an BBQ invite… 😉

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      deardesigner

      May 29, 2017

      Haha thank you. You know you are welcome any time x

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    Jenny @seasonsincolour

    May 29, 2017

    Such an elegant space Carol! Can I ask where your dining table and benches are from? They’re a gorgeous colour!

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      deardesigner

      May 29, 2017

      Aww, thanks Jenny. The table and benches are from ikea and look as good as new every spring after a good scrub. Can’t be doing with the upkeep of wood. x

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    Kimberly ~ Swoon Worthy

    May 29, 2017

    Oh Carole, it’s just all so gorgeous!! I love your garden and your table setting is just divine, perfect for the summer! Also, I’d love to know where your dining table is from? I’m now on the hunt for a new one since we got the outdoor sofa, I feel like my current one is a bit blah! Haha! (it never ends, right?!) And yours is just gorgeous! Love all your styling and your pergola is, as always, looking like the perfect spot for a few pre-dinner drinks! Thanks so much for joining in the hop, love your post xxx

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      deardesigner

      May 29, 2017

      Thanks Kimberly. For doing the hop too. It’s always a lot of fun putting the post together. The table and benches are just plain ole Ikea ones. The table is quite big, which is nice. Bigger than my dining table. x

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    Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely

    May 29, 2017

    I knew I was going to be jealous of all the fab outdoor posts. I currently have a cement mixer and a million tools in the garden waiting for it to be finished. Your summer table is stunning. I bet you can sit for hours out there. Can I ask where you got the blanket from that’s draped over the bench. I love it!!

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      deardesigner

      May 29, 2017

      Hi Rachel, glad you like it. It will be worth the wait when your garden is finished I bet. The blanket is an authentic wedding blanket that I bought in Marrakesh. x

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