When warm weather arrives, most people prefer to be outside as much as possible, making an outdoor space more than just a garden. Today, gardens are multi-purpose areas that reflect personal interests and personalities, and are often used for the same activities that take place indoors. A garden can serve as a much-needed retreat that – when well-designed and decorated – can help to increase a home’s liveable space.

Over the next 26 days, we’ll focus on the backyard by letter, with an A to Z guide, full of smart and stylish outdoor decor ideas, along with useful and unique garden elements.

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Q –Quirky Accessories: Your garden can be a canvas to display examples of your personal style and sense of whimsy. Introduce accents and fun knick-knackery through bright colours or bold print cushions, rugs or garden stools. Find furnishings with an indoor aesthetic that are specifically made for outdoor use. When selecting items, ensure that they are water, stain and fade resistant.

Tip: simplicity is the key here. Often, less is more — so be careful not to overdo it. The accessories should enhance, not compete or detract from the natural beauty of the landscape itself. It’s best to select a few key items to add a pop of colour and add interest. If you like a lot of colour and pattern, that’s fine! Just make sure the overall look appears balanced and harmonious, not confusing to the eye, busy, untidy, or out of place.


Miss our last post from this A to Z guide? This guide is full of garden goodies, great ideas and practical solutions to help you create a summer-ready outdoor retreat.  Just in case: A — Al fresco dining; B — Bunting; C — Cinema; D — Daybed; E — Eco Garden Room; F — Fire Pits; G — Glow-in-the-Dark Elements; H — Herb Garden; I — Irrigation System; J — Jumbo Joss Sticks; K — Kitchenette; L — Living Wall; M — Mosaics; N — Night Lighting O — Ornaments & Sculptures; P — Pizza Ovens.


SLIDER IMAGES via Knotted Melati Hanging Chair from Anthropologie or the Nest. Tropicalia Cocoon Chair by designer Patricia Urquiola for Moroso. Blue Bird Garden Swing Chair by Acacia. Mini Nest Rest by Dedon. For some great deals on gorgeous outdoor accessories and furniture visit Joss and Main and One Kings LaneQ – Quirky Accessories:1, 2, 3, 4