This week I've been lusting over the garden that we just don't have *sigh* and after our Parisian city break filled with slow mornings by our balcony lined with flower boxes, I'm certainly missing a space to sit and chill. So what do you do if you live in the city with no space? You create your own micro garden!
As we are in transition between renting and owning our own place and I wanted to make something that was flexible and easy to relocate, so when Farrow & Ball provided me with paint from their key colours for 2017 as part of the #CrateOutdoors campaign, I knew exactly what to do.
The joy of a micro garden is you can make it practically anywhere, against a wall, in a driveway or even the side access to your house or flat. All you need is somewhere to sit and place your magazine, books or drink onto. The key is to bring the inside outdoors using items that comfortably fit in both, I used this cute apple crate and painted in their signature colour – Hay, to make my seat.
Loading the crate with cute outdoor cushions, it can easily be kept in the hallway or bedroom and when you fancy sitting out just turn it upside down and use the cushions to get cosy. This teamed alongside a clean lined simple step stool that I painted All White, and you have the perfect spot.
I chose a few potted plants, mainly grasses or unusual mini ferns to get that easy to maintain garden vibe with a mix of cement planters, patterned ceramic planters and even used Farrow & Ball colours, Studio Green and Raddicho, to create small DIY pots that compliment the All White stool.
Radicchio feels exuberant, romantic and sensual, rather than clean or graphic, due to its complex underlying blue tone. Perfect for adding pops of pink colour to your home.
Hay's quiet quality creates rooms that have a hushed atmosphere as well as an unmatched depth and gentleness. It is not a hot or sunny yellow - although it becomes more raw in bright light - but rather an aged, whimsical tone with an underlying green.
A pure white like this is devoid of both colour and association. All White has no pigment and creates an uncomplicated feel which is naturally fresh, but not stark or ‘brilliant’. The key to this look is to create a mood of stillness and calm by layering different whites, and only whites, together.
There is something almost defiant about the use of botanic Studio Green on walls instead of the ubiquitous charcoal darks. It is apologetically clubby and has a fantastically timeless old world quality, but can be used in the most modern of rooms.
There you have it, a super easy micro garden that can be used as part of any flexible space.
*Thanks to Farrow & Ball for supplying me with materials to create my micro garden. All words and opinions are my own. Thanks to brands who continue to support Wild & Grizzly.