Feb

This Month

This year, I’ve decided to forego holidays abroad in favour of exploring the Great British Isles and experiencing a good old staycation. You don’t have to go abroad to enjoy being outdoors, right? As I write, we’re in the midst of an unseasonably warm spell, so the idea of holidaying at home seems like a good one – but here’s hoping the weather lasts and I won’t have booked a last-minute getaway by the time you’re reading this. Thanks to said heatwave, enjoying time in the garden has been top of the to-do list, but as a bit of a house plant addict, I can also be safe in the knowledge that I can enjoy greenery inside when the weather takes a turn (which is, sadly, inevitable). This unpredictability was, in fact, inspiration for this month’s feature on how to bring the outdoors into your home. It showcases amazing ideas, from big to small, to inspire you to embrace the trend of connecting your rooms to nature and enjoy the light and wellbeing benefits that come with this lifestyle. Writer Sally Smith speaks to experts to get their advice on making it work in your home.
Optimistically, we’ve also delved into another trend fast making its way to the UK from warmer climes – outdoor kitchens. With a fully fitted barbecue, drinks fridge, and a preparation and washing-up area in the garden, you may be tempted to entertain outside all summer long, no matter the weather. Make sure you also look at the latest outdoor lights and serving platters, to complete your party space. Whatever your summer plans, enjoy the outdoors. As for me, I’ll either be feeling smug about a staycation if the sunshine lasts, admiring my plants, or holed up in a tea room by the coast wearing my waterproof jacket over a sundress. Or I may have caved and booked some flights... Enjoy the issue, Lindsay

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