Summer weekend breakfast styling with Anthropologie
One of our favourite weekend rituals during the summer months is a lazy Sunday morning breakfast out in the garden. Although we only have a small town garden it's south facing and very sheltered so it's warm and sunny for much of the day - perfect for eating outdoors.
Last year we gave our garden a bit of a makeover and painted the back wall in Railings, a deep blue black which provides a wonderfully dramatic contrast for both the bright green foliage and the new deck. There are still a few further updates we want to make - I'm planning some new planting for 2016 and I'm hoping Mr P will find time to make a water feature for us - but with the warmer months almost upon us I thought it was a good time to show you how it's looking so far, so I've teamed up with Anthropologie to style some of the pieces from their SS16 home collection for a lazy weekend breakfast.
In the corner of the garden we have a huge Ceanothus which has completely outgrown it's original spot. Each May it marks the beginning of summer by putting on the most incredible display, turning the entire back wall a deep vivid shade of blue. The first few buds are already starting to open (you can probably just about make them out in the picture above) but within a couple of weeks our view out onto the garden from the living room will be a riot of colour. Then later on in the summer we'll have blue Agapanthus in terracotta pots on the deck. Blue and white is such a classic summer colour scheme and I wanted to pick these uplifting colours out in the accessories I've chosen from Anthropologie - a bright breezy palette that reminds me of Greek island villages and summery Mediterranean skies and seas.
I love to make lemonade on those long lazy hot days of summer when all I crave is a comfortable reading spot and a cool drink, but never seem to be able to find a suitable jug. This glass pitcher will do the job perfectly and is currently doubling up as a vase for the pretty Delphiniums my friend Lucinda brought over when she visited last week.
I was drawn to the Scandi folk art style of these plates from the Saga dinnerware collection. Much of our tableware is white so it's nice to introduce a few blue and white patterned designs as they mix and match really easily with our existing pieces while at the same time feeling fresh and cheerful.
It's still quite early in the growing season so the tulips in the raised border aren't quite out yet. I've been planting herbs in these blue and white tenderling pots so hopefully we'll have a plentiful supply of mint and basil to see us through the summer months.
Thanks to the large sliding glass doors that run across the width of our living room the garden has always felt like an extension of our living area during the summer months, but with the addition of just a few cheerful accessories everything now feels fresher, brighter and much more tied together, and we have the perfect outdoor space in which to enjoy those lazy weekend breakfasts.
Now all we need is the sun!
Posted in collaboration with Anthropologie.