6 ways with rustic garden antiques

Summer is on the horizon so kick start it by decorating with pretty garden antiques

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Though it’s not quite the full blaze of summer, the weather is certainly warming. And as it is National Gardening Week, why not accelerate the alfresco mood by decorating with pretty antique finds to give your home a fresh, organic feel? Even if pots, trowels and planters are really made for your manual labour in the garden, they also make brilliant interior’s accessories, bringing in a little outside bloom into your home.

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Here are six easy ideas for using old garden tools to lend a stylish, rustic – and summery – touch that you can enjoy year round.

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Be bold and bring in a tree. A large weathered planter makes a fun play of scale next to an elegant armchair

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‘Dahl’ armchair in ‘Blown Peonies’ fabric, £3,849, George Smith. Vintage green dolly tub, £95, Mason & Painter
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Make a surprising display. Open up the drawers of a vintage chest and put in plants and gardening accessories to make a surprising and standout display

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Bank of nine painted drawers, £725, The Old Cinema
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Decorative garden chairs give a dining room a relaxed, unhurried feel. Continue the theme with a hessian or hemp table runner

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19th-century garden chairs, £1,250 for six chairs and matching table, The French House. 19th-century hemp runner, £495, Guinevere
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Fresh floral fabrics contrast with the antique patina of terracotta pots, old workbenches and vintage soil sieves

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Armchair, as before. Small soil sieve, £15, Sunbury Antiques Market. Wooden soil sifter, £15, Fi’s Finds. Vintage terracotta pots, from £4; vintage green bottles, £3 each; vintage-framed butterfly piture, £47, all Mason & Painter. Wooden coffee table, £50, Sunbury Antiques Market
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Victorian wrought iron garden furniture can add sculptural shapes to your home

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Vintage garden chair, £95, Pimpernel & Partners
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Create a stylish sink area from an old Formica table and a brass garden tap. Use tiles to make a splashback and, for a truly vintage look, you could repurpose an old stone trough for the sink

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Tundra Honed Pluto marble basin, £166.75, Mandarin Stone. Vintage formica table, £45, Sunbury Antiques Market