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.
Here are six easy ideas for using old garden tools to lend a stylish, rustic – and summery – touch that you can enjoy year round.
Be bold and bring in a tree. A large weathered planter makes a fun play of scale next to an elegant armchair
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
Decorative garden chairs give a dining room a relaxed, unhurried feel. Continue the theme with a hessian or hemp table runner
19th-century garden chairs, £1,250 for six chairs and matching table, The French House. 19th-century hemp runner, £495, Guinevere
Fresh floral fabrics contrast with the antique patina of terracotta pots, old workbenches and vintage soil sieves
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
Victorian wrought iron garden furniture can add sculptural shapes to your home
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