My big garden makeover (Part 2)

This is the second installment of my garden makeover and I’ve got some exciting new to share.  I now have a delivery date for my extravagant greenhouse purchase which has blown most of my garden budget…. end of May , a couple of weeks earlier than expected.  I just could not resist this greenhouse it as it ticked all my greenhouse requirements.  Firstly, it’s half-timbered so it will hide all my greenhouse mess, bags of compost, pots etc and secondly it has space for me to sit so it kinda doubles up as a summer house and gives me protection from the ever blowing Buxton breeze. This is a snap-shot from the brochure, but you get the idea. If you want more details just leave me a comment.

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Anyway enough of the greenhouse for now.  I’ll let you know how the assembly goes, it can’t be that hard can it??

So if you’ve read Part 1 of the garden makeover you might be asking how the garden has been coming along.  Well in this post I would like to share a few pictures of the two new planting boarders I’ve created on either side of theFrench doors leading from the living room into the garden.

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We’ve dug up the paving, which is to be recycled to another part of the garden and re-used our existing plants.

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The plants and the boarder rocks are all from the rockery part of the garden, which as you know is being totally re-vamped.  When planted altogether the plants look so much better than when they were dispersed across the rockery.  Our soil is clay, clay, clay and what soil there was had been under the paving for many a year so before planting we added a lot of soil conditioner and drainage especially next to the wall of the house.

Even though the boarders are not finished, as I need to add pebbles to the gaps in the paving we are already getting the pleasure of seeing the plants from inside the living room. Especially the bamboo which blows across the door in the breeze.

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Next I will share with you the progress we are making with the rockery especially the creation of a new seating area with the recycled paving and artificial grass brought all the way from Amman by my daughter, which has been living in our garden shed. I’m currently on the hunt for a couple of outdoor sofas!

What do you think so far? Keep following as more to come. This is definitely work in progress.

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Get decor inspiration from Chatsworth House

The other weekend I finally got myself into gear and went to Chatsworth House for a look around.  In the past I’ve walked around the grounds and gardens but had never been inside the House, which is a bit shameful as it’s my local stately home, everyone should have one don’t you think.  Where I lived before my local stately home was Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, which I loved to visit – great for children too.

Now back to Chatsworth, which incidentally is also great for children, everything you need to know about the place you can find on the Chatsworth House website . In a nutshell Chatsworth House is located in Derbyshire, UK with history going back to the 11th Century, and Chatsworth being home to the Cavendish family since 1549.  The 12th Duke of Devonshire, Peregrine Cavendish continues to care for the house.

Home Decor Inspiration at Chatsworth House. Read all about my recent trip to Chatsworth House and get some inspiration for your own home

I have to say the inside of the House is very lavish (gold is the colour) and the free flow wandering lets you meander around at your own pace, lingering where your interest lies.  I did take a few snaps inside the house to share, it was quite dark so they’re not the best.

Home Decor Inspiration at Chatsworth House. Read all about my recent trip to Chatsworth House and get some inspiration for your own home

Home Decor Inspiration at Chatsworth House. Read all about my recent trip to Chatsworth House and get some inspiration for your own home

I particularly liked the compact ‘en-suite’ inside the fitted wardrobe, and the way the sumptuous bed had been hidden by a large scrolled bed end, creating a partition for a home-office. This is an idea I’m going to try and apply in my own home, without the bling of course.

Home Decor Inspiration at Chatsworth House. Read all about my recent trip to Chatsworth House and get some inspiration for your own home

 

Home Decor Inspiration at Chatsworth House. Read all about my recent trip to Chatsworth House and get some inspiration for your own home

Home Decor Inspiration at Chatsworth House. Read all about my recent trip to Chatsworth House and get some inspiration for your own home

Take a look at the wallpaper, very on-trend theme of  nature & wildlife. And there were many many chandeliers, of course.

 

There’s an exhibition exploring five centuries of fashion at Chatsworth, currently going on until mid-October, so if you are a fashion fan you will have fun spotting some classics gowns as you wander through the Chatsworth House.

 

For all the splendour of the House, the garden and grounds are still my favourite.

the vistas….Home Decor Inspiration at Chatsworth House. Read all about my recent trip to Chatsworth House and get some inspiration for your own home

Home Decor Inspiration at Chatsworth House. Read all about my recent trip to Chatsworth House and get some inspiration for your own home

the plants…..

Home Decor Inspiration at Chatsworth House. Read all about my recent trip to Chatsworth House and get some inspiration for your own home

the greenhouses &  vegetable garden……

 

On a sunny day the gardens and grounds lend themselves perfectly for getting that rug out and having a hearty picnic as part of a family and friends meet-up.

The other thing I like about Chatsworth is they have a great shop. I normally skip the visitor shop at these kinds of places but I do visit the Chatsworth shop when I’m starting my Christmas shopping as they always stock some nice quality decor pieces and jewellery, bags etc, which are within my price range (well mostly).  The courtyard outside is a great place to sit for a coffee, even in the cold if you are all wrapped up.

 

So why has it taken me 3 years before I visited the Chatsworth House?? To be honest I don’t know, we do sometime appear to overlook things on our doorstep, which is why I will soon be writing the ‘Ten things I love about Buxton!’

Is Chatsworth House your kind of day out?

Home Decor Inspiration at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire. Read all about my recent trip to Chatsworth House and get some inspiration for your own home