Our Garden Makeover Wish List

Four years ago when we moved into our house we told ourselves that at the first sign of Spring we would renovate our back garden. Four years later and we still haven’t got round to it, but this year we are determined to finally make a start! Throughout a long, cold Winter I’ve had plenty of time to compile our garden makeover wish list, and thanks to Argos we are raring to go at the first sign of sun!

Having discovered Codesium.com, I have been able to use discount codes to make a few purchases to start our garden makeover, and I’m hoping we can save enough to have the garden completely finished before the start of the Summer months!

During the warmer months we are never out of the garden, spending our days playing, cooking and eating out there. There’s nothing better than lounging in the sun while the children play together, and for that reason the main item on my wish list was somewhere comfy to lounge on! This gorgeous 3 seater rattan effect mini corner sofa would be the perfect place for Gaz and I to put our feet up and watch the kids run wild! And the best part is that if the British Summertime disappoints, using code FURN20,  for 20% off Argos indoor furniture, we can make sure we are just as comfortable inside and out!

Top of the garden wishlist for the children is a wooden teepee and this one looks amazing! At £419.99 it doesn’t come cheap but I also know they would get hours of fun out of it and it would last for years!

A garden necessity in this country is a garden heater, and I love the look, and heating properties, of a Chimenea. This La Hacienda Steel Chimenea serves to both heat and decorate the garden, and at £54.99 is a really affordable addition!

With children it’s always important to create a shaded area in our South facing garden, and a large parasol is a great way to do that. I love this overhanging parasol which can be moved where needed. With an adjustable steel pole and a polyester parasol, it is practical yet stylish and would be perfect for our garden.

Although we have an outdoor light in our garden, we really want solar lights to add a softer light to our patio in the evenings. These Gardenkraft solar lights come as a set of two, priced at £39.99 and at 60cm are a great size for providing the right amount of light to the garden. I love that they come with an on/off switch too!

Despite not being the most green fingered of people, we really want to add more flowers and greenery to our garden this year! Planters are a great way to do that and there Sankey Square Lazio Planters are perfect, as well as being super stylish!

Harry is obsessed with birds and although we have various bird feeders in the garden, he is desperate for us to have a bird box in the hope that the birds will set up home! I love this Gardman Beach Hut Nest Box and I know the children will too. At £14.99 it comes in both blue and cream and I think it would look lovely  in our garden!

Lastly, and Gaz’s main request for our garden, is the Landmann Rexon Burner Gas BBQ! When it comes to barbecuing, Gaz is definitely the Masterchef in our house (or at least I let him think so…) and this BBQ has everything we need – a large cooking area, side burner and easily removable grease tray for a simple clean up. A double lined hood and integrated thermometer ensure a perfect temperature throughout, whist the handy cabinet space offers extra storage. With a cooking area for you to 12 people it’s also perfect for entertaining!


I’m so looking forward to getting started on the garden, I’ll be sure to update you all of its progress!


** This is a collaborative post **





  1. March 27, 2018 / 3:36 pm

    Loving the sofa! We live in our garden too during the warmer months and last year our best purchase was a huge outdoor table, and we had three families from the UK staying with us within a fortnight….sometimes we were 10 for meals, but it meant we could all eat outdoors happily and be nice and relaxed

  2. March 27, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    We spend alot of time in the garden, starting from this month, but shade is the big thing for us in Portugal. We looked at the canopy type last year but we’ve just installed a larger one!

  3. March 28, 2018 / 8:40 am

    We are about to have a massive garden makeover so some lovely inspiration here I love the idea of having a parasol in the garden x

    • Laura Dove
      March 28, 2018 / 1:34 pm

      Ooh I can’t wait to see how that goes! xx

  4. March 28, 2018 / 9:13 am

    We are slowly changing our garden year on year! We built a summer house last year and this year it’s time to furnish and paint it! Its just small but its so lovely!

    I am loving the tipee!

    Erin xx

    • Laura Dove
      March 28, 2018 / 1:34 pm

      Oh I’m so jealous, I would love a summer house! xx

  5. March 28, 2018 / 9:46 am

    What a great garden makeover list Laura. I really want a nice parasol like this one and a new table to go nicely with my chairs I got last year.

    • Laura Dove
      March 28, 2018 / 1:34 pm

      We just need the sunshine now don’t we?! xx

  6. March 28, 2018 / 1:30 pm

    I am desperate for some Rattan furniture, I think it looks great in the summer and is a great place to sit. I also want a summer house, but that might be a way off

    • Laura Dove
      March 28, 2018 / 1:33 pm

      Me too! I’m hoping once it’s all done we can get this! xx

  7. March 28, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    That wooden teepee is amazing – they have one at preschool and I so want one in our garden too! If I had another sofa, they’d just leap all over it like our living room one 😉

    • Laura Dove
      March 28, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      Haha that’s very true! Shove them in the teepee instead! xx

  8. March 28, 2018 / 6:40 pm

    We’d love a Chimenea, we’ve always like the idea of alfresco dinning and watching fire while eating and staying warm. Thats on our wish list this year! We’re going to try and make a teepee for the garden this year out of branches (like a den build), just need to collect some.

    • Laura Dove
      March 28, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      Oh what a fab idea! That sounds like fun too! xx

  9. March 29, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    That wooden teepee is amazing, my girls would love it! We’ve not done anything to our garden since we moved in last year and I really want to get it nice for the summer x

    • Laura Dove
      March 29, 2018 / 10:31 pm

      It’s fab isn’t it! I’m hoping by the end of April ours will all be finished….but then I said that four years ago! xx

  10. March 30, 2018 / 1:49 pm

    Oh wow these are some gorgeous items for the garden! I really love the idea chimenea, that is something I have really wanted for our own garden.

    • Laura Dove
      March 30, 2018 / 4:23 pm

      It’s a lovely addition isn’t it! xx

  11. March 31, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    I cannot wait to start sorting our garden and we already have a family of Great Tits nesting in our bird box

    • Laura Dove
      April 2, 2018 / 3:07 pm

      Oh fab! Harry is desperate for a bird to nest in ours! xx

  12. April 2, 2018 / 9:44 am

    I love that wooden teepee and that heater. Wow, your garden is going to look so cosy if you get all of these things. xx

    • Laura Dove
      April 2, 2018 / 2:56 pm

      I can’t wait for it all to be done, the teepee is fab isn’t it? xx

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