The Chainsmokers’ Alex Pall’s garden, Peti Lau/Essential Home

The Secret Garden

Take your guests into a whimsical retreat

Over the last few years, outdoor entertaining has seen a move towards recreating the interior of your home in your garden, complete with grand kitchens, sofas and rugs, and even a bar with built-in wine chiller. But there’s a place for something more romantic altogether: a quirky hideaway lit with candles, ivy clad walls and boho accessories. These are exceptional spaces with a difference, referencing Moroccan courtyards, or an English folly.

Boho Style

Accessorise with cushions and mats in muted colours or abstract patterns. Try outdoor mirrors, artwork & tiling to complete the look.

Eye For Detail

Go for quirky pieces of furniture that add real character, whether that is a table with an aged patina top, or ornate iron chairs. Fear not if they show signs of wear – it is part of the charm. Or go natural with bamboo.

Light Fantastic

Clever lighting is a must, whether that is a cluster of candles at different heights, an outdoor lamp or twinkling fairy lights. Dramatic lampshades can add an unexpected touch

Create Drama

Grow ivy up walls or create a living wall, with plants cascading down over exposed brickwork