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10 home buys you need this summer

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Move over Spring, with your weird temperamental weather making it impossible to dress; summer is officially upon us! Days of endless sunshine mean it’s time for picnics in the park, spending all afternoon at the pub, and, of course, redecorating your pad!

Need some inspiration when it comes to sprucing up your living space? Whether it’s Scandi chic or tropical paradise you’re after, we’ve rounded up all the best summer home buys for giving your flat a new lease of life both inside and out.

1. The colourful plant pot

Potted plants looking a bit worse for wear? We get those feels. Don’t ditch them - give them a good watering and pop them inside one of these super quirky plant pots, the perfect pop of colour for any garden or kitchen. The rustic, handmade look will almost trick visitors into thinking you made them yourself! (Don't worry, we won't tell...)

2. The floral plate

Florals for spring? Groundbreaking. Well, maybe not, as pointed out by Meryl Streep, but that’s not to say flowery patterns don’t have a well-deserved place in our lives. Upgrade your alfresco dining kit with these funky floral plates, the product of a collab with awesome illustrator and designer Leah Goren.

3. The tropical tapestry

This just in: minimalism is out, maximalism is in! Forget earthy hues and opt for bright shades, bold patterns and eccentric ornaments. Stick to the floral theme and buy this beautiful tropical tapestry, perfect for transforming your city pad into a Hawaiian getaway (sort of…).

4. The cut out lantern

With summer making it pretty much compulsory to be outside 24/7, you’ll be wanting your garden/ balcony/ windowsill (London flat struggles, amirite?) to be looking on top form. Jazz up your outdoor space with these solar powered lanterns, perfect for creating that Moroccan Bazaar feel in your own home. The built in solar panel provides up to 8 hours of light and turns on automatically when it gets dark, so no need to faff around looking for matches!

5. The outdoor shelving unit

Get your garden organised with this minimalist outdoor shelving unit. Pile up potted plants and gardening tools for an on-trend solution to limited garden space. Oh IKEA, what would we do without you!?

6. The woven basket

Whether you’ve got piles of newspapers that need a home, or your floor has become your new laundry basket (it happens to the best of us…), every home could be improved with one of these cheerful hand-woven baskets. Not only are they right on trend, buying one of these baskets helps support weavers across Kenya, Uganda, Swaziland and Ghana, ensuring them fair wages and dignified working conditions.

7. The pompom throw

Keep cosy come evening time with this fab throw, perfect for draping over your shoulders when the outdoor shindig shows no signs of stopping. What's more, it's the perfect addition to any bed come the inevitably freezing winter months.

8. The terrazzo lamp

Terrazzo certainly isn’t new; dating back to 15th century Italy, it was created when artists would combine marble, quartz and glass chips with concrete for cheap flooring. That’s not to say it's not fashionable, however, as 2018 has seen the dappled print make a comeback thick and fast. Get some terrazzo in your life with this ceramic bulbholder table lamp, winning you bonus points for exposed-bulb-chic.

9. The scented candle

Ever wished you could bring the smell of the seaside home with you? Well, now you can! And not just any beach, this scented candle invites you to the sun-bleached expanse of Dorset’s infamous Chesil Beach, complete with notes of wood and tangy seasalt.

10. The metallic wine glasses

Long summer days means can only been one thing: outdoor drinking. Upgrade your alfresco tipple with these super on-trend wine glasses, the ideal addition to any garden party. Now the harder decision: what to fill it with...