Refresh Rather than Relocate with Look Again

I’m taking part in a little competition with Look Again to create a room refresh for under £750 using their products. I thought I could look at a bathroom refresh as we’re just about to paint ours, or maybe our main bedroom which needs a little life breathing into it, but actually with the summer approaching, and having tidied it up yesterday, it would be good to see what I could do for the garden.

We have a relatively traditional garden I guess, with areas for the children to play, and areas for relaxation and entertaining. I did a big garden update last summer, and so far the plants seem to have survived the Winter, and it’s looking ok for this summer too. There’s still a bit of work to do though. There’s always work to do in the garden isn’t there?

In my head, this is how the garden looks!


contemporary garden

It’s not quite like this, but we do have lots of these elements. The deck, the grass, some contemporary plants and a play area for the children at the bottom of the garden. Ours just looks a lot older.

So there are areas I would like to tackle:

 – The grass needs some work and we need better equipment to keep it looking good

 – Having created some lovely planted areas last year, I’ve been looking for a bench to place it lower in the garden to enjoy the flowers

 – The children love growing fruit and veg, and whilst we don’t have much room for this, we would love some more fruit trees

 – Socialising is important, and our patio needs some extra lighting and a few fun bits to give it a lift

 – Storage is a big problem currently and I’d love to sort this out.

And working from the Look Again site, this is what I’ve put together:


I’m really pleased with some of these products. Love the bench particularly, and the gardening tools will make a real difference to how we look after the garden. The extra lawn mower storage shed would be fantastic and I have just the spot to put it. The pizza firepit and lighting will be great on a warm Summer’s evening, and the extra fruit trees will really please the children.

All of these products come to under £750. I know it’s not a huge budget but it’s not small either. Updating a space like the garden takes a lot of money, and one of the ways I tackle it, is to do a little each year. Look after what you’ve already created, and build upon your designs and scheme every season. Creating something stunning on smaller budgets takes a little imagination and patience, but it can be done.

What do you think of my garden update ideas?

This is an entry into the Look Again room refresh competition.


Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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  1. Amanda
    April 12, 2014 / 10:34 am

    I think improvements in a garden, are so costly. You’ve chosen some really lovely things. A pizza fire pit, sounds amazing, love that idea.

    • Jen Stanbrook
      April 13, 2014 / 10:50 am

      Thanks, yes I agree. A few hundred pounds and you hardly see a difference! The kids would love that firepit!

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