Style: Styling the seasons July

Hooray the summer holidays are here at last - Rufus will finally get the rest he needs (which all-my-fingers-crossed hopefully means no more whinging), we'll get to have breakfast in our pjs and if the weather is kind plenty of time to play outside and go on adventures.

I've decided to take a bit of a blogging break over the summer, so that we don't have to cut our adventures short to get home so I can shoot a post, and so that I can spend some one-on-one time with Ru while Laurie naps. He'll be back to school before I know it and I'm sure no one will mind if I disappear for a bit. I'll still be instagramming and if time allows a little post might pop up every now and again. I hope you all understand my need for some mama and boy time.

But before all that happens I wanted to share my styling the seasons post for July. As I said I'm hoping we'll have plenty of outside time and this little corner of my garden was really getting to me. There is a beautiful climbing rose just above it and while that was in flower I could ignore the rest - but now it's finished flowering I needed to give this area some love.

I like the rustic peeling paint, but the mess of plant pots, a short-lived and ill-fated sandpit and dozens of decaying petals was just horrid. My mum kindly swept it all up for me one day while I was at work, and instead of letting the junk build back up I decided to make a little happy space for me to sit and watch the boys play.

I love this old chair and this even older Laura Ashley cushion that mum and I chose for my room when I was in my teens. Then all I needed was some bright and beautiful plants - a dahlia, verbena and echinaeca, and a little pot of mint for the scent. It's simple and pretty and so much better than the drab old corner that was there before. Fingers crossed I get plenty of time to sit and watch and far less time spent breaking up squabbles!

Happy summer holidays everyone (may the force and patience be with us all!)

Styling the seasons is a monthly photography and styling project started by Katy at Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte at Lotts and LotsShare your images with the hashtag #stylingtheseasons on Instagram.