Got a small outdoor area? Well, even the smallest of space can be converted into a tranquil, relaxing oasis. This blog covers topics that will help you create your ideal petite retreat. Amongst other things, topics include choosing the right type of furniture for your weather conditions; 'how to guides' to achieve the look you're after and tips to maximise small spaces.

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Shedding Light on the matter

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With Spring arriving, it’s time to start planning barbecues and alfresco dining again.And if you’re planning to linger after dark you’ll need to think about lighting.


Carefully placed lighting can transform your outdoor area into an enchanting and inviting space, and you don't have to break the budget or go to the expense of having your garden wired up by an electrician. Here are three pain free options to consider:



Hanging Outdoor CandlePretty Outdoor Candles

Of course, candles are the most obvious solution and always add something special to an occasion. Hurricane lamps with candles, hanging from tree branches and placed at floor level along a path area, will add drama to your garden undercut a very inviting entrance for your guests. Bespoke outdoor candles, available at Petite Retreat, include ready to hang lantern candles and even large floating pool candles. If you live in a small space, wall mounted candle holders can create a pretty focal point, whilst saving space. For windy settings or occasions when kids are likely to be running around, flameless candles are a pretty and safe option. Design wise, they’ve also come along a way and now there are options available in real wax with a very authentic flickering flame. Some even offer a remote control! No endless blowing out of candles at the end of a long evening.



String Lights


Festoon lights wrapped around a tree or strung across a veranda look very magical and create a wonderful holiday ambience. Many options require batteries so if you don’t want to be forever rushing off to the hardware for replacements, or trying to weatherproof the battery compartment, why not consider Seletti’s Bella Vista Lights? They are electric and totally weatherproof and come fitted with an extension cord long enough to reach an indoor socket.


Solar Lights

Of course, solar lights have been around for a while and we’ve all seen the stake variety available at our local hardware store or garden centres. If you’re after something a little prettier to throw a soft glow at floor level a little solar mason jar can look quite lovely, and will come on automatically after dark. A very inviting inviting ‘welcome home'!


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