Sunday, August 16, 2015

Jazz Up the Jungle Hut

How we decorated the jungle hut, or more appropriately jungle verandah this year hadn't changed much at all from last year. A few items were moved about to different places and that it when it came to those few changes. 



However, much I liked how I felt about the garden a few weeks ago I thought it was looking relatively sparse. The space was fine by us as it made it easier to move around as we do use the space a lot but when it came to taking photos of the space it needed more 'oomph'.




Especially as we are expecting gardening visitors over the next few weeks to see the garden and we assume that they will want to take photos it, jungle verandah included. So after thinking about it we decided the space could do with some extra stage dressing. So a quick trip to the shops was undertaken and also a few items that were waiting in the wings up in the attic were taken down and utilised to help spice up the space.

Let me show you what it is looking like at the moment and what subtle (and temporary) changes that were made...





We use the table to put drinks on so normally it only has the square plate of candles on it. But for the sake of stage dressing I temporarily added the three lotus vases that normally lives in the koi shed, a parrot, and a pineapple urn.



This parrot has been here since last year, just moved to a different spot.




Whilst in the shops I looked for items that looked 'exotic' and colourful but found on that particular trip that options were rather limited. Then I spotted these two pictures frames and thought they would do the job nicely. A photo of a protea bloom and close up of Aloe polyphylla were placed and presto! I might move them in the house next month as I like them enough to use indoors.



A few views from within.





This candlestick is new.



The straw hats were some of the old ones resurrected from the attic.



Now a few more shots of the interior of the jungle verandah.









Once the series of planned visits are over we may decongest the jungle hut to how it was before. Or maybe not. I quite like it with the extra props. We'll just have to adjust around them.

Mark :-)

24 comments :

  1. It's all looking very tropical. I can feel the temperature rising just looking at it! Great place to relax.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm liking the extra colours myself Jessica! Thanks :)

      Delete
  2. Love the parrots. And the pitchers.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Dear Mark, the jungle hut veranda certainly looks very tropical with all the new accessories! The longer I garden the more I value the use of accessories, especially in a small garden, as it brings color into the space at times when not so much is blooming and helps to create a certain mood. I just wonder in your case is the jungle hut so sheltered that you can keep the jars and picture frames on the railings after the photo shoot? I would assume that the wind will easily blow them down and break things. Oooh, I almost forgot to say that I love, love, love the lotus vases!
    Enjoy the summer days!
    Christina

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Christina :) it's not sheltered enough I'm afraid to keep the picture frames there permanently, the wooden backing will warp.

      Delete
  4. You've really given your visitors a feast to photograph. Only one thing missing - the very photogenic Twinkles.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ahww glad you mentioned her :) she had her moments, just forgot to include her pics!

      Delete
  5. Is there still room for people to sit? I like the view from within looking out into the garden. Is that a circle of Begonias under a Nolina in that big pot?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There's still room Alison, just have to remove some of the bits first ;) it's a Cordyline with bedding begonias at the base.

      Delete
  6. Jolts of bright color fit right in with the holiday feel associated with the late stages of summer. I love the hanging candleholders, the candlestick and the straw hats. An alligator on the steps might be a nice touch but then maybe the cats would be displeased.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. An alligator would be nice Kris :) now if only I could find one of a good size and price...

      Delete
  7. I love your styling of the hut! The bright pops of colour are super, your visitors won't want to go home and I think you may attract more visitors wanting to do photo shoots in your hut.

    Maybe move a couple of things off the table so there is room to put the mojitos.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Celia :) will certainly decongest the table once the visits are done, must make room for those drinks!

      Delete
  8. I'm fond of having lots of interesting things to look at so your makeover appeals to me! Fun!

    ReplyDelete
  9. It is so colorful!!! you both must have the best times sitting there and enjoying life :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's a relaxing space Lisa, love spending time in it :)

      Delete
  10. Fun accessorizing, the frames are cool and I really think the gardening hats are a great touch! Enjoy all your visitors : )

    ReplyDelete
  11. now that is what I call Party Central!

    ReplyDelete
  12. And voilà, the jungle hut is ready for its magazine shoot! If you lived in the U.S., you'd be featured in Sunset Magazine.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That would have been nice Gerhard :)

      Delete

Thank you for taking the time to reply to our post, we love reading comments and hearing your views.

Due to the increased level of spam, please note comments on older posts are moderated and only published after approval. All new comments are read and any spam is deleted.