At Ca’ Pietra we love an interiors Instagram feed but we also can’t get enough of any outdoor inspiration too. With the trend for blurring the boundaries between indoors and out going nowhere, and more and more of us wanting to bring a sense of the natural world into our homes, learning from and appreciating those who transform outside spaces into something truly spectacular is key. Here are five of our favourite Insta accounts where gardens and nature take centre stage.
This working country estate set in the heart of Somerset is the place to go for a West Country getaway and its stunning country house hotel is surrounding by the most fabulous gardens, woodland, farmland and Cyder orchard. If you do manage to squeeze in a visit, as well as enjoying all that the hotel and gardens have to offer, there is also a Farm Shop and Cyder Bar for you to stock up on local produce before heading home. Its Insta feed is full of natural colour and glorious garden treats. Check out the carefully cultivated lawns, walled gardens, sculptural trees, maze, greenhouses, woodland, lakes, flowers and oh so many plants. There’s also plenty for foodies and interior addicts too!
It doesn’t always have to be the real thing and that’s why we love the work of London’s premier faux floral decorators. Working their magic both indoors and out, their stunning stems of flowers and greenery can be enjoyed all year round. The eucalyptus, dahlias and fern spray are our particular favourites. Its Insta feed is bursting with outdoor inspiration showing how easy it is to fake it to make it. We love the planting used to make a feature out of a show flat terrace while the faux living wall used to dress a basement light well is simply stunning, turning an otherwise bland space into a lush urban jungle. Inside there are spring blossoms, planters and palms, all of which would look spectacular teamed with Ca’ Pietra paint or tiles!
A creative collaboration between Harriet Farlam and Ben Chandler, this garden design duo have over 25 years’ experience and work on projects all over the world, from coastal gardens to country estates and landscapes in the UK and USA. We are instantly transported to lush meadows, colourful seasonal planting and the most incredible floral displays when immersing ourselves in their Instagram, which is full of so many wonderful ideas and inspiring looks. There are lots of creative ideas for hard landscaping too, with outdoor stone complementing carefully considered borders and garden architecture. You really get a sense of the changing seasons here, with plenty of visual inspiration to get the creative juices flowing.
All the way from NSW, Australia, this life in a backyard garden features urban edible organic gardening at its finest and we just love it. Showing that anyone can grow their own food, this Insta hit has over 133,000 followers and it’s easy to see why. Check out the rainbow coloured veg, the obscenely massive tomatoes, jumbo squash and Chinese pink celery, which we didn’t even know was a thing! There’s so much here to make your mouth water and it shows just how simple it is to try this out at home. Don’t be daunted, just go for it. Even if your patch doesn’t look quite like this one, it’s so much fun trying.
Celebrating all things organic gardening, seasonal eating, natural living and life in Maine, Allison of @finchandfolly offers us plenty of lessons in outdoor living as well as what to grow and when. Along with all the wonderful images that really are a feast for the eyes, there is lots of instructive advice and helpful information too, such as growing tips for thyme and tomatoes. This Insta feed is bursting with glorious colour and it really makes us long to be outdoors, pottering away in the sunshine, secateurs in hand.