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Garden Week Diarmuid's tips to make the most of small gardens and balconies

From putting your sofa in the garden to placing an old rug on decking, Diarmuid Gavin suggests bringing indoor items outside for a touch of bohemia

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Diarmuid says bringing a two-seater sofa and a Persian rug out on to decking
can add a bohemian look. Photo: Frank McGrath

Diarmuid says bringing a two-seater sofa and a Persian rug out on to decking can add a bohemian look. Photo: Frank McGrath

Diarmuid says bringing a two-seater sofa and a Persian rug out on to decking can add a bohemian look. Photo: Frank McGrath

These days, more and more of us have minimal outside space. In many newer suburban houses, you might be lucky to have just a courtyard or patio and if you live in an apartment, a balcony. With a bit of creative thinking, though, we can make great use of whatever small space we have.

1 Admire your blossoms from the comfort of your garden sofa

I love movies which show outdoor porch living in America. Rocking chairs and old couches set under the shade of a covered verandah set the scene for relaxing times watching the world go by. And we can have a hint of this at home! Moving indoor furniture outside adds a hint of the bohemia to a place. So rather than doubling up on furniture, pick your comfy two-seater and move it out to the sun!