Home & Family

Our home and family category is all about getting the whole family out and into the garden. Everything from garden related things to do with the children to advice on great gadgets for the home. If it gets you out in the garden and using your patio furniture, then we will write about it.

Destination garden

I recently read an article that stated doctors in the UK are urging us to avoid gardening or DIY jobs around the house during the coronavirus lockdown. They’re concerned that it might result in injuries that could add to the strain that hospitals are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It makes sense, and we all need to be doing everything we can to stay safe and support the NHS. Best to avoid any risky activities, only tackle those sort of DIY jobs if they are essential, and you know how to use the equipment safely. That said, whilst I won’t be getting the chainsaw out anytime soon, there is still plenty we can be doing during the current lockdown…

The wellbeing garden is more important than ever

Alice Cast Aluminium Garden Furniture set

These truly are worrying times, with the world gripped in the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are closed, social distancing is in place and we are on lockdown. For non key workers, the best thing we can do is support those around us, stay home and stay safe. One area the Lazy Susan team and I thought we could offer a little advice is with regard to the concept of a wellbeing garden. Creating a space outside that is beneficial to both our mental and physical wellbeing. We’d touched on this concept in our recent trend articles, and I’d planned to look at it in more detail before the Coronavirus lockdown, but now it seems more pertinent than ever. If we are going to be staying at home for the foreseeable weeks, maybe even months ahead, then our gardens will be come even more important to our health and wellbeing than they’ve ever been before…

Lazy Susan Charity Focus: FareShare

FareShare Volunteers

We’ve recently posted a few articles that have looked at the charity work we’re doing with our Do Some Good campaign. However, I wanted to look a little closer at the great work each of our chosen charities for 2017 is doing in a little more detail. And this month I’m focusing on FareShare, the charity setup to fight hunger and tackle food waste in the UK. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Voices of the Hungry project, in 2016 there were around 8.4 million people in the UK, that’s the equivalent of the entire population of London, who are struggling to afford to eat. In 2016 WRAP also published their ‘Quantification of food surplus, waste and related materials in the grocery supply chain’, which highlighted that at least 270,000 tonnes of surplus food from the UK food and drink industry could be redistributed to feed people each year. That is enough for a staggering 650 million meals!

The best Home and Garden shows for 2014

Grand Designs Live

We love a good trade show at Lazy Susan. Gives us a chance to see what’s happening in garden furniture industry and the wider home sector. Plus it gets you out the office for a day or so. So while I’m pulling together my calendar for the year, booking tickets etc, I thought I’d share…

Lazy Susan Community

The Lazy Susan Community

Traditionally in the UK we start to think about booking our Summer Holidays once Christmas time is behind us and the January blues are kicking in. It is a good way to lift the gloom and gives us something to look forward to. Especially with the weather as cold and miserable as it is at…

Summer garden fun for the kids

Gardening with Children

As a parent of two young girls, I know how challenging the summer holidays can be. You need to keep them busy. You run out of things to do, or at least you run out of money taking them out and about. Well put the credit cards down, we’ve got plenty of garden fun ideas…

How to position your conservatory furniture

Conservatory

The positioning of furniture is both a skill and an art form, and when it comes to conservatory furniture the task can be even more difficult. Space is often limited and it is important to strike a balance between the view outside and creating a space that is comfortable. Does that mean that it is…