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Get To Know: Selina Lake

Wayfair catches up with Selina Lake about her Scandi Garden Makeover

As a prolific stylist and author of seven interiors books, Selina Lake knows a thing or two about the latest looks and how to bring them home. Fresh from her Mid Summer Scandi Garden makeover with Wayfair, she shares her inspiration for the look, favourite picks and how to transform the garden with a just a few simple tricks.

What was your inspiration for your Wayfair garden makeover and how did you bring the look together?

After visiting many stylish homes & gardens in Norway, Denmark & Sweden while working on my books,I fell in love with the effortless Hygge vibe which the Scandinavians are famous for, so I wanted to bring the Scandi style into my garden. I started a Pinterest board & set about gathering inspirational images & pinning products I liked & which would give our garden the look & feel I craved. I also found the ideas board on Wayfair really useful, as it's good to see the selected edit all together.

What's your favourite piece from the makeover and why?

The armchair, we've been looking for this type of one for ages - it gives our deck an outdoor living room feel & it's super comfy!

What are your top styling tips for hosting a garden party with a difference?

The obvious things - great food & drink ... but it's the details I love - jam jars or glass vases filled with freshly picked flowers and stylish tableware will set the scene. I like to serve drinks in proper glasses rather than typical ‘outdoor' plastic versions. 

What are your top tips for styling the garden Scandi style?

If you have the space, a decked area can become an excellent outdoor lounge, complete with comfy seating, lighting and cosy cushions to finish the look (this one and this one featured). 

The colours and textures I champion for this style are a mix of black, greys, white with natural woods, metal and rattans with lush garden foliage. We inherited this raised wooden decked area as you enter our garden and it's quite a sun trap which is a complete bonus. The wooden decking planks were a bit tired when we moved in so we decided to stain the whole area black - we used Ultimate protection decking stain in Charcoal black from Ronseal. It sounds a bit Gothic, but actually it's what a lot of Scandinavians do and it looks amazing against the green foliage in the garden, plus it's a good backdrop for our stylish new furniture.

You've produced 7 best- selling interior & outdoor living books, which is no mean-feat! How do you choose the subjects for your books and what's the best and worst thing about the process of writing a book?
I'm always striving to predict the next big interiors trends with my books, so I base the theme on what I think is going to be popular a year later in the interior world. My latest book Botanical Style is all about styling and decorating your space with plants and botanical inspired home wares. To launch the book I started a new hashtag on Instagram - #allthingsbotanical - and I’m amazed that a year on over 35,000 images have been shared using the hashtag, so I think that was a good choice for theme for my book! The best thing about the process is hitting on the idea, planning it and styling the photo shoots, not sure there is a bad part! Unless I’m doing an outdoor shoot and its starts to pour with rain, which has happened a few times.

What are your top trend tips for Summer '17 & Autumn / Winter '17? 

As mentioned, I'm championing botanicals - I think this trend will continue for a good while, I see the trend for house plants directing more towards garden rooms and outdoor living. Heading into AW17 I think folklore and embroidery will be massive, that and painterly style.

"I find inspiration everywhere from flea markets, garden centres, high street shops, travelling, restaurants and books."

What has been the highlight of your career?

I think getting my first book Bazaar Style commissioned when I was 24 has been my highlight - that and seeing my books on display in the window of Liberty London.

Any favourite flowers or plants?

Yes loads ... in my garden l love our old English roses, wisteria, magnolia, foxgloves, peonies, sweet peas and lupins.

What can we expect next from Selina Lake?

I’m currently working on my 8th book with my publishers Ryland Peters & Small, it will be released in Spring 18, and it has a garden theme - although I’m not allowed to say what the title will be yet. You can follow my process using the hashtag #selinalakebook8 via Instagram. Also I have recently started compiling a monthly column for Modern Gardens Magazine where each month I share my styling tips for creating fabulous outdoor spaces. This month my column is focused on my Scandi Summer Style.

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All images by Sussie Bell