People Are Turning Their Back Gardens Into Greek-Inspired Holiday Havens
But some DIY enthusiasts are going one step further, transforming their outside spaces into Greek holiday hideaways fit for Mykonos and Santorini.
We're talking white-washed walls, deep blue wood work and bright red geraniums, with plenty of beachy rattan textures thrown in.
Just right for sipping on an ouzo as the sun goes down!
Wigan-based Chris Ryan decided that if he wasn't going on holiday, he would bring the holiday home.
"I started my garden because, like many others, I've been working from home and I wanted to feel I had another place to go," he explained.
The original garden was "dull with no life other than the odd weed here and there".
Chris inspiration for the makeover started with a table he already owned, topped with pretty blue tiles.
He also painted his garden walls with white masonry paint to brighten the space.
Garden rugs from Lidl ("a steal at £6.99") and rattan furniture, sourced second hand and updated with a lick of paint, complete the look.
"A lot of the plants are artificial as I always forget to water them and I've protected them with waterproof spray," added Chris.
"I've only been to Greece once but my dream is to go to Santorini, so until I can afford it I now have it in my back garden, minus the beach culture and ruins. With my Google Mini playing the sound of the sea, for a minute I was transported!"
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Meanwhile, Carol Willis Pink from Nottingham took inspiration from Greece for this tranquil seating area in the corner of her garden.
"The future looked dull without our holiday to look forward to," said Carol. "The Greek island Zante is our favourite place that we look forward to visiting at the end of summer."
Deciding to "bring Greece to us", Carol set to work on a little area in her small back garden that was "dull and unused".
Carol used white masonry paint and a blue paint from Aldi in shade Forget Me Not. A window mirror from B&M (£20) completes the look.
"We sit, enjoy a cocktail and Zorba music on our Alexa," said Carol. "I look out of my kitchen window and smile at our special place in our garden, until we can be there [to Greece] again, once safe to travel."
Elsewhere in the world of Greek hideaways, we love this blue painted oasis - which in reality is located in Ridderkerk, Holland.
Peter and partner Johan have travelled Greece extensively, visiting Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos, Naxos and Santorini, among other locations.
Wanting to bring a flavour of their favourite holiday destination to their back garden, the couple sourced Greek Taverna-style chairs and tables from a second hand market.
They added shuttered mirrors to the wall and plants potted in old olive oil canisters - the perfect backdrop for tucking into a big plate of moussaka and feta laden salad.
And if you don't have the time or resources to transform your entire garden into a Greek hideaway, why not simply paint your trellis or garden gate a rich blue, like the Insta user above?
The colourway looks stunning contrasted with white-bloomed climbing plants.
We can practically hear the crickets chirping.
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