With the summer months fast approaching, it’s time to pack away those blankets and start thinking about our outdoor living spaces. These areas get a little neglected during winter and now is the perfect time to spruce them up before the entertaining season starts.

Statement Pots

There is a great selection large pots available these days to fit all budgets, from light-weight plastic to custom glazed ceramics. Introducing one or two large statement pots is a contemporary way to dress your balcony or deck and it removes the clutter of the smaller plants that us without green thumbs struggle to keep alive. If you want to be a little more adventurous, try companion planting in the same pot or potting plants which attract natural insects such as Australian native bees.

 

 

 

Cushions

We always talk about cushions, but they really are the simplest way update the look of your space. There are a great range of outdoor fabrics available for custom cushions but equally there are so many readymade options around to suit all styles. We love the current range from Melbourne designers Nathan + Jac. West Elm is also a great go to for on-trend outdoor.

 

Lighting

Our outdoor spaces are an extension of our interior rooms and we are starting to dress them as such, however lighting is often over looked when decorating these areas. Introducing smaller lights, such as outdoor pendants are a great way to create atmosphere and soften the often harsh outdoor lights used for patios and decks.

Furniture

If you’re thinking about making a dramatic transformation and invest in new outdoor furniture, then look beyond the flimsy aluminium frame settings or chunky timbers that weather badly. On the market are some great outdoor furniture materials, specifically suited to Australia’s harsh weather conditions. Globe West is one such company which has a stunning range which is both stylish and practical.

 

Flexibility

Some of the best parties are the unplanned ones and for those times where unexpected guests drop in, its useful to have an extra seat or two on hand. But instead of storing fold-up chairs which can be annoying and flimsy, think about sculptural stools. These are a great alternative for both indoors and outdoors and also add sculptural interest to space. Plus the added bonus is that you don’t feel like your space is being swamped in seating.  

 

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