Pool, Patios and Exteriors, Renovations

Outdoor Spaces

Production Tracy Lynch; Photographs Greg Cox


In the October issue HL features five outdoor spaces with plenty of decor inspiration for you to take outside, including spaces for meditation, play, work, dining and entertaining. Whether you have an expansive entertainment area or a small courtyard, here are some ideas to turn your outside area into a natural extension of your home…

Meditate

A serene area where you can connect with nature, this space invites calm and peace. Paint a focal wall in a deep green to enhance the feeling of balance and connect the room to nature. An outdoor rug, as seen in the above image from Fibre Designs, is durable and provides another element of colour, while softening and lending warmth, too. Shade is offered by a pergola, which protects in summer, but lets natural light in during the colder months. Include hammocks to create the holiday-at-home mood.

Work

Laptops and tablets mean grafting can happen where we choose, so why not enjoy the fresh air and atmosphere while you’re at it? The structural elements of an undercover courtyard create a smart alfresco office. Be sure to invest in furniture that can last outside year round, and include key design pieces and art to add pops of cheerful colour and inspiration. A bar trolley, as seen in above image from Patio Warehouse, can be moved in and out with ease.

Dine

In the transition to summer, things can still get a little chilly in the evening. Keep throws and blankets in baskets such as the bamboo examples above from Weylandts. A large dining table and bench seating make this the perfect space for summer entertaining and family dinners.

For more outdoor space ideas, go to page 167 in the October issue of House and Leisure.