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Outdoor Living

Outdoor Living Issue #42 - 2019

In each edition of Outdoor Living there is all the information and inspiration needed to design, build and decorate an outdoor room that can be used day and night all year round. The magazine covers topics such as but not limited to flooring, screening, roofing, outdoor art, furniture, furnishings, outdoor entertainment, outdoor cooking, lighting, heating/cooling, plants as well as pools & spas. Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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in this issue

1 min.
from the editor

Welcome to the exciting relaunch of Outdoor Rooms. After celebrating our 40th edition two issues ago, we decided it was time to hit refresh. The relaunched Outdoor Living magazine is about helping you create an enviable lifestyle outdoors year-round. There will be a big focus on indoor/outdoor living, more greenery and more practical expert advice. For example, in this issue, Curtis Stone will be giving us his top tips on alfresco cooking for friends and family. We will also be chatting to Alexander Levi from The Hop + Grain Brew Store in Sydney’s trendy inner west. Alexander will show you how to master home-brewing in your own backyard. Our outdoor entertaining feature this issue covers designing your space, buying a barbecue and outdoor speakers, and adding lighting and furnishings. And with the…

4 min.
what's hot

VIVA MEXICO! Mexican-inspired birthday parties, baby showers and weddings have become a big trend. As that culture is so full of life, colour and flavour, it’s little wonder people are using its style to create a fun atmosphere and party vibe. However, it doesn’t have to be exclusive to events. Why not brighten up your backyard with some vibrant Mexican flavour? The Mexican flags and woven hammock from The Toucan Shop create an uplifting ambience and deliver a welcome splash of colour to this outdoor space. thetoucanshop.com EGGSQUISITE CHOICE An increasing number of people are getting chickens as pets. They are great for kids, supply delicious eggs, and are an all-round eggcellent companion (sorry, I just couldn’t resist). If you’re thinking about getting chickens, there are some pretty nifty enclosures around today. The…

3 min.
best of

SANDSTONE COOL Sandstone is a beautiful natural covering that is popular for its distinctive style. Mimicking the look of beach and desert sand, the golds, reds, browns and tans of this often multicoloured stone can add the perfect decorative touch to an outside space. This serene and secluded outdoor setup uses sandstone as its foundation, perfectly paired with lush greenery and stylish furniture. globewest.com.au We love the modern additions to an otherwise rustic space WICKED WICKER There are many benefits to wicker furniture, so it’s no surprise the technique has become a popular choice for many Australians who appreciate its style and versatility. But wicker outdoor furniture is good for more than just making your patio or balcony the envy of all your neighbours. Flexibility, durability and affordability are just some of the many advantages-.…

2 min.

ENDLESS EATING AND ENTERTAINING Hmm, shall we relax indoors or out tonight? Let’s do both! This single-storey property perfectly blends the kitchen and living room with the outdoor entertaining space, with tiles leading indoors and the addition of sliding doors that create an uninterrupted flow through to the deck and beyond. Minimalism just got cooler. Photography by John Wheatley. nathanburkett.com.au HANGING OUT This renovation wins hands down for innovation and ingenuity. The house has been designed essentially as two pavilions, one for living and one for sleeping, with the covered outdoor room acting as a link between both. This area can be used in any weather and doubles as a second living and dining space. The combination of natural materials, the polycarbonate roof and indoor/outdoor living area get a big tick in the…

2 min.
a tropical escape home

"The north-west aspect of the property provides sun all day and shelter from the strong southerly storms, and allows an unusual contemporary native tropical garden to flourish" Incorporating a simple and stylish cabana and adjacent swimming pool in this contemporary native tropical garden, A Total Concept has created a spectacular outdoor room for relaxing and socialising for the owners of this lower North Shore property in Sydney. The cabana has been designed to sit in an existing undercroft area beneath an elevated driveway and garage, which dictated the height of the pool to allow a fusion of the two areas. Simple clean lines and large, full-width-opening concertinaed doors integrate the cabana with the swimming pool. The cabana provides the perfect shaded entertaining area for young children and also offers a place where…

2 min.
making an impact

"The planting was kept informal and very soft to contrast with the contemporary look of the house" With a mammoth renovation and extension project finally completed, the owners of this modernised home on Sydney’s North Shore were seeking a rear garden design that would have equal impact. “When I first came to the site to meet with the homeowners, the backyard was basically a dumping ground for the construction site,” says designer Josh Harrison from Harrison’s Landscaping. “What the owners wanted was a swimming pool with a surrounding area that would provide ample ‘lounging about’ space for their teenage kids and they wanted a garden that would be ideal for entertaining.” As the home is very contemporary, Josh carried that feel into the garden, but only in select elements: the angular lines of…