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Outdoor Living Issue #45 - 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 another edition of Outdoor Living, in which you can gaze adoringly on some of the most inspirational outdoor spaces from around Australia and the world. As we’re now in peak outdoor season, we thought it was the perfect time to talk outside lighting, so we’re shining a light over the whole subject from page 66. If your outdoor living area isn’t quite up to scratch yet, you’ll be needing to read our comprehensive feature on page 76, filling you in on all the best ways to spruce up the space so that it perfectly reflects your style and tastes, just like your interiors do. We’ve also got some seriously handy hints and advice for you on how to choose the right lawn and how to get your barbecue positioned just so,…

3 min.
what’s hot

UPCYCLING IS THE NEW ‘NEW’ A revamp is (almost) as good as a purchase, and a splash of paint can certainly save splashing out if your budget’s a little restricted. Which is where Annie Sloan’s fantastic Chalk Paint proves invaluable. It’s available in a huge array of colours, from good sturdy basics like Cream and Old White to exotic-sounding hues like Emperor’s Silk, Florence, Antoinette and Versailles, and there’s also a limited-edition greeny shade called Lem Lem that’s helping Oxfam. You can use it on a host of different materials and surfaces, from timber to rattan, stone and wrought iron. Easy to use and quick to dry, the velvety ultra-matte Chalk Paint range can jazz up any or all of your outdoor furniture in a flash; there’s no priming or sanding…

3 min.
best of

WHEN TWO BECOME ONE Sometimes it’s the little things that make a difference. Between the subtle continuation of deep blue on the cabana roof and pool tiles, through to the infinity pool that almost seamlessly connects to the kitchen area, this project demonstrates a true marriage of indoors and out. The smooth, curved edge of the tiles gently slopes down into the pool, ensuring the eye glides over the space as each part connects intimately. Designed by Dean Herald and built by Rolling Stone Landscapes. rollingstonelandscapes.com FOUR SEASONS Specifically designed to be enjoyed year-round, the Four Seasons show garden by Waddell Landscapes focuses on how the outdoor space can be enjoyed in each season. Summer sees a rise of socialisation and entertaining, hence the sheltering pergola that’s furnished with an outdoor kitchen and…

2 min.

CABANA OOH-NA-NA This standalone cabana built beside the pool is designed to make easy outdoor living a reality. Built with an external zone for drying off and watching TV, as well as an internal fully functioning kitchen for cooking up a storm, this structure allows the best of both worlds, wet and dry. There’s tangible cohesion between the cabana and outdoor area, with windows and folding doors opening up the kitchen to fresh air and light. atotalconcept.com.au DIVE RIGHT IN The fusion of indoors and out in this home is created by a pool situated alongside the living and dining space. Respecting the heritage of the building, which was part of the original Carlton United Brewery, this house nods at the history with elements of the old, while bringing in a more homely…

3 min.
tennis anyone?

“We love our home, but the tennis court and house just don’t work together. Our two options are either to move and buy on a level block or to run design costs and see what’s most viable.” This was the quandary the homeowners came to us with — to sell or to stay — and after running an analysis we found the most cost-effective option was to stay. We proposed making the tennis court more appealing by designing a tennis cabana for entertaining and to better link the home and court. When the existing court was built, the excavated sandstone rock was stacked to create the surrounding retaining walls. The access between home and court was a narrow, precarious goat track with little appeal. A decision was made to widen the track…

4 min.
planting a sculpture

“The connection between architecture and landscape makes this project special”- Gerrard Everson Halfway through the construction of a new home in Warners Bay, New South Wales, Gerrard Everson of Octopus Garden Design was approached by the architect and homeowners to create a modern, textured garden with less than 300sqm of space, across three areas of the home. With the ground floor raised 1m above natural ground, Gerrard also had to navigate a sandy soil mix and no existing vegetation. But other than the need to complement the home’s architecture, which embodied modern, clean lines with everything painted black, as well as a patch of lawn for the dog and tough plants and materials due to two teenage boys running loose, “it was an open canvas”. This garden design was split up into three…