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Outdoor Living Issue#29

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

2 min.
from the editor

As summer approaches each year, I get a little flutter of excitement. It takes me back to my childhood when summers were spent on the beautiful beaches near my home on the South Coast of NSW or in the backyards of family and friends. Outdoor spaces have certainly come a long way since then. One of the biggest differences is the focus on decorating outdoor areas in the same way you would your interiors. An increasing number of people are using outdoor rooms to reflect their personal style and the results are impressive. More than just a container to house your plants, pots and planters have evolved, too, providing another way to inject style into your outdoor space. Our pots and planters feature provides information on different types and their suitability…

2 min.
a tropical escape at home

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 adults can relax with their friends while supervising little ones. The north-west aspect of the property provides sun all day and shelter from the strong southerly…

3 min.
a clean slate

Following a fire, an empty patio and no outdoor furniture was the starting point for this inviting outdoor project by Marylou Sobel, principal of Marylou Sobel Interior Design. She was asked to refurnish the outdoor patio with a dining area and build an outdoor kitchen/barbecue for these Eastern Suburbs homeowners, who envisaged a complete outdoor entertaining experience. “They wanted a dining space for at least 12 people as well as a comfortable seating area for family and entertaining,” says Marylou. “They wanted it to be luxurious and elegant, but relaxed too, and they requested outdoor furniture that emulated indoor furniture — including a rug. Tragically, they lost all their previous furniture in a fire so I started from scratch. This was a true clean slate. I wanted to create a very…

4 min.
cooking up a storm

From humble beginnings that mostly involved throwing a snag on the barbie, outdoor cooking has grown in leaps and bounds over the past 10 years. These days you can cook anything from pizza to dessert in your outdoor kitchen and everything you need is right at your fingertips. “Outdoor cooking has become more adventurous,” says sales and marketing manager at Lifestyle BBQs, John McGran. “People want to create the exotic dishes they have enjoyed while travelling overseas or at the wonderful international restaurants we have in Australia. The old snags and chops are the exception now rather than the standard offering.” Of course, this means more sophisticated cooking tools need to be utilised outdoors. “Creating these new dishes requires items such as wok burners and wood-fired pizza ovens,” says John. “To make…

2 min.
palm springs glamour

When it comes to outdoor spaces, timber accents and greenery are often the go-to elements homeowners rely upon. But for this family, it was essential their outdoor entertainment area was just as glamorous as the vibrant interiors spearheaded by designer Massimo Speroni, who was tasked with injecting some wow factor into the space. With a brief revolving around light and bright furnishings, Massimo’s mission was to capture the essence of the homeowners. “I aimed to create a space that reflected the clients’ personalities — bold and colourful, while maintaining an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere,” he explains. “I aimed to create a space that reflected the clients’ personalities — bold and colourful, while maintaining an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere” — Massimo Speroni Inspired by Palm Springs, the outdoor entertaining area features a pool and…

2 min.
inner-city retreat

When you’re on The Block, there’s no time to mess around. Impending deadlines constantly loom and creating picture-perfect spaces in short periods of time can be nearimpossible for seasoned and unseasoned renovators alike. For All Stars Dea and Darren, calling in the help of Block veteran landscaping guru, David Franklin, was a must to ensure their outdoor terrace sat high and mighty above the rest, ultimately putting them at the top of the leader board with a perfect score of 30 out of 30. Originally a dead zone, Dea and Darren’s designated terrace area comprised leftover concrete space between the rear of the building and the back fence. Saving $25,000 to complete the terrace overhaul, the team sought to create an area that maximised the space of the rear small courtyard…