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Outdoor Entertaining

Outdoor Entertaining Issue#11 2017

Outdoor entertaining becomes more appealing in the warmer months of the year though due to advances in heating, lighting and cooling it is still possible to have an outdoor lifestyle throughout the year. This issue – Outdoor Entertaining displays to its readers how to design and create, decorate, furnish and equip outdoor spaces and transform them into alfresco entertaining living spaces.

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editor's note

It doesn’t really matter whether the summer sun is in full force or the chill of winter is in the air, chances are you’ll be looking to your outside spaces when you want to entertain. A covered deck, patio or pergola attached to the back of your house might be all you need to entertain in style and comfort. And if you make sure the space flows flawlessly from your interior living rooms, you’ll have the perfect set-up for trans-seasonal indoor-outdoor entertainin On the other hand, if you're blessed with a big backyard you might want to build a freestanding outdoor room — perhaps a pavilion with a kitchen and spaces for dining and lounging — well away from the house, making it a destination in its own right. But an…

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above and beyond

With its commanding city views, verdant planting and multiple outdoor entertaining areas, this elegant rooftop garden retreat in Port Melbourne is one of a kind — and creating such an amazing space atop the heritage-listed building was no small feat. In its previous incarnation, the building was the head office for J Kitchen & Sons, the company that brought to every Australian household such iconic brands as Solvol, Rinso and Velvet soap. The disused three-storey Art Deco building was bought by the production team behind the television program The Block and was featured in the 2016 series. While show contestants set about converting the internal spaces into luxury apartments, David Franklin of Franklin Landscape & Design was commissioned to create a rooftop sanctuary for the building’s future residents. “This notable building is…

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timeless melody

Gardens with a compelling classical undertone are always in favour. There is something truly timeless about them and they have an enduring sense of elegance that ensures they transcend passing fads and changing trends. This rear garden in Seaforth, Sydney, is a melodious mix of classic and contemporary notes that strike just the right chord, thanks to the expertise of designer Matt Leacy, founder of Landart Landscapes + Pools. “The homeowners’ brief was to create a functional, free-flowing space for the family and their friends,” explains Matt. “Places to play, swim and entertain were a necessity. In terms of the design, it has a lot of classic elements with a simple, refined palette of materials and plants. There are definitely contemporary elements as well, though.” Establishing a seamless indoor-outdoor transition, bifold doors at…

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a new outlook

If, like many, you’re enamoured of the Hamptons style but you like it with a contemporary twist, this rear garden retreat should appeal. The look is cool and fresh, the colour palette restrained (mainly white, grey and green-on-green), and there is a casual, coastal air about it. While the owners of the property in the Perth suburb of Mount Hawthorn were happy to be guided by the garden designer in terms of style, they did have a few requests. “They really wanted a swimming pool but couldn’t imagine this in their backyard as it is quite small,” explains Denise Staffa of Outside In. “They also wanted a lush green outlook, in fact it was a must. The backyard can be viewed from so many areas inside the house, it had to…

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twice as nice

Minimalist in design, this modern garden in the Melbourne suburb of Malvern, takes designing outdoor spaces, especially ones for entertaining, to an exciting new level. Designer Nathan Burkett of Nathan Burkett Design says the garden and surrounding hard landscaping features represent the ultimate in contemporary indoor-outdoor living. “When designing the project we set out to create a series of interesting layers that could be experienced visually from inside the house while maintaining a high level of functionality,” he says. The homeowners were also looking for a garden and entertaining space that was family-friendly, practical to use and sculptural in nature. To create a uniform look and feel within the spaces, Nathan opted for a combination of materials including sand-and-cement render, powder-coated steel and timber. The final outdoor design incorporates varying contours which…

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small wonder

If you live in a townhouse, you won’t have an abundance of outdoor space, but that doesn’t mean you’ll want any less from the space you do have. Keen to make the most of their small courtyard, the owners of this property in Ivanhoe, just a short drive from the Melbourne CBD, decided to seek expert help. They turned to Steve Taylor of COS Design to design the garden and Sam Collie of Esjay Landscapes to build it. Says Sam, ”The brief was to maximise the functionality and aesthetic impact of the small south-facing courtyard and make it a direct extension of the townhouse’s internal living spaces.” The owners were clear about what they wanted, and that included an undercover area that would provide protection from the sun yet not prevent natural…