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Living An Outdoor Life With Gorgeous Design Ideas

Living An Outdoor Life With Gorgeous Design Ideas

In Australia, we love living an outdoor life; it’s in our DNA. Parts of the country provide the opportunity to entertain and enjoy the outdoors in all months of the year; other areas are seasonal. But you can bet most Australians will want to spend as much time as possible communing with the outdoors. For some, this means a balcony in an apartment building. For others, it’s a patio, courtyard or small garden. Australians love their gardens so whether it’s a small garden or a large garden, like mine, the entertaining areas, the plants, the lawn, the pots, the pool…it’s…

Thank You, Mum. Special Occasion Celebrations

Thank You, Mum. Special Occasion Celebrations

Special occasion celebrations are the perfect way to show those closest to you how much you love and appreciate them. So throw a surprise party and spend some time together. If you are lucky enough to be close to your mother, then it’s a great idea to make a big effort for her birthday – remember all the birthday parties she threw for you and your friends when they painted the dog and trod buttercream into the carpets? Here are some ideas to help you push the boat out in return…

Value Boosting Outdoor Renovations (That You’ll Actually Enjoy)

Value Boosting Outdoor Renovations (That You’ll Actually Enjoy)

Outdoor renovations can sometimes be very expensive. And if they are not done well they won’t significantly increase the value of your home. To add value and not over-capitalise, picking the right project is the key. Building projects can be stressful and there is a risk that your plans and investment don’t add the value you desire. So, as with any renovation project, it’s advisable to ensure your outdoor renovations will add value AND enable you to enjoy your time at home. Gutter protection Okay, so it’s difficult to say that people actually enjoy their gutter guards in the traditional…

Get Ready for Winter : Firepits

Get Ready for Winter : Firepits

Firepits are the greatest invention for enjoying glorious evenings outdoors in the winter. They are flexible in design, available as wood-burning or gas, and create a feature for entertaining. Now that I live in the beautiful Mount Lofty Ranges, in a quaint English-style village, I know what it’s like to be cold in the winter. Sometimes the temperature difference is 10 degrees between the city and the hills. That’s great for summer heatwaves but not so fabulous when it’s 9 degrees in winter.

Transforming Your Wasted Outdoor Space

Transforming Your Wasted Outdoor Space

We all have them, that one area that’s wasted outdoor space. Regardless of how big or small the outdoor area, there’s usually a way to maximize the space and make it more useful; if not prettier. I have two areas in my one-acre garden that are begging for redevelopment. I have built-in seating and a fire pit in mind for one area and a Balinese-style deck and spa design for the other. This got me thinking about different ways homeowners can maximize wasted outdoor space and create something useful, and pretty.

Three Simple Garden Makeover Ideas for a Scintillating Summer

Three Simple Garden Makeover Ideas for a Scintillating Summer

Simple garden makeover ideas can easily transform your outdoor space no matter how small it might be. From balcony to courtyard, and beyond, you’ll reclaim those long warm summer evenings for outdoor relaxation and entertainment.

Is your backyard ready for the change of the seasons? When winter comes around, we neglect our gardens completely. You might not know that, in the winter, grass actually stops growing so there’s no need to cut it. We don’t look after the plant life either because we’ll probably catch a seasonal chill. There’s also going to be very little chance to go out in the garden, so there’s no point in keeping it looking stylish. But all that changes once the first signs of spring start to show. It’s never too early to think about how you’re going to make your garden sensational for summer.

Outdoor Living Space Maximised Beautifully

Outdoor Living Space Maximised Beautifully

Australians love to maximise their outdoor living space. It could be a well-designed balcony, tailored pergola configuration, or enhanced decking. Whatever the solution, you’ll find most Aussies enjoying their outdoor space for as much of the year as possible. However, it’s not simple to create an outdoor living space that is appealing. To READ MORE please click the title.

How To Be The Perfect Party Host

How To Be The Perfect Party Host

It’s the time of year when you want to be the perfect party host. Friends, family, and perhaps co-workers will be celebrating and you want to make it an occasion to remember. You’re throwing a party and opening up your house to a whole bunch of people, and this can be incredibly daunting! Or perhaps you’re hiring a venue and making it a big affair. It doesn’t matter the size of the party; there are a few things that you should do to remain aware and vigilant. The better prepared you are, the more likely you are to be the perfect party host AND have fun too.

The Secrets To Getting Your Home Party Ready In A Flash

The Secrets To Getting Your Home Party Ready In A Flash

Getting your home party ready can be a great source of stress. Whether it’s for the holidays or birthdays, we all love having an excuse to celebrate and enjoy ourselves. However, as much as you might love parties, getting your home party ready can be a nightmare. From putting up decorations to cleaning, there’s a lot to be done before your guests arrive. This can lead to tremendous amounts of stress, particularly if you haven’t had much time to prepare in advance. But believe or not, you don’t have to go through this stressful process each time you host a…

Decking Options for Outdoor Living

Decking Options for Outdoor Living

Decking options offer as many visual treats for the outdoors as there are homes. And you know Aussies swarm to the outdoors like seagulls on a hot chip! So being having a great useable deck is highly popular and a great way to expand your outdoor living areas. As an extension of your living space, you will want to use your decking options to include everything from reading a good book to family gatherings. Decking needs to cope with variant weather, heavy traffic, furniture and often BBQ spills and food getting dropped; nothing worse than oil-stained decking when it’s not…

Perfect Pergola : Why You Need One Now!

Perfect Pergola : Why You Need One Now!

A perfect pergola is the right addition to your home any season of the year. Most people focus on the interior of their home, rather than thinking about what lies beyond those front and back doors. But don’t neglect your garden. An easy addition that will make everything look so much better is the perfect pergola. To READ MORE please click the title.

Spring Cleaning Garden + Outdoor Areas : A Quick Guide

Spring Cleaning Garden + Outdoor Areas : A Quick Guide

Spring cleaning may not be a fave activity but it’s the time of year we associate with new life, fresh chances and the promise of summer. With all of this newness in our minds, spring cleaning has become a regular part of the season. However, when most people talk of spring cleaning, they mean inside the house. Here are some time-saver ideas for outside, so you can enjoy summer more. To READ MORE please click the title.

Great Australian Backyard Survey

Great Australian Backyard Survey

The Australian backyard has changed considerably in the last few decades so a Great Australian Backyard Survey was commissioned by AdBri Masonry to get a handle on what’s going on… or in our backyards. Rustic Garden by Sydney Interior Designers & Decorators Luci.D Interiors Contemporary Garden by Sydney Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Dean Herald-Rolling Stone Landscapes Tropical Deck by Sydney Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Harrison’s Landscaping Country Garden by Sydney Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Nicholas Bray Landscapes Beach Style Courtyard It’s hard to know what is a ‘typical’ great Australian backyard anymore because space and lifestyle play…