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New Season Outdoor Living

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Melamine dinnerware Outdoor dining

Melamine dinnerware outdoor dining

Our new season outdoor living range has just arrived with more to follow. We have some new additions to our melamine range from Rice of Denmark as well as some gorgeous paper picnic products.
Check out the new range at www.urbanspice.com.au today and beat the warm weather rush.

Postage flat rate of $10 Australia wide. Delivery to Australian addresses only.

RI7PLA8X[1] Rose Paper Plates Assorted Set8 (1)

Rose paper plates set of 8

Folklore cake stand

Folklore cake stand

sparrow salad set

Sparrow salad set available in green, black and white.

Turquoise tea light candle

Turquoise tea light candle

Navajo table runner

Navajo table runner

Outdoor Furniture – No need to spend big bucks

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blue painted folding chairs

blue painted folding chairs

We are just getting ready for Spring here in Australia and once again our thoughts are turned to outdoor living and entertaining. It wont be long before we have to dust off the outdoor furniture for the warmer weather or perhaps you are looking at buying some new furniture?

Outdoor stores are filled to the brim with beautiful options to choose from but you don’t have to spend big dollars to jazz up your outdoor area.

There are so many options for upcycling and giving a new lease of life to some existing or second hand furniture even indoor pieces can be used to liven up the space. Even a cote of colourful paint will cost a lot less than a new suite and have loads more character.

Check out some of the following pics for some inspiration….

side table upcycled for outdoor use

side table upcycled for outdoor use

powder blue adirondack chairs

powder blue adirondack chairs

wine barrel side tables

wine barrel side tables

red painted cane outdoor

red painted cane outdoor furniture

Outdoor Entertaining Tips

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River rock paper weights

River Rock Weights

River rocks (available by the bag at garden centres) help keep plates and napkins where they belong, even after they’ve left the serving table. Pile them in a bucket on the buffet table for guests to grab along with their utensils; you’ll avoid having to chase fly- away’s.

rubber band wine glasses

Rubber Band I.D. Wine Glasses

A guests wineglass wont end up in the wrong hands when one of these brightly coloured rubber bands identifies it. Use a permanent marker to write your guests names on the bands after placing around each glass.

Mayonnaise mix ins

Mayonnaise Mix ins

Beef up your condiment offerings for burgers and sandwiches with these four easy blends. Start each with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1/4 teaspoon salt, then add: peppers (1/4 cup, finely chopped); Kalamata-olive puree (3 tablespoons); sun-dried tomatoes in oil (1/4 cup, drained and finely chopped); or pesto (3 tablespoons). Don’t leave mixes outside for more than two hours; refrigerate in an airtight container for up to five days.

Rosemary Skewers

Rosemary Skewers

With its sturdy stalk, rosemary makes a great skewer, infusing grilled food with its garden-fresh flavor. Soak stalks for a half hour before adding meat, fish, or vegetables. You may need to poke through the food first with a metal skewer.

Content from this post from Martha Stewart.com

Outdoor Dining

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One thing I love about Summer is eating outdoors. Evenings seem to stretch further when you are sitting outside enjoying a meal with the family, it is one reason we decided that melamine / bamboo dinnerware an absolute must to stock on our website and it continues to be one of our most popular lines.

For anyone with kids the durability is great or even if you want something a little more stylish than plastic picnic plates melamine really fits the bill for dining outdoors in the Australian Summer. The range of vibrant patterns available now make a fashionable addition to your outdoor table.

We make sure our melamine exceeds all Australian standards and is imported from the U.S.A. where strict F.D.A. testing makes sure the products are safe. We also have an eco friendly range of 45% bamboo 55% melamine plates.

Check out our range at www.urbanspice.com.au and enjoy your weekend!

Madge

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Designing a Usable Courtyard Space

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House and block sizes are shrinking. Gone are the days of the quarter acre block and big back yards that most of us grew up with. New housing developments have ever decreasing block sizes that favour two story dwellings that give us all the house size we need but with less outdoor space.

Designing a courtyard space can be tricky as it needs to accommodate a number of different uses, a seating/dining area, lighting, outdoor kitchen and some free usable space are things on most peoples wish lists. Fitting all these functions into a small space though can be challenging.

I would like to share with you some tips that I have picked up along the way having lived (and currently living) in a house with a courtyard.

Firstly make a list of the things you consider most important in your space, this can be something as simple as a place to sit, table e.t.c.and work from there adding in other wants, this will at least give you a clear starting point.

Your walls surrounding the space are your biggest asset, whether they are timber fencing or brickwork, both can be utilised in a number of ways. Floor space in courtyards is most important so by making use of your surrounding walls this free’s up the available floor space.

The possibilities for walls are endless, they can be used for suspending planters to give you an instant garden, you can wall mount a water feature (a flat water wall style works best), you can hang a mirror which will create instant depth to a really small space. If there is enough floor space against the wall you can even build in brick/rendered planter boxes to lift your surrounding gardens to free up more space and gain extra height in your plantings.

Seating and dining is another area that is a must, but try and resist the temptation to buy oversized outdoor furniture as this will shrink your usable space, take it from someone who made this mistake! A smaller size setting in proportion to your space is the best option and lets face it you can always bring indoor chairs outside for the occasions when you have a larger group of visitors.

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Picture source Pinterest-Southern Belles

Lighting your area for night time entertaining doesn’t have to be expensive, work with the any existing lighting you may have by adding a nicer shade if its undercover. If you are building it is less expensive to incorporate good lighting at the building stage than it is to add it later on, if possible go for low voltage lighting around your perimeter, but if working with what you have there is nothing nicer than sitting outside with a string of paper lanterns or fairy lights along a fence line or around an alfresco area

There are also a lot of great solar lights that will throw off enough glow at night by adding them around your planters/pots and a well placed candle lantern in the middle of a table.

If you would like your outdoor space to function for cooking the occasional B.B.Q. there are an endless amount of table top B.B.Q.’s and smaller Webber type models on the market that will fit the bill without having to take up valuable floor space with a large B.B.Q.

Probably the best piece of advice I can give you is collect pictures of outdoor spaces you like the look of and try and recreate the look, its always good to have a visual starting point and your  personal style will evolve from there, with all the great picture resources like Houzz and Pinterest  around these days there is no end to the possibilities.

Madge