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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

Charlie Albone

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Charles Albone

Being a business that is based around a love of outdoor living one of our absolute favourite Australian garden designers is Charlie Albone. The talented garden designer from the Lifestyle channel’s Selling Houses Australia never fails to pull a rabbit out of a hat, with what is most of the time a shoe string budget, and creates some remarkable outdoor spaces on the hit series. Having been a viewer right from the first series I am amazed at what Charlie is able to achieve in some of these homes being responsible for the buyers first impression and the street appeal.

stone table

Stone Table from Inspired Exteriors

Charlie has been in the landscape biz for the last 14 years and also owns Sydney based landscape design business Inspired Exteriors. Charlie’s business offers an extensive range of services that encompass landscape design, project management, garden styling, outdoor furniture including bespoke pieces, preparing your house for sale and our personal favourite veggie patch installation! anyone who is willing to get Australians growing food from scratch for their families has our vote.

Whitehaven day bed from Inspired Exteriors

Whitehaven day bed from Inspired Exteriors

One of the services that Inspired Exteriors offers are green wall’s, these are are brilliant if you are short on space or have a courtyard garden. Charlie has done a few on Selling Houses and they always look brilliant.

Greenwall by Inspired Exteriors

Greenwall by Inspired Exteriors

We look forward to the next season of Selling Houses Australia to see what magic Charlie can perform outdoors to get some more unsellable houses sold and also to give us some tips we can use for our own backyards.

Photo source – inspiredexteriors.com.au and harrymmiller.com.au 

Hampton’s Outdoor Living

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As some of you may have read in an earlier post we are in the process of owner building a home. I have been engrossed with the interior fittings lately and have neglected any research on the outdoor finishes, paving and plantings for the outdoor area. I have come across these pics as inspiration, seeing as we are going for an Australian beach house look I thought what better inspiration that the Hampton’s. There are a lot of great ideas for paving  and decking here. What’s your favourite style?

Traditional Patio by New York Architect Iris Designs









 

Colourful Outdoor Living

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Queen of love throne chairs

Queen of Love throne outdoor chairs by Italian design house Moro Pigatti

Outdoor living and entertaining is one area that you can be brave in your colour choices. If you are like me and extremely safe with your interior colour schemes, your outdoor area is something that you can experiment with by trying brighter options as this area of the house can be changed so easily.

Seasonal change dictate our outdoor living habits so Spring and Summer is the time that we entertain the most outside, so using colour  need not be permanent out here and can be changed as simply a bright dinner setting or a coat of paint to some wooden furniture. You could even be a little braver and paint a feature wall if you have one as a really bright wall outside looks fabulous as a garden backdrop but inside could be quite disastrous.

Pink wall

Pink wall nicewalldecor.com

Garden furniture designers are beginning to manufacture brighter pieces and most stores now stock really colourful cushions and table accessories to give a really vibrant look to your outdoor space.

Be brave and try something different in the warmer months to give your outdoor space a real lift, you will be glad you did.

Rattan coloured lanterns

Rattan Coloured Lanterns from Urban Spice