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Screening Alfresco Areas

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In the U.S. screened in patio’s or screen rooms have always been around. I can’t help but wonder why they haven’t caught on here in Australia considering that the size of some of our insect friends can be quite scary.
What do you think would you screen in an entire alfresco area or is this not for you?

Waterside screen room

Waterside screen room

A frame screen room

A frame screen room

screen room 2

multi zone screen room

multi zone screen room

Hamptons style house screen room

Hamptons style house screen room

Outdoor Decking

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I love decking outdoor’s and recently I have developed an unhealthy obsession with the new range’s of composite decking that is available on the market. These all weather composite decking materials require very little maintenance and are resistant to pest’s and doesn’t require painting or staining. I must say when it all comes down to it I don’t mind admitting that I’m far too lazy for that type of ongoing maintenance. One of my favourite products at the moment is a product called Trex  http://www.trex.com/au/index.html
What’s your thought’s? have you used it or do you prefer the real deal? below are a few photo’s of both options.

deck 1

deck 2

deck 4

deck 3

deck 5

deck 6

Picture sources from Houzz.com  and Trex

BBQ Area Design

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We posed this question on our facebook page a couple of weeks ago. What do you like in your outdoor area and what is too much? Some people love the idea of an outdoor kitchen whereas others prefer something a little less permanent that can be moved to suit the season. Either way there is no shortage of inspirational pics out there to suit your style.

Hampton style Outdoor BBQ area

Hampton style Outdoor BBQ area

Classic stone built in BBQ

Classic stone built in BBQ

 

Rustic Outdoor area

Rustic Outdoor area

Modern BBQ area

Modern BBQ area

Exposed beams outdoor area

Picture source: Houzz

 

Coronarita Recipe

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It seems my thoughts have been on Chistmas Cocktails lately but judging by how popular our post on facebook was with our Coronarita Cocktails I thought I would share on the blog.

Corona-rita

Corona-rita

Coronaritas
6 bottles Corona Beer
1 part Tequila
2 parts Margarita Mix
1 part Triple Sec
1 Lime Wedge

Method: In a cocktail shaker, pour the Tequila, Margarita mix and Triple Sec into a cold shaker. Shake vigorously until ice cold. Strain into tall glass with crushed ice and salted rim. Top with Corona beer, lime wedge and straw.

Tip: please make sure you use large glasses that can accommodate a Corona bottle, these are typically made in the U.S. with Coronitas which are a smaller size bottle but are unavailable as yet in Australia.

Australian Christmas Cocktails

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Christmas Cocktail Drinks

Christmas Cocktail Drinks

I thought twice about posting this (for purely selfish reasons), as this is an amazing gift idea for friends and family and one I’m really keen to try at Christmas and relatively inexpensive.

Follow the links to print out labels for your bottles.

MATERIALS

Ingredients for cocktail of choice (see mixer tags, above)

Decorative bottle
Hole punch
Scissors
Glue stick
Ribbon or twine

STEPS

  1. STEP 1

    Prepare cocktail according to tag instructions.

  2. STEP 2

    Decant into decorative bottle. Print label with recipe and storage instructions, and assemble as indicated on tag. Fasten to top of bottle using ribbon or twine.

  3. STEP 3

    Store, refrigerated, for up to one week.

 

Source: Martha Stewart

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