HOW TO CREATE THE ULTIMATE OUTDOOR HAVEN FOR YOUR HOME


Spring is in the air. Windows and doors are opening and, suddenly, we’d rather be outside than in. Then we realise our outdoor ‘haven’ has become a disaster zone over winter. But with minimal effort and budget you can reinvent your backyard paradise for the summer days ahead.

Plan it out, then take a seat
Seating is paramount in the backyard comfort stakes. Be sure to plan the layout of your yard and, if space is tight, consider coordinating new seating – or at least keeping the styles in sync. Divide your space into zones – dining, drinks, lounging – consider flow and changes in landscape, and suddenly the seating world is your oyster. Think daybed, ottoman, garden bench, sofa (plus coffee table), bar stools, even a hammock.

Embellish
These days, the range of outdoor accessories is vast, so style it up with plenty of cushions, a rug, lamp, wall art. Add to the serenity with a water feature – it doesn’t need to be elaborate. If urns and waterfalls aren’t an option, try floating some candles in a beautiful bowl filled with water.

Lighten the mood
A stunning ambience is easy with simple lighting. Strategically dot lanterns along pathways or as a table setting. Run fairy lights along the fence, in trees or around the pergola. And for that quintessential holiday vibe, light some Balinese-style torches – add citronella to keep the bugs away.

Greenery
Last, but not least: the garden. Some lush plants or pops of flowery colour will complete your al fresco setting. It needn’t be your traditional, high-maintenance garden bed. If you’re not a green thumb, hardy grasses or palms will add an instant ‘garden’ feel. Or you could try a vertical garden, planter boxes or bamboo. And if gardening is your thing, why not challenge yourself and create a secluded secret garden.


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