With summer in our midst it’s definitely time to play outside and take in the floral scents and cool breezes that the season has to offer. It’s true when they say that the garden is an extension of the house, a separate yet connected space designed to alleviate the stresses of daily life by enhancing our connection with nature. On that note, now seems like the perfect time to explore some quirky and clever ideas for your outdoor area that’ll have you jumping for joy.
1. The all-important colour and texture. I know I’ve said it before but these elements really can uplift a dull and tired space. Citrus-brights in the form of cushions or stools are perfect for the backyard and reminiscent of the sun. Not only are they great at energising a neutral space, but citrusy tones are known for their warmth and the ability to brighten our mood. Why not go one step further and consider a lemon or orange tree?
2. Join the upcycling movement. Unleash your inner creativity by transforming old items or waste materials into something new and improved. It’s time to get into the garden shed, and dust off those ancient and redundant pieces. Although the idea of going into a dark and spider-filled space seems daunting now, it’ll be worth it in the long run. Look for things you can repurpose- like and old ladder, wooden boxes as beds for your succulents, or an old beer keg to prop your pot plants up on.
3. Think sustainable. Our new limited edition woven lounge chairs are pleasing on both the eye and to the environment. These two toned, 70’s style outdoor chairs are crafted from ecolene™ a polyethylene synthetic wicker, designed to tolerate extreme heat, UV radiation, high moisture and oxidation. On top of this they are heavy metal free and use organic colourants to produce a charismatic and fun finish. Why not pair these with a woven side table to fashion the perfect summer setting, allowing you to kick back on a lazy afternoon with a cup of tea and a good book.
4. Become the green eyed monster. No not jealousy itself, I’m talking about embracing vegetation such as flowers or pot plants. By adding some extra greenery, not only will the space become more visually pleasing but you’ll inject a sense of calm experienced when surrounded by nature. This eco approach to outdoor design can be furthered by decking out the space with… wait for it… recycled synthetic grass. That’s right, a low maintenance and luscious solution to your foliage needs.
So Spring has hit us again (although in Melbourne you’d never know it) and everyone is contemplating the big Spring Clean! In our case, however, our eyes are on the big Spring Makeover!
Now is the perfect time to jazz up your space with some fresh new colours, inspiration taken from a recent trip to the Thermal Pools, Geyser Springs and Sulphur formations in Rotorua, New Zealand, a stunning natural setting and an almost lunar landscape of wild, vibrant and exotic colours!
Formed over millions of years and showcasing the most insane collaboration of chemistry and biology the earth can provide, punches of orange, aqua, mustard, cerulean and forest green combine for a visual feast! The best!
See below for our interpretation of the Rotorua Sulphur fields in interiors form - some more muted spring colours than the usual gaudy fluoros - perfect for oak or walnut interiors and great with our Nordic Range or the new Ethnicraft Oak range. We’ve incorporated some taupes, mossy greens, with punches of Ochre and a rich sky blue for accents, delicious!