When it comes time to revamp your space, styling has a dramatic impact on the final result. To help you find the right pieces for your garden, courtyard, balcony or rooftop, we’ve rounded up ten of our favourite outdoor products on the market right now. From accessories to furnishings and shade solutions, this guide will get you inspired to update your outdoor area.
Transform a plain wall into a focal point of your outdoor area with this living piece of outdoor art. The concrete disc is filled with air plants and succulents, meaning it’s low maintenance and will thrive in most conditions. This one is by Boxleaf Design and Concreteworks in San Francisco, but there’s no reason why you can’t try making your own.
Shade is a critical consideration as we come into summer and this parasol from Danish design company Cane-line is as stylish as it is functional. It is made from durable materials, rotates to follow the sun’s movements and the hanging design means that the parasol’s stand won’t invade the centre of your entertaining zone. Cane-line may be Dutch, but their products are sold in Australia – check the website for a list of Australian retailers.
03. Voyager Lanterns
Lighting is another feature that allows you to spend more time outdoors. Inspired by design from the colonial era, the Voyager Lanterns by Gloster are a charming addition to any space. The teak lanterns can be moved as you need them (making them ideal for a spot of glamping as well) and are operated with rechargeable batteries. You’ll find them at Cosh Living.
04. Ord lounge
If you want to create a space for lounging, the Ord modular lounge from Eco Outdoor is the ultimate investment piece. It is made out of large weatherproof blocks that can be arranged to suit the shape of your space. Find the configuration that works in your outdoor area and then enjoy sinking into your new lounge.
05. Willow pot range
Pots have a dramatic impact on the final look of an outdoor space. Create a contemporary look with the Willow range from The Balcony Garden. They come in a range of sizes and are made from a blend of fibreglass and concrete that is lightweight but also really tough. Our pick of the range is the muffin top, which is far more attractive than it might sound.
06. 70’s Love Seat
It’s no secret that we are big fans of Byron Bay Hanging Chairs. All of their products are handmade from natural rattan and the 70’s Love Seat is perfect for idle summer days. The double hanging chair is roomy enough for two, or perfect for spreading out on your own. Not only are they whimsical, hanging chairs are also space savers, which is a perfect solution for small areas like balconies and courtyards.
07. Jak & Jil range
Slimline furniture like this setting from Tait is well suited to smaller outdoor areas, as it creates the illusion of space. In addition to the dining setting, the range also extends to bar tables and stools, which are great for restricted spaces such as balconies. The wire frame creates a striking form and ensures that the furniture is lightweight but durable. And the best part is you can have fun mixing and matching from the range of colours.
When space is tight, opt for side tables rather than a large dining table. The terracotta Southie Side Table by Robert Plumb is handmade by a Sydney potter using clay sourced from across New South Wales. Once it has been sculpted, the table is then finished in the colour of your choice. You can also speak to the studio about making the tables in custom shapes and sizes.
Rugs make any space more appealing, and that goes for outdoor areas too. Armadillo&Co creates handmade, ethical rugs. The Indoor Outdoor collection features three designs in neutral tones, all made from a recycled PET fibre that will withstand exposure to water and sun. For information on Australian stockists, visit the Armadillo&Co website.
10. Wall Planters
These stylish planters are a different take on the idea of a vertical garden. Made from powder coated aluminium, they are lightweight and simple to attach to any wall. Hang one or two as a feature, or cluster a number of the planters together to create a lush wall. Find them at The Unearthed Garden.
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