It's the quintessential Australian way to entertain in the warmer months, inviting friends and relatives over for a mid-afternoon barbecue or alfresco dinner in the twilight of the evening. If you are planning having guests over this summer break, it might be the perfect opportunity to update the garden that may have been neglected these past months. We have captured four simple ideas for styling and revamping your outdoor space or garden without the need for a complete overhaul. Be it for your garden, courtyard, pool or outdoor entertaining space relax knowing House of Home have you covered these season!
1. Simple Poolside Styling
Having some friends over for an impromptu relaxed pool party? There's no cause for alarm, by simply adding a few elements to your poolside you will soon create a relaxed entertaining space perfect for water play.
Poolside Must Haves
Chic Outdoor Cushions
You don't have to damage your sofa cushions by making them endure the summer elements. Purchasing a few durable outdoor cushions will not only keep your indoor cushion in perfect shape, they will add plenty of colour and interest to your outdoor space. We chose the fun and vibrant Grapefruit Floor Cushion from Coco & Creme Living. Not only is this a fantastic focal point, it’s also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so you can sit back and relax knowing your pool is the hippest on the block.
Round Beach Towels
Round beach towels are all the rage this year and will continue to be a hot trend well into 2016. So splash out and offer your guests something beautiful and contemporary. We chose the Lennox Round Towel from Coco & Creme Living to create this relaxed poolside look.
Butler's Tray Table
Having a handy folding tables are perfect for displaying drinks and snacks by the poolside. The Butler's Tray Table from The Melbourne Wedding Registry is the perfect height for avoiding random water splashes. Add to it with a few Aura Home plates of fresh summer fruits and some Milk & Sugar tumblers, also available from the Melbourne Wedding Registry, and voila – you have created a chic pool side gathering.
Inflatable Drink Holders
Say goodbye to getting out of the pool with these nifty and fun inflatables! Adding an element of fun to your pool will relax your guests and keep them entertained as they float through the water. The Sunnylife Inflatable Flamingo drink holder from Coco & Creme Living means that summer will never be the same again!
2. Simple Outdoor Deck Styling
Revamping your deck in time for impromptu guests doesn't need to be difficult or time consuming.
Outdoor Rugs Are A Must This Summer
If you don't have time to oil your deck before your guests arrive this summer, then a strong durable outdoor rug is the perfect solution for hiding any imperfections your deck may have. The Pappelina Max rug from Classic With A Twist, is a practical and easy-to-care-for rug manufactured from PVC to withstand the outdoor elements.
On Trend Outdoor Furniture
The addition of a colourful contemporary outdoor coffee table is a must if you need a quick makeover! We chose the bright Goa Coffee Table from Triple J to brighten up the deck, it will definitely highlight your garden with its vivid powder coated finish, as well as giving the illusion of relaxing in a tropical location far from the city.
3.Outdoor Entertaining Made Easy
Another great idea for updating your outdoor space effortlessly is by creating a zone that can transition outdoors to indoors at any given moment to allow for unpredictable weather changes.
Handy Indoor/ Outdoor Rugs
Most interior stylist will build a room or space from the ground up, usually starting with a rug.. The latest trend in outdoor garden styling is creating chic little spaces from the ground up. The Dash & Albert Indoor / outdoor rug from Classic With A Twist, is sturdy with its non-slip weave - perfect for indoor and outdoor use. Each rug is made from polyester and coated in PVC making them more rigid and perfect for patios, decks, kitchens, wet to dry areas and picnics!
Stylish Planters & Pots
Rather than spending hours on your knees ripping out plants and overhauling your entire garden, an easy way to update your outdoor space is with a few smart and considered pots or planters. These days pots come in all shapes and sizes, colours and patterns and they are ideal for both large and small outdoor spaces. The Milk & Sugar pots, available from The Phoenix & The Turtle are light enough to be either indoors or outdoors and are splendid for showcasing delicate ferns or blooms.
Portable Outdoor Tables
If your balcony or small garden doesn't allow for large furniture, than a portable side/coffee table is ideal for creating an easy outdoor space. On-The-Move side tables from Destination 3000, are a trendy, lightweight side table that is both practical and easily portable. With its easy to hold handle and removable tray – it makes outdoor entertaining simple and handy. With an On-The-Move side table you can start outside, then transport inside if the weather changes suddenly.
4. Alfresco Dining Made Simple
If you’re planning a barbeque or outdoor fine dining get together then, sturdy and comfortable, not to mention stylish, outdoor dining chairs are essential. Choose dining seating that is lightweight and durable, The Hoth Chair is a stylish, Italian designed, piece that will easily turn any drab outdoor space into something fabulous and fashionable.
To spruce up your outdoor dining table, simply add a contemporary and durable outdoor table runner and a few lanterns. With relaxed alfresco dining you don't have to pull out your best table cloth, we turned a Dash & Albert Diamond Outdoor Rug from Classic With A Twist, into a contemporary and easy-to-clean table runner in seconds! By adding a few glass lanterns to help create a wonderfully welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, you will soon have a charming space perfect for outdoor entertaining.
Outdoor dining doesn't need to be formal, by simply placing napkins and serving utensils on your table your guests will understand that there is no need for dining formalities.
We hope that these four simple tips have you kicking back and relaxing with your guests, enjoying the summer sunshine, in no-time!
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