A plain and unloved con­crete yard in Bondi Junc­tion has be­come a stylish yet fun space.

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Once drab and grey, this con­crete area is now child-friendly, fun and the heart of the home.

THE FRONT AND REAR YARDS at this large ter­race house were drab, sparse and full of empty planter boxes with poor drainage prob­lems be­fore owner Kate and her hus­band Tony en­listed land­scape de­signer Adam Robin­son.

Kate is mum to two chil­dren, Harry, 6, and He­lena, 4, (and is one half of tex­tiles busi­ness Kate & Kate), so a space for the kids as well as some­where to en­ter­tain and un­wind was a must.

As there was no lawn in the back­yard, Adam pol­ished the ex­ist­ing con­crete and brought in bean­bags and a por­ta­ble sand­pit made from old pal­lets for the kids. The walls were then painted in dark tones to cre­ate mood and depth – which also look great at night when the cou­ple are en­ter­tain­ing – and a large ta­ble and chairs and built-in bar­be­cue also caters for this.

Bags of style Bean­bags from Eco Out­door are per­fect for the kids to use and they can be hung on hooks on clean­ing days. Easy does it A Kate & Kate blan­ket is a must for chilly days.

Easy en­ter­tain­ing A large din­ing ta­ble from Eco Out­door and chairs from Kartell are shaded by a large stripey um­brella from

Basil Bangs.

Noth­ing there Empty, cold and bor­ing – this yard needed a makeover fast! be­fore

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