THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Building a relaxed but stylish entertaining area for all seasons was a priority for Nicole and Tony. “The existing uncovered outdoor area was overheated and glary during the day – even the door handles were too hot to touch,” says Nicole. And it had to be spacious. “We love having people over but never had a big enough seating area. The covered alfresco area, leading straight off the kitchen, with the large dining table right near the bifold doors, was the perfect solution.” As the family likes to cook outdoors all year round, a built-in barbecue was installed, along with an exhaust hood and glossy black cabinets with grey surfaces. Nicole furnished it with an outdoor lounge setting bought during their expat years in Miami, a timber bench and custommade cushions. A huge deck joins the covered area and pool, creating a wellused, versatile space which has hosted everything from large corporate dinners and kids’ birthday parties to pre-dinner drinks and book club nights. The outdoor area has easily become Nicole’s favourite room in her home. “It is a lovely, breezy, lounging happy place,” she says.