On a bud­get of just $1000, homes+ stylist Fiona re­vamps an in­ner-city court­yard for a young cou­ple.

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An in­ner-city court­yard gets a fab­u­lous facelift on a bud­get, thanks to our su­per stylist Fiona. Now it’s ready to party.


Mitch, bought their early 20th-cen­tury semi in Syd­ney’s in­ner-west late last year. While there weren’t any par­tic­u­lar prob­lems with the out­door space, the cou­ple hoped to im­prove its look and feel. “As we have a small liv­ing area in­side, our court­yard is our main en­ter­tain­ing area, so we wanted to max­imise the use of space, and make it feel more homely and suit­able for hav­ing both for­mal and in­for­mal func­tions at our place,” says Phoebe. “We wanted to make it a place where we can sit and re­lax with small or larger groups, or a space just to en­joy a morn­ing cof­fee.”

The court­yard wall was painted blue by the pre­vi­ous own­ers so to keep a feel­ing of space, Fiona opted for mostly black and white ac­ces­sories with a con­tem­po­rary feel. She grouped pot plants at dif­fer­ent heights and used plant stands to cre­ate an il­lu­sion of full­ness. Phoebe had an old stor­age box that she wanted to re­place with bench seat­ing for en­ter­tain­ing, so Fiona cus­tom­made one. And to make it the ul­ti­mate en­ter­tain­ing area, she added a Blue­tooth stereo and hung fes­toon lights from the shade sails.


“My favourite thing is the cor­ner seat made out of the ce­ment blocks – I sit here and have my break­fast ev­ery day and our dog loves to sun­bake on them in the af­ter­noon,” says Phoebe. “I also love the fes­toon lights hung across the sails. We use them each night when we eat din­ner. They cre­ate a feel­ing of be­ing on hol­i­days in our yard.” She’s also happy with the amount of plants. “I like hav­ing just a small area to gar­den – any big­ger and it might be­come a chore!”

The space is now per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing. “Since the makeover, we’ve hosted a cou­ple of din­ner par­ties in the back­yard. The new plants, lights, cor­ner seat and stereo make all the dif­fer­ence to our en­ter­tain­ing area.”

“The fes­toon lights cre­ate a feel­ing of be­ing on hol­i­days in our yard!”

All dressed up The court­yard is

now per­fect for par­ties, or just a quiet re­lax. Dra­cena Di­chon­dra Sil­ver Falls Ctenan­the Grey Star Al­cantarea Rubra Bromeliad Cras­sula ovata af­ter


North­cote Pot­tery glazed pot, $27.90, and moon pot, $51.98, and Tus­can Path Saturn pot, $90 for 2, from Bun­nings.

MONO MAGIC Geo pot,$3, tealight hold­ers, $4 each, pot in Sil­ver, $10, metal pot stand, $5, mar­ble cake plate, $15, agave in pot, $15, and cylin­der pot, $5, from Kmart.


View Quest retro mini DAB+ ra­dio and blue­tooth speaker, $118, from Har­vey Nor­man.

DRINK UP Verona gob­let, $27.80 for 4, and jug, $29.95, from Bed Bath N’ Ta­ble.


Is­land Palm square and Cove rec­tan­gu­lar re­versible cush­ions, both $8, from Kmart. STRING ’EM UP Black socket fes­toon lights in Clear, 20m, $129, from Mr Fes­toon Lights.


Plain cush­ions in Nat­u­ral and Light Grey, $8 each, and Earth­bound cush­ion in Blue, $15, from Tar­get.

BUILD­ING BLOCKS Con­crete paver in Steel, $50.35 for 5, and full besser block, $72 for 20, from Bun­nings.

VER­SA­TILE VES­SEL Mor­gan & Finch bam­boo fruit bowl in Mint, $29.95, from Bed Bath N’ Ta­ble.

Good bones With colour and struc­ture, this space is ripe for beau­ti­fy­ing!

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