STYLIST HOUSE CALL
On a budget of just $1000, homes+ stylist Fiona revamps an inner-city courtyard for a young couple.
An inner-city courtyard gets a fabulous facelift on a budget, thanks to our super stylist Fiona. Now it’s ready to party.
PHOEBE WOOD AND HER HUSBAND,
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.
TURN IT UP
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!