A new but naked out­door space gets dressed up for win­ter by homes+ stylist Fiona and her $1000 bud­get.

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Su­per stylist Fiona turns a bare court­yard into a cosy en­ter­tainer for win­ter.

NEW MUM ANNA has lived in an art deco beach­side apart­ment for five years and loves hav­ing out­door space that flows from the open-plan kitchen, din­ing and liv­ing area. “It makes the apart­ment feel more like a house,” she says. The court­yard was re­vamped about 18 months ago, with new pavers, hedges and a built-in bench seat. How­ever as it faces south and gets lit­tle win­ter sun, Anna and her hus­band James rarely used the space in the cooler months. Now she’s on ma­ter­nity leave, Anna has been spend­ing more time out­side with baby So­phie, and would like to make the court­yard a more invit­ing area for en­ter­tain­ing friends and fam­ily all year round.


While it was a lit­tle cold due to its as­pect and built-up sur­round­ings,

Fiona thought Anna’s court­yard had “per­fect bones and beau­ti­ful fur­ni­ture and land­scap­ing”. She added warmth and am­bi­ence with a fire pit, com­fort with an out­door floor rug and durable bench cushions, and lux­ury with a li­nen table­cloth. Con­tin­u­ing with the mostly neu­tral in­door colour pal­ette, Fiona cosied up the bench nook with throws and cushions, and used lanterns, can­dles and twinkly fairy lights to cre­ate even more at­mos­phere at night.


Anna is de­lighted with the new take on what was pre­vi­ously a stark and bare out­look from inside the apart­ment. “The fire pit is our favourite item – it’s com­fort­ing, cosy and will al­low us to use the space in the win­ter months,” she says. “And I would never have con­sid­ered a rug in that space – I didn’t know out­door rugs could with­stand all the el­e­ments. And the ta­ble de­tails are gor­geous. I love the mix of plants, flow­ers and can­dles.”

Blank can­vas Re­cently up­dated, the court­yard was ready to be styled.

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