STYLIST HOUSE CALL
A new but naked outdoor space gets dressed up for winter by homes+ stylist Fiona and her $1000 budget.
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.
WARM AND WELCOMING
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.