Homes+ (Australia) - - BEFORE & AFTER -

Look for dou­ble duty items. This fire pit is nifty as, with the ad­di­tion of a bam­boo lid (sold sep­a­rately), it con­verts to a cof­fee ta­ble when it’s not burn­ing wood.

Keep to a soft colour pal­ette in a small space, to avoid it feel­ing too crowded. To link in­te­rior and ex­te­rior, con­sider what colours are used inside. Here, I mixed neu­trals with el­e­gant sage greens.

Can­dles and lanterns cre­ate cosi­ness. But if yours are likely to blow out, or you have lit­tlies, try bat­tery pow­ered can­dles – they’re safer but flicker like real can­dles!

When choos­ing fairy lights, think prac­ti­cal. This cur­tain-shaped string can be eas­ily re­moved when the hedge needs trim­ming.

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