Homes+ (Australia) - - STYLE & DECORATE -

The large cov­ered deck at the back of Di and Steve’s house on Syd­ney’s north­ern beaches is fur­nished to be an ex­tra liv­ing area with a stylish mix of vin­tage trea­sures, bar­gain buys and in­ter­est­ing finds. White plan­ta­tion shut­ters pro­vide pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments when needed and, teamed with the vin­tage cane fur­ni­ture, add a trop­i­cal feel to the space. “We bought the wicker fur­ni­ture set­ting in the ’80s and it’s still go­ing strong,” says Di. “We used to have it in­side but now it’s per­fect for the cov­ered deck.” The cane was given a new lease of life with white paint and Di found a bas­ket cof­fee ta­ble at a garage sale to ac­com­pany it. She added more seat­ing with a painted bench, brought in colour and cosi­ness with bright cush­ions and de­fined the sit­ting area with a large rug in wa­tery greens and blues. Pots of bromeli­ads scat­tered around the deck bring some of the sur­round­ing green­ery “in­doors”.

DOWN TIME The rear deck is the per­fect place to while away the hours. For Di, it’s just the spot for read­ing, re­lax­ing or spend­ing time with friends and fam­ily over lunch.

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