THE GREAT OUT­DOORS

We show you how to live among the el­e­ments... in style.

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Invit­ing the out­doors in is a wor­thy pur­suit but why not take ad­van­tage of that sum­mer sun­shine and do more to bring the in­doors out? With the right com­bi­na­tion of tex­ture and colour in fur­nish­ings and ac­ces­sories, your out­door space can have all the ap­peal of an exclusive re­sort. Whether start­ing from scratch, or breath­ing new life into an ex­ist­ing deck, ter­race or ve­ran­dah, in­spi­ra­tion is ev­ery­where if you look for it.

High-end re­sorts and villa prop­er­ties are a great place to start. New Zealand’s Huka Lodge, par­tic­u­larly its Alan Pye Cot­tage, laps up its moun­tain­ous sur­rounds in style, while South Africa’s Grande Provence, de­vel­oped by the keen eye of lead­ing in­te­rior de­signer Virginia Fisher, brims with luxe nat­u­rals that bathe in the stun­ning wine re­gion sur­rounds.

Qual­ity prod­ucts are key for an out­door room that’s able to with­stand the el­e­ments over time. Seek out prod­ucts made from durable ma­te­ri­als: re­silient wicker, thick weave can­vas and other fab­rics with built-in sun and mois­ture pro­tec­tion, and hard­woods that age grace­fully. Durable need not im­ply plain, how­ever. Browse on­line or on foot for gor­geous finds de­signed to last. Es­teemed brands such as Eco Out­door, Mis­soni Home and Coco Repub­lic have heav­enly out­door fur­ni­ture ranges, as does Har­bour Out­door – its Bal­moral col­lec­tion is show­cased here. En­sure also that your out­door liv­ing area has am­ple shade in the form of re­tractable awn­ings, over­sized um­brel­las or per­go­las draped in wis­te­ria or bougainvil­lea.

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