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