Bring the indoors out

Seam­less liv­ing is on trend

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - HOME AND GARDEN -

WE’VE all read a gazil­lion ar­ti­cles about how to bring the out­doors in but what about tak­ing the indoors out?

At first it sounds like the same con­cept, doesn’t it? But upon closer in­spec­tion there are some dif­fer­ences.

And with the en­ter­tain­ing sea­son just around the cor­ner, now is the time to get al­fresco-ready.

So, with­out fur­ther ado, here are five things you can do to blur the lines be­tween in­door and out­door liv­ing.

Bring out all the soft stuff

Don’t limit soft fur­nish­ings to your in­door spa­ces.

Rugs, cush­ions and blan­kets look and feel great when used out­side and nowa­days you can get al­most any­thing in an out­door fab­ric.

If your out­door area is un­der­cover it’s even bet­ter as your soft stuff will be well pro­tected.

Ex­tend your kitchen bench out­side

Gone are the days when your kitchen was re­stricted to in­side the house. Our top tip? Ex­tend this space by run­ning your bench top from in­side to out­side – we used a sin­gle slab of Cae­sar­stone in Lana’s for­ever home reno.

A servery idea works best when you pair it with a large gas-strut win­dow which can open right up, en­abling great conversation (and wine) to flow be­tween in­side and out.

A gas-strut win­dow paired with a servery makes for the ul­ti­mate con­nec­tion be­tween in­side. Use match­ing ma­te­ri­als Repli­cate ma­te­ri­als you’ve used in­side the house, out­side. This could in­clude run­ning the same ceil­ing pan­els from in­side to out­side, or us­ing the same wall cladding for an in­side room in an out­door deck –just like we did in the pic­ture be­low.

When used well (and if painted in the same colour) it can give the il­lu­sion that the in­ter­nal room has continued on past the wall.

Fea­ture blinds with­out win­dows

Blinds are of­ten re­ferred to as ‘win­dow cov­er­ings’, but that doesn’t mean you have to limit their use to win­dows.

In the river shack reno we in­stalled a mo­torised Lux­aflex awning that en­closed the out­door deck to make it feel like an­other in­side room.

The best bit about the fab­ric is that it’s de­signed to give you pri­vacy, cut down the glare and heat while still be­ing to­tally see-through from the in­side –ab­so­lutely ideal for the out­doors. Think ‘big­ger is bet­ter’ If you want to take the indoors out, cre­ate the big­gest open­ing you can to con­nect the two spa­ces.

Bi-fold doors are per­fect for this. Don’t for­get to ask your builder or in­staller to make the bi-fold track flush with the fin­ished floor height so that you (and your guests) don’t stub your toes as you move be­tween the two zones… ouch.

Three Birds Ren­o­va­tions realestate.com.au

A gas-strut win­dow paired with a servery makes for the ul­ti­mate con­nec­tion be­tween in­side.

PHOTO: ZHUDIFENG

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