Cre­at­ing out­door style

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - WEEKENDSHOPPER -

JACK Frost has fled Queens­land for cooler climes, giv­ing the Sun­shine State the chance to revel in warmer weather and of­fer­ing res­i­dents the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the out­doors.

pro­vides Queens­lan­ders with a long list of al­fresco op­tions with out­door set­tings, deck chairs, um­brel­las and cane egg chairs all avail­able in its Out­door Fur­ni­ture sec­tion.

Con­ve­nient drinks trol­leys can also be pur­chased along with charm­ing wrought iron gar­den seats.

These items can rein­vent out­door spa­ces and gar­dens, trans­form­ing such ar­eas into ideal ar­eas to re­lax and en­ter­tain friends this sum­mer.

Land­scape Queens­land’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Sorby said big move­ments in in­door-out­door liv­ing had oc­curred in the past few decades, re­sult­ing in Queens­land be­com­ing an even bet­ter place to en­joy beau­ti­ful weather.

“Liv­ing in gar­dens and out­door spa­ces is now a nor­mal part of our daily lives, thanks to trends in out­door fur­ni­ture tak­ing de­sign cues from in­te­rior styles,” Mr Sorby said.

“Think teak din­ing tables per­fect for bar­be­cues and en­ter­tain­ing, lux­u­ri­ous out­door so­fas with soft out­door fab­rics for a liv­ing room ex­tend­ing out­doors, and daybeds for af­ter­noons by the pool.

“All these pieces are de­signed to make liv­ing out­doors even more com­fort­able and en­joy­able.”

Mr Sorby ad­vised Queens­lan­ders to in­vest in pieces that last when buy­ing out­door fur­ni­ture.

“Think about the qual­ity of the com­po­nents in­clud­ing good qual­ity tim­ber such as teak, 304 pre­mium grade stain­less steel, and out­door fab­rics specif­i­cally made with the out­doors in mind,’’ he said.

“Quick dry foam for cush­ions can re­sist mildew and mould and fade re­sis­tant fab­rics are also avail­able.”

Mr Sorby said Queens­land’s ex­treme weather also meant car­ing for out­door fur­ni­ture was cru­cial.

“Teak set­tings left out­doors ben­e­fit from a light nat­u­ral wood oil ev­ery few months,” he said.

“Stain­less steel pol­ishes will keep such fin­ishes look­ing brand new while out­door cush­ion cov­ers can be washed to keep them look­ing fresh.”

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