Go from the ground up
you’re lucky enough to have your own patch of green in bustling Dubai, you should make full use of it. Here are some guidelines to help you give your garden a dramatic makeover: Are you happy with the lawn, the tiling and the paths? If yes, clean everything thoroughly with nontoxic and non-abrasive agents. But if you want to change the base of your garden, do that first, before you add the new plants, furniture and accessories. Reliable and resilient flooring options include grass carpet, ceramic tiles (in the patio and around the pool) and decking floor (to create a definitive seating area). You could also create tiled pathways.
Time for a sit-in
Now it’s time to think of the kind of furniture you need. This will, of course, depend on how much space you have.
Take your pick from relaxing sun loungers, happy sofa and coffeetable combos and smart outdoor dining sets. Add stools and drag out the beanbags when you have more guests. Think in terms of luxurious rattan, wrought iron and wood, with tempered glass, mosaic and stone table tops.
You can place a park bench for a quick sit-and-think area. Or have chair-swings or double-seater swings for a more playful seating option.
Choose dark colours like chocolate, or neutrals for furniture and keep your upholstery and cushions earthy, with a base of beige or cream.
Put up garden umbrellas to add colour and provide shade. If you have a large garden, go for a gazebo to add instant sophistication.
Plant ’em right
Instead of using regular pots, urns and big planters for your garden plants, you can think outside of the pot! Practically everything can double as a planter, with a little imagination. For instance, an old drawer nailed to the garden wall can jazz up the look of your garden. Just make sure the container is non-toxic and you can drill a hole at the bottom for the water to drain.
Accessorise in style
Express your personality outdoors with your favourite sculptures and curios. Just make sure they are not fragile and can withstand the sun, wind and occasional rain.
Hang wind chimes from trees. Create a cluster of water cans in different colours and shapes.
Get yourself a refreshing fountain and place colourful shells and pebbles around it.
Bring out ceramic bowls and fill them with flowers and floating lights for a magical evening.
And, finally, for a lovely winter cookout, go out and splurge on the best charcoal barbecue you can find on the market.