The large covered deck at the back of Di and Steve’s house on Sydney’s northern beaches is furnished to be an extra living area with a stylish mix of vintage treasures, bargain buys and interesting finds. White plantation shutters provide protection from the elements when needed and, teamed with the vintage cane furniture, add a tropical feel to the space. “We bought the wicker furniture setting in the ’80s and it’s still going strong,” says Di. “We used to have it inside but now it’s perfect for the covered deck.” The cane was given a new lease of life with white paint and Di found a basket coffee table at a garage sale to accompany it. She added more seating with a painted bench, brought in colour and cosiness with bright cushions and defined the sitting area with a large rug in watery greens and blues. Pots of bromeliads scattered around the deck bring some of the surrounding greenery “indoors”.
DOWN TIME The rear deck is the perfect place to while away the hours. For Di, it’s just the spot for reading, relaxing or spending time with friends and family over lunch.