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What’s Hot
Cliff Dèco joins the already esteemed Cliff family of furniture from Talenti Outdoor Living. Dramatic and luxurious, the timeless collection features a plush modern sofa with cushions so deep you’d swear you were reclining on a giant marshmallow. The
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Daybed Daydreaming
Few pieces of furniture have the ability to turn an outdoor space from drab to fab quite like a daybed. From supervising the kids in comfort and soaking up your daily dose of vitamin D, to kicking back with a good book or drying off after a splash in
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Editor’s Note
There’s no doubt we are spending a lot more time at home. Some might even say that we are all cooped up! For many people, this has drawn their attention to home and backyard improvements that need doing. Others have used it as an opportunity to intro
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Exquisite Outdoor Entertaining
Colour is one of the most important considerations when buying outdoor furniture. As well as the natural surroundings, always take stock of your home’s facade, particularly if green space is scarce. In this instance, the Roda furniture takes cues fro
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Backyard and Outdoor Living
Editor April Ossington Deputy Editor Louise Smithers Writers Bree Townsend, Cassandra Elliott, Karen Booth, Carrol Baker, Karsha Green Sub-Editor Michelle Segal Designer Kate Atkinson Advertising Art Director Martha Rubazewicz Advertising Produ
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Sea Haven
This coastal property has spectacular ocean views out to the headland and beyond, and paying homage to it was a key design consideration. Matt Leacy, founder and creative director of Landart Landscapes, says the original garden had a more modern flav
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Book Club
The glorious work of Daryl Dickson jumps off the pages in her latest book, Celebrating Australia’s Magnificent Wildlife. Passionate about the conservation of wildlife and wild places, Dickson depicts everything from black-winged stilts to brushtail p
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Morning and EVENING
We were commissioned to work on the external areas of this stunning property that includes one frontage, a swimming pool and entertaining area, and on the other side of the home a more secluded entertaining space. A clean-edge rectangular-shaped swim
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Space For Living
Check out the tubular outdoor chair everyone’s talking about. The Manila chair, designed by Paola Navone, is made from Manila cane and etched copper, with a plaited leather-covered rope chair seat and back. Italian made to the highest standards, thes
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Pretty As A PICTURE
Relaxing in comfortable seating in this lovely garden, surrounded by blooms and rustic aged garden walls, is like being transported to another time and place. Part of the charm of this Balmain garden is its ability to gracefully incorporate existing
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My favourite 5… HERBS
Basil is the quintessential warm-weather herb and it’s wonderful to brush past it and release its spicy aroma. Basil is a favourite at our place on pizzas and in Caprese salad, as well as homemade pesto. Basil can be grown out in a garden or in pots,
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Catching Fire
If talent is a flame and genius is a fire, then the designers responsible for Aussie Heatwave Fireplaces represent an inferno. Having a chiminea or firepit entices people to gather, relax and interact; it also extends the use of your outdoor living s
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High-rise Garden Rooms
Despite popular belief, balcony gardens cannot be potted up and then forgotten about as the garden can be exposed to high winds, hot sun and extended shade. But by establishing a garden using the right plants, soil and pots, and setting aside a littl
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Pergola Goals
We Aussies love a backyard shindig, and a properly planned outdoor area is the perfect place for year-round get-togethers and alfresco sojourns. Whether breaking out the barbie in summer or toasting marshmallows around a firepit in winter, one of the
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Contemporary Cool
Journey down the driveway of this impressive rural residence built by Camelot Homes and it’s like stepping into a modern resort, but that’s only the start of the story… The water feature has a commanding presence, its cool ambience almost juxtaposed
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Forrest Friends
A new collection of outdoor furniture designed by Justin Hutchinson for Melbourne design studio Kett, Forrest is curvaceous and inviting. Made from premium-grade teak, the range is named to honour Forrest in Victoria and celebrates a natural, timeles
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Going Native
We are still seeing traditional native gardens, filled only with indigenous plants, but new-look native gardens are widening the appeal of native trees, plants and shrubs. Landscape designer Natalie Watts from Branat Designs says these days you can f
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Bring The Heat
Designed, developed and produced in the Netherlands, these fireplaces fit right in half a world away in a country girt by sea. The story of RB73 is one of passion, not only for fire but also beautiful and timeless products. Handmade by professionals
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This Weekend
Aussies have spent a lot more time at home this year, a circumstance which has encouraged everyone to pick up the gardening gloves and shovel. If you’re looking to add something special to your garden, whether that be a veggie patch to supplement the
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Decked Out
We all fantasise about an outdoor retreat that maximises our alfresco space and keeps our gardens thriving, even when space is scant. Enter CleverDeck Xtreme composite timber decking, the low-maintenance outdoor material giving traditional wood a run
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Broad Bean
Common name: Broad bean, fava bean Botanic name: Vicia faba Family: Fabaceae (bean family) Aspect & soil: Sun; well-drained soil, shelter from wind Best climate: Cool, temperate Habit: Annual climber or bush Propagation: Seed, seedling Diffic
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Exquisite Entertainer
Enjoying long summer days and nights in a beautiful wet and dry entertainment area was a priority for this young family. Designed by COS Design and built and installed by Domain Pools, the large pool comes complete with swim-out ledge, spa and deck a
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Beans Means Greens
When you eat broad beans you are consuming some of the oldest veggies known to cultivation. These wide, flat beans, native to the Mediterranean region, have a long history as a cultivated veggie. Remains found in excavations in northern Israel have b
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Throwing Shade
Introducing the Shaderunner® Retractable Sail System, available in an array of fabric and colour options to suit any architectural style. Ideally suited to outdoor entertaining areas, patios, swimming pools and courtyards, the Sail System is on displ
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Not For Everyone!
Although broad beans are a nutritious vegetable for most people, for some they can cause poisoning. People who react badly to broad beans have a genetically transmitted enzyme deficiency known as favism, which means they can’t metabolise broad beans
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This Summer
For most people, their biggest investment is their home and given the current market, it makes good sense to renovate rather than move to improve the quality of everyday living. Here we focus on the latest trends in cabana design to help you choose t
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Chill Chook
The term “cooped up” has taken on a whole new meaning for Aussies during the COVID-19 pandemic as chickens become a family favourite in the pets department. In fact, Google reported that search terms for “live chickens” were at an all-time high over
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From The Editor
The warmer weather is well and truly here! This means there’s no time like the present to get your outdoor entertaining areas into top shape. If you don’t feel like going hard on the professional improvements or DIY front, there are plenty of things
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Pots Of Difference
Designer Tim Haley spotted a serious gap in the indoor planter market — cylindrical planters either lacked a drainage hole or had a drainage hole but required a drip tray, ruining the minimal aesthetic of the planter and drawing attention away from t
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Terrariums
Quite easy to maintain, terrariums are calming to look at and you can spend time “gardening” in your terrarium whatever the weather and at any time of the day or night. Old fish tanks, vintage vases and recycled coffee jars can all create fantastic t
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