Create the perfect space for entertaining with these quick ideas.
1. Reflect your view! Dress a corner or blank patch of wall in your yard with a graphic mirrored panel. To replicate a showpiece like this, select a sheet of marine plywood, a pane of mirrored glass and also a laser-cut decorative panel all the same size. Before you fix them together, attach one half of a split batten in a level position to the back of the plywood using exterior glue and screws. Place your mirror on top of plywood, then the decorative panel on top of mirror, affixing each layer together using mirror adhesive, and let dry. Fix the other half of the split batten to your wall using suitable anchors and hang the completed mirror assembly.
2.Floating shelves aren’t just for indoor spaces. Add a pair to a wall in your outdoor room for instant interest and a place to perch lightweight items. A metalsmith can make you a custom bracket with long plugs that you fix to a wall and, once covered by the shelf, is totally concealed. Or you could try drilling 90- to 100mm-deep holes into a masonry wall to suit lengths of 16mm reinforcing bar (reo). Aim for reo to go two-thirds of the way into the width of the shelf and space them every 400-450mm of shelf length. Hammer reo with construction adhesive into the wall and leave to set. Drill holes into back edge of a treated pine shelf, to suit, and push into place with more construction adhesive. There’s no room for movement, so double-check all marks and measurements are accurate.
4. Come nightfall, light the way around your yard with flickering lanterns. Stock up on long-burning candles or choose battery-powered models for added safety in your garden.
5. Blur the lines between a paved area and a nearby wall with a lush row of rhapis palms. Then you can introduce comfy furniture in modern shapes that is UV-rated and built to withstand the harsh Aussie outdoors. Throw in a scattering of cosy cushions stitched up in outdoor fabrics for the ultimate in resort style.
Tip For longevity, store furnishings in a protected spot when they are not in use.
5. Have your chippie knock together a series of inverted L-shapes to give the illusion of an extra room in your yard. This arrangement, made from treated pine sleepers (anchored to the house and the ground) is a fabulous option when you are after a way of giving a paved courtyard space or a small relaxation zone its own identity. Accent with masses of ornamental ginger, anthurium, bromeliads and ferns.