OUTDOORS: ULTIMATE ENTERTAINER
Home Beautiful|December 2021
IT’S THE SEASON TO CELEBRATE! HERE’S ALL THE INSPIRATION YOU NEED TO TRANSFORM YOUR OUTDOORS INTO THE PERFECT VENUE FOR ALFRESCO GATHERINGS
KARINA MACHADO
The scent of summer is in the air, beckoning us to celebrate together in our outdoor spaces, especially throughout the festive season. Raising a glass with friends on the deck or in the garden is one of the joys of the season, so we’ve gathered the most inspiring spaces and called on expert advice to help you create the ideal alfresco entertaining area, just in time for summer. Start with the layout, offers landscape designer Anthony Wyer, creative director of Wyer & Co. “When designing for outdoor entertaining we often look to create zones that can accommodate and engage different groups of people in different ways,” he says. “We like to consider the relationship between interior and exterior, and to ensure there is always somewhere to stand, somewhere to sit, and, of course, the freedom to entertain.” Read on for more tips on how to make the most of your outdoor spaces, as you host the people you love this holiday season.

VERSATILE WONDER

With multiple zones to take guests from chats over wine and cheese to dinner beneath the magnolia tree, this blissful retreat (right) is the benchmark for day-to-night entertaining. “Defined spaces give purpose to each area and allow for greater entertaining options,” says interior designer Sarah Yarrow, of Sarah Yarrow Interiors. A custom-made metal pergola topped with natural cane provides a frame for striking violet blooms and shade for a generous outdoor lounge area that boasts all the creature comforts of indoors. “In a lounging space, create a conversation ‘pit’ by using a combination of a lounge facing two armchairs with a couple of smaller ‘loose’ pieces, such as side tables that can double as Ottoman-style seating,” adds Sarah, who likes to ensure a cohesive flow between interior and outdoor accessories. “If the interiors are relaxed and casual with a bohemian vibe, it makes sense to continue that look and feel outside.”

ELEGANCE & EASE

Bangalow palms, star jasmine and frangipani create a verdant backdrop to the contemporary alfresco sitting zone in this Sydney home (above). It features a custom-made outdoor lounge (get the look with the Paloma Moderna suite from Living By Design) softened by batik and mud cloth textiles. “Modular outdoor sofas are great for flexibility and can be split up into smaller sets,” says Justine Wilson, property stylist and founder of Vault Interiors. “Choose lightweight side tables or coffee tables that can be moved around to create more floor space if you have a large group over.” Handy small tables are also perfect for setting out entertaining essentials such as napkins and pitchers of iced water so guests can stay hydrated.

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