Spaces and Places

Need practical advice on your backyard? We take a look at some of the common problems, needs and desires people have when it comes to maintaining outside the home.

License to Grill

Host the perfect barbecue at home with these fun and fabulous ideas.

Whether you’re simply having a picnic in the backyard or inviting friends around for an all-day fiesta, it can be a little pricey catering for a crowd so we have some...

All Fired up

Entertain all year round at home with these clever ideas for warming your outdoor areas this winter.

When it’s chilly outside, our thoughts usually turn to curling up inside on the sofa. But Australia has a wonderful climate for alfresco...

Let's Celebrate!

A pretty table and elegant accessories make for an oh-so-chic high tea.

Love a scrumptious afternoon tea? High tea is one of the hottest trends in entertaining and is a wonderful way to celebrate kitchen teas, baby showers or any special...

Patches of Purple

Whether you want just one purple flowerbed or your whole garden full of it, try some of these vibrant blooms in combinations to suit your taste and the space available.

Lavender is the clear favourite when it comes to purple plants. It...

The Finishing Touches

Whether your outdoor area is a huge backyard or a simple timber deck, it always helps to add a few little decorative pieces to make it feel like part of your home and, also, so it reflects your personal style. When it comes to creating a...

Lighting the Way

On a warm night, with the cicadas chirping, what better way is there to spend the evening than out under the stars? But if you plan to make the most of your garden through summer, you should think about suitable lighting. There are many options...

Backyard Hero

The verandah isn’t often at the top of a decorating list, but it can be a great place to relax and enjoy your garden. It’s essential to the home in the hot Australian summer, as it provides shade and allows you to take advantage of any cool...

Sweet as a Rose

Fill your yard with fabulous scents and colours. Roses are perfect for any cottage garden, and are easier to grow than you think!

Roses, hedges and lavender are essential for a wonderful formal garden. Standard roses among dark green...

The Outdoor Room

Whether you want to create a place where you can entertain family and friends or simply relax with a book, outdoor furniture is essential to enjoying the warm weather and making the most of your living and dining space. So it’s important to...

Dream a Little...

If Vass and John want to relax on a handcrafted day bed or enjoy an outdoor fire in a stone loggia, they need look no further than their own backyard. With backgrounds in styling and building, they drew on their creative skills to make their own...