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WELCOME editor’s letter
nspiration. You’ll find it in spades in the stunningly beautiful and
functional outdoor areas on these pages. We bring you the best
from Western Australia and the world, and we hope you’ll be as
excited by these amazing spaces as we are. From the lush and colourful
yet waterwise Perth gardens in Perfect Plants (p98) to the dreamy
outdoor spaces from Arizona to Africa in World’s Best Spaces (p66),
you’re sure to love them all.
Your outdoor space should ideally suit your lifestyle, your
personality and your home. It should also be a tranquil haven where
you can escape and relax. Fortunately, the abundance of wonderful
materials, styles and expertise now available makes this easier to
achieve. Individuality is the key but there are some trends to note:
some have been growing in recent years and others are just emerging.
Creating seamless indoor-outdoor flow is one that’s been steadily
gaining strength in response to our warm climate, which allows us
to use our outdoor areas throughout the year. An extension of this
trend is the outdoor room – thinking of your garden as another room
and bringing in furniture, artworks, soft furnishings, lighting and
accessories to make it an inviting one.
With water levels shrinking and life getting busier, waterwise,
low-maintenance gardens are also high on the agenda. And with
clever design and plant selection these can be green and appealing.
Warm, natural materials such as wood and stone are also big, with
landscapes incorporating stone water features, pebble borders and
highlight strips, decking, paving and rugged walls. Some on-trend
materials, such as sparkling Toodyay stone, were popular in previous
eras and have a delightfully retro feel.
In features such as Design Directions (p40), we see the fantastic
results of following these philosophies and using these materials, and
the experts let us in on the secrets of making them work.
Last but not least, our hot climate makes pools appealing, and there’s
no shortage of styles and sizes. A beautiful blue pool can help create a
little piece of paradise at home. The alluring pool area on our cover (pool
by Splish Splash Pools and photography by Blue Poppy Photography)
was created by Fluid Design in Sydney (World’s Best Spaces, p66). The
pool and surrounds were designed to be an entertainer’s dream, with
the pool also visible from the indoor living areas. Enjoy.
Beth Muhling Acting editor
“From lush yet waterwise
gardens in Perth to dreamy
outdoor spaces in Arizona and
Africa, you’ll love them all”
Another Jamie Durie Design Tip:
“A patio can be the most
stunning room in the house.”
“With careful design planning, a patio will become an integral extension of your lifestyle as well as an impressive
feature of your house. The treatment of this transitional space, where the edge of architecture meets the
outdoors, has become as important these days as a kitchen or a bathroom renovation. How you blur this
boundary so it becomes a seamless transition from interior to exterior is crucial.
That’s why it’s important to select pavers with the right colour, texture, shape and size. The right choice can
also help provide a smooth visual flow from the inside to the outside and make both spaces appear larger.
There’s a new range now available from Boral Bricks, so check them out and get inspired! ”
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