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2017 LPS Magazine Issue 2

Maximising your outdoor area is a great way to extend your living space and make those summer days last long into the night, as well as a making it warm and welcoming well into the winter months. Some of the best ways to make the most of your outdoor areas is to focus on your outdoor furniture, outdoor cooking area and heating and there are many things to consider. The focus is on finding the ideal outdoor dining suite. Lounging chairs or couches will work better poolside or in smaller areas. Many like their space to have the flexibility to be multipurpose- mixing up lounging furniture with a wellproportioned lower table may provide a good solution. Comfort will be a significant factor when selecting your outdoor furniture. Outdoor living is about relaxing and enjoying your outdoor space, so take time to ensure your outdoor furniture is not only stylish but comfortable and functional as well. The appropriate materials will depend on the style you are trying to achieve, taking in to account the design and character of your home and outdoor space. Bill Willis of renowned furnishers McKenzie and Willis comments that, “Recent trends show a move back to the love of natural fibres such as string and rope paired with natural wood finishes.” There is a continuing trend for the use of authentic wicker, which is ideal for being able to weather the harsher conditions; a look that international brand Manutti have perfected. Another material ideal for less temperate climates is the contemporary look of aluminium, being light, strong and rust free and resistant to the effects of weather. Other popular materials include durable concrete and granite tables which will create a sleek modern look, wood furnishings which may be more consistent with a character home or powder coated chairs and couches for a retro yet elegant option. O U T D O O R L I V I N G 6 | 7 O U T D O O R F U R N I T U R E Continues over >


2017 LPS Magazine Issue 2
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