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3 easy tips to make your home outdoor entertainment ready!

Updated: Aug 26, 2019

It's that time of the year again when we start to venture back outdoors, enjoying the longer evenings, warmer weather, & entertaining friends and family with a few of those classic kiwi B.B.Q's! But is your home outdoor entertainment ready? Make the most out of the indoor outdoor flow your home can provide with these 3 easy-to-do ideas - your guests may never want to leave!


Outdoor Rugs


Area rugs are a great way to add a splash of colour and texture, while tying together the indoors to the outdoors. They provide a sense of luxury and softness to help ground and define a space and done well can make you feel like the outdoors is a perfect extension to the in.

Rug's range in prices; which makes a rug an easily accessible accessory catering to all budgets. Keep in mind though that the quality of the rug will determine how it wears, feels and looks overtime. They are designed specifically for outdoor conditions, but even still I would take care to put away in storage over the cooler months to increase the longevity factor like anything if you take good care it will be a great investment long term, so you can’t really go wrong!


Images 1. Homes to Love 2. Trenzseater 3. Anthropology home


Lighting


Entertaining outdoors doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down, but sometimes a little extra lighting is needed. Make sure to be careful to add the right type of lighting to your space: anything too direct without appropriate ‘softening’ may see you and your guests squinting in the dark – not a pleasant way to spend an evening! So think first about positioning and the type & ambience you’re wanting to deliver.

Down-lights create a nice amount of light whilst still remaining unobtrusive, spotlight a tree or string up some whimsical fairy lights, it doesn’t need to be hard and yet it will create the right ambience for you and your guests to relax, sit back and enjoy all night long while still being able to see the wine levels in your glasses!


Images 1.The Garden Glove 2.Once Daily Chic 3.Pinterest


Heating




Keeping warm and cozy heading into both the beginning and later months of summer can be done in a myriad of ways. Having ambient, heating most definitely brings

atmosphere and comfort to your outdoor area space; but it’s important to consider the type of heating, the time involved (pre & post burn) as well as the comfort of those enjoying the heat source!


Braziers or fire-pits give a wonderfully authentic tone to your evening’s soiree think about the style of your home, is it more contemporary? Then a square fire pit can give an sophisticated edge to the traditional round and rustic. Obviously they are are wonderful way for people to be able to access the heat from all angles, however smoke direction can be a pain. Gas heating alternatives such as traditional patio heaters and the more elegant gas-powered fire-pits give the benefits of instant heat, very little preparation and little to zero mess afterwards. However, these can be more pricey and may require some gas-fitting expertise but if you are looking for a more permanent solution, many different options are available and it is absolutely a worthy investment. I don't believe you will regret the comfort factor of being able to turn up the heat when things get a little cool, and neither will your guests!


Images 1. Akin Design Studo 2. Akin Design Studio 3.Huffpost

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