In the often busy pace of inner-city living, it’s essential to have an inviting space to escape at the end of the day with your clan. Funky furnishings and accessories from our new Urban collection of outdoor furniture can really crank up the cool vibe in your open-air spaces, whether a tiny balcony or palatial patio. Yet you don’t have to be a city-sticker to enjoy alfresco entertaining with edge. You can create the perfect urban outdoor oasis in any space.
Choose the latest designs with a hip metro edge, like matte-black wicker, marble, concrete and powder-coated metals. They offer sophistication and great outdoor durability. If you have the space, separate dining and lounging zones add practicality, especially when entertaining. Add groovy little side tables so there’s plenty of surface space for nibbles and drinks. The Poppy aluminium sofa pairs perfectly with the Cooper side tables and Poppit stool.
Backdrop the setting with hanging pot plants or an edible vertical garden, which can be affixed directly to a fence or wall. Or learn how to make a pallet garden. There’s something very chic about lots of greenery contrasted against semi-industrial furnishings, like this Madden aluminium dining set. Faux plants in mix-and-match stands can also create a lush look but without the upkeep, which is ideal for those who work long hours or who travel a lot.
Folding furniture like the Tanna is perfect for petite patios and balconies. You can set the scene for sunset cocktails with friends, then fold it all away when not in use.
Outdoor lighting is so atmospheric for evening entertaining. A pendant light above the dining table can really make a statement, while festoon lights overhead create a magical open-air ambience. Hanging a mirror in an undercover area can add sophistication and also works to reflect the greenery and lights to make your outdoor area sparkle.
Consider adding a cocktail bar or even a full alfresco kitchen. If you’re undercover, you could repurpose an old buffet for the task or purchase a portable alfresco kitchen unit. Add a beer fridge and your patio becomes an instant party paradise. Hang a neon sign with a sassy message, like ‘Happy Hour’ or ‘Margaritaville’. You can even custom order your own message, such as ‘Bec’s Bistro’ or ‘Dave’s Dive’ for alfresco entertaining with edge. And don’t forget to set it all off with a toasty fire pit to create that hip entertainer’s vibe!