To add to the excitement of the launch of the 2020 Outdoor Collection, Early Settler is proud to have had stylist Heather Nette King coordinate the photography for the range book as the ‘Face of Style’. Here she introduces the range… and reveals her favourite pieces!
Personally, I can’t recall ever longing for the summer holiday season to begin as much as I am right now. Given that this has been an extraordinary time for everyone, I think this year we will all particularly relish the moments we get to spend outdoors with our families and friends.
Coming together for reunions, celebrations or even just a catch‑up with neighbours or mates will hold special significance this year, whether you’re in the country, your much‑loved suburban backyard or on your inner‑city balcony. With these spaces in mind, Early Settler has created this inspirational range book to showcase the 2020 Outdoor Collection and to help you make the most of your outdoor space.
From lavishly long communal tables for big family get-togethers and stylish bar tables for cocktail hour with your besties to the utmost in luxe garden or poolside lounging, Early Settler has the perfect pieces to set the scene and to help you make the most of our long Australian summers. So pour yourself a drink, sit back and get inspired by our 2020 outdoor range… you’ve earned it.
To me, there’s nothing more delicious than that first scent of jasmine in the air that heralds the end of a long winter. Being a Melburnian, that change in season is a very real reason to get excited! So, when Early Settler asked me to style the photos for their 2020 Outdoor Collection, it was my chance to create a little sunshine and pretend I was poolside, cocktail in hand.
No matter what your favourite outdoor pursuit is — gardening, barbecuing, lounging by the pool or simply reading a magazine in a garden chair — Early Settler has the most extensive range of furnishings and accessories to choose from.
There is such joy to be had in preparing a table for a gathering, be it a long Christmas lunch or a relaxed family dinner outdoors on a balmy night. I loved the chance to create these inspirational settings, adding the gorgeous hanging baskets, the planters and pops of vibrant colour with the stunning new outdoor cushion range.
I adore the laid back ‘vacay’ vibes of the Pod occasional chairs. To me they are like a contemporary take on those beautiful vintage cane chairs you’d see in old luxury hotels in the tropics, and they evoke feelings of deep calm and relaxation. Their natural tones work so beautifully with the Haven outdoor table, and the Cochin hand‑stitched tassel rug is perfect for a balcony or undercover outdoor areas.
Outdoor lighting is such an important consideration when you’re setting the mood for entertaining — I always like to use dimmable globes to get the light and the mood just right.
Whether you’re in a lush garden setting or a hip inner-city balcony or terrace, a few extra potted plants will also add to the relaxed summer vibe. Tropical palms and lush ferns are the perfect choice to create this look.
All you need to do now is add a tropical fruit platter, some mint and ice to your drink and you’re set to enjoy our beautiful Australian summer.
— Heather Nette King
Heather Nette King is a Melbourne‑based interiors stylist and writer for many leading interior titles and newspapers. She has been the Melbourne Homes Editor of Sunday Life magazine for over a decade, and her work has appeared in many Australian and international magazines, including Inside Out Magazine, Country Style, Australian House & Garden, Real Living Australia Magazine, Home Beautiful Magazine, Vogue Living, ELLE China, The Design Files and The Interiors Addict. Her own home has appeared in Belle Magazine, and her previous home was featured in the international style bible, ELLE Decoration UK. Heather has created the visual imagery for many well-known Australian brands, and also works behind the scenes copy-writing for their advertisements and websites. Heather is currently renovating her family home in an iconic, heritage‑listed apartment block. Her hobbies are gardening, spending time with her husband and two daughters, and walking her beloved Golden Retriever, Dougal.