Suburban Safari – July 2009

Décor editor Andrew Mackenzie gives a tired patio a seasonal update for winter

Leading onto the garden and swimming pool, and with the added advantage of having a build-in fireplace, this area was begging to be turned into a warm, comfortable outdoor living room. In keeping with the ochre wall colour, I decided on a neutral colour palette accented by fresh whites, and chose to create a safari feel, which is fun and contemporary. The only existing furniture was an old leather sofa and a raw wood coffee table. To add extra seating, without obstructing the view of the garden, I selected two low, white, plaited leather ottomans and pair of turned wooden stools, which can double up as side tables.

To introduce texture, I added a hemp rug which picked up the tones of the walls. A rug helps to anchor a setting and gives a sense of warmth in the cooler months. Cream cushion with a white leaf details, from La Grange Interiors, lightened the heaviness of the brown sofa.

An old painting in a wooden frame from a second-hand shop was hung above the fireplace to make the most of this focal point and accentuate the height of the area. In the alcove on the left of the fireplace is a contemporary white lamp base and shade, which have an organic feel and pick up the white of the ottomans. (outdoor plug points are a real bonus as you can bring lamps, which contribute greatly to ambient lighting in the evenings.) Logs were stacked in the alcove on the other side of the fireplace to create a sense of balance and to introduce additional texture. A large white giraffe adds humour and plays on the modern safari feel.

This neutral scheme is effective on its own and allows the look to be easily changed with the seasons by adding accessories in another colour. Adding a splash of lime green are a textured scatter cushion and pair of Green Wild Fig Church Candles on Stone Candle Plates, all from Loads of Living.

In South African Garden and Home by Andrew / 23 August 2012 /

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