Tropical Punch – January 2010

Décor editor Andrew Mackenzie transforms an unused patio into an entertainer’s dream

This Johannesburg patio was originally nothing more than a shell; an awkward area tacked on to the rest of the house. The idea was to transform it into a space which had all the comforts of an indoor dining room, but with the advantages of an outdoor entertaining area.

Inspired by the delicious monster plants which fill the garden, two oversized wingback chairs were covered in Delicious Monster, colour Chartreuse, from Black Fabrics. This added a bold note to the raw wood table from Weylandts, which was flanked by contemporary white outdoor chairs. Because the patio is deep and covered, rain is not a problem, so a jute rug from Rebtex was added to give the necessary warmth and texture. A large white-framed mirror, framed by white African grass mats, accentuates the patio’s spacious nature.

The crisp white furnishings, warm ochre walls and fresh chartreuse fabric create a colour palette that is wonderfully flexible and can be dressed up with accessories in fun, bright summer colours, like these deep pink throws and place mats.

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

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