Looking for some new pieces to add colour and life to your outdoor space? Check out our picks for the best products to add that something different

Exterior decorating

There’s no doubt that outdoor spaces have become a focus for family entertaining and facilities in the backyard upgraded to outdoor ‘rooms’ – which are made all the more stylish, and comfortable, for all occasions with innovations like Fotti’s Pergotenda, a patented retractable roofing system that can be customised with either wooden or aluminium frames, self-standing or anchored to a wall like Iridium (pictured far left).

Outdoor furniture, too, has come to look more like the pieces you’d find in a lounge room interior, but some designers are breaking from the mould, like Philippe Bestenheider with his curvaceous Swirl chair created for Varaschin in specially-treated powder-coated steel (pictured left).

Iridium retractable roofing and the Swirl range of outdoor furniture are available from Fotti, now open at 1045 Ann Street, Newstead.


Bring some green inside

Use your wall space to create a mini vertical garden indoors with Urbio’s lightweight, durable wall storage unit. The polypropylene unit is modular so you can build your wall grid with your choice of one or more wall plates and different size vessels attached with uber strong magnets, but they are best suited to lighter plantings not packed with too much soil. The 50cm x 76cm unit pictured is $245 plus shipping fee from www.top3.com.au or call 1300 867 333.


Pretty as a pixel

I just love the Le Pixel beach umbrella from The Small Garden, the online store offering a selection of cool garden treats hand-picked by New Farm-based landscape design and installation duo Tom and Carolynn Brooks. The pair specialises in creating super smart landscapes in small spaces and has a clever knack of finding just the right quirky pieces to give a garden a unique personality – just check out their vintage outdoor furniture in the online shop. Basil Bang’s Le Pixel umbrella (above) is made from marine-grade UV-resistant fabric and custom detailing with matching carry case. RRP$239 plus shipping. Moulded plastic pink flamingos RRP$49.95 plus shipping.


Sunny side up

Sydney-based design duo Wesley Dunlop and Rebecca Holdaway of Glorious Difference created this vibrant picnic rug, called Sunshine, perfect to lounge about on when the sun shines outside. The psychedelic, kaleidoscopic pattern also has a practical side, with a waterproof polyester backing, a durable UV-resistant canvas and polyester core, that also acts as a cushion for picnic-goers, and it’s machine-washable. It also has a discreet pocket to help hide keys or wallet from view and it folds into a carry bag for easy portability. Size 185cm x 145cm. RRP$198 each online at www.top3.com.au or call 1300 867 333.


Time after time

This might look like the workings of a very complex Swiss watch but it’s actually a laser cut feature panel from metal masters, Melbourne-based Entanglements. Called Clockwork, the panel can be used horizontally or vertically against a plain wall, in a frame to divide areas or even overhead to create filtered light. Panels measure 1530mm x 1100mm and LED strip lighting is optional. Custom colours, sizes and materials available on request. RRP$1650 plus shipping fee, see www.entanglements.com.au. Also take a look at other goodies like the Banksia Nut Screen, Ned Kelly letterbox and Autumn Cube sculpture.


Twistin’ time

Add a splash of colour to an outdoor entertaining area with Twist Stools from Annabel Trends. Mix and match as wildly as your heart desires. Waterproof plastic weave suitable for outdoors or fun for a kids’ play room. RRP$149.95 each, for Brisbane stockists see online.


These boots are made for gardening

Just a bit more chic than your traditional daggy old black rubber Wellington boots, these Western-style boots from Gardenware are waterproof and could do double duty at the next Bluesfest. Comfortable chunky low heel and extra grip on the rubber sole for soggy conditions. RRP$60, buy online (free shipping within Australia) or call 5488 4458.


As seen in bmag issue 253