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Outdoor living spaces: Al Fresco Experience

Feb 14, 2018 | Design and Decor, Featured, Luxury Trends

Creating a sheltered space conducive to eating and entertaining is a crucial aspect of your outdoor lifestyle. When planning such a space, consider the importance of making it easy to use and pleasant to spend time in.


Lush greenery softens the effect of the hard materials used to build a deck. This outdoor dining area by Eckersley Garden Architecture ( is an open social space that feels secluded thanks to its clever integration into the garden and the canopy of trellised vines.


Indoor-outdoor living is made easier with this smart deck design by Three Birds Renovations ( A hatch between the kitchen and the outdoor area makes serving and clearing the table a cinch. Having additional seating in the form of counterside stools is convenient for enjoying drinks or accommodating unexpected guests.


Christopher Ward Studio ( illustrates how you can install quite serious and solid pieces outside – as long as they’re durable. Combining hard-wearing and high-end, a concrete dining table next to a built-in braai is flanked by Panton S-shaped moulded plastic chairs. The scene is set for a special occasion.

Credits: TEXT Julia Freemantle PHOTOGRAPHS Priya Schuback, Prue Roscoe, Davide Lovatti, Natalie Hunfalvay, supplied

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