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As Seen In - Adore Magazine
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As Seen In - Adore Magazine

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We are so inspired by peoples creativity and vision when it comes to home renovation and design. Please see the final stages of Loni Parker from Adore Magazines personal home renovation. . . . . 

"It’s with great pride that I reveal the very last space of our house to be renovated - the front yard! We have officially finished the house now, and I’m so thrilled with this little oasis which we’ve created." ~ Loni parker

BEFORE + THE VISION
We started with a humble brick abode with patchy grass and have turned it into a white weatherboard home complete with a lush courtyard perfect for entertaining.

 

DECK
I wanted something low-maintenance so decided to go with a composite decking board from Ekodeck. We choose Ironwood from the Ekodeck+ Designer Series, it’s a great match with Colorbond Monument. The prospect of no sanding, oiling or staining really appeals to me. It’s easy to clean too!

POTS
All of the white pots you see in this space are from The Balcony Garden. They’re the only company I get my pots from - they’re tough, light-weight. On the deck I’ve used the ‘Ripple’ pot, the ribbed detail is so on trend! In the front part of the garden we’ve teamed three large ‘Straight Up’ pots with Nicolai Strelitzia, I just love the look of them - they give that holiday feeling I was so desperately craving out here.

BENCH SEAT
I was heavily inspired by @geebungalow’s own courtyard space with a rendered, built-in bench seat so decided to also add one in our front yard. I have taken a cheeky afternoon nap out here on the bench seat and I have to say it’s super comfortable. Raffia cushions featured are from Au Fait Living.

FURNITURE
I searched high and low for the perfect outdoor coffee and side tables, when someone on Instagram suggested P&R Styling I knew I found the perfect ones. I have the oversized terrazzo coffee table and log side table. It’s super neutral, and that little grey terrazzo fleck ties in with the light grey grout on our crazy paving. As we’re north-facing it gets very hot out here so a large umbrella was a must. I bought my ‘Go Large’ 2.8m umbrella from Basil Bangs (along with the umbrella stand on wheels), it makes moving it around a total breeze.

CRAZY PAVING
I went with a real stone – a limestone called Tunisian Pearl crazy paving from Stone Style. We laid the crazy paving ourselves, and were we crazy for doing so? 100% yes haha. But looking back on it, it was totally worth the struggle because it looks amazing and we can proudly say, hey we did that!

PRIVACY & SECURITY
I’ve used 40x40mm timber pre-primed battens to create a privacy screen for the side of the carport (shown above) and for the side of our deck. I wanted something clean and simple looking, that didn’t detract from the overall space’s white aesthetic. For security we have chosen the Google Nest Cam - it’s battery operated so no need to hard wire it in. We love that if someone comes in to the courtyard whilst we are out, we can communicate with them - this is particularly handy with courier drivers and we can just ask them to leave the parcel at the door or around the back of house. The whole thing is magnetic so we’ve just simply placed it on our aluminium post of the carport without having to drill a single hole! Brilliant!

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For the full article including details of materials, suppliers and renovation budgets CLICK HERE
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