Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes


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Imagining A Life Alfresco

Quintessential Australian living embraces an indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Think sunset BBQs with family and friends, tranquil moments along the vast shoreline and an enviable culture of late brunches and long lunches.

Draw on the essence of the Australian way of life with an outdoor environment that truly embraces seamless indoor-outdoor living. Adopt versatile pieces in your home that translate from interiors to alfresco spaces. From lounging to dining, the new outdoor collection by Coco Republic combines contemporary style with classic nuances for relaxed, liveable comfort, the epitome of a luxurious lifestyle.

Whether its afternoon cocktails, a long lunch or summer evening dinners styling your space for the perfect casual event is essential. To entertain family or friends, set the right mood and tone from the moment your guests arrive.

For the furnishings, adopt a serene sanctuary in your own home with beautifully crafted designs, balancing textural details from hardwood timber to concrete and rope.

House favourites from the new Coco Republic collection for luxurious lounging include the Barcelona Outdoor Sofa, available in two sizes featuring teak arm detail and a contemporary square shape whilst the Cayman Outdoor Modular Sofa in charcoal introduces modern presence to the outdoor room. These provide the perfect perch to start an evening soiree with drinks or casual conversation before an intimate lunch. Complete outdoor living spaces by layering with a rug; Coco Republic’s Bahamas collection features two knitted designs for textural elegance in outdoor grade material.

For summer entertaining, the Montecristo Outdoor Dining Table enhances natural surrounds with a beautiful teak top whilst the Regent Outdoor Dining Table brings modern form with a round shape and three concrete finish options. For seating, introduce comfort for a space that guests won’t want to leave. The new Milan Carver Outdoor Dining Table brings a high end European touch whilst the Bolletti Outdoor Dining Chair combines woven style with relaxation.

With your space set up, add the finishing touches. A considered centerpiece is the perfect starting point and introducing fresh flowers or lush layers of foliage creates a moment on the tablescape. Or for an on trend styling addition, add small potted botanics such as succulents in clustered types and sizes. Leave room for a few candles dispersed along the table and create balance in the space by also adding accents to your outdoor coffee or side table.

Layer with décor options including rustic timber boards, trays and champagne buckets or wine chillers. Consider your cutlery, plateware, carafes and glassware placement with table runners, coasters and placemats. All details complete a final picture for a memorable get-together.

For the colour palette, try matching a tone from your outdoor scatter cushions in your placemats for harmony and balance and leave other pieces in neutrals or metallics. Brass cutlery is always a nice touch to add for a special occasion.

Add ambience to your outdoor spaces by considering lighting. A simple pendant or cluster adds a magnificent touch over a dining table or coffee table in a covered area. Or add sconces to a wall with introduce shadowed lighting for interest. Festoon lighting has been on trend in recent years or fairy lights and lanterns make great options for a less permanent fixture. The effect is beautiful as the sun goes down.

For summer essentials to create your outdoor oasis, shop the new Coco Republic outdoor collection online here or visit a showroom in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Alexandra D

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