I was excited to provide my input for Australian Outdoor Living’s recently launched ebook, The Ultimate Guide To Outdoor Living in Victoria.

Creating the Ultimate Outdoor Entertaining Space

Having lived in Melbourne for most of my life, there are some annual events that stand out in our outdoor entertaining calendar. Typically Melbourne Cup Day, the AFL Grand Final and Australia Day are a great excuse to catch up with friends for some outdoor entertaining. In recent times, the space designated for outdoor entertaining has become an extension of the indoor living area. Here are my tips for creating the ultimate outdoor entertaining space.

1. Shade

It’s a given but no one wants to sit outside and fry in the sun. A covered porch or al fresco area is ideal to protect from the elements.

Creating The Ultimate Outdoor Entertaining Space

 Juan Montoya via Architectural Digest

If a covered space is not possible, an awning or large portable umbrella can do the trick.

Creating the Ultimate Outdoor Entertaining Space

Greg Natale

Creating the Perfect Outdoor Entertaining Space

Fleming Homes

2. Comfortable Seating

Needless to say, a comfortable lounge or armchairs will encourage guests to relax and linger longer. Consider using Outdoor fabrics that are fade resistant and more durable. There are so many colour and pattern options available.

Creating The Perfect Outdoor Entertaining Space

Blackband Design

Don’t skimp on the cushions either! Also available in a wide range of outdoor fabrics, they add to the comfort factor and inject some personality. I love the unexpected pink in the image below.

Creating The Ultimate Outdoor Entertaining Space

Casey Browar via Luxe

3. Outdoor Rug

As with the indoors, a rug specifically designed for outdoor use can define the space and add colour.

Creating The Perfect Outdoor Entertaining Space

B Pila via Luxe

4. Heat Source

Particularly in Melbourne, the weather can be changeable. To extend the amount of time you can use your outdoor space, consider a source of heat. An open fire is a real luxury.

Creating The Perfect Outdoor Entertaining Space

The Sunny Side Up

We will be installing HeatStrip electric radiant heaters in our new Al Fresco. This gorgeous space features both open fire and electric heating.

Creating the Perfect Outdoor Entertaining Space

Brooke Giannetti

5. Outdoor Lighting

Lighting can be a feature in an outdoor entertaining zone. It also helps create a beautiful ambience at night. Consider using lanterns or candles to set the scene.

Creating the Perfect Outdoor Entertaining Space

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Creating the Perfect Outdoor Entertaining Space

The Owen Group

Here are some of my picks for Creating the Ultimate Outdoor Entertaining Space.

Creating the Ultimate Outdoor Entertaining Space

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Belinda XO