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Home Living : January 8th 2013
GET READY FOR GARDEN PARTIES TIPS FOR YOUR OUTSIDE SPACE Janita Singh ALFRESCO LIVING Make the most of your outdoor area when entertaining. FINALLY the sun is shining. If you're planning a garden party, here's a few tips to make the most of your outdoor space. In the shade Pergolas, shade cloths, sails and gazebos add style and comfort to outdoor entertain- ing areas. Celebrity landscaper Jamie Durie says a gazebo brings both coverage and ambience. ''A gazebo extends living space. Consider conditions your gazebo may be exposed to. Wood canopy has a fantastic, classic look, but it's more difficult to maintain in dry and hot conditions or places with extreme rain," he says. He says vinyl canopies are afford- able and easier to maintain. Durie's gazebo collection is avail- able at Big W. Luscious lawns ''A healthy, well-maintained lawn is more than just a beautiful thing . . . it's a masterpiece of sustainability and great place for gathering," says garden guru and horticulturalist Adam Woodhams. Experts at Victa say lawn main- tenance means proper care and correct mowing. Never cut wet or dewy grass, keep lawnmower blades sharp and use a grass catcher. Garden extras Bunnings natio- nal garden decor buyer, Sharyn Petrzela suggests making state- ment with sculptures. Decide on the sculpture's role. ''Will it be a centrepiece or a complementary decorative piece?'' Pick a larger statue for visual impact if you plan to make it the focal point. For complementary pieces, pick something small. OUTDOOR FURNITURE Quality outdoor furniture will make a huge difference to your alfresco living. Bunnings Warehouse Leisure Buyer Cameron Rist says when selecting an outdoor setting, think of your home's existing theme. Find furniture to match. This helps create a living space that's an extension of your home,'' he says. Consider intended use. For example, an 11-piece setting is ideal for big family gatherings, but a bistro table with two chairs is perfect for reading a newspaper outside. Experts in Australian outdoor furniture, Wintons Teak, says identify the primary purpose of your outdoor entertaining area. Do you love hosting large parties or sharing a drink with a few friends? Don't be overwhelmed by variety. Check for workmanship and after- care. Buy something durable which is easy to maintain and fuss-free. Seen any great ideas? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org SORT OUT YOUR CLUTTER Sort clutter this new year with Clever Cube's new Wenge series in various sizes. bunnings.com.au or phone 03 8831 9777 . SCOOP UP SOME FROZEN FUN These cute ice-cream scoops will make sure everyone has their fair share of fun this summer. Call VGM Imports (distributor) on 1800 650 601. TOYS ARE DOGGONE GOOD Stretch fun into the new year by treating your pets with the awesome Doggone range of toys.Details: 9646 9690 or doggonegorgeous.com.au 1800 667 639 ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS Sick and tired of paying high electricity bills? 1.5kW Solar System 25 Year warranty on mono panels Installed by CEC Accredited installers 2kW $1399* 3kW $2399* Fully Installed 1199* $ We wont be beaten on price FREE CALL 5kW $4999* *CONDITIONS APPLY ABN: 53 979 730 574 www.sydneylightandpower.com.au Lic: 180332C 2047601 20/11 Add some class to your glass $99VERTICAL BLINDS PER WINDOW ANY SIZE FULL HOUSE ONLY PLANTATION SHUTTERS FREE Installation 20 years warranty 1300 880 263 FREE CALL COBB & CO BLINDS Wide variety of custom made blinds are also available www.ccblinds.com.au | email@example.com LAST DAYS
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