Design Lesson
May 28, 2011

Steven & Chris: Create an alfresco retreat

By: Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman

Steven & Chris: Create an alfresco retreat Author: Style At Home

Design Lesson
May 28, 2011

Steven & Chris: Create an alfresco retreat

By: Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman

When it comes to creating the perfect outdoor oasis, there's no need for an acre of green grass in the country. Whether your space is large or small, with just a few essentials it can become a luxurious extension of your home and the ideal spot for entertaining.

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Illustration by Nicole Perry

Add Structure
Pergolas can help define a space and create an intimate atmosphere, while a fireplace acts as a focal point and offers warmth. Outdoor fireplaces can be similar in stature to the ones you might find in a grand living room. We love the customized hand-cast concrete fireplaces from Vancouver's Solus Decor.

Choose furniture wisely
Your patio furniture should be consistent with your interior decor to create a seamless look indoors and out. Select pieces that not only are durable but also have comfort and character. steven-chris-alfresco-fabric.jpg
Go for a fabric with a wow factor
Gone are the days of plastic and polyester on your outdoor chairs. Today’s vast array of weather-resistant fabrics rival any of those made for interiors – there’s even a velvet for outside! We especially like bright colours and bold prints. steven-chris-alfresco-lantern.jpg
Include a personal touch
Accessories are just as important outside your home as they are inside. When entertaining, don’t be afraid to bring some of your beautiful pieces like a silver serving tray or an ice bucket outdoors.
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Steven & Chris: Create an alfresco retreat