Outdoor Living

Tips and information for styling outdoor spaces.

  • Outdoor Living

    Garden Activities to Improve Wellbeing

    Engaging in your garden space, whether that is an outdoor area, an indoor area or just a pot or two, is an opportunity to improve your wellbeing. There are several reasons for this, ranging from physical exercise to mental flow. There are the benefits associated with connecting with nature from experiencing life beyond your own to breathing in fresh air. In short, there are physical, mental and emotional benefits to be gained from any version of gardening for all age groups and levels of skill. If you are new to gardening, start small. A garden is a journey of art and science. It is a wonderful on-going experiment into microclimates…

  • Interior Styling,  Outdoor Living

    Blending Planting and Art

    Indoor and outdoor spaces benefit not only by adding the green element of plants but also considered pots and planters to hold them. Sculptural, organic or coloured options add the extra depth or excitement to the decor of the space. Whether it is an expression of style or a pop of colour, a planter or pot can add the extra something. For a greater sense of styling, collect pots and planters of different sizes and scales. Position them together in groups of 3 or 5 for a pleasing vignette that draws the eye and enhances the space. Look for pots and planters that have a relationship through either colour family…

  • Outdoor Living

    What is Horticultural Therapy?

    Horticultural therapy is the use of plant-based skills and practices to improve the physical and mental health of participants. It provides opportunities to build physical strength, improve well-being and gain skills in gardening.  Traditionally, it has been used in health-care facilities to support the well-being of residents, however, the recognition of the benefits of horticultural therapy are becoming more widely known and its applications are growing to include an ever-widening group of applications. In Japan, forest bathing has been a well recognised treatment to restore well-being and find balance. Tasmania too offers opportunities for forest bathing where participants can immerse themselves in the natural world. Participants of forest bathing seek…

  • Interior Styling,  Outdoor Living

    Bring them Indoors

    Overnight temperatures are now consistently dropping into the cold zone – a key indicator for this that my husband has switched our reverse-cycle airconditioning to the warm setting. If it is too cold for us, it is way too cold for our indoor (typically tropical) plants to stay outside. If we hope to keep those plants alive over winter, they need to be put some where a bit more consistently warm until mid-spring when the temperatures rise again. Whilst many indoor plants can survive well outdoors in Tasmania with the right micro-climate, there are a whole bunch more that need to be inside. When they do come inside, be mindful…

  • Outdoor Living

    Iris Envy

    Bearded irises rank up there among my favourite plants. They are beautiful, easy to propogate and easy to care for. They love a harsh sun and are resilient to changing conditions. Every year, they get bigger and better, and their vibrant flowers come in an enviable range of colours, colour combinations and sizes. Personally, I am a fan of the tall beared iris that stand about a metre high. Before flowering, the blue-grey leaves put on a lovely show, but when those buds start to burst open in spring – a glorious display will ensue. Irises do well in the ground or in pots. They have above ground rhizomes which…

  • Outdoor Living

    Wonderful Wreaths

    Wreaths are one of those decor features that sets the tone for everything yet to come as you enter a home. They can by big and bold or dainty and considered. Some of them were wonderful for the first two or so years of use, but if you take a look now, they are getting a bit tattered. If yours is needing an update, then wreaths this year are worth investing in.  On the other hand, there are now many Youtube tutorials to make your own. So if you have a frame, a bucket load (or two) of materials, a roll of florist wire and touch of creativity, you could…

  • Outdoor Living

    Detailed Doormats

    How long is it since you have replaced your doormat? Is it a bit worn around the edges? Have you had it so long that the shop you bought is from no longer exists? A doormat is so easy to overlook – it’s there all the time, and unless you have boiterous dogs, probably doesn’t move much. They are tough and last a long time, which means, we tend to forget about them. Gone are the days of the plain coir mat. Doormats now are the introduction to your home. They invite your guests in and tell them what to expect before they enter. They are the clue-providers that say…

  • Outdoor Living

    Picnic Season

    A picnic used to be an exploration of the outdoors. It involved preparation and anticipation. There was the thoughful consideration of the space, the careful preparation of delectable finger foods, and an afternoon spent relaxing outdoors with friends and families. Somewhere in the 2000s, the traditional prepared picnic became the collect a box of KFC on the way and sit in the park picnic – at least for me. I love a good bit of KFC, and I love eating it the park – but there is very little romance in that kind of picnic. So my thoughts are, this spring-summer, let’s try to reconnect with a more traditional, romantic,…

  • Interior Styling,  Outdoor Living

    Adding That Statement Piece

    Adding a statement piece to each room or space provides a focal point that creates the flow of a room. The idea is, obviously, to create focus – to draw the eye and encourage you to step in. A statement piece should reflect your style and create conversation – it doesn’t have to be beautiful (most of us would prefer it was), but it should draw you in and make you investigate. The ultimate statement piece in Tasmania is MONA. The Museum of Old and New Art is filled with thought and conversation provoking displays. Each space is carefully curated to make you think, to shock you and to give…