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While there is no doubt much of our festive season is spent outside, it is often the calmer months of February and March when we are able to truly enjoy the beauty of extending our living spaces into the outdoors. Whether you have a small balcony or a vast open deck, there is a way you can create an environment that encourages you to relax, entertain and fully utilise your given space this season.

Outdoor Rugs
Just as a rug is a must to create zones and comfort indoors, an outdoor rug provides definition and design to an outdoor living room. Extremely hard wearing, these rugs are designed to withstand heavy foot traffic and be cleaned up with a simple brush and hose, making it the perfect foundation piece for your alfresco space.
Often they are made from materials such as PET which is derived from recycled plastic bottles, making them eco-friendly as well as stylish. PET rugs are also UV fade and water resistant and anti-mould so they will last season after season. With designs becoming more stylish every year and the sizes expanding to 2.5 m x 3.5 m, there is an outdoor rug to suit every space.

Outdoor Cushions 
and Upholstery
Gone are the days of the cabana stripe being the only patterned fabric on the market. There is a constantly evolving array of vibrant and colourful designs including florals, geometrics and bold stripes available. We are particularly enamoured with Mokum’s release of a stunning high performance velvet. So now you can have the luxury of velvet in your outdoor space without any cares or worries.
Also available are PET cushions with an unbelievable softness that will have you failing to believe you are snuggling into recycled bottles. With new technologies and exciting designs you really can blur the boundaries between both indoors and out.

Maree Hynes is a specialist interior designer with a love of colour and texture. She offers colour consultancy through to the complete interior design and furnishing of your home or office. mareehynesinteriors.co.nz