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Is your outdoor area in need of some urgent action? With spring in full swing and summer fast approaching, now is the time to focus on the outdoors and concentrate your efforts on revitalising your entertaining areas.

Here we look at some simple tricks to update and invigorate without blowing your budget!

Sweep and Spruce

The weather over winter can wreak havoc with outdoor areas. Sweeping away the dust and dirt is a must…but sometimes not enough.

Decking can often use a bit of TLC and now is the time to do it! Decking oil is simple to apply and provides a deck with the natural protection it needs to see it through the hot summer months and returning it to it’s glory days gone past.

If you’ve got pavers or tiles, then a simple clean with a high-pressure water cleaner is sure to do the trick.

Outdoor furniture

To update tired outdoor furniture, you can’t go wrong with cushions and covers. This season fabrics are bold. Geometric and monochrome patterns provide a striking focus in any setting, and give an instant lift.

Outdoor sofa settings are instantly revamped with new covers. Try www.faboutdoorfabrics.com.au and Flock Upholstery in McKinnon, Melbourne for inspiration on colour, themes and styles.

If patterns aren’t your thing, try adding a few cushions in plain colours but keep them bold, like yellow or turquoise, which look great with wood settings and also stand out amongst the garden.

Fabrics are inexpensive and the focus on cushions has meant that there are plenty of fabulous styles to choose from.


Evening entertaining is lovely on a hot night but spotlights and mosquito zappers are an instant bugbear for ruining the atmosphere.

While spotlights are useful if focused on the BBQ area, choosing candles and lights that dim for your seating areas will create a more soothing and relaxed ambience. Citronella candles make short work of any mosquitos without the zzzap!

Remember: Keeping it simple is often the best and small changes can create a big impact!

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