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Just because the cooler days of autumn are closing in, doesn’t mean that you have to. Make the most of your outdoor area this season (and all seasons), whether you’re adding that extra bit of warmth with an added layer or a pop of colour, Metropol has got you covered so you can enjoy the great outdoors year-round.

 

BoConcept Rome Outdoor Sofa

 

 

LOTS OF LAYERS
There is nothing quite like wrapping yourself up in a snuggly throw as a way to cut through the cold. A hot tip; have a blanket basket by the door to the outdoor area. That way dirt and leaves aren’t dragged inside.

Bunnings Warehouse Fiammetta Matt Black Outdoor Area Gas Heater

 

Urban Eden & Co Love Boat Trio – Fog Grey, Pink Lemonade, Hot Mustard

COLLECTION OF COLOURS
Adding warmth doesn’t have to resort to heat. Often what makes you feel cosy inside is the aesthetic of a room. Pops of colour can come in the form of planters, cushions, garden features and even lights.

Urban Eden & Co White Vertical Garden

WAVES OF WARMTH
But naturally if there is a bit of chill in the air, sitting outside will be made a whole lot easier with heating. Gas fires and fire pits are an awesome autumn edition. Not to mention, toasting marshmallows always goes down a treat.

 

Sheridan Naville Mango Throw

 

Pillow Talk Molly Candle Holder

 

Edible landscaping


Take your landscaping a step further by giving it an edible twist. A boost for your palate as well as Mother Nature’s, this flavourful endeavour will brighten up any space. Here are Metropol’s tips to incorporate edible plants into shaping your outdoor spaces.

 

 

SPICE IT UP
Herbs don’t just give any recipe an edge – they can give your garden beds one, too. Lavender looks lovely lining any garden or path, and onions, garlic and chives can be planted as edging to protect other edibles from hungry birds and animals.

FRUTTI TUTTI
Fruit trees look stunning in every landscape. Supposedly nothing tastes better than the fruits of your labour, but just make sure you monitor excess fruit to keep hungry rodents and possums at bay. We especially love the look of an immaculately groomed citrus tree – and not just for the G&Ts.

ZEALOUS TRELLIS
If you’re using trellis to adorn a wall or to create a pergola or space divider, add interest and function with tasty additions. Runner beans and nasturtiums both have eye-catching blooms and enjoy a climb. The leaves of beans are also more attractive to pests than the veges – win, win!

FLOWER POWER
Pansies and calendulas make beautiful touches to your landscape and can be added to your cooking in the way of salads and baked goods. Plant in garden beds, pots of hanging baskets – and then pluck away to garnish your meals.


 

Wicker-ed Furniture: WovenVeranda


Cirebon is situated about 250km east of Jakarta, Indonesia and has become a bit of a superstar in the world of outdoor furniture. Establishing itself as the rattan trade centre and manufacturer over time, it is here that WovenVeranda products begin their lifecycle before ending up on the shores of little old New Zealand.

 

 

All products are expertly completed by hand. The range can be used for both indoor and outdoor settings, and features natural fibres like rattan wicker alongside reputable and sought-after synthetic options, too.

The polycarbon strands are woven upon commercial grade aluminium framing and manufactured specifically to cope with New Zealand’s harsh and varied weather conditions, from high UV rays to extreme cold. Topped with sumptuous cushions that are, quite literally, made for lounging.

Sales Administrator Lisa Lloyd-Thwaites says many customers return to WovenVeranda to add to their collections, or refer family and friends.

“It is the highest compliment to our products and service when we have returning customers, or they refer their friends and family,” she says.

WovenVeranda also wanted to take the time to thank customers that have been loyal and patient during the uncertain times that the last year brought with it.

But one thing that has remained is the support of the community who believes the product is worth waiting for!

Does outdoor furniture sound like it would be a wicker(ed) addition to your home? Visit the Old School Collective on Main North Road in Waikuku.

Or get in contact directly on (03) 423 3133 or email info@wovenveranda.co.nz.


 

Portable outdoor comforts


A day at the beach, picnic in the garden or weekend at the bach can be made ever more enjoyable with some simple comforts. Here are Metropol’s picks of portable outdoor furniture to help you chase the last of the summer days.

Read, socialise and sunbathe on a cosy bean bag. Citta Bean Bag in Moss

 

Serve up picturesque cuisine and libations on an outdoor ottoman. OZ Design Furniture Water Hyacinth Ottoman

 

A snuggly rug for picnics, and when the temperature drops. Tolly McRae Merino Wool Throw

 

An umbrella to shield those sunny rays. Mocka Classic Black Beach Umbrella

 


 

Outdoor entertaining, covered: Louvre Solutions


Being sun smart takes on a new meaning with louvre roofs, the modern way to maximise your outdoor living in any season. And with Louvre Solutions, your summer al fresco living doesn’t have to end with the season.

 

 

Summer is undoubtedly the social season – enjoying chilled drinks and hot barbecues with friends and family in gardens, poolside and on decks and patios.

These outdoor spaces become extensions of our indoor living areas, and when maximised can keep providing living space whatever the weather (and temperature).

Louvre Solutions specialises in exactly that: Creating custom outdoor spaces which suit your home, lifestyle and budget. Owner Craig Rogers knows how to create the perfect outdoor space – he’s been designing, manufacturing and installing louvre products for 16 years.

“Whether entertaining, relaxing, or simply expanding your indoor area, we can bring your ultimate outdoor environment to fruition,” he says.

The louvres move at your command to allow full sunshine, to filter shade or to provide solid rain protection.

Or, how about a rain-censored louvre roof, complete with options such as pull-down or motorized side screens, LED lighting, and heat lamps.

“Our roofs are waterproof and you will no longer need to cover your outdoor furniture, BBQ’s and upholstery as they will be protected from the harsh New Zealand elements.”

The systems not only conform to all wind and snow load requirements but the louvres look slick and integrate flawlessly into any architectural style, and can be added during a new build or during renovations.

“Louvre Solutions’ louvre systems are manufactured with quality elements, precision engineering and aesthetic options to realise your vision of the ultimate outdoor space,” says Craig.

Louvre Solutions manufactures its louvres from 100% recyclable extruded aluminium which offers greater durability than traditional patio covers. Unlike plastic or fabric, these components will outperform in heat, wind and rain.

“Due to the evolution of systems and keeping our manufacturing process and resourcing local we are able to offer a premium product at an affordable cost.”

Craig and his team pride themselves on their burgeoning portfolio of repeat and referred business generated through word of mouth, independent builders, architects, landscape architects and building companies.

Louvre Solutions manufactures its products at its Canterbury-based factory.

A louvre roof can be ready for installation within four to six weeks.

Visit www.louvresolutions.co.nz for more information or contact Craig on 027 5356 286.


 

Pool party! Lagoon Pools


As Kiwis are rediscovering their own backyards are the coolest place for fun and entertainment, the quest for pools has never been higher, and Julie Hastings of Lagoon Pools says if people have decided they want a pool, they really need to be proactive.

 

 

“I would recommend getting things in the system without delay. Lagoon Pools install throughout the year, so anytime is a great time to start the process.”

A big trend coming through is for 5-metre pools. A smaller garden or backyard takes on a whole new aesthetic with a pool that sparkles, reflects light and enhances the outdoor living space in so many ways.

Added features, such as spa jets and fountains, bring that extra touch of poolside panache. The range of sizes, up to 12-metre pools, really does offer something for everyone.

Lagoon Pools will undertake an entire project, from pool installation to landscaping, paving, fencing and surrounds, but also readily work in with architects and designers.

A visit, by appointment only, to the showroom is ideal for inspiration, and customers can take home an information pack.

Alternatively, Julie suggests emailing a photo of where the pool’s envisioned to be, or an onsite consultation to discuss the area and details. Phone 0800 927 282.


 

Al fresco Christmas


Our fashion-forward friends in the Northern Hemisphere have long shown us a holiday season dusted in snow and fireside festivities. But downunder, we know a summer Christmas is a time to embrace the outdoors with our loved ones. So here’s our tips for al fresco entertaining this holiday season.

 

 

FAIRYTALE CHRISTMAS
While Christmas light displays around the country have been scaled back or dimmed altogether this pandemic year, there is no reason you can’t create some lit up magic at your place. String up some fairy lights, lanterns (and the odd citronella candle) to create some fairytale Christmas atmosphere. Whether that means decorating your tent poles, pergola, or shade sail – soft lighting creates ambience as you entertain into the night.

PEACEFUL PICNIC
Shirk the traditional Christmas day meal altogether by packing up a picnic and hitting your favourite beach, river, lake or park. Set up blankets, cushions and some makeshift low tables (crates, trays and chilly bins should do the trick) and settle in for the day. Or, go all out with tables, chairs and awnings. Opt for portable feasting options like a leg of ham, made-at-home salads and platters. Capitalise on public barbecue facilities, or BYO.

INSIDE OUTSIDE
There’s no reason why you can’t recreate your interior holiday aesthetic, outdoors, like this inspired set-up by Freedom, pictured. Increasingly indoor-styled outdoor areas have been centre stage in 2020, as attention turned to renovations and remodels in the places we spent so much of our time. Louvre systems create easy access to the sunshine, and protection from the elements while exterior furnishing emulates those indoors, from dining and lounging suites to outdoor art, rugs and décor. So, if the weather allows, just set up your festive indoors, out.


 

Rug up for summer


It’s not very often you’re told to rug up for the warmest season. But, as soft furnishings continue to blur the lines between the indoors and out, rugs are just one of a number of typically interior provisions making the trip outdoors.

 

While the addition of an al fresco floor covering may not be revolutionary, the emergence of textures and designs which closely resemble those adorning the indoors does add a contemporary touch.

Jute, wool and even shaggy styles may look dangerously delicate for the elements – but durable fabrications ensure they are not.

Patterned Persian rugs can create a Moroccan feel outdoors, especially when teamed with of the moment terracotta hues and bright tiles. Jute adds an instant touch of bohemian, and monochromatic patterns carry a contemporary mood.

Topped with a coffee table and surrounded by outdoor seating, plush ottomans or canvas beanbags – an outdoor rug is an exterior addition which adds character, intimacy and elegance.

Create further interior-esque ambience

by adding accents like lanterns, potted plants, cushions and even some outdoor art.


 

Landscape magic: Trellis Warehouse


The warm weather is here, so if you’re looking to improve your outdoor features – trellis is a multi-purpose style hero which can transform your al fresco areas. Here are Metropol’s ideas for using Trellis Warehouse’s premium grade treated pine at your place this summer.

 

PANELS AND GATES
A trellis fence, screen or panel adds a sense of privacy and seclusion while creating a beautiful backdrop for outdoor living. Zoning-off your space is not only practical for separating gardens and perimeters, but it can create a sense of intimacy and atmosphere for entertaining.

ARCHWAYS AND PERGOLAS
Create an elegant entrance way with an archway or pergola. The charm of a gazebo flanked with creeping flora is a celebrated garden feature and is perfect for marking the entrance to a special spot. Talk to the experts at Trellis Warehouse about different styles.

FURNITURE
For 30 years, Trellis Warehouse has been supplying Cantabrians with quality trellis products custom-made onsite at the Addington factory. The team produces everything from trellis panels, picket panels and gates, to archways, summer seats, picnic tables and gazebos.

Contact Trellis Warehouse for a free measure, quote and consultation. Laminated posts and hardware; delivery, painting, staining and installation is available for retail, trade and wholesale customers.

Mondays to Fridays 8am to 4:30pm and Saturdays from 8:30am to 11:30am.
Email info@trelliswarehouse.co.nz.


 

Inside Out


A decked out entertaining space is the ultimate way to enjoy a Kiwi summer. We’ve got all the tips and tricks to get you there.

 

DECKED OUT
A deck that is flush with your interior living space is the ultimate way to create indoor outdoor flow and make your backyard feel more spacious; run your timber horizontally if your space is narrow or create multi-levels to break the space up.

FIRED UP
New Zealand is renowned for its “four seasons in one day” but with a little forward planning you can enjoy your garden year-round. Try an electric radiant, gas heater or an outdoor fireplace to make a cosy focal point.

ZONED OUT
While interior designers have long espoused the importance of creating ‘zones’, it’s equally important when it comes to your exterior spaces. Use materials, screens and planters to break up your space, making it feel deliberate and considered.

COVER UP
They say to prepare for the worst and when it comes to Kiwi weather, that’s certainly an apt expression. Invest in a shade sail or clear polycarbonate roofing, or, louvre roofing gives you all the options.

LIGHTING THE WAY
Lighting is about function as well as form. There’s something for everyone, from solar lights and little lanterns to festoon lights and long string lights, just ensure any cooking and eating spaces have ample visibility.

HOMEWARE HIDEAWAY
Exterior space uncovered? Hidden storage bench seats or treasure chests that double as tables are great for storing pillows, squabs, seat covers and utensils, or select options that can be left in the elements.

SOFT IS STYLISH
Don’t be afraid to add soft furnishings – beyond a canvas covered squab – to your outdoor areas. Throws, cushions, bean bags and ottomans can all be included in hardwearing, durable fabrics for added comfort – and a little bit of luxe.

INDOOR OUTDOOR FLOW
Styling an outdoor space should have the same considerations as would apply indoors. Stick to a complementary colour palette, layer with patterns and materials to create texture – and which expresses your individual style.