Enjoying the outside inside

  Contemporary living often includes an “outdoor” kitchen, even a fireplace and a lounging area, all under cover and sheltered from the elements. Temperate weather doesn’t mean staying indoors. If you plan it right you can stay warm, cosy and dry in a purpose-built outdoor room. Here are some of Metropol’s tips for the essentials… […]

Paved to perfection: Dragon Stone Paving Ltd

  No better time exists than now to jump in and get your outdoor area work complete. That way when the warm weather starts to appear, it is ready to enjoy!     With over 30 years of combined industry experience, Dragon Stone Paving Ltd is the expert in all areas of paving, from start […]

Go to the louvre: Louvre Solutions

Autumn is fast running into winter with its cool, short days and long nights. You are looking at your outdoor area and thinking “It’s goodbye to sitting out here for a few months. Inside is where I am going to be.” But that does not have to be the case. A solution to extending your […]

Bringing the outdoors in

Now that winter is mere days away, it is an ideal time to introduce the Norwegian philosophy of friluftsliv into your home. The philosophy of embracing the outdoors, friluftsliv (pronounced free-loofts-liv) is not just about being outside; it is also about bringing nature indoors to the lounge, bathroom and even the bedroom.     Whereas […]

The greatest outdoors

A wedding reception usually makes up bulk of the big day, so it is no wonder the care and consideration which goes into planning this part of the celebrations. If your reception is going to be outdoors, here are some ideas to help set the scene.     MARQUEE-ING THE OCCASION No matter how outdoors […]

The great outdoors

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 […]

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 […]

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.   […]

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.          

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 […]