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Part 5: The Garden & Alfresco

So having knocked down the alfresco, adding a over-sized awning and making more room in the garden we needed to create a streamlined look. Before we had part-patio with pavers, part-grass and the edging had yucca trees (not very practical for a young child). I wanted to create the illusion of space and keep it really simple by using simple paired back colours. So we pulled up the paving, plants & grass and got to work... 

Firstly, we had a very ugly redbrick wall covered in bamboo at the back of the garden to deal with, however it wasn't very high and the neighbours makeshift fence was leaning into our garden. So for easy install and practicality we choose to install blue-board which a very clever invention, once painted looks like a rendered wall and gave my garden the much needed simplicity for a more spacious look. 

I then chose the decking, I was always going for composite decking as I really wanted hassle free, low maintenance garden. We picked ours up a Bunnings but had to order the wider planks, and because we had painted the new walls the same colour as the house we need a strong colour to ground the space and so charcoal decking was perfect! 

For the plants I chose different textures and sizes to suit my new pots. I followed the 'rule of three'. The easiest way to follow the Rule of Three is to display a matching set of décor i.e. three different sizes of the same type of object. 

Next we added the furniture which consisted of a beautiful daybed, a little breakfast table & chairs, some additional seating in the form of adirondack chairs and all tied together with some gorgeous cushions.

We couldn't be happier with the outcome and we've spend many a Sunday relaxing in our new garden.

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