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15 Outdoor Entertainment Ideas For Any Occasion

By Prue Miller
Wed, Apr 26, 2023 12:35pmGrey Clock 5 min

The backyard has never had more significance than it has in the past few years. Make the most of your outdoor spaces with modifications, renovations and extensions to create an outdoor room you can really embrace.


Easy Access

Nothing beats an easy exit – especially when it’s to an outdoor paradise. It’s all about connection – so glass is king. Steel doors are the thing offering strength and versatility in design – fabulous in edgy modern homes, as well as traditional country estates.


Throw some shade

Enjoying the outdoors is easier if you aren’t being blinded by glare; and nothing is more flattering than the light under a shade. Generous, colourful market umbrellas, or vast cloth shades that can be extracted from a cassette on a wall, or remote controlled louvres.


Dive into a sunken courtyard

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When a pool is no longer a drawcard, some clever designers have turned them into sunken lounges, it’s re adaptive use, with an intimate space for those memorable get togethers.

Fill it with a purpose

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For families, it’s an absolute ball to spend time outside together, and a little coaxing with playground equipment makes the garden absolutely magnetic. Add a little, or a lot. It is an investment in beautiful memories, that last a lifetime.


Outside can be anywhere – not just the backyard

Reclaiming space down the side of a terrace house is absolutely brilliant. Top outside living spaces can be reclaimed from boring walls in narrow kitchens. Superb extensions of indoors, yet with all the chill value of being outdoors, achieved in such a small space.

The power of the labyrinth

Giving outdoor spaces a pathway and a purpose is an ideal design for outdoor peace. Meander a curving pathway, or be a geometry geek and create parterre garden. Either way, letting a path lead you, through a labyrinth of any size, makes your stress dissolve, and peace will follow each of your steps.


Now THAT’S a bar be que

outdoor kitchen at night
Image credit: Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

Eating outside? Everything tastes better in the outdoors, and manufacturers know it. Outside ‘kitchens’ offer a purpose to be outside, while anchoring your space. Go the whole hog with plumbing and TV, or simple, with deck chairs and an old-fashioned barbie. Soak it in, and eat it up.

Pool your resources

Luxury Pool & Outdoor Living Area - Designer: J. Brownlee | Design - Pool Builder: Watermark Pool & Spa
Designer: J. Brownlee Pool Builder: Watermark Pool & Spa

A swimming pool is hard work (unless you have the great fortune to be able to sub it out), but absolutely worth the fun and beauty it brings to the table. Night time around a garden pool is nothing short of perfection. And how about watching the steam rising off heated water? Ethereal.


Invite friends over – the ones with feathers.

The perfect outside space is often shared with wild friends – and if we build it, they will come. Birdbaths, birdhouses, ridiculously over the top feeders all add texture and adventure to an outdoor space, plus a never-ending soap opera to watch from dawn to dusk.


Hide in plain sight in an ideal outside space

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Landscape architects and designers have made playing hide and seek a profitable game. Getting rid of prying neighbour eyes is vital to that feeling of privacy. From green walls to exotic screens, even outdoors in high density can become a private oasis.

Moving water is a salve for the soul

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Even the sweetest, most petite water feature can transform an uninviting space into a well of well-being. Up the size and up the response. With or without fish, having water move around you while experiencing the outdoors is an absolutely primal delight.

Embrace the exuberance of being outside in the cold

You feel alive in the cold – for a little while. However, you feel completely alive in the cold outdoors entertaining space, when there’s a fire pit warming the cockles of your heart. A fire brings focus to a get together – comradeship thrives in the glow of a fire.


Furnish, or fit out – lounging is a top priority

Built-in benches are an instant draw card – throw a few scatter cushions about, pop the umbrella up and you have rustic escapism. But, but, if you can be bothered with stacking lounge pillows under cover, a full-on lounge suite is the ants’ pants in outside luxury.


Nightime is light time

Nights can be transformative – for you and the space. Suspended festoon lighting, or masses of twinkling bud lights wrapped around the trees, or strategic up lights and subtle under seat lighting – all perfect while watching a movie on the drop down screen.


If you live in a space where all this is simply a field too far…

Visiting someone else’s outside space, lolling about in their chairs, inspecting their gardens, watching their dogs romp across the lawn is an indulgently lazy way to experience the joy of the perfect outside lifestyle




This stylish family home combines a classic palette and finishes with a flexible floorplan

35 North Street Windsor

Just 55 minutes from Sydney, make this your creative getaway located in the majestic Hawkesbury region.

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A cash prize from Kanebridge Quarterly magazine, offered for the first time this year, drew a record number of entries for the design competition

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A versatile stool with a sense of fun took out the top prize at the Australia’s Next Top Designers awards at Design Show Australia last week.

The ‘Cheeky’ stool designed by Maryam Moghadam was the unanimous winner among the judging panel, which included Kanebridge Quarterly magazine Editor in Chief, Robyn Willis, Workshopped Creative Director Olaf Sialkowski, Design Show event organiser, Andrew Vaughan and Creative Director at Flexmirror Australia, Matt Angus.

Designed as an occasional stool or side table, the Cheeky stool comes in a range of skin tones. The judges applauded its commercial applications, its flexibility to work in a range of environments, and its sense of play.

In accepting the $10,000 prize, designer Maryam Moghadam quipped she was pleased to see ‘other people find bums as funny as I do’. A finalist at last year’s awards, Moghadam will put the prize money towards bringing her product to market.

Winner Maryam Moghadam said the $10,000 prize money would be put towards developing her product further for market.

Australia’s Next Top Designers is in its fourth year, but this is the first year a cash prize has been offered. Kanebridge Quarterly magazine has put up the prize money to support the next generation of emerging industrial design talent in Australia.

Editor in Chief Robyn Willis said the cash prize offered the winner the opportunity to put the money towards whatever aspect of their business it would most benefit.

“That might be prototyping their product further, spending on marketing, or simply paying for travel or even childcare expenses to allow the designer to focus on their work and take it to the next stage,” she said. “We’re thrilled to be supporting this design program and nurturing emerging design in a very practical way.”

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Two finalists were also awarded ‘highly commended’ by the judges — Mass lamp by Dirk Du Toit and the Coralescence lights from Suzy Syme and Andrew Costa at Tide Pool Designs. The judges agreed both products were beautifully resolved from a design perspective, as well as having strong commercial applications in residential and hospitality design. 


This stylish family home combines a classic palette and finishes with a flexible floorplan

35 North Street Windsor

Just 55 minutes from Sydney, make this your creative getaway located in the majestic Hawkesbury region.

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