The Road Ahead : December 2011
WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 16 THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2011/JAN 2012 LIFESTYLE HOME + LIVING festive feasts CHRISTMAS TABLE SETTING IDEAS A beautifully decorated table can set an atmospheric scene for your Christmas celebrations. First establish your colour theme. While the more traditional Christmas colours of green and red can be used to great effect, more modern combinations of white and gold or blue and silver also look great. Next, think about the overall theme. There are plenty of possibilities, limited only by your imagination and the vast array of Christmas merchandise available. For a centrepiece, baubles can look effective in a fishbowl or deep glass vase or try seasonal fruits and flowers or beach theme for a uniquely Australian look. Glass tea light holders or coloured wax candles can then be dotted along the table. Plain tablecloths work best -- when in doubt go for crisp white -- and use napkins and accessories that match your colour theme. Don't forget the Christmas bon bons! www.ehow.com outdoor cushion greatoutdoorcushions.com.au handcrafted lantern oxfamshop.org.au tootgarook deck chair sunnylife.com.au driftwood garland domayne.com.au the great outdoors MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR EXTERNAL SPACE Summer is the time of year when outdoors becomes the prime spot to relax, dine and play. There are many ways to make the most of your outdoor space and turn it into a tranquil retreat. Whether your space is large or small, building walls and garden beds -- together with a mix of materials such as grass, crushed granite, timber and paving -- can help to define areas in your garden, making your outside space a dynamic and interesting part of the home. Accessorise with lanterns and candles to add ambience to night time entertaining and bright outdoor cushions to liven up seating areas. www.ecooutdoor.com.au MAIN PHOTO: ECO OUTDOOR KILLCARE RANDOM ASHLAR WALLING.
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