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My Outdoor Styling for Viva


I recently styled an outdoor shoot for Viva at a beautiful private residence in Maraetai. Collaborating with local suppliers I had a lot of fun transforming the existing deck - a completely blank canvas - into an outdoor haven designed for Al Fresco dining. 

Though sunny, the clouds were ominous, and we were lucky to finish the shoot before a thunder storm set it! Fellow Kiwi residents will know all about the crazy weather we've been having of late! 

Here's an excerpt from the article where I talk about my approach to styling this space. 

“The way I approach styling an outdoor space is to see it as another room. How will it be used? For dining alfresco and hosting dinner parties? A place to relax with a book and coffee? Whether it will be used for lounging, dining, or both, it's important to consider how you want the space to function.

When it came to styling this outdoor space, I had plenty of room to combine the two. A blank canvas complete with stunning views of the countryside, the shape of the deck lent itself beautifully to modular furniture and for cohesion, I chose a dining table and bench seats in the same finish as the sofas. To define the areas and provide comfort underfoot, I placed an outdoor rug underneath the dining table. Being exposed (we all know the dangers of NZ’s harsh sun) an umbrella was a must. For the finishing touches I added a mix of outdoor plants, some beautiful tableware and a few extra scatter cushions for a touch of graphic fun and added comfort.”

Styling by Michelle Halford / Photography by Babiche Martins / Food Styling by Ashleigh Cometti  

Pop over to Viva to read my top four tips for styling an outdoor space. You'll also find more details on the products, food and wine, along with recipes for the delicious spread we created! 

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