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Jamie Durie: Tips for Outdoor Rooms

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Jamie Durie: Tips for Outdoor Rooms

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Byline: Venessa Paech

JAMIE Durie might mix it up with Hollywood and political elites like Oprah Winfrey and Al Gore, but his Australian roots are deep, as he reveals his favourite room is the view from his Sydney home.

We had a chat about outdoor rooms and living and how the barriers between our insides and outsides are disappearing.

Aussies love the outdoors. Do you think this is why people are blending indoors with the outdoors? Or has outdoor living always been popular; we're just doing it better now?

Aussies have always been known for their love of the outdoors, whether it be a barbie for lunch or enjoying a drink with friends under the stars.

But it's only recently that our architecture has started to adopt a truly Australian style and reflect, and make use of, our beautiful climate.

Houses are orientated so that living areas open out towards the best aspect - the sun and the view and therefore living areas more naturally spill outside.

For people to feel comfortable in a space, it has to have a sense of enclosure

Are there golden rules to designing an outdoor room?

I think that for people to feel comfortable in a space it has to have a sense of enclosure, even if it's just suggestive, such as the arching canopy of a beautiful big tree, a sunken area to nestle seating into or a wall of screening plants.

No-one feels comfortable exposed to their neighbours, the cold wind or the western sun.

An outdoor room sounds great, but expensive. If I'm on a tight budget, can I really get my outdoors looking world class?

You can use inexpensive materials in very beautiful ways with some imagination and good planning.

Plants thrive when planted as small specimens and raised with care, soon catching up with the more expensive larger pot sizes.

Keep it simple and, as time goes by, and there is more money to invest in the garden, you can add to your creation.

The money you spend getting a professional to design your garden will soon be saved with the right plant choices and great ideas

If budget is not too much of a problem, but I really don't have much of an idea about landscaping, where can I start? …

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