Vivian Panagos Shops SCMP – Backyard Transformation
Spring! What a beautiful time of year. As the weather starts to heat up and we venture outdoors more, it is a great time to be thinking about the garden. I headed back to Supa Centa Moore Park recently to check out the best of everything for the outdoors.
First up I popped into Freedom. Freedom is one of those stores where I walk in with the intention to just browse and I usually end up leaving with a few items. This visit was no different. The store is filled with colour at the moment and I was immediately drawn to the beautiful floral display of the Real Living x Freedom collaboration in bedding and homewares. Spring can still be quite cool in the evenings and I could imagine myself sitting on the balcony at night, wrapped up in in one of their floral blankets.
Further down were some fun and bright cushions and a collection of outdoor lanterns. It was in the dinnerware section where I spent much of my time though. Arranging and stacking plates seems to have become a favourite pastime of mine and I quickly made myself at home pulling together a few pieces for a backyard picnic I wanted to host. More on that a little later.
Next up I popped into Coppola Home to check out their new collections. Front and centre their outdoor rugs were on display and the salesperson kindly laid out an option for me to see. I am told the rugs are very durable and easy to look after and they come in a simple colour palette with various patterns that can work well with many outdoor spaces.
Outdoor furniture was on my mind next and Wintons Teak’s Ove Chair greeted me at the door. It is hand-woven into its beautiful curved shape and comes in various sizes – this one is the Medium size, designed to seat one person. There is also a Large for you to spread your legs out, an X Large for cuddling up with another person and the XX large which is more of a day bed that can fit two people comfortably to sleep. I’m a fan!
Oz Design must have known about my obsession with irregular shaped crockery because they had a few beautiful pieces out on display in my favourite shade of blue. I was also drawn to their nest tables with painted leaf motifs and a ceramic stool that I think would make a lovely outdoor piece.
I lingered in Contents International Design for a good chunk of time (there is a lot to see!) and loved their ceramic stool with mother of pearl bowls perched on top and promised myself to come back for the matching serving tray. Sadly, it was sold by the time I did come back to purchase it! They have a lovely outdoor collection too of large black and white plant pots and a beautiful dining table set. The woven lights also caught my attention and I think they would make an interesting decorative feature hanging from a pergola.
And last but not least, there is Top 3 By Design’s riot of colour that is their fun outdoor display of umbrellas, cushions, picnic blankets, outdoor chairs, picnic baskets, bird feeders and adorable letterboxes. It is almost impossible not to find something here that you would want to have for your home and backyard. The Evo To Go portable grill in sleek black is such a well-designed piece. It is small enough to pack into your car for picnic for two and the grill comes with a strap to keep all the parts together when being transported and it looks great too.
We left Supa Centa Moore Park with a few goodies for our own backyard, including a black slinky hose from Top 3 by Design that promises to never tangle and simply bounce back into shape after use. We also visited the lovely people at BBQ Ranch who helped us to select a baby Weber BBQ that we are looking forward to using this summer. From Freedom, I also picked up a few plates and bowls (Lagoon), tumblers (Sloane) and scatter cushions (Diver and Lifesaver) which we used to set up a little backyard picnic for our family to enjoy.
Happy Spring to you all and I do hope you enjoyed reading about my latest visit to Supa Centa Moore Park!