Alfresco Emporium

Cabana Bags For Summer

Navy white stripe with orange border Cabana Bag.

Some days it doesn’t matter how organised you are it feels like you still haven’t quite got it together, and one of those times can often be packing for a picnic or for the beach. Let us introduce you to the ever stylish Cabana Bag. You will have enough room to store everything together, without breaking your back when you go to pick it up.

Made from waterproof polypropylene, keeping it light and waterproof, you can put all your wet towels and swimmers in without having to worry about ruining your bag. This also makes it a perfect vessel to use as an additional esky, filled with ice to keep all your bevvies icy cold and easy to reach. The extra large size and sturdy handles makes it a great bag for parents carrying kid’s gear as well. Two external pockets mean small items can be kept together within easy reach, so you don’t need to be digging around for hours trying to find the keys or phone.

There are three designs available and I’m sure the hardest part will be choosing which one to go for.

Black and white palm trees Cabana bag.

Green palm trees Cabana Bag

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Style Icon: Bunny Williams

Cover of Bunny Williams' book A House By The Sea

The never ending inspiration you can get from a hard cover book is astounding. Especially when it is a classic like India Hicks, Ralph Lauren, Barclay Buttera or Bunny Williams. Bunny Williams may not be a household name here in Australia but she has certainly put her mark on interior design in America. An established interior designer for decades, Bunny mixes Caribbean charm and seaside flair in her latest book, House by the Sea, a collection of photographs of her home by the Caribbean Sea. Her home is a collaboration of treasures. Antique furniture which dates back to the 1800’s, mixed in with rattan furniture and ceramic ginger jars. The mood she creates in her home is relaxed whilst being surrounded by such exquisite artworks and fabrics. A talent not many can master. It may seem a little voyeuristic, but opening the pages of this book and stepping foot into her home is both inspiring and relaxing. Page after page of beauty and inspiration, a tribute to this talented designer, awaits you.

Blue and white ceramics on table and in living room.

Wicker coffee table and chair.

Table setting for entertaining.

Towels on bamboo tray.

Outdoor furniture next to the pool.

Inspiration for getting the Bunny Wiliams look.

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Bohai Collection

Carved elm buffet.

Character in your home comes from the pieces you select and put together exclusively for you. It is the pieces that reflect your lifestyle and personality. With this in mind, I’m sure you will be delighted to see our latest collection of Bohai furniture. Each piece is unique, made from reclaimed elm from old farmhouses. Some pieces are painstakingly hand carved, some have an Asian twist and some are more simple in their design, showcasing the amazing timber from which they are made.

The collection boasts coffee tables, cupboards, consoles, dining tables and occasional pieces. If this is the type of special furniture you have been looking for then visit our stores sooner rather than later as stock won’t last and each piece is a one off.

Due to the unique character of the Bohai furniture this collection will not be available online. For photos or enquiries please contact your nearest Alfresco Emporium store.

Bohai elm dining table.

Elm alter table perfect for hallway.

2 Drawer and 2 door cabinet.

3 drawer console made from elm.

Reclaimed elm coffee table.


Tropical Styling

As dawn breaks for 2017 we have been inspired to create a holiday feel with our tropical window displays and home interiors. Our latest collection of all things Bahamas has a traditional feel yet still maintains a modern, crisp edge. Inspiration from Lord Mountbatton’s granddaughter, and designer India Hicks and her abode in Harbour Island has helped us create a collection which is easy to live with and enjoy for many years to come. You will feel like you are on a holiday when you step inside and relax in this Bahamas inspired space.

Brown rattan Bermuda armchair and coffee table.

Creating this plantation feel in your home is simple if you stick to a few simple tricks and build from there. A colour palette of dark timber and white is the first step. Yes you can mix other timbers, however the crispness that you get from contrasting dark and stark colours is an authentic replication of the Bahamas style.

Our beautiful new Bermuda collection of rattan furniture, with its white upholstered cushions and refined weave, is the perfect starting point for your casual, relaxed room. The collection includes a coffee table, side tables, lounges, occasional chairs and soon to be added bookcase.

Set the dark stain of your furniture on a backdrop of all white walls and then start adding all the character. Palm fronds, or whole palm plants, orchids and hibiscus flowers are all a part of creating your desired effect. They will also freshen up the space and really bring it to life whilst adding colour. Decorate with as many shells and coral as you can get your hands on. The more the merrier. There is nothing more perfect than shells to create a tropical, Bahamas vibe.

Natural Bamboo Drawers with trophy on top.

White rattan coffee table.

Close up of a tropical dinner setting.

Round white table with brown placemats and green napkins.

Shelves styled with tropical plants and raffia baskets.

Bamboo bookcase in white styled with coral and greenery.

We have also been busy creating a range of Harbour Island inspired brass homewares. The collection features palm and pineapple designs and starting with the gorgeous door knocker is the perfect way to set the tone for your home. The collection also has a stand out trophy, which looks great filled with cricket balls, palm leaves or used as an ice bucket. Finally think about the cushions you are going to accent your chairs and sofa with. Hand made will always add class and with our new hand painted linen cushions with pineapple and palm tree designs you are sure to have something unique and special to finish off your tropical Bahamas inspired room.

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Party Essentials For Christmas

The countdown is on. Only four more sleeps until the big guy arrives… plus all of your family and friends. Here is a quick check list to help your entertaining run a little smoother and Christmas be memorable for all the RIGHT reasons.

Ice Buckets/Wine Buckets
You can never have too many. Place them on your main table, buffet or side table and let guests help themselves to a frosty cold beverage whenever they need a top up. (Double bonus, you won’t have to be waiting on them hand and foot.)

Our top products for entertaining this Christmas.

Ham Stand
If you are feasting on a big, or even a small ham this Christmas then a ham stand is a kitchen essential. Trust me, it will make life a whole lot easier. It eliminates all the mess of trying to hold the ham on the right angle when carving and I find you can also carve a whole lot and then let guests replenish their plates and carve their own as they need.

Drink Dispenser
Keep everyone hydrated, and in style, with a drink dispenser. Whether it’s filled with exotic punch or frosty cold water with fresh lime and mint, it’s a great way to allow friends to help themselves and free up lots of room in your refrigerator.

Drink Dispenser with punch.

Napkins, tablecloths, hand towels, napkin rings and placemats. Have them washed and pressed a few days before, all ready to go and dress your Christmas table.

As above. Get organised. Have it all together, napery, glassware and cutlery ready to go on Christmas eve so you can focus on more last minute things on the big day

Now, kick back and gloat in how organised your are, and enjoy your big day with the big guy.


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