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How To Create A Tropical Paradise At Home

Have you ever been on a tropical holiday and wanted to bring that relaxed vibe back with you? We have definitely felt that way, which is why we have created a relaxed tropical living room and dining room in-store, filled with plenty of inspiration on how to replicate the look at home.

The key to a tropical or plantation feel is to take inspiration from nature. We have incorporated green artificial foliage, green cushions and green, in artworks to bring the outside in. To work in some sandy-beach-tones, we have used natural timbers and hemp rugs, along with raffia and hessian cushions.

Tropical living room with brown rattan coffee table.

Tropical Dining table with bamboo cutlery.

Close up of tropical table setting.

For the dining table, we have used our new bamboo and banana palm dinnerware, which looks stunning with the soon-to-arrive bamboo-handled cutlery. The artificial leaf placemats add a pop of colour and fit right in with the tropical look.  We love how this setting has been topped off with our shell turtle.

Our polycarbonate glasses and jug have just arrived and feature palm trees etched into the outside. We know these are going to be a hit for outdoor parties, due to their durable material and that they are top-rack dishwasher safe!

Outdoor palm tree glasses and jug.

Brown rattan bike in Collaroy store windows.

African statues.

Great masters chair.

We love the above chair! The back is hand-painted and looks like an original from an old master’s painting.

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Tips For Creating An Enchanting Garden

We are dreaming of Springtime gardens here at Alfresco and have created a white flower paradise filled with large feature pots and water fountains. Our water fountains and pots are crafted from reconstituted stone and are suitable for outdoor use. The wonderful sound of falling water produced by the fountains creates a magical and relaxing atmosphere that makes us want to curl up on a comfy outdoor chair with a cool drink. Our pots are available in a range of shapes and the large sizes allow you to easily create a stunning focal point in your garden.

Visconti pots filled with white flowers.

White floral garden.

Delta Planter or stool

Arida Planter with raised scroll design.

Close up of the niken planter.

The Poros planter filled with white flowers.

Romano outdoor fountain.

Close up of the Romano fountain.

Regency outdoor chair made from wrought iron.

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Coastal Romance

A paired back colour palette of soft aqua ceramics, white marble lotus bowls and glamours glass chandeliers, contrast with neutral rustic timber furniture and textured hemp rugs to create a soft, romantic feel. Lush green foliage with plenty of white flowers in bloom, spring from glass vessels and provide a little colour to the restrained palette.

Living room with soft aqua colours.

Occasional chair with metallic cushion.

Soft aqua ginger jars on old elm drawers.

Soft aqua ginger jar with raised pattern.

Delta Planter Side Table

The dining table has been styled with the same paired back colour palette and features our new Oceano plates and bowls that have Italian inspired seashell motifs.

Black arch mirror reflecting a living room.

Old elm round dining table with coastal plates.

Coastal round dining table.

Coastal Dinnerware

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Styling With Clams

Clam shells are a stunning decorative accent that look great on their own or they can be used as an attractive storage vessel. We have put together some ideas below on the best way to incorporate them into your home.

We love the idea of using the larger ones as ice buckets, fruit bowls or planters for succulents. One of our favourite ideas for the larger clams is to place it nearby the pool and fill with towels! Our smaller ones are great as a hold-all for keys, jewellery, or other miscellaneous items. Try filling a small clam with soaps for an attractive bathroom display.

We have just received a new collection of clam shells that range in size from 24cm up to 84cm, making them perfect for a range of applications. Crafted from resin, they are suitable for outdoor use.

Clam shell used as ice bucket.

Clam filled with shell tassels on coffee table.

Clam used as planter.

Clam filled with pool towels.

Clam on bedside table for jewellery storage.

Clam used as soap storage.

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