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STOCKISTS Artificial grass Regal Grass 0430 555 813, regalgrass.com.au. Barbecue and outdoor fire Rinnai
1300 555 545, rinnai.com.au. Construction M + B Johnston Building & Landscapes 0409 931 821, BCS 0415 594
096, Coopers Landscaping 0408 096 752, Denat Gardens & Landscaping 0400 030 211, Extravagant Landscaping
0438 176 153. Deck Ozdeck 1300 88 94 17, ozdeck.com. Design Empire Lane (08) 6262 7252, empirelane.com.au.
Lawn Queensland Blue Turf Farm (08) 9302 2260. Mulch DSATCO (08) 9671 1500. Ornamental trees Arbor West
(08) 9405 7740, arborwest.com.au. Paint Bauwerk Colour (08) 9443 1008, bauwerk.com.au. Pavers Rural Stone
(08) 9414 7464, ruralstone.com.au. Pebbles Smiling Rock (08) 9303 2760. Plants Landsdale Plants (08) 9309 1591,
landsdaleplants.com.au. Plates Anna Chandler Design, (08) 9242 8031. Pots Pots ‘R ’ Us (08) 94 44 7 711, potsrus.net.
au. Shelves IKEA (08) 9201 4532. Soakwells Plumbcrete (08) 9302 3550, plumbcrete.com.au. Sofa, table, water
feature Drovers Garden and Lifestyle Centre (08) 9206 4644. Soil Ace Sands & Soils 0408 928 334. Steel cutting
Design Edge PC (08) 9242 5898, depc.com.au. Table setting The General Store (08) 9204 4267.
daybed they planted gaura, a pink butterfly
bush, which brought back memories for
some older visitors. “It flowers to look like
a butterfly,” says Ceri.
She and Monica encourage the thoughtful
use of native plants, as well – they used
dwarf pink kangaroo paws around the water
feature, as well as ajuga burgundy lace.
To balance the soft feminine influences,
they introduced a masculine table and water
feature, both in a chunky, solid terrazzo.
Of course, there was also the barbecue,
the Impressor 7, with inbuilt smoker box.
The pastels were complemented by grey
floorings, including the decking near the
daybed made from recycled plastic and
wood fibres, and the natural stone paving.
A path of pavers and pink pebbles ran
past the soakwells to the green ottoman.
Large terrazzo pots behind the dining
table were filled with gardenias, allowing
the fragrant scent to be enjoyed by diners.
And the table was decorated with an inviting
setting, including plates by designer Anna
Chandler in a deep green, which suited the
garden theme and, with touches of pink,
looked beautiful in the colour scheme.
Monica and Ceri thought of everything.
There was even a large pot to grow herbs in
next to the barbecue, ready to be used.
White shelves next to the barbecue were a
practical addition to show people they could
use shelving outdoors to display bowls and
decorative items to personalise the space.
The idea of dedicating the garden to a
cause came from last year’s show when
children treated their water feature as a
wishing well and threw in coins. Plus, any
money raised this year was donated to the
Breast Cancer Foundation of WA.
All the suppliers donated their products
and the construction crew their time.
Some products were sold afterwards – the
barbecue, valued at $5999, and the Outdoor
Flame Fire, valued at $3299, were raffled to
raise funds for the foundation.
As well as raising money, Ceri and Monica
wanted to create a beautiful and useable
area, and encourage people to think about
using their outdoor space in a better way.
“The design we did was quite pretty
and a liveable design,” says Ceri. “People
could imagine it.”
Visitors to the exhibit were very hands-on,
with children swinging on the daybed and
adults sitting in front of the fire.
“People would sit at the table and ask
when lunch was being served,” says Monica.
“A lot of people related to it,” adds Ceri.
“People wanted to smell the flowers and
touch the leaves.”
The viewers adored it and, obviously, so
did the judges. Empire Lane was born... and
the phone has been ringing hot since. I
CLOCKWISE from below The outdoor gas fire had a Moroccan
theme; the alluring table setting used plates by designer Anna
Chandler; shelvesbought from IKEA were placed next to the
barbecue, perfect for bowls, cups and knick-knacks; a path of
pavers and pebbles lead to the artificial turf ottoman.
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