While our friends and family in the upper half of the equator are huddled around their log fires and spending much of their time indoors, here in the UAE we’ve turned the air conditioning off, flung open our windows and making the most of whatever outside space our homes are blessed with.
Even the tiniest of balconies can be easily transformed with a little bit of tender loving care. A simple wrought iron bistro table and chairs adds a touch of Parisian chic to a terrace, and a cluster of colourful plant pots would introduce a Mediterranean flavour. For those lucky enough to have a bigger outside space to work with, we’ve created some beautiful gardens with zoned spaces for living, dining and playing with different materials used for each designated area.
The key is to create a synergy by linking each of these zones together, usually by planting choices and colours in the various furnishings. As the temperatures in the summer are so high, it’s important to opt for furniture that looks good, and stays strong, whatever the season.