Alfresco Allure


With the ever-growing anticipation of the latest series of Selling Sunsets, experts reveal how to create the iconic, contemporary designs in our outside spaces

 Opulence, affluence, luxury and a little bit of drama. Yes, you guessed it, we’re talking about Selling Sunset. The hit TV show has been taking the nation by storm over the past few weeks, with the brand-new series being officially named ‘the most popular series on Netflix’ – and viewership demand increasing by 1065% in the past 30 days. So, with the undeniable impact that the show is having on households up and down the country, it is unsurprising that the spectacular stylings seen on screen are starting to impact our own alfresco designs.

So, if you’re a fan of the opulent furnishings and lavish finishes that the Oppenheim group offer to its affluent customer base, how can you mirror them in your own abode? The design experts at the luxury outdoor living brand, Harbour Lifestyle, reveal all…

Lounge In Style

If there’s one item that screams ‘million-dollar mansion’, it’s an extravagant sun lounger. Lazing beneath balmy skies, martini in one hand, and sunglasses in the other – we couldn’t think of anything more serene. To mimic the style we often see on screen, opt to place clusters of loungers together in one segment of your garden, ideally positioned to catch those all important rays. Select loungers with a crisp, fresh-toned colour, such as oatmeal or light grey, with a plush cushioning for ultimate comfort. Did somebody say lazy day?

Dine Like A King

When it comes to hosting, the cast of Selling Sunset are never ones to keep it lowkey – and neither should you. Impressing your guests is truly a priority, and there is nothing more impressive than adding a cinematic flair to your dinner party with a surprise rising firepit. Rising firepit dining tables feature an integrated firepit in the centre of the table’s façade, surrounded by luxurious inset ceramic glass.

They are the ultimate central detail to build your dining set up around, as they provide a beautiful aesthetic, a magical lighting effect, and a cosy warmth so that your dinner party doesn’t have to end once the sun begins to set. Plus, you can actually give your guests the experience of grilling their cuisine right in front of them.

Sensationally Sociable

If you are preparing to become a hostess with the mostess – a suave social area will become a key component in your garden composition. To create a relaxed yet luxe social area, a chic outdoor sofa set is the ideal addition to your alfresco space - just like the sophisticated seating areas seen on Selling Sunset.

Think deep, plush cushioned seats, Scandinavian-inspired materials, and a versatile mix of seating styles. Blending a corner sofa, a hanging chair, and a couple of individual armchairs – all in co-ordinating designs, of course - creates a diverse collection of classic pieces, elevating your patio to a more refined version of its former self. Don’t forget a classic outdoor rug for underfoot.

It’s Lit

We know you lust over those sunset drone shots of the stunning homes featured on the show, but what is it that actually makes the homes look so polished, even at dusk? We’ll let you into a little secret – lighting. Executed correctly, alfresco lighting can take your home from drab to divine with a simple flick of a switch.

When selecting your lighting, focus on the key zones in your garden that you want to highlight. Your sun lounging area? A couple of solar floor lanterns would make a great accessory. Your dining arrangement? Alongside your firepit table, atmospheric wall lighting can help to illuminate your dinner parties by night, so your gorgeous tablescape doesn’t go to waste after the sun goes down. And your social seating area? A chic floor lamp will help to initiate cosy, romantic vibes.

So, with these expert top tips on how to achieve the Selling Sunset aesthetic, you are now ready to begin your next alfresco transformation. In the iconic words of Christine Quinn, “Luxury, style, and glamour is my thing” – and now it can be yours, too.


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