Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Sunbrella fabric - why it's so good

Sunbrella is a brand of outdoor fabrics - starting out in 1961 they originally specialised in awnings, sail covers and marine upholstery. Sunbrella has come a long way in 50 years - now producing an incredibly extensive range of fabrics suitable for various uses in the outdoors.

New technology in the way the yarn is woven means the outdoor fabrics are super soft, textured, and feel more like indoor fabrics. Not only soft, they're exceptionally strong and durable, breathable, and stain and water resistant.

Sunbrella fabrics are solution-dyed, which means the dye or colour is added to the acrylic when it's in a liquid form. So the colour is integral to the fabric yarn, making it more long-lasting and resistant to fading.

Yellow Front Door is launching a range of outdoor cushions using Sunbrella fabric in the next few weeks - in time for the start of the Australian spring. So keep a look out on the website for the new range of outdoor cushions online in wonderful colours and textures.

A sneak peak of two of our new Sunbrella outdoor cushions: Melon and Flax

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Front Courtyard Reno!

It's long overdue but we are finally renovating our front courtyard! Out with the buckled 1970s bricks  in the courtyard, and out with the 1990s terracotta tiles on the verandah.

We're also removing the climbers and garden bed that are the bane of my existence - nothing thrives there due to the south aspect. We'll put back a very narrow garden bed to break up the line between the stone pavers and the white fence, and we'll put in something hardy, easy to grow and quite uniform.

Materials: After much deliberation we have chosen charcoal-coloured granite pavers for the courtyard in 600x400mm. The dark colour will be extremely practical and hide any dirt, marks or stains, and the larger size is very pleasing aesthetically. For the covered verandah we have chosen encaustic cement tiles in 200x200 mm - the pattern is Fleur Di Lis in black.

We got both from Teranova in Bronte, who were very helpful and well priced.

See below for "before" photos and I'll post "after" photos when it's finished!

Sneak peek: the wall has coming tumbling down and has really opened up the space and made a MASSIVE difference

I'll need to choose some of my own Yellow Front Door outdoor cushions for the outdoor furniture when we're finished!