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The sunny warm all year round weather is the reason for the majority of buyers to purchase a Marbella home thus making outdoor space extremely important when choosing the right property. We advice our clients before marketing their villas to ensure that terracing and swimming pool areas are presented in an immaculately and to this effect we have collected advice from garden designers from all parts of the world.

Decorate your estate "I've noticed a trend from Europe for homes that have layers of interest. Homes that look lived-in and loved, with old furniture and collections of all sorts of things. Translated to the outdoors, this means pieces such as a classic butterfly chair (covered in outdoor fabric) or an antique French carriage lamp. Country gardens now include simple, shady spaces for playing boules or petanque. Galvanised-steel water tanks are seen as architectural features in their own right. Modern urban architecture is being teamed with simple, native plants. All over, sustainable gardens are becoming more popular, featuring plants chosen with respect to location and water availability, as well as edible plants for home-grown organic food. Decorative elements include original sculpture, wood-fired ovens, water features and ponds, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits. As for materials, stone walls and stone paving are popular, while gravel or decomposed granite is replacing lawn." Michael Cooke, Principal, Michael Cooke Garden Design.michaelcooke.com.au.



Go natural
"Natural stones such as granite and blue-stone are popular, with slate making a comeback. Timber is a favourite for decking, built-in furniture and privacy screens. While teak is considerably more expensive than other hardwoods, it's very popular and easy to maintain. It ages beautifully to take on a soft, light grey with a slightly pink hue, and looks great in coastal or modern gardens. Soft furnishings also make an appearance, ensuring that a space feels comfortable and looks good. Co-ordinated cushions, blinds and fabric awnings play a vital role in this." Matt Cantwell, Managing Director, Secret Gardens of Sydney.

Get comfortable
"Outdoor furniture is no longer just a table and chairs but a whole range of day beds, sofas, lounge chairs and beanbags - It's all about comfort now. With excellent quality foam and weatherproof fabrics, mattresses and cushions can now remain outside and cope with exterior conditions. Outdoor fabric curtains are being used for soft screening and dividing spaces. Bright colours are painted on walls and high-quality exterior artwork installed. Handmade terracotta is back, as are handmade bricks for flooring. It's all about the distressed or aged look. Small modules in natural stone are popular, such as porphyry cobbles from Italy. Lights in rusty fencing wire and barbed wire are beautiful. We're using old wire for chandeliers and also as half-baskets, for plantings on walls." Rick Eckersley, Creative Director, Eckersley Garden Architecture.



Mix it up
"Don't be afraid to mix styles. I often combine timber tables with polypropylene chairs. Outdoor lounge seating is also becoming popular, to avoid doubling up on dining areas. If your indoor dining area or kitchen opens out to a terrace or deck on the outside, for example, don't feel you must have another dining setting. Instead, go for outdoor lounge furniture, which makes a great place for a drink before dinner inside. This furniture is usually lower, too, so if you have a great view it won't be blocked by chair backs. Great new outdoor fabrics allow you to personalise even the most basic outdoor settings." William Dangar, Design Director, Dangar Group.

The images shown displays the skillful use of exterior space which has been created in this beautiful estate which currently are marketing for sale at a price of € 5.500.000 euros. Click for more information....
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