Summer is coming! Which means more time outside! So in preparation for all that sun & also for those nights spent outside having BBQ’s & drinks with friends, I decided to give our outdoor space a bit of a tidy up & makeover. I was thinking “holidays at home” an outdoor fireplace, some new pots & plants and a few other things to create ourselves a functional and stylish outdoor room for the summer nights ahead and what better place to go but Mitre 10 with our Gem Visa card.
There are so many different options when it comes to outdoor decorating. At Mitre 10 there is everything from BBQ’s, pizza ovens, outdoor furniture, outdoor heating, umbrellas and more AND with Gem Visa creating the perfect outdoor space is even easier with 6 months interest free on Gem Visa purchases over $250*.
To create the perfect outdoor room there are a couple of must haves:
Shade – In the NZ summers it is essential to make sure you have some shade to escape the sun’s intense heat so a good outdoor umbrella is a must if you don’t have a covered in area outside already.
Somewhere to relax – depending on the size of your outdoor area this can vary and could be as simple as a couple of bean bags, a small table and chairs or a complete outdoor sofa. Remember with all outdoor furniture to give them a good clean often and to store it all out of the weather in the winter months if possible.
Somewhere to eat – of course any kiwi outdoor space is likely to already be equipped with a BBQ so it is also good to have somewhere to be able to eat outside as well. We have a large table with some long bench seats which is perfect in a large space or if the space is small maybe a couple of side tables to put your drinks while you balance your plate on your knee.
Lighting – from candles to lanterns or the very fashionable right now – strung lights. Make sure to have something to give you some light at night. A couple of citronella candles are always a good idea for the light and also keeping the bugs away.
Heating – NZ is not really known for its balmy summer evenings and as the sun goes down all too often the warmth slowly disappears with it too, so some form of outdoor heating is always good! Plus if it’s an open outdoor fire you go for, this helps to create a little ambience too and somewhere for the kids to toast marshmallows maybe.
Finishing touches – these little bits of detail are what lift the outdoor room to the next level, think of styling it as you would any other room. Plants are of course a great way to add some greenery and colour to your outdoor space. From potted flowers, herb & vegetable seedlings, low maintenance succulents or a lush tropical plant collection the options are endless. Plant them in varying shapes & sizes of pots and display them on the table, hanging up or even on the fence or walls. Scatter some outdoor throw cushions around and maybe a warm throw or two and add some outdoor art or sculptures.
After looking at the many outdoor heating options at Mitre 10 – from table top gas heaters to outdoor fires that even cook pizzas, we decided on the Pular Outdoor Fire in black for $399 for our space as it would not only give us some heat on those sometimes chilly Auckland summer evenings but we loved the clean lines look & the idea of an open fire too.
We also picked up some kindling & logs for the fire, citronella candles in lovely blue glass, a selection of white pots in varying sizes and a few different plants both tropical and flowering to display on the table.
All up we left with:
Firewood Logs $16.70
3 x Pots: $25, $20, $17
Plants: $13.50 & $19
6 x Candles: $6 each
Total = $546.20
If you use your Gem Visa to purchase these items, that’s just $91.03 per month (plus fees) for 6 months and you would have paid off the balance during the interest free period! *
3 easy steps to make your perfect outdoor living space a reality!
- Get inspiration and plan out your outdoor room, you can view the latest Mitre 10 Outdoor Living catalogue here: http://www.mitre10.co.nz/catalogues/
- Apply for your Gem Visa here and take advantage of their great 6 month interest free deal on all Gem Visa purchases over $250*
- Plan a trip to your nearest Mitre 10 store armed with your Gem Visa, your outdoor inspo and some muscle to help you load it all in the car! Easy!
What outdoor living piece do you need this summer? Tell me in the comments below!
*Credit and Lending criteria, $55 establishment fee and $52 annual account fee apply. Prevailing interest rate (currently 25.45% p.a.) applies after 6 months interest free period. Gem Visa is provided by Latitude Financial Services.