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Designer Outdoor Furniture like You’ve never Seen Before

Designer outdoor furniture from Outside Envy on The Life Creative

Tired of outdoor furniture that fades, goes dry and gets gross? Prepare yourself for the ultimate designer outdoor furniture drool-fest.

This is seating for your courtyard gone next level!

Designer Outdoor Furniture - Buckley Armchair by Outside Envy on The Life Creative

Designer Outdoor Furniture from Outside Envy

It’s fair to say that in a week of blogging I get stacks and stacks of press releases hit my inbox, from brands wanting to spread the word about their products. Sadly, though, not all of them make it onto the blog or take my fancy in a way that makes me think… TLC readers need to know about this.

And then there are other scenarios in which I open up a press release, or go onto a website, and experience heart racing joy and rapture that deems a blog post necessarily ASAP if not sooner. This is exactly what happened when I feasted my eyes on this sublime designer outdoor furniture from Melbourne brand Outside Envy.

Once you see what they can do with seating for your exterior space I’m pretty sure you too will find them hard to resist. So let me give you a quick snapshot of this awesome local biz.

Kittel two seater sofa outdoor furniture on The Life Creative

Founded by Melissa Smythe, Outside Envy in a designer outdoor furniture brand that was born out of necessity. Going into a tonne of client homes over the years in her work as an interior designer, Melissa kept discovering the same common issue; outdoor areas never got the stylish treatment indoor zones got.

“I continued to see one recurring problem – the furniture was pretty much the same wherever I went,” she explains. “The outdoor furniture in these spaces was bland, colourless and design seemed to stop when it came to the back door”.

And so the ideas started flowing, as Melissa became set on creating outdoor furniture that was beautiful, bespoke, comfortable and durable.

Melissa explains that each of the fabrics she sources for her designs is chosen specifically with a few key essentials in mind; they needed to retain colour-fastness, durability, water, mould and stain repellency. The comfort of the sofa (something lacking in many outdoor suites) was also of huge importance to Melissa.

“My clients were asking me for a product I couldn’t find – an outdoor range that made others envious. So I decided to create my own.”

Outdoor Furniture Sofa and Armchair by Outside Envy on The Life Creative

“We needed to consider height – for ease of getting up and sitting down – and wanted to create something relaxing enough to sink back into, to put your feet up. Somewhere you can sit to read the paper and have your morning coffee, and durable enough to have friends over on the weekend, without worrying if the red wine is spilt, or if little ones run their fingers over the seats”.

The great thing about this outdoor furniture brand is that they work with clients one-on-one. Starting with an armchair design, it can be tweaked into a two or three-seater, chaise lounge, ottoman – you name it.

Made in Melbourne, it’s such a wonderfully bespoke offering and the fabrics are limited-run, so you really are getting something quite special.

If you’d like to find out more about Outside Envy’s divine outdoor furniture range, click here.

Time to start saving my pennies in preparation for buying one of these bad boys later in the year! Sorry IKEA outdoor furniture; you will be replaced.

Have you seen designer outdoor furniture like this before? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it in the comments below.


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  • Reply
    Debra McCulloch
    16 May, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Hooray something new & unique 2016 or at least to me. Love your article. Thankyou.

    • Reply
      Chris Carroll
      16 May, 2016 at 11:16 am

      No worries Debra. I honestly have never seen outdoor furniture like this before. I literally gasped out loud when I saw it. Looks too good to be outdoor, right? 🙂 Glad you loved the post.

  • Reply
    Mel smythe
    16 May, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Thanks for your beautiful blog.
    I feel really excited about the range coming out for DEN Fair, I hope you can call past and see it.
    I’m hopeful the public will start to support sustainable furniture that stands the test of time by being locally made and designed.

    • Reply
      Chris Carroll
      16 May, 2016 at 11:18 am

      Oh Mel, I’ll be there at Denfair with bells on, so I’ll come and say hi for sure. I am DYING to see this furniture in person. I swear it looks too good to go outside – but that’s what makes it so special for me. I am sure the public will be all over it!

  • Reply
    Michelle - Jarrah Jungle
    19 May, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Wow they look nothing like outdoor furniture! So stylish!!

  • Reply
    19 May, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Oooooh … love! One of those moments you think to yourself: WHY didn’t someone do this sooner?!

  • Reply
    25 May, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    I love these designs but as there is always that risk that something outdoors will be affected by the weather even if not directly placed in the sun or rain. I wonder how it would go?

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    16 May, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Wow! It is really nice! Thanks Chris for sharing this post 🙂

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