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A look at TLC reader Martine’s Stunning Outdoor Room

Outdoor Room - BBQ Area with Outdoor Table

Words seem to fail me when it comes to describing just how in love I am with this Northbridge home. The indoors come out, the outdoors go in; it’s a veritable hokey pokey of home design without putting your left leg in! There’s something so spectacular about this space; form and function come together marvellously. Yes, that’s where the magic starts for sure!

“One needs to enjoy the outside space as much as possible,” Martine Vanderspuy – who owns the home – tells me.  She goes on to explain that bringing the outside in was the main objective here. “I designed our room with this in mind. If the weather suddenly changes, the clear awnings come down with the tap of a button. The pizza oven fire and two infrared heaters heat up the room on a cold winters night”.

Outdoor Room - BBQ Area with Outdoor Table Outdoor Room - BBQ Area with Outdoor Table

The space itself is an absolute treat; not only because of its practicality but because tonally it has been kept calm and unified. My fave pieces are the cushions on those armchairs, the candle cluster on that coffee table and – of course – all that marvellous stainless steel.

“The stainless steel really works in the space. Almost an outdoor kitchen. We have come up with all kinds of pizza concoctions over glasses of wine! We have also used it to cook fish and slow roasts. The options are endless”.

Martine also makes some fabulous custom design art that you can check out here.

Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

Comments (3)

  • Martine Vanderspuy

    Thanks so much Chris. Great writing. The blog must keep you busy.

    Kind Regards, Martine Vanderspuy

    02 9958 0525 4 Coorabin Road Northbridge NSW 2063

    • Martine, your house is stunning. The decor is beautifully, construction looks great and I love the lay out. What a wonderful spot to host a BBQ.
      PS – I think we should be best friends. I’m just around the corner in Cammeray!

  • Oliver Haynes

    Just like your balcony!!!

    Warm regards,


    Oliver Haynes
    0416 954 391


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