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Secondhand finds add rustic appeal to this seaside garden

A heritage garden is updated and enhanced with the addition of vintage and salvaged finds

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Secondhand finds add rustic appeal to this seaside garden

This 1928 home boasts a fabulous view of water, trees, houses and boats and this seaside feel is reflected in its weathered, lived-in outdoor spaces.

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The garden retains its heritage character with plants such as camellias, palms, ivy, lilly pillys and frangipanis still cultivated. For a modern update, agaves were planted to suit the original garden beds and layout.

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The back deck was extended and covered over to make it more practical for family life. The outdoor furniture was mostly found and upcycled from inorganic collections.

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Top tips

  • Furnish your garden with finds from Trade Me, op-shops and council inorganic collections.
  • Adapt wooden furniture that might only have been used indoors by oiling or painting it.
  • Be prepared to spend a little to bring old pieces up to date; for instance, by buying new cushions for chairs.

Words by: Sam Brennan. Photography by: James Henry.

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