Why don’t you create the perfect outdoor setting for your backyard?
Each time I go to someones farmhouse or Holiday home, I am usually awe-struck by the beautiful outdoor set up. I could just live there. So though it is mostly our farm houses away from the city that provide us with ample space for a great outdoor terrace or garden seating, I think with a bit of imagination and the correct furniture it is very possible to create that perfect set up even in our backyards. As I mentioned here , a Swimming pool is not as difficult to attain as it may seem. And thanks to stores like KELEBEC, we can complete the perfect outdoor setting with the best pieces of furniture and accessories from around the world delivered to our doorstep (At least if the door happens to be at Alibaug, Karjat, Khandala and a few pieces can be sent to Mumbai and Pune).
KELEBEC is a luxury store for outdoor living,located in Alibaug, the popular weekend destination spot, a quick 45 minute ferry ride from Mumbai. The brain child of Indian/Turkish couple, Nymrata Advani Bickici and Yunus Bickici, Kelebec(which means “butterfly” in Turkish) is home to unique, truly inspirational pieces of furniture hand-picked from around the globe. And we got one of the owners Nymrata Advani Bickici to share her view points on how we can create the perfect outdoor setting, whether it is for a romantic evening or an evening to entertain a party of guests. So lets here it from the horse’s mouth (in this case the beautiful swans mouth)
Style City:How does one create a romantic outdoor Setting?
Nymrata:Al-fresco dining can not only be fun, but quite romantic too. To create an ideal outdoor setting under the stars, you need some glamorous outdoor furniture that makes you just want to sink into it,such as a fabulous outdoor pool bed or an elegant dining set that you can then decorate with some great tableware. Lighting, of course, is key. I like gorgeous, oversized metal lanterns with large white candles in them and old Moroccan lamps that can be hung from a tree or in a patio. Also, the lilting sounds of water can evoke a wonderfully relaxed, poetic setting Kelebec carries some dazzling giant stone fountains that can work beautifully in most outdoor settings. Then, the perfect music and a mouth-watering meal are all you need.
Style City: What are your tips to throw a great outdoor party this summer?
Nymrata: To have a perfect outdoor party, the size of your outdoor setting isn’t relevant. It can be a small patio, a large terrace or a huge garden or poolside you just need the perfect outdoor furniture that both makes your guests comfortable and gets them talking. For a terrace or poolside, I would place a stunning outdoor bar as a central focus where guests can sit, drink and mingle, and then have comfortable, plush seating like gorgeous all-weather sofas and chairs. In a smaller setting, I would have a more compact dining set and maybe a lounger or two where guests can relax with a drink. Then decorate the area with tall urns, stunning outdoor lamps and maybe a quirky outdoor animal statue in metal or stone. Ofcourse, great drinks and hors d’oeuvre are essential to any good party – in addition to its outdoor furniture, Kelebec has exotic cocktails mixes, flavoured pastas and delicious dips and tapenades in its pantry.