SHOP: Terrace Outdoor Living

When stylist and designer Paul Joseph Hopper teamed up with his friend and mumpreneur, Bianca Moore it was a case of ‘bloomin’ marvellous’, their vision transforming urban places into green spaces with Terrace Outdoor Living.

Photography: Jacqui Turk  /  Words: Pip Miller

In what started as an online store, Terrace Outdoor Living has since expanded with the opening of a retail haven in Sydney’s leafy Queen Street, Woollahra. So what is it that business partners Paul and Bianca bring to the table? Experience and a whole lot of creativity it seems. Paul’s background in horticulture and as a stylist saw him featured in iconic home interior magazines both in Australia and overseas while Bianca’s keen eye for current trends, love of design and manufacturing stemmed from a career running her own fashion label. According to Bianca they both carry the creative gene and come from families of keen green thumbs.

“We met in the UK in the hip seaside town of Brighton back in the early ‘90s. Paul had a groovy café bar near the seafront and I basically walked in one day looking for a job. Paul moved to Australia in 2001 and worked as senior stylist at House & Garden magazine. I helped him make some outdoor cushions for a photo shoot and the idea was sort of born from there.”

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As a team, it is their combined talents that has enabled them to value-add their service delivery to include a wide variety of styling assistance and solutions, from helping clients make the most of their garden to made-to-measure upholstery.

“We find people come to us as a source of not only inspiration and style ideas but also for our curated range of indoor and outdoor plants, pots, glamorous yet practical gardening tools and furniture with upholstery services,” said Paul.

As a business concept what Terrace Outdoor Living does in effect says Paul, is help people create their own little oasis or mini-escape. “It is important to have a place in which you can reconnect with nature or even just to relax and contemplate.”

“It is very important to revamp or renovate your outdoor space as you would your kitchen or bathroom. It will improve your lifestyle and add to your property’s value.”

Paul says you don’t necessarily even need to have your own outdoors area to enjoy that feeling. With indoor plants making a huge comeback he said all you need to do is designate an area, a corner even – add some greenery, an easy chair or big floor cushion and you are done.

Bianca says for those lucky enough to have both indoor and outdoor areas to play with, they should command equal focus. “It is very important to revamp or renovate your outdoor space as you would your kitchen or bathroom. It will improve your lifestyle and add to your property’s value.”

Terrace Outdoor Living is located at 47 Queen St, Woollahra, Sydney. Open Mon to Sat 10am–5pm and Sun 11am-4pm. Click here to shop their range online.

POT  /  MISTER  /  GARDENING FORK  /  CHAIR  /  CUSHION  /  HANGING PLANTER