Coming into summer and the long-awaited Christmas break, you are probably starting to think about getting your outdoor entertainment area ready for the festivities! With her recent success on her latest project, 2 in Twelve, we asked Catherine Heraghty, the owner and creative director of The Stables, to share her love of LaForma, and her tips on creating her perfect Alfresco space. “I love that LaForma is a bit of a one stop shop - they have everything you need, which is beneficial to save on time, particularly for a busy designer.” Catherine also loves the unique offering of the Barcelona Living concept, as “you won’t end up with the same products everyone has. This is really exciting for me as I can offer my clients new designs and pieces to select from, and the LaForma quality is exceptional at the same time.” Another plus for Catherine and her team is the size of LaForma’s range as “something that sets them apart, as not many suppliers in Australia offer so many different designs, which is something I really treasure as a designer.” Catherine also loves that LaForma’s range covers a broad range of styles, with “pieces that would work in an Industrial, Contemporary, Coastal or Scandi styled home – you really can find exactly what you need, to get your favourite set up ready!” In addition, she also appreciates the versatility of sizes in the collection; “There are lots of occasional and smaller sized pieces, which is perfect to get the scale correct. Now that a lot of people live in apartments or smaller homes, and have to work within a small space, this is crucial.” We asked Catherine what she liked best about LaForma’s alfresco offering; “It’s all about relaxed living, which perfectly reflects the Australian way of life. There is a massive trend currently, to use pieces with natural woven materials, timbers and neutral colours and LaForma knows how to use these principles perfectly. I adore all the pieces with the rope woven backs - not only are they comfortable, but they look absolutely stunning in so many outdoor spaces!” For the 2 in Twelve investment property, Catherine opted for a Coastal concept, to appeal to the greatest number of buyers. A Coastal concept meant using lots of layered textures and natural materials as much as possible, as well as a soft calming colour palette to create a friendly and inviting look. When selecting the outdoor furniture for this property, Catherine opted for the Bellano and Corvette ranges, “as they worked in so perfectly with my concept, and I am yet to come across someone who has not fallen in love with them the moment they saw them! Not only did they have the perfect mix of natural and textured materials, but the more compact size meant that it fit perfectly on my rather small outdoor deck. I also like that you can pick and choose from the range to suit your floor plan, so I opted for the two-seater sofa and two armchairs with the Corvette coffee table for the optimal social setting - it is so nice to be able to sit opposite each other when you have people over, making for the perfect layout for socialising!” Catherine’s final words “if you are looking for high-quality pieces with a wide variety of styles and designs to choose from, LaForma should be your next stop shop to get your alfresco space summer-ready!”