House of Orange – stylish outdoor furniture for kids

House of Orange table bench seats

There are few areas in the home that designers for children have not tackled. Until very recently, the backyard was the last unexplored frontier (save for the cubby house). Testament to this is a super-ugly kid-sized red plastic picnic table and bench combination in my backyard.

A few years ago I searched in vain for lovely-to-look-at, kids’ outdoor furniture and although loathe to add more plastic to our back lawn, I really wanted somewhere for the kids to dine al fresco, set up messy arts and crafts, hold impromptu tea parties and bake mud pies.

House of Orange will take stylish backyards by storm. Home to Dutch-designed but locally-made custom furniture, House of Orange creates simple, timeless furniture for children (and grown-ups) that is weatherproof and stain resistant. All the pieces are made from sustainable local timber using aqua-light treated pine – a non-toxic process which ensures the furniture is extremely durable and will look good in your garden for many years.

The Lily table and bench set is practical, looks beautiful and would be perfectly at home in a wild ‘meadow’ style garden (that’s what I call our backyard when the lawns haven’t been mowed….) or a modern, landscaped masterpiece. If you have a large tree, the swings are too sweet and there is a choice of rope colours for the truly style conscious. Also available are made-to-measure sand boxes with magnetic blackboard lids, storage and toy boxes on castors, children’s beds, desks and more.

All pieces are made to order and are available in five signature stains from the subtle Limewash (shown above) to Charcoal. The Lily three piece table and benches set (above) is $499. The Daisy Double Swing is $249 and the Sand Box is $629. Contact House of Orange to order.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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