When we started creating an outdoor space on our new deck, all we could find was sticky vinyl and ugly floral plastic fabric.  Then we discovered 'performance fabrics' - they felt like an indoor fabric but performed like an outdoor fabric.  I couldn't believe how hard they were to get in Australia - and yet our climate is perfect for these versatile fabrics.  So we decided to start Fab Outdoor Fabrics to showcase the great range of unique quality outdoor fabrics that are weather resistant, stain resistant and fade resistant.

Three years on and hundreds of design-savvy people have discovered how fab our outdoor fabrics are.  From inner city penthouses to outback verandas, our range of fabrics is helping to create innovative outdoor spaces that are both stylish and practical.  Thank you to all the wonderful clients who've shared their part of Australia with us.  

The Fab Team

 

Fab Your Garden

 

                
We're in love with this Fab setting, styled by Sandy de Beyer for Your Garden magazine.  

When Sandy first selected Carnations Cream and Antique Beige to go with a taupe stripe, we were wondering how it would turn out.   But the result is stunning!  

By teaming a classic floral with up-to-date neutrals,  Sandy has created a look that's classy and contemporary.  It's a clever way to soften dark wicker chairs, which can look too stark, while keeping the colour palette relaxed.

Photos copyright Sandy de Beyer 2011 

  (Left) Another Fab photo by Sandy de Beyer for Your Garden magazine. 

We custom made cushions in Bek Onyx with Kiwi piping.  The casual style was designed to complement Woodbury House Furniture's wicker chairs - if you're in Sydney, pop into their store at Castle Hill.

Photo copyright Sandy de Beyer 2012 

Fab Burkes BackyardFab Burkes Backyard

Here's another inspirational setting from Sandy de Beyer for Burke's Backyard magazine.   With timeless Adirondack chairs as the focal point, Sandy's added a modern twist using African Journey Water as a stunning piece of wall art and on the scatter cushions.   Throw in some plain French Navy cushions, blue glass accessories, a serene grey wall colour - and voila - a calm oasis of style.  

Fab Home Beautiful

 

                

"Bright and Beautiful - Take the inside out and transform your garden into a stylish retreat with vibrant colour."

Stylist, Lynsey Fryers-Hedrick created these great spaces for the April 2013 edition of Home Beautiful.

Featured fabrics include:

The centrepiece of this gorgeous tropical setting in Home Beautiful is totally Fab!  Our custom sewing team made the cover featuring Hamptons Platinum Shimmer with Oyster piping.  

 

 

 

More Home Beautiful fabulousity.  Above - stylist Stephanie Powell used Bells Beach Calippo (right) and our cushion in Orange (left).  Below - Bells Beach Ocean cushion and Wild Curves Aqua on the daybed.

 

 

 

 

Fab Gold Medal

We're very excited to be a part of Paal Grant's gold medal winning garden at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. 

Paul created a landscape of curves, highlighted by this gorgeous conversation nook.  Tribal Breeze and Linen Pine beautifully compliment the superb design of the garden. 

 

Fab Warwick

The "Bondi" collection by Warwick is a standout for quality and value.  The range includes sharp colours and crisp designs that work indoors or outdoors.  Use this link to see the entire range:  Fab Warwick

   

 
     

   

Fab Butterfly

We are really excited to be working with Cathy Cooke, the creative brains behind Hide You Seek.  Her designer butterfly chairs, complete with Fab Outdoor Fabrics, are currently appearing in all the best outlets. Cathy can set your old butterfly chair free with a new Fab cover or you can purchase one of her groovy new stainless steel or painted iron frames.    The chair above features Sangria Monitfleur (no longer available) with Chocolate on the reverse.

Fab Boystown

We were so excited to see some of our fabrics featured in the Boystown prize home.  The interior designer chose a palette of blue, taupe, sand and white which perfectly reflects the home's location on the Sunshine Coast.  Above in the bedroom, Saba Sapphire Paisley makes a classical statement on the bedrunner and scatter cushions.  Some lovely design ideas throughout - see how the blue and white vase just pulls the theme outside?

Right and below: Tree of Life Batik stars in the living room.  Love the galvanised iron ceiling!  You'll find more pics of this Fab home at www.boystown.com.au

Fab Poolside Style

Karen wanted to make her Brisbane poolside area stylish and relaxing,  without resorting to the typical palm trees and bright tropicals.  

The Fab Custom Sewing team recovered her lounge with Deco Ticking, and used a contrast piping in Basic Black, creating effortless style and harmony.  

 

Fab French Casual

French style combined with good taste make this one of our favourite outdoor areas.  Amanda chose Hamptons Green Shimmer for the base cushions of her white-panelled bench seating and then carried through the classy theme with Botanical Mist and Botanical Mist Stripe scatter cushions.  The end result is an elegant but relaxed setting that perfectly reflects the heritage character of Amanda's gracious sandstone house.

 

Fab Lime Fresh

How's this for fresh and cool?   This coastal backyard features stylish landscape design elements including warm decking timber and charcoal grey walls perfectly offset by white stones and structural plants.  The addition of Fab covers in Kiwi, with highlight scatters in French Navy and Salty Olive Stripe (no longer available, try Salty Olive Check for a similar look), really adds to the modern resort feel.  Just the place to relax with a lime margarita!

Fab Elegant Deck

If your style is casual elegance, then this is the combination for you.   Christine started by choosing Tucker Chambray Charcoal on the base cushions.  The large motif gives a sense of drama, without being overpowering.  The reverse piping on the back cushions, which are Basic Black and Antique Beige, ties the look together.  The Fab Sewing Team did a great job of helping Christine create her beautiful elegant oasis.

 

Fab Retro Chic

This Canberra annex proves that you don't have to be boring outdoors.  A daring choice of fabrics perfectly complements the custom-built designer furniture from Robert Plumb.

 Karen chose Surf Pinstripe Sunset and Coral Sunset to echo the stunning orange of the dining chairs.  The glossy black of the armchairs inspired the selection of Domino Stripe. 

Love the contrast of the bold colours with the grey feature wall and weathered decking.  

Fab Colour Patio

This amazing outdoor room, designed by Mark Nicholls of Voodooo (devilishly delicious rocky road), shows what you can do when you're not afraid of colour.  We imported Beach Bouquet Citrus especially to meet Mark's requirements for a fabric with colours that stood out from the crowd.  Mark accessorised boldly  with Wave Canary, Wave Lime and Daisy Noir. Then our sewing team did the rest.  The result is an area that makes you happy as soon as you step outside.

Fab Tuscan

Anthea's outdoor area has some Tuscan influences with a modern twist.  To add colour, she selected from our new Ottoman range.  It plays beautifully against the soft grey walls and tones in with the great stained glass window and mosiac prints.   Below left, Ottoman Lapiz covers.  Below right, Ottoman Persimmon cover.  Bottom centre:  Linen Ginger and Ottoman Persimmon.

    

Fab Sunroom

Sally's beautiful conservatory-style sunroom is a stunning area with full length windows opening to the garden.   But the original lounge faded quickly with so much sunlight streaming in.  By using an outdoor fabric to recover the lounge, Sally found a solution that's stylish and practical.   As it's a fade-resistant outdoor fabric, the lovely pastel colours of Botanical Mist will stay fresh for years.  

 

Fab Nautical

With such a stunning view from their back deck, you can see why Scott and Meilyn chose a nautical theme.  Using an innovative combination of Fab Outdoor Fabrics, they've created the perfect spot for a sundowner or two.  

Left, Saba Sapphire Damask and Saba Sapphire Stripe tell the main story on the lounge setting.  Cushions with highlights of Fab Red add a splash of colour.  Below, the daybed in Bandana Cherry is accessorised by scatter cushions in Deck Polka Navy and bolster cushions in Deck Stripe Navy, with Fab Red accents tying the two areas together.