What’s the secret to relaxed, easy, low-stress entertaining?
Just ‘go with the flow.’ But we don’t just mean having an easy-going, ‘no worries’ attitude when your family or mates lob in.
While that certainly does help, what we’re really talking about is creating a home that draws you in and just flows effortlessly from one space to the next.
You know, the kind of place where your guests feel welcome and want to stay longer. The kind of place where it all just ‘works’, where it’s easy to be the ‘host with the most’ and have a good time too.
Sound too good to be true?
Endeavour Foundation’s $1.8 million Sunshine Coast Prize Home at Palmwoods is just that unicorn.
And a bright, colourful one at that.
This beautiful, airy home is the epitome of the ‘go with the flow’ ethos, with each living space flowing seamlessly from one to another and beyond to the amazing backyard.
If you’re looking for some inspiration for your place, or you’re manifesting moving into this one, let’s take a closer look at what makes this home such a special place to live and entertain.
When you have people over, it’s nice to have the space to spread out and enjoy being together without feeling like you’re on top of each other.
The architects of our Palmwoods Prize Home had all of this in mind and more.
The home has been cleverly designed around a central courtyard, ensuring that each room connects from one to the other and out to the backyard.
The open plan kitchen flows on to the dining, living and games room in one direction, and out to the outdoor living space in the other.
Best of all, thanks to the home’s U-shaped design, each room has a line of sight to every other living space, meaning that you and your guests can enjoy space and connection all at the same time.
One of the most stunning features of this light-filled home is the abundance of wide-opening windows and doors, blurring the lines between indoors and out.
Stacking sliding doors link each of the living areas to the courtyard outside and allow for an easy connection between rooms via a quick trip across the lawn.
Even the kitchen connects from indoors to the outdoors with a clever servery window. It’s just another way to create that flow and an absolute game-changer when you’re entertaining.
Let’s face it. You can’t call yourself an Aussie if you don’t like entertaining outside.
That’s why the outdoor living space is becoming an increasingly important, and considered, element of modern Australian homes.
The outdoor entertaining space at our Palmwoods Prize Home is one of the best. With a beautifully fitted-out undercover area flowing out to a sparkling inground pool, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Plus, the value of the lawn courtyard that each room opens onto can’t be underrated. Just two steps from any of the living areas, it’s the perfect spot to challenge your friends to a game of bocce, simply ground your bare feet in the spongy grass, or practice your yoga flow. (See what we did there?)
Your outdoor living area deserves as much attention to detail as your inside spaces.
How often do you find everyone gravitating to the kitchen at a party?
That’s why incorporating an outdoor kitchen into your outside entertaining space is an amazing way to draw the party outside.
If you plan on doing as much of your cooking and serving outside, you’ll find your guests will be right out there with you.
When planning your outdoor kitchen, if possible, include plenty of bench space, a sink, a drinks fridge, and lots of storage.
And of course, the key to great entertaining is great food, so turning up the heat with a show-stopping BBQ or grill is well worth the investment.
A high-quality grill – like the Kamado Joe that’s included with our Prize Home – can make the food you serve up even more delicious (if that’s possible?)
Cooking over charcoal adds an extra layer to your food’s flavour – a little like cooking over a wood fire. And because Kamado Joe grills are ceramic, they act like an insulator, retaining your food’s natural juices during the cooking process so that it is succulent and tender when it hits the plate.
Soak up just how good open-plan living and entertaining can be at Endeavour Foundation’s $1.8 million family Prize Home in Palmwoods.
If you can, drop by in person and discover just how good this home feels. You’ll find directions and address details here.
Or if you just can’t wait, take a virtual tour now.