Polished concrete furniture is the perfect counterpoint to spring’s greenery, as backyard flowers and plants blossom into life, according to Fiona Schot.
“Because of the neutral finish, concrete pieces will reflect the colours and vibrancy of a garden and landscape,” Fiona says.
“It contrasts really well with greenery and has a natural patina and character to it. It looks fabulous and modern.”
As the buyer for Schots Home Emporium, Fiona stocks the latest in concrete stools, benches, tables and pots to reinvent a backyard.
The emporium has more than a hundred different concrete furniture pieces, which all weather the outdoors well.
“Concrete furniture is surprisingly versatile,” Fiona says.
“Not many materials can be exposed to rain and the sun like concrete.
“A lot of the concrete furniture can go both indoors and outdoors and that’s the beauty of it.”
Indoors the emporium has concrete dining tables and basins to make a bold statement in a modern home.
“There’s always new designs coming in,” Fiona says.
“We have the largest range of it in Australia.”
Schots Home Emporium specialises in reclaimed teak timber, which Fiona describes as tough and durable.
“It doesn’t need a tablecloth and kids don’t need to be kept away,” she says.
“It’s probably the only thing in the house that actually looks better with a little wear and tear!”
Spring trends may come and go, but reclaimed wood is a timeless classic and customer favourite, according to Fiona.
“I think teak has always been really timeless – it’s all recycled with a new lease of life and it’s got a really authentic feeling to it,” she says.
“A beautiful teak dining table will add a meaningful touch to your home and of course, be a talking point.”
Each piece has its own character and history.
“The natural characteristics and patina from the aged timber make each piece unique,” Fiona says.
“Be it the nail and pin holes, wear marks and knots – these characteristics reflect its living history. You can either treat it or let it go its natural colour.”
Fiona’s parents created the emporium 40 years ago and she works alongside her siblings in the family-owned business.
Schots Home Emporium also sells high-quality leather furniture, tiles, lighting and baths at its North Geelong store.