While outdoor spaces have always been pleasant areas in which to relax and get away from it all, they have now gained in importance, becoming veritable refuge oases in which to take solace and comfort.
Last summer’s forced quarantine created a mad rush to build, renovate and decorate gardens, terraces, decks and yards. Supplies ran out in some cases, but most were able to carve out a private area outdoors. Now, with the present isolation practises being extended until all are vaccinated, we will again be spending more time at home as opposed to travelling.
There is an outdoor style for every taste and every budget. Some create large extensions of their homes, with al fresco living room areas and outdoor kitchens. Others centre the landscape around a swimming pool or water feature. Still others prefer a garden, wild or structured to keep grounded and busy. There are balconies, terraces, decks, gazebos, pergolas, stone and arid plant features, and the list goes on and on. It’s a personal thing, this exterior space! But they should all serve the same function: provide a place to relax, recharge, and enjoy the outdoors.
Here are a few ideas to help create a grounding and sustainable outdoor living space, big or small:
-herb gardens in planters
-flowers in pots and climbing flowering vines
-musical wind chimes or mobiles
-bird feeders or bird houses
-plants known to attract butterflies and hummingbirds
-a length of triangular fabric stretched overhead to act as a canopy or parasol
-seating; chairs, hamacs, or cushions
-soft throws and blankets in natural materials
-muted, neutral or pastel colours
-lanterns, candles or LED string lights
No matter the size, we can all benefit from an exterior living space that reflects our taste and style. The idea is to experience the beauty of nature while relaxing and recharging. Make your space your own and enjoy it to its fullest this summer!