Here in the states we are in month five of quarantines, work from home, and social distancing. Businesses have slowly started to open up in Seattle, but we are still being cautious about public outings and gatherings. So stay at home we shall.
With us all being stationed and bunkered down in our homes, we're making the most of our spaces. I've noticed a lot more people decluttering, refurbishing, and renovating their homes. As a holistic designer, it's great to see people taking more notice to how their spaces are influencing and impacting them.
Now that summer is here though, we want to be spending more time outside. Especially in Seattle! It is after all the best time of the year here. With nine out of the twelve months being rain, rain, rain, we rejoice in the few months of solid sunshine and nice weather.
Seattle often has loads of activities during this time: festivals, parades, block parties, concerts in the park, etc. However with none of that happening this year, we are looking to new ways to enjoy these beautiful summer months.
It's time to take to our backyards! Even if the 2020 summer is canceled, we can start transforming our own yards into entertaining spots and restoring retreats. Here are some tips on making the most out of your backyard this summer.
Whether its a flower bed or vegetable patch, gardening is a great addition to a backyard. Gardening has proven to have lots of health benefits from getting your daily Vitamin D to lowering your stress. Vegetable patches are awesome because you get the freshest produce available! Plus it helps save a few $$ which we're all wanting to do. Flower gardens offer an experience to the senses, being both visually beautiful (and oftentimes aromatic). Plant some medicinal flowers and herbs such as lavender, chamomile, and rosemary for additional benefits.
Lighting makes everything better. When twilight hits, you get to enjoy a magical and enchanting evening with the help of a couple of cheap string lights. Zigzag them through your pergola to make a well-lit dining experience or weave them around your bushes to create a magical glen. You can get string lights to suit your design style, from fairy lights to Edison bulbs.
Backyard Movie Nights
Cinemas closed this summer? Have a backyard movie night instead! Throw a white bedsheet up, grab a projector, a couple floor pillows or inflatable mattresses and create a magical movie night for yourself! Go the extra mile by doing a movie in the park setting with picnic blankets, wine, snacks, and lights.
Dining al fresco
I love eating outside. It is quite an experience eating meals to the sound of birds and looking at beautiful flowers and trees. Make your outdoor meal time special! Create a table centerpiece display, add string lights, get some potted plants nearby, and enjoy some fine dining! Whether its just a bistro table for two or a full family meal, it's a great way to enhance your backyard.
Create a Fire Pit
One of the best things about my summers when I was living back in the suburbs was having a backyard fire. You can get a fancy product, such as a fire pit table, or even a simple bowl, but did you know that fire pits are super easy to make? You can use various materials, such as brick pavers, limestone, or rocks to create a natural looking fire pit that blends into your backyard landscape. A benefit of this (besides it being cost-friendly) is that it's custom, so you get to dictate the size and the materials...as long as they are fire resistant!
Did anyone else even camp in their backyards as a kid? To avoid the crowded campsites this summer, create your own camping experience in your backyard. Take this the extra mile however and upgrade to Glamping. Add a mattress, pillows, rugs, string lights, and decorative objects to your camping setting to make it into a magic retreat 24/7. It's the perfect spot to lounge during the day to read or snuggle with your partner for a romantic date night.
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