Even though we are starting to be able to get out more, with the lockdown restrictions lifting, people are still finding it comfortable to be at home. Work life has changed and now many people permanently working from home and as summer nears, it will be nice to spend more time outside as it is known to alleviate some stress and get fresh air. If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor space whether a sprawling yard or a tiny patio, make the most of these 7 ideas for improving your outdoor area.
Curate an Outdoor Lounge Space
Set up an outdoor lounge space and give your outdoors a tropical feel to make up for that beach trip you had to cancel. Scour the internet for lounge chairs, chaise lounges, hammocks and sectionals or make your own outdoor lounge bed. For the DIY-er, find a platform bed frame, futon mattress and outdoor weatherproof fabric to cover it. If you’re not handy with a sewing machine, this is easily hired out. Pop some color with some outdoor cushions for comfort and style. Complete your lounge with some side tables, a few candles and your favorite beverage for an all-inclusive atmosphere.
DIY Outdoor Movie Theater
Just because movie theaters are off limits for now, doesn’t mean you can’t recreate the experience at home. It doesn’t have to be as complicated as the elaborate set-ups you’ve seen on Pinterest, a simple white sheet that can be tautly mounted flat surface (shed, siding or apartment patio should do just fine for this, a phone or laptop device and a projector to play the movies. Don’t have a projector? You can easily make one out of a shoebox, cardboard and a magnifying glass. Round up your favorite patio chairs, outdoor cushions, pop some popcorn and enjoy your next movie while the crickets chirp around you.
Your favorite dive bar or swanky cocktail lounge may be off limits for now, so why not create your own space? Buy a bar online or repurpose an old table or desk. You can even get crafty with cinder blocks, cement glue and some 1″ x 6″ boards to DIY. A bluetooth speaker, your favorite cocktail ingredients and few glasses to get the ambiance of your favorite bar at home.
Beautify a Barn or Shed
Just because your barn or shed is a utilitarian structure, doesn’t mean it has to be an eyesore. Spruce it up by painting a bold color, attaching some shutters or adding some flower boxes. A stone path to the door or even stringing up some lights can really brighten and cozy up the forgotten space in the backyard.
State parks and campsites might be closed but you don’t have to miss out on everyone’s camping activity: the campfire. You can easily create one for yourself which only requires a few steps and materials you can get at your local home improvement store. Not a big DIY-er? A prefab fire bowl can be just as effective at creating that warm, cozy campfire glow.
Make an Al Fresco Dining Destination
We all get tired of eating in the kitchen or even in front of the tv every night. Mix it up by making yourself an outdoor dining destination in your backyard or patio. In addition to an outdoor dining table and chairs, put down an outdoor rug and and string up a strand of lights or even a crafted chandelier to transform your space.
Create a Meditation Zone
Missing out on your yoga studio? Continue to do the restorative practice and a shavasana at home – even better, create the space to do it in your backyard. Plant a garden with calming scents like lavender or jasmine, create a path to it or even a standing tent or cabana with curtains that blow in the warm calming breeze.
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