As soon as there was a hint of Spring in the air, I started to get excited to be spending more time outdoors. Through the summer months, our garden really becomes an extra room. With the french doors thrown open, our main living space opens onto the deck with the lawn just beyond. Breakfast is eaten on the deck, lunch is a picnic sat on the grass and dinner is a BBQ. The kiddos spend there days climbing tress, making forts, swinging, sliding, trampolining and enjoying the fresh air. One of the greatest benefits to working at home is that I can often sit in the garden to work, making it barely feel like I am working at all.
Nothing beats summer evenings sat in the garden, a fire burning, music playing, and some good company. The key to really making the most of your outdoors is to make it comfortable and bring a little of your indoors outdoors. I like to have lots of cushions and blankets ready outdoors for comfort and warmth. Lots of bright colours, floral patterns and cosy fabrics. Lanterns on the table ready for when the sun starts to set. A pretty tablecloth thrown over the patio table makes it look much nicer.
Being able to live life outdoors really does makes a huge difference to us, in a small house we all start to get cabin fever by the end of the winter and are bursting at the seams to get outside. I would love to get a hammock to hang up this year as illustrated in this blog post. I am also thinking of getting some lengths of fairy lights to put in the trees and along the fence. I have my eye on a pretty woven tray and a cosy cashmere blanket!
I would love to live somewhere where we could spend all year outdoors, but the winters here are too wet and too cold so we have to make the most of spring and summer months. Nothing beats summer evenings sat around the fire, they are one of my most favourite things to do. How about you? Do you love outdoor living?