Today, I’m going to show you how to create your own outdoor sanctuary in less than ten steps.
The Scandinavians are masters at creating cosy outdoor spaces.
They know the importance of getting outside and enjoying fresh air, but like us here in the UK the weather isn’t always too inviting!
Let’s look at how they do it:
1.Define Your Space
Start by deciding where your area should be. Ideally a more sheltered or secluded part of your garden where you’re less likely to catch the breeze or the attention of the neighbours – unless you’re up for chatting over the fence at every opportunity.
Once you’ve found your nook then you can define the boundaries either by changing the floor surface, planting beds with structural plants to provide privacy or simply using potted plants which can be changed up with the season.
2.Add A Rug
Aren’t they for indoors?
Absolutely not these days!
Not only will it help to pull your seating area together, it adds warmth underfoot when it’s a bit chilly and protects toes from burning tiles when it’s scorchio outside.
As with furniture, make sure it is labelled as an outdoor rug though, meaning it will not only be weather resistant but also easy to clean.
3.Add Comfortable Seating
Whether it’s a quiet spot for a relaxing coffee or you’re entertaining a crowd, somewhere to rest and centre your area is a must.
Ensure it is weather resistant, as very few of us can store it indoors over winter and, let’s face it, in the UK it will get its fair share of weather thrown at it all year round!
It’s worth checking on Amazon or ebay for winter covers to prolong the life of your furniture if you’ve spent a fortune on it – in our case we bought a couple of inexpensive tarpaulins which we secure with bungees. Not the prettiest option but it keeps the weather off (and provides lots of overwintering spots for hibernating bugs!)
Of course, furniture isn’t always necessary.
If your space is bijou a few large floor cushions or beanbags in weather proof fabric and a low coffee table will create the same welcoming effect.
Alternatively, watch out for used pallets in your neighbourhood, often the owners don’t know how to get rid of them so they’ll be more than pleased if you ask to take them off their hands.
Pinterest has hundreds of ideas on how to create fitted furniture (including very stylish indoor coffee tables!) or you can find bespoke options on Etsy