Spring into Outdoor Living
Its quarantine day 41 in case you lost count! While some of you have been enjoying the outdoors all along, for those of us in New England, its been long days of very little outdoor time due to the lingering cold weather this spring.
But good news! Warmer days are just around the corner, and its time to start thinking about dusting off the patio furniture and making your backyard an escape for you and your family.
We believe that the outdoors are just an extension of our home and deserve special attention to make them fabulous. From outdoor dining to lounging by a fire, we love creating places for families to enjoy. And while we social distance, having a place to escape outdoors at our own homes feels more important now than ever before.
Outdoor Living At My House
I am in the process of planning and having a patio laid at my own house. This is the perfect project to do while social distancing since contractors will work outside and require no face-to-face interaction on my part. As you know, my mudroom interior is finished, but with the facade of my house changing completely, it was time to also upgrade the old sidewalk and create a better aesthetic at the entrance.
Our big outdoor projects for the spring are the patio and new front doorstep, a patio in the backyard with a fire pit, raised bed gardens, and a swing set for the kids. We will certainly be busy over the next few weeks getting things in place, but we’re looking forward to really enjoying the yard this year.
The Front Porch or Patio
Who doesn’t like a front porch? It’s a great place to sit and read, have your morning coffee, or your end of the day wine. While I don’t have a porch, I am looking forward to having a patio with two chairs and a table. This will be the perfect place to sit while my kids play in the driveway.
We’ve been loving seeing the Front Porch Project all across social media. A fun way to spread joy during this time of uncertainty.
The Back Yard
Outdoor living in the backyard means different things to different people. For some its an outdoor dining room. A place to host family and friends when social distancing is over and a place to enjoy meals with your family.
This cream patio set looks beautiful against the greenery providing a lovely contrast.
When the weather allows, we eat most of our dinners outside. Straight off the grill to our plates. Dinner outdoors feels like such a treat.
For others, outdoor living is a comfy outdoor chair around a firepit. There is something peaceful about the sound of a crackling fire, especially at the end of a long day.
We haven’t decided yet if we want a gas fire pit for the ease of use or a wood-burning pit for the sound and smell. Either way, I can already taste the s’mores that we will make this summer!
The Pool Deck
For those of you quarantining in warm weather by a pool, it must be nice! We New Englanders are dreaming about pool weather.
If outdoor living for you means poolside, then you want to invest in some quality lounge chairs. We suggest a Sunbrella Fabric for its durability. It will stand up well to chlorine, sun, and all of the outdoor fabrics.
If you have space, poolside is also a great place for a table and chairs and a fun little bar cart. Even if you don’t use the cart for adult beverages, it’s a great way to bring snacks in and out of the house.
Part of outdoor living is the landscape around you. If you have a view, that is a head start, but planting trees, shrubs, and flowers will also go a long way in making your yard a beautiful escape.
This year, we’re taking our garden one step further by adding raised beds to plant vegetables in. Since we are trying to minimize our grocery store visits, planting food is a great way to feed your family over the summer months without needing to leave your home.