We all have those days. You just can’t take one more problem, one more “Mom!” or one more phone call. You need an escape, but you can’t go too far. What you need is your own backyard getaway.
Whether it is to do some meditation, finally finish a chapter of the book you’ve been trying to read or having a quiet place to share a glass of wine in the evenings with friends or that special someone, you need a kid-free, stress-free spot just for you. Make it comfortable, make it useful and make it yours. Let everyone know that you are unavailable except for emergencies when you are there. Here are a few things you’ll want to make sure to include.
Take advantage of the smaller space. It may be hard to power your whole house if the power fails, but it won’t be hard for a standby generator to keep your smaller building functional.
Make an inviting outdoor area for close friends to gather.
To fully relax, you’ll want comfortable furniture. Get a couch you want to snuggle down in for those chilly afternoons with a good book.
Put your phone on some soothing music and let your Bluetooth speakers surround you with sound.
A Water Feature
A water feature can be an easy way to add some zen to your space. If you don’t want to build an outdoor feature, go small with an indoor, portable fountain.
Put some color in your life. Plant flowers to invite butterflies and hummingbirds to visit. The flowers can be planted with herbs for beauty, scent and function.
Porch Swing or Hammock
Swinging has a way of connecting us to happy childhood memories, and it is also a very soothing movement. Put a swing outside and a smile on your face.
Large Door and Windows
Think of bringing the outdoors inside. Make one wall a collapsible one with accordion glass doors. Put large windows in front and back to cool you down with a cross breeze in mind weather.
Watch your feathered friends enjoy your feeders while you swing and feel the day unwind. You’ll be thanked with the lovely sounds of songbirds.
Just in case someone decides that it looks too good to pass up, put a lock on your door. Adhere to your rule that visitors are by appointment and invitation only.