With novel coronavirus cases rising again across the country, it’s clear that the pandemic has and will continue to alter the way we experience our daily lives for quite some time. For many people, enjoying the outdoors with others — a generally safer way to interact — will mean finding ways to do it closer to home without the need to travel. The only problem with that idea is that many of us have spent a lot of time at home since March and are experiencing high degrees of cabin fever.
If you have access to a backyard, a balcony, an apartment building roof or a patio, that prime bit of outdoor real estate could offer the solution you need. With just a few choice products, you can transform your outdoor space into an at-home oasis you can enjoy all year round. First, you’ll need a few essentials…
A Few Adirondack Chairs for Lounging
Nothing says "relaxing in New England" or "lounging by the lake" like a couple of Adirondack chairs. They work well in a garden, on a front porch, on a patio — really anywhere you might have room for them. Unlike your office chair — or the kitchen chair you’ve been using as an office chair — their very shape encourages grabbing an ice-cold drink, leaning back and relaxing.
Add In: The Perfect Atmospheric Lighting
In photography, the "golden hour" is the period shortly after sunrise or before sunset. Full of softer, redder light, this "magic hour" not only translates well to film, but it also creates a relaxing, beautiful atmosphere IRL too. Point being, the right kind of lighting can do more than set a mood — it can create an experience.
Try a Canopy to Block Out the Sun
Sure, umbrellas get the job done when it comes to blocking out the sun, but they also just feel so… typical. If you want to add a little more pizazz to your patio, a canopy or awning will do just that. Of course, there are a lot of ways to go wrong when it comes to finding the right patio covering. For example, the more bells and whistles, the more of a hassle your awning will be to install or maintain.
Carry on into the Evening with a Tabletop Firepit
Want to kick your patio up a notch? This next suggestion is lit — literally. A firepit is the ultimate in luxury when it comes to making your outdoor space feel both cozy and fun, and luckily for us, fire pits have become both more affordable and more space-conscious. Enter the Chisolm Stone Propane Tabletop Firepit.
Need a Nap? Don’t “Sleep on” Grabbing a No-Hassle Hammock
Finally, no outdoor experience is complete without a hammock — the ultimate means of lounging. If you’re looking for a more traditional lounger, the Large Sling Hammock in Conley Denim blends both style and comfort. Measuring in at 13 feet long, this sling is made of a comfortable, quick-drying mesh fabric, making it perfect for the hammock-owner who doesn’t want to worry about the pool or rainwater messing with their sling.