How To Turn Your Home Into An Oasis
A lot of times we pay special attention to the interior of our homes, forgetting that there is so much more to explore. Introducing nature to our families now-a-days actually makes for a much more enriched life style. Families in the United States have hectic schedules between work, school, sports etc. every day life seems to get going without us. During our down times we usually catch ourselves exhausted and lounging in front of TV’s and laptops while our children are playing with there cell phones waiting for the next rush of schedule to get going. I've found by spending time outside away from lazy couches, annoying phones and the occasional drama shown on TV has brought quality family time to my home. I know so many of my friends are now dressing up there homes with many different types of décor all because the peace it has brought to their family.
Small Patio or Courtyard
I started with my courtyard and brought a sense of elegance for my family and friends to relax and enjoy conversation. I have a variety of wind chimes not only for the beautiful tranquil sounds they lend but also because they come in so many variations of sizes and looks that you can really add ambiance to your outside area. In my front courtyard since this tends to be a conversational area I use small water fountains to give a more soothing atmosphere, sort of a tranquil feeling. You can also use stained glass ornaments so that during the day they can pick up the natural sun light for a happy feeling and in the evening they pick up the street light filtering it into a soft glow.
Garden décor helps bring things together outdoors and this can be from furniture to plants. Adding a small seating area such as a bistro table and chairs makes for a great place to have coffee or tea in the mornings. Some prefer bench style seating because of it's ornamental value and you can find decorative benches almost anywhere in so many different styles. Small end tables work well with this as they won't overcrowd the space but also lend as a place to set your coffee cup down while you listen to the birds or read your newspaper.
Use Plants To Soften The Edges
I‘ve found what helps pull a room together whether it be indoors or out is plants. Now since I don’t have the greenest thumb and watering next to outside furniture is messy I substitute real plants in my courtyard for artificial plants. Some artificial when compared to real plants are very realistic and offer a wider variety to those living in different climates. I often go to a home improvement store where I see the real version and it reminds me of my artificial plants in turn reminding me how lucky I am because I never have to worry about killing them. I’ve noticed a reduction in the amount of damage my dog and cat are creating when I had real plants.
Bringing these décor elements into your home and garden will create a safe and calm environment. Now, my family and I spend time together conversing and learning more about each other in turn breaking up the hustle and bustle of every day living that stresses us out so much. You may not think a decorated home and garden will make a difference but it gives you the same feeling as when you come home to a clean house after a hard days work…it’s calming.
Small Fire Pit For Chilly Nights and Family Fun
If you live in a colder climate or if it gets chilly on those spring and fall nights, a fire pit ads a touch of ambiance to your area. Of course this is a feature that can only be used outdoors and where you have enough ventilation. There are two types of fire pits, gas and wood burning, what works best for you is your choice however, I feel the crackling of a real wood fire to be very relaxing. It's like you've gone away and have been transported somewhere far away. Some of our families best memories have been made sitting around a warm, crackling campfire. Add a few chairs and a bench for guests to sit down and the conversation seems to just flow out. If you're by yourself then grab a good book, sit by the warm fire and relax as the stress just melts away.
Adding these features are some of many ideas that can transform your space into a relaxing oasis and create a place that you can retreat to on those days where you've been stressed out by every day life.
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