Even if you can't go to the beach, bar, or cafe, you can go out while staying (very) close to your home.
At the moment when many of us are staying at home, it is one of the best ways to relieve stress, go outside and get some fresh air – preferably at least a meter away from your neighbor. If you are lucky enough to have an outdoor area, whether you have a spacious garden or a small terrace, use these seven ideas to improve your outdoor area.
Curate an outdoor lounge
Did you have to cancel a beach vacation that you planned for the spring vacation or summer? Set up an outdoor lounge on your patio or in the garden to add a tropical flair to your outdoor space. You can either search for sun loungers, chaise longues, hammocks, and outdoor areas online, or create your own, such as a unique outdoor lounge bed. All you need to complete this project is a platform bed frame, futon mattress and outdoor fabric to cover it. (If you're unfamiliar with the sewing machine, this is an easy task for a local upholsterer.) Place a few outside cushions over it for added comfort and style.
To complete your lounge, add a few side tables, a few candles, and maybe a glass of wine to create this all-inclusive atmosphere.
DIY outdoor cinema
The cinemas may be closed for now, but that doesn't mean you can't recreate the experience in your own private outdoor space. Although you've probably seen elaborate backyard cinema setups, it doesn't have to be complicated: all you need is a white sheet that can be tautly mounted on a flat surface (a shed or siding on your apartment terrace will do the trick ), a projector, and your phone to play movies, TV shows, or whatever you play these days.
You don't have access to a projector? It's surprisingly easy make one from a shoebox, some cardboard and a magnifying glass. Round off your favorite patio chairs or arrange your outside cushions, make popcorn, and enjoy your movie with the background sounds of the chirping crickets.
Create an outdoor bar
It may take a while before you can return to your favorite pub or chic cocktail lounge. So why not create your own for your outdoor area? You can of course buy a bar online or reuse an old table or desk – or even become smart with some cinder blocks, concrete glue and a few 1 x 6 boards to make your own. Collect your Bluetooth speaker, your favorite cocktail ingredients, and a few glasses to maintain the ambience of your favorite bar right at home. Here are some inspiration ideas, including bars that you can push into the smallest of outdoor spaces.
Embellish a barn or a shed
A barn or shed is a convenient structure, but that doesn't mean that it has to be an eyesore. Beautify it by painting it in bold colors, adding some shutters, adding some flower boxes, installing a stone path, or even lining up a few lights to zhuzh the forgotten space in the back yard.
Just because many of the state parks or campsites are closed, you don't have to do without everyone's most popular camping activity: the campfire. You can easily create one DIY fireplace For your garden in seven steps, for which only a few supplies are required, you can pick it up at the roadside in your local hardware store. Not a great handyman? You can always buy a prefabricated fire bowl that creates the warm, cozy glow around the campfire just as effectively.
Make an outdoor restaurant
We all get tired of eating in our kitchen (or maybe in front of our TVs) night after night. Mix it up a bit by setting up an outdoor restaurant in your garden or patio. Place an outdoor carpet next to an outdoor dining table and chairs, and put on fairy lights or make an outdoor chandelier to transform your dinner.
Create a meditation zone
Do you miss your yoga studio? You can still do a restoration exercise and shavasana at home – and improve it even more by setting up a meditation zone in your garden. Plant a garden with soothing scents like lavender or jasmine, create a stepping stone path to your meditation place or even build one standing tent or cabana with curtains blowing in the warm, soothing breeze.