Ever since I toured Tif Fussell’s lovely home, I’ve been thinking about her backyard deck. It looked like such a cozy place to spend the summer. I can imagine taking time to savor the afternoon by curling up in the hanging chair with a summer beach read, enjoying a late snack, and finishing out the day with a glass of wine or a fun summer drink.
My reality as an apartment dweller with an active preschooler is that relaxing outdoors usually means a public park with a playground or setting up camp at a friend’s backyard barbecue. But just because I don’t have a permanent outdoor space doesn’t mean that I have to miss out!
Here’s a list of ten things to help you create your own cozy outdoor nest and enjoy a long, lazy summer day.
- This hanging rattan chair by Two’s Company at DIGS in Ballard is a great place for daydreaming.
- Outfit the rest of your outdoor space with this patio wishlist from Elephantine.
- Create your next meal masterpiece on these lovely letterpress recipe cards by Satsuma Press at Mignon Kitchen Co.
- Relax with an Il Negroni Cocktail recipe from Alexandra Hedin.
- Rest your cocktail on botanical coasters by Rifle Paper Company at NuBe Green.
- Pick up a picnic lunch full of international flavor from Uwajimaya's deli.
- Use the Beehive Salt Cellar by Farmhouse Pottery from E. Smith Mercantile to store and serve up salt.
- Get cozy with Totokaelo’s Black Sheep (White Light) Icelandic sheepskin.
- Curl up and get inspired with Style & Simplicity by Seattle’s Ted Kennedy Watson of Watson Kennedy.
- When the sun goes down but you’re not ready to go inside, create a warm glow with colorful candles from glassybaby.
You’re probably not going to want to take a hanging chair or patio lights to your neighborhood park, but many of the items on this list are portable. Happy relaxing!