From Dean Dowd on July 09, 2010 in General Remodel
These three tips will help you create a rustic lake house luxury, without the lake house.
Not everyone who wants to bask in summer at a lake house has a lake houseor much of a backyard, for that matter. But that shouldnt make you miss out on those lazy, hazy summer days. Anyone can merge the outdoors and indoors into one flowing, glorious existence. Tuck away the blankets, the piles, the extra stuff that seems to accumulate during winter hibernation, and create for yourself rustic luxury by paring down to summer essentials.
You know your childhood summers where only the outdoors, a cool drink and a book mattered? Remember them. Youre going for that.
#1 Create a Sleeping Porch
If you have a small porch or even a small balcony in a city apartment, you can create an old-school porch for basking in the sun or even spending the night. A cot with a funky mix of linens and a small table for a stack of books will do the job. Since such spaces arent meant to last all year round, so have fun accumulating quirky second-hand items, and tingle with excitement at the thought of busting them back out next summer.
#2 Set Up a Hammock
A hammock is a simple and streamlined way to enjoy the outdoors, and can be tied between two trees in a backyard, or hung independently from its own stand. If you live in the city and have no outdoor space, a hammock next to glass doors can add a rustic whimsy to your living space. Dont forget the iced tea and stack of books.
#3 Pitch a Tent!
If you do have the backyard space, an entertainment tent can basically add another room to your house for summer. Set up a temporary work-from-home space, play with the children in the shade, create a breakfast room for outdoor coffee and paper reading before work, or have a full-blown dinner party. Whatever you do, do it with the lighthearted glee that summer invites.