Well, it’s late-June here in Kentucky and a full moon tonight. Usually it is a now sweltering 90+ degrees outside, and the air is so heavy with humidity it’s too hot even in the evenings to sit out on your porch. If you do, any little air movement is greatly appreciated.
After our brutal and miserably frigid winter, I swore I would not complain this summer when I have sweat dripping from my elbows and down my legs and my hair looks like I stuck my finger in a socket. But I digress…this has been a beautiful June so far. As I am sitting out on my back porch (one of my favorite spots in my home) during this perfect temperate, humidity free evening, smelling my fragrant trees, I cannot help but write the importance of a back yard oasis.
Our porch is one of my favorite spots of our home (oh yeah, I mentioned that already ? ). It’s a place where we can have nice conversations, listen to music, read, eat, nap, and enjoy some peace and quiet as our kids run through the house looking for us. It’s a place where we like to entertain, cook and use most of the year until it’s too cold to stay out. I also love our backyard, where I’m always tweaking, opting for trees and greenery instead of a fence for privacy. After 11 years I think it’s finally filled in with enough color and privacy to enjoy. We put a lot of thought and planning into our backyard, making it an extension of our home. Even our teenagers bring back their friends, hang out, talk, listen to music, build a fire and of course roast marshmallows or make s’mores any time of the year.
The trend today as in the past has been making your backyard an extension of your home. Outdoor furniture choices have improved 1000% in both style and comfort, some of it so nice that you could use it indoors as well! Covered patios, screened in porches, outdoor speakers for soothing music and yes, even TV’s (although this is one area I have put my foot down on!) have made outdoor living even more enticing. Outdoor lighting is important as well. There are now a plethora of options available. Be creative when thinking of an outdoor bar space and eating area. What is the feel you want? Do you want to include a vegetable garden or an herb garden or simply potted herbs? How much maintenance do you want to deal with all year? What materials would you like to use?
Whatever you decide you want to create in your backyard, it will be a reflection of your lifestyle…meant to be enjoyed! So I wish you many more summer nights to enjoy outside with whatever beverage of choice, a good book or company, and fabulous conversation. Happy Summer!