With warmer weather around the corner, many of us have our sights set on a summer vacation. But in 2015, the weak dollar has forced many globetrotting plans to be placed on hold in favour of the vacation at home, a staycation.
We asked home décor and furnishings expert Cindy Jardim of Lowe’s Canada what at-home vacationers can do to create a relaxing oasis on their balcony or in their yard. Jardim is at the epicentre of seasonal fashions in home décor and it’s her job to anticipate what’s coming next.
“This year’s biggest shift in outdoor spaces is towards creating an all-inclusive atmosphere so that the backyard is a seamless getaway,” says Jardim. “Why not redirect some of your hard-earned travel dollars to create a retreat you can enjoy for years?”
Here are Jardim’s tips for achieving your outdoor oasis:
Set the mood: Comfortable outdoor furniture – daybeds, sectionals and even recliners – are key to creating a great space. “From relaxing after a long day, to lingering with family and friends long after a meal is over, comfort should be a top priority,” explains Jardim. “Start with neutral pieces that will act as the base and add pops of colour and pattern with décor accessories. Accent pieces can show off your style and make it easy to keep up with trends.”
To really capture that vacation feeling you can set the mood with lighting. For example, Lowe’s has LED lights and solar powered chandeliers, says Jardim, that are easy to install and can help keep a garden party going late into the night. Flameless candles can also set the perfect ambience for any soiree, without worrying about wind blowing them out.
Extend your stay: Don’t let the elements stop you from enjoying your outdoor space. With the right shelter – a gazebo, pergola, or heavy-duty umbrella – you can add ambience and architectural interest while increasing your time outdoors, rain or shine.
“Fire pits are also great for adding that cozy feeling to your backyard,” Jardim points out. “Just be sure to check your bylaws. A fire pit can extend that precious patio time and keep you warm in your outdoor space early in the spring and late into the fall.”
With a few simple additions, your very own private oasis becomes attainable.