Of all days, this chilly mid-May day may not be the most obvious choice to write about, or think about, patios or outdoor spaces of any kind. However, a little birdy – aka my weather app – told me that we are due for some warm, summery days starting mid-week. I don’t want to jinx us, but I think it might be time to start thinking about spending some time outdoors. Maybe.
We Torontonians have been experiencing some crazy weather (even for us) this spring. From April snowstorms, to hail, to sunny and 20 degrees (and sometimes all in one day) it’s been a rollercoaster, but it’s starting to feel like it’s on the upswing again. So in anticipation of the potential of some nice sunny weather, I’ve been obsessively looking at images of great outdoor urban spaces for some ideas to gussy up my own little outdoor oasis.
In most areas of downtown Toronto, we don’t have the sprawling properties and large gardens, but we do know how to rock a little patio, or small backyard. Personally, I love the intimacy that some of these little outdoor spaces provide and the creativity that it takes to make these small spaces functional, comfortable, and super cool. Some of the things that I’m digging:
Comfortable, cushy furniture, with lots of throw pillows in different prints and patterns. You can find weather resistant fabrics so you don’t have to worry if they get rained on once in awhile. And how great is that little fire pit?! This particular fire pit is by Vauni (http://www.vauni.com/)
Outdoor rugs! These are everywhere this year and add a nice cozy living room feel to any outdoor space. Most outdoor rugs are made from resiliant recycled materials, so you can leave them outdoors and not worry too much about weather.
If you don’t have a yard to plant your seeds, there are so many options for planters. I love combining all sorts of different styles for an ecclectic mix. It also makes it easier to move your plants around to follow the sun if necessary. Who needs a garden when you can plant your herbs in an old wine crate?!
Lighting. To me this is the single most important thing you can do. Have a mix of different lighting, from string lights, to lanterns, to candles. It will completely change the mood of your space. I also love the rustic dining tables…perfect for outdoor dining, and they only look better as they get more and more weathered.