The idea of an “outdoor room” has always appealled to me; a room where the outdoors can creep in just a little bit, or perhaps a slice of nature that contains some homely comforts. This little dream of mine usually features balmy weather, tropical fronds, aromatic blooms… and so it has seemed a bit out of reach for day to day life.
However, I decided to attempt one for the opposite conditions, using our front porch as a protected outside space which we can enjoy even in frosty weather. Because it has been increasingly clear that my energetic offspring couldn’t possibly be cooped up for the duration of the Hobart winter that is coming soon. (Tumbling and jumping, tricycling and ball-chasing are currently favourite activities).
When the cold and wet weather sets in, they are likely to be climbing the walls and running circles around me. Actually, literally.
Our outdoor room features lovely light; dappled as a result of the many trees that surround it.
I added some rugs for a cosy feel, but I suspect that the little bikes will prevail in the end and the rugs will be rolled away…
We have enjoyed eating lunch out there, waving hello to the postie as he delivers the mail and waiting for the kids’ dad to come home.
At the moment the autumn colours are delightful but soon many of our trees will be bare and it will feel like a different space indeed.
I hope our “outdoor room” is as inviting when the weather is chilly and damp and dark.