When the Husband selected our DC apartment, he said an “outdoor room” was a MUST. He was right. We had been spoiled by charming porches and backyard covered patios in suburbia. In our previous Dallas homes, we even planted a tree for each of our kids. Outdoor spaces had been a big part of our everyday life at Home.
While we don’t have a backyard in DC, the need for an outdoor retreat is no different. Here was our balcony it in its no-frills state.
It has been the Husband’s cigar smoking and newspaper reading room. But this “outdoor room” never lured me outside – Until now! I got busy this spring and am very pleased with the results.
Creating an Outdoor Room that Appeals to the 5 Senses
Herbs and veggies fill my window boxes and call me outside to water them daily.
Soft outdoor rugs invite bare feet outside to enjoy the view.
Native perennials and trailing vines add a pop of color and nature to our Home – 10 stories up in the sky.
Seats for 5 on the balcony allow for outdoor dining, which makes the kids squeal with delight.
(I stack a couple of chairs together when not in use)
Today, I’m feeling grateful for my outdoor room. The afternoon breeze, the smell of rosemary, the sounds of my city on a Sunday, the view of a spectacular bridge, and the feel of wicker remind me to decorate with all five senses.
Here are some more thoughts on engaging the 5 senses for decorating appeal from HOUZZ.
Here are 17 more outstanding outdoor rooms to inspire you from HOUZZ.
I hope you have an outdoor room that engages your senses. Whether it’s 2-acres overlooking corn fields or a fenced in suburban back-yard, make it inviting for you and those you welcome. Happy Summer!