After the recent lockdown, 2020 will be a year for rediscovering your home, even during the summer. A term that we'll probably all get to know better this year is staycation, taking a vacation while staying home. This means that those having an outdoor space to enjoy start with a big advantage. But how can you make your home more cosy – and stimulating – starting from the outdoors? Let's take a look at some valuable tips for spending a safe, relaxing summer at home.
Summer at home: tips for a different kind of holiday
Summer is the season when many of us try to relax and recharge with positive energy. But that's not all. We also want to go out, to visit new, faraway places and to escape from our own domestic dimension. But this isn't always possible, and 2020 has shown us how important it is to build a peaceful – and safe – environment at home, and to have an outdoor space where you can get back in touch with nature. To spend a summer break dedicated to tranquillity and leisure, we've gathered some suggestions to help you feel like you're on holiday even when staying at home. With good organisation and a bit of imagination you can transform your home – starting from the outdoors, whether large or small – into the ideal place for some comfortable, original time off. Ready to “depart” with us?
A cinema under the stars
Warm summer evenings, a starry sky, the charm of black and white films: who doesn't like outdoor cinema? Going to the cinema might seem like something you'd do in winter, when the weather is cold and grey, but summer, with its pleasant temperatures, is also perfect for spending an evening with family and friends for a good movie and some popcorn. Have you ever thought of creating your own outdoor cinema in the garden, on the veranda or on the terrace? You don't need very much to create a dreamy ambience: a hanging sheet or a screen, a projector, bluetooth speakers, pillows and comfortable chairs, decorative lights to add a magical flair, et voilà...your cinema is ready to open! What's missing? Something to watch, of course. But that's precisely why we've already recommended 5 films for the summer that will let you travel with your mind. But be careful to make sure your cinema is in a shaded area and well protected from wind and weather.
Cooking in nature
Food is one of the best ways to travel while staying at home because it allows you to discover places, aromas and exotic flavours. So why not set up a kitchen outside, immersed in an evocative, elegant environment? An outdoor cooking space can be an excellent solution for international lunches or dinners, original picnics or fine aperitifs, with all the comfort and practicality of an indoor kitchen. The most important aspect of this project is to carefully define the spaces, and above all to create a protected, well-equipped environment, made possible by the Imago Gourmet bioclimatic pergola, specially designed so you can enjoy a kitchen outdoors.
Gardening, gardening, gardening
Have you always wanted your own green space like the ones you see in the movies? Despite high temperatures, the summer can be the perfect time to rethink your outdoors and dedicate yourself to gardening, to restore your mind (and your heart) and re-establish contact with nature. Because any garden can become a tiny kingdom, but constant care and attention are required. So this might be the right time to download a gardening app and try experimenting with lines and shapes. So why not dream of the open, boundless spaces of a meadow garden, or be more daring with the harmony and refinement of a floating garden?
Alternative activities for great adventures
Have you ever thought about putting a tent in the garden? Camping has become quite popular around the world in recent years, enjoyed in a wide array of forms and price ranges, from the luxury version called glamping to garden sharing, the latest frontier in terms of low-cost travel. Setting up an outdoor camping area can be an excellent solution for spending an alternative evening dedicated to adventure and getting back in touch with nature. The goals are always the same: maximum care for maximum comfort. Depending on the space available, all you need to do is delimit an area that is protected against the elements, and then equip it with large carpets, soft pillows, seats and low tables, and finally lights and lanterns to create an intimate, romantic atmosphere.
Let yourself be inspired: the only limit to a summer of wellness is your imagination.