The Place to Breathe

September 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Design Space

It’s September, and this is my time of year. This summer was perfect, warm and sunny, and truly relaxing. Yet, I am grateful for the cool breeze that has swept in. This is my season, autumn. I start to anticipate it’s arrival in the first week of August, and I have to remind myself to enjoy every moment summer has to offer because our winters are so long. I have always said that September feels more like the New Year to me than that icy night after Christmas. This is the season I find myself most inspired, by nature, art, fashion and design. This is when I spend the most time outdoors, walking, hiking, strolling the city streets, or sitting outside a local cafe. This is when I feel energized and excited as I reset my goals. It’s when I take the time to breathe and just let things fall into place.

I have to admit, I am not a great breather. I take my precious breaths for granted. Instead of losing my temper when my son has unfolded a basket of laundry for the second time, I should take a deep breath, and then talk to him. When I feel myself slouching through the day, I should remember to suck in as much air and stand tall. When I wake up with aches and pains, I should stretch it out and breathe into those muscles. But I forget, until, I step outside on a breezy fall day. Then it all comes back to. Just Breathe.

Image: Herlong and Associates

Image: Herlong and Associates

Since we completed our deck a couple of years ago, I have enjoyed some wonderful moments with family and friends outdoors. Birthday parties, barbecues and running through sprinklers. It looks nothing like above, and has nowhere near a spectacular view but is equally beautiful, because it is right outside my door. The minute I step outside, there is a peaceful retreat. Outdoor rooms have become increasingly popular, over the last few years, as an extension of the home, and it’s no surprise. Homes are getting smaller, as real estate prices go up. And globalization has so many people travelling for their careers that they really just want to enjoy home. It’s the perfect escape, without having to pack a bag. Dining in the fresh open air is delightful. I never get as enthralled in reading as I do when I am outside. And my best naps ever, are the ones when I doze off listening to the sound of leaves rustling.

Image: Darryl Carter

Image: Darryl Carter

Source: Tobi Fairley

Source: Tobi Fairley

Outdoor rooms have become increasingly popular, over the last few years, as an extension of the home, and it’s no surprise. Homes are getting smaller, as real estate prices go up. And globalization has so many people travelling for their careers that they really just want to enjoy home. It’s the perfect escape, without having to pack a bag. Dining in the fresh open air is delightful. I never get as enthralled in reading as I do when I am outside. And my best naps ever, are the ones when I doze off listening to the sound of leaves rustling.

Source: House and Home

Source: House and Home

Source: Jeff Herr

Source: Jeff Herr

As inspiring as all these images are, with their luxury furnishings and spectacular backdrops, “your” outdoor space only has to be your own. It can be as fancy or as simple as you are. Whether it’s a dining set for plenty of guests, or one long chaise with great pillows and a throw, it should be a place where you can find some quiet, a place to unwind, a place to breathe.

Source: Jeff Herr

Source: Jeff Herr

Comments

7 Responses to “The Place to Breathe”
  1. pve says:

    All those images make me want to just breath and take time for gratitude.
    pve

  2. I want to veg-out in each created space!

  3. Vitania says:

    Thanks Patricia and Tess,

    I have an oversized chaise in the backyard with a beautiful green and white floral cushion.. It’s my veg-out, breathe, sleep, relax, renew space. Ii’s easy to take the time when you create your little spot for it.

  4. Inger says:

    Hi!

    Lovely written.

    At a vernisace for an up and coming artist, Yoko Ono, at the Guggenheim museum, John Lennon suddenly got a note in his palm – he looked at it, it had only one word.. BREATHE..
    He looked up and met Yoko Ono´s eyes for the first time.

  5. Beuatiful images that conjur up relaxing moments…lovely. Daniel

  6. Vitania says:

    Thank you Inger.. I love that story.. How powerful a message..

  7. Vitania says:

    Thanks Daniel..
    I am glad you enjoyed them…