A Little Peace and Quiet from Normal Room

A Little Peace and Quiet from Normal Room

Susie Nadler
Jun 11, 2009
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Since Outdoor Month began, we've posted about using outdoor space for entertaining, growing food, giving your kids a place to play... but what about simply using it as a sanctuary, a place to sit quietly and think with a cup of tea? For city-dwellers, this might be the single most important function of a garden or balcony or deck—it provides a breath of fresh air away from the fast pace and complexity of our lives. On Normal Room, there are countless examples of how little it takes to create a peaceful, inviting outdoor space...

Outdoor rooms replete with fancy features, like fountains, tricked-out kitchens, and swimming pools, are fun to look at (and sure, they're probably fun to use as well), but for a little peace and quiet outside, all you really need is a nice comfortable chair (or even just a place to lie down) and some greenery. The gardens and decks we found on Normal Room are all quite different, and some are more elaborate than others, but each of them has an easy, unfussy air that makes us want to settle in and while away some quality time.

We'd love to know: What are your minimal needs for a peaceful and comfortable outdoor space?

(Images: Normal Room users deb, skyebluelake, xxxray, estudio manus, euphorbia, JB, mnoelk)

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