Zack, Rachel, and Miles' People Watching Perch

Small, Cool Outdoors Entry #20

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Name: Rachel M. Location: Redmond, Washington Size: 40 square feet

Your Favorite Thing About Your Outdoor Space: The chaise lounge. Its a perfect place to read, and our puppy loves to lay out there and watch the cars and people.

Biggest Design Challenge With This Space: Generally this is a very unwelcoming space. On the corner of a busy intersection, exposed for all who drive by to view. The floor of the balcony is grated and very uncomfortable to walk on, and the space is long and narrow. We found a piece of furniture that fit the space perfectly (a chaise longe from IKEA that can also be used as a bench) and added pillows and green. The lounge is low so that when you are on it you feel enclosed which helps it to feel more private. Our Chilwich outdoor rug takes the pain away from bare feet and paws on the grates!

Tips for Creating a Great Small Outdoor Space: Think about what you will be most likely to use the space for and design around it. We wouldn't eat outside very often, so it didn't make sense to put a table and chairs, but a chaise lounge is flexible for reading, napping, and people watching with friends.

Thanks, Rachel, and good luck!

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