Sweet Escape: Let’s Swim With The Turtles!!!

Sweet Escape: Let's Swim With The Turtles!!!

What have we here? I think this would qualify as a sweet escape…

Sweet Escape: Let's Swim With The Turtles!!!

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Oh, hi friends! You caught me dreaming again. I know it is a bit fanciful to imagine such a sweet escape, but once in awhile you just have to throw caution to the wind and imagine the possibilities! And come to think of it, why should I just imagine it? Why, I say?! I’ve worked hard. I can see no reason that I should not just charge a trip like this on my visa card right now sell my mini-van and head off on an adventure!

Sweet Escape: Let's Swim With The Turtles!!!

I really want to jump in that water. Except for there is a giant turtle swimming in it.

Sweet Escape: Let's Swim With The Turtles!!!

I can picture it now.

Buh, bye, kids! We’ll see you when we get back from BORA BORA!!!

Who’s with me here, people?!

Sweet Escape: Let's Swim With The Turtles!!!

Where else would they bring you breakfast in a canoe? Bora Bora!

Sweet Escape: Let's Swim With The Turtles!!!

Sweet Escape: Let's Swim With The Turtles!!!

Blissful sigh.

Outdoor Rooms: Creating the Borders

Outdoor Rooms: Creating the Borders

One of the things that really contributes to the success of an outdoor room, in my opinion, is when there is a certain amount of privacy. After all, when you are in your house you have both walls and windows. I think the same should be true with the outside. My husband and I have always had a notion that outdoor rooms should be closed off enough to offer the feeling that you are in your own private world, but be open enough to let others have the tiniest peek of what is inside. I think it is part of our romantic notion of living a fairytale life. When you can steal a little glimpse of something beautiful as you pass by, but not see the entire scene, it leaves room for imagination and draws others to the space.

Outdoor Rooms: Creating the Borders

By leaving portions of your rooms open, you are also allowing the room to be connected to the beauty that might surround the room. There is no need to close off a room if the mountains beyond are fantastic, if your neighbor’s cherry tree can be framed to be a part of your view, or if you want to be able to have neighborly conversations with those who pass by your front porch.

Outdoor Rooms: Creating the Borders

Outdoor Rooms: Creating the Borders

by jean allsopp

Outdoor Rooms: Creating the Borders

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Each space will be different in its need for privacy or openness. But with the right balance, your space will feel intimate and cozy enough to entice you into the space without making you feel claustrophobic once you get there.

Outdoor Rooms: Creating the Borders

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Borders are what give an outdoor room a sense of enclosure. And without definition, we lose the sense of the space being a room. By using things like the side of the house, shrubs, potted plants or trees, benches, trellises, small posts, ropes, lattice screens, lanterns or fences to create various borders, we can start to create definition in a space. You can really be creative here in what you use to define a room’s border.

Outdoor Rooms: Creating the Borders

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Outdoor Rooms: Creating the Borders

Outdoor Rooms: Creating the Borders

I like to allow spaces to unfold as one wanders from room to room, rather than revealing the entire space all at once. This can make your space seem bigger than it is, leaving it a bit of a mystery as to where the yard really ends.

Outdoor Rooms: Creating the Borders

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