Respite ~ hiatus, rest, recess, intermission, breather, breathing room.
Yes, that is what I wanted, a little breathing room, a little spot I could call my own. We have a tiny deck off the side of our house that is home to our grandson's little picnic table, and his sandbox, and our barbecue grill, and a big outdoor sink. That didn't leave much room for a luxurious, spa-like retreat for myself. But I wasn't asking for much, just a cozy little spot all my own, where I could sit and sip an iced coffee, soak up a little sun, and page through a magazine once in awhile, and a nice little perch to watch the grandkids from as they played outside.
These below were my inspiration pictures: I liked the idea of this rustic lounger where I could put my feet up, with the little table beside me to hold a few books or magazines, my reading glasses, and a drink. But then I thought better of it, because a lounge chair would be too cumbersome in the tight quarters of our little deck.
A chair would serve my needs, and I liked the idea of white wicker.
I found an extremely comfortable outdoor wicker chair in white at Home Depot.
And I also found some outdoor cushions in a blue striped pattern. We had an old small white marble-topped table that fit perfect next to it.
When I really want to indulge myself I add a few of my favorite things to the table:
And for a softer look I draped some material over the wicker chair:
The basket that I keep handy is full of wishful thinking! I'm hoping this summer to tackle the books I've placed within it, but I am constantly interrupted by the pleas of little ones to help with digging in the sandbox, or filling a play pool for them to splash in, or enjoying the peals of laughter from my granddaughter and grandson, and all this happily serves to break my concentration. It's much easier to get through a magazine or a catalog than to try and get immersed in a good book!
I'm really happy with how this little project affords me my respite from the world. I'd ask you to join me, but it's a table for one! (Oh, I'll make room for you, come on, pull up a chair!)
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