A garden designer's best friend is an unsuspecting garden nook. They are the grown ups' version of a makeshift cubby house - oh the possibilities! Usually contained by three sides, these little spaces create intimate gathering spots within a larger space, making you feel as though you are being gently hugged, whilst peering out into the big, open world.
Bit dramatic maybe?
Well, anyway - with all this in mind - I can tell you these finds make one fab daybed destination!
For example, see the top image... This was purposed to be an outdoor kitchen nook, fitted with gas outlet - albeit 4 meters away from the indoors kitchen. I know there are a lot of people out there who LOVE cooking, and what better way to cook than in the great outdoors? But at the end of the day, there was a seriously awesome Weber Q (my all-time favourite BBQ options for ease and performance - at one stage we had two!) at the residence and building in a kitchen because it was meant to be just didn't feel right.
While I was looking around the rest of the garden, I saw beautiful Moroccan style lamps hanging in the alfresco. I kept this style influence in mind while creating the daybed as it sits adjacent to the alfresco entertaining. The space can now be used as a gathering spill out area while entertaining or as a reading nook for one.
Another one of my loves is a breakfast bar nook. HOT!
This can be achieved in most homes as the kitchen usually has a window looking out onto the garden. As long as it leads to the alfresco or garden area, think about the option of putting in a bi-fold window and extending the bench with either the same material (if it's a natural stone, engineered stones should not be exposed to direct sunlight as the resin will alter the colour) or a plank of recycled timber, as designed for this north-facing space below - perfect for mornings!
Take a look around your garden. Do you see a spot for a garden nook opportunity?
I hope so.