Apologies to our Northern Hemisphere readers - but we are currently weathering a freezing cold winter down here in Oz (with all the snow that goes with that) which is great if you can get to the mountains to enjoy it but not so much fun for the rest of us...
Determined to enjoy the great outdoors whatever the weather, we needed some motivation on how to cosy-up our outside spaces, and turned to Pinterest for some inspiration!
We are focusing on images that can help spark that creative urge to transform a part of your own outdoor area, into a winter retreat.
Whilst we can't all lay claim to spectacular snow-laden vistas, there is still something deeply appealing about relaxing in the bracing fresh air - just what we need to revitalise ourselves after being stuck indoors at work for most of the week.
If you are lucky enough to have a 'cubby' or shed in your garden that is crying out to be transformed - make sure that you factor in how to keep it cosy so that you can use it all year round. There is something exceptionally inviting about the black exterior of the cubby below, with it's glass door tempting us to go inside. The steel chimney is a clue to the source of the warm light emanating from inside.
Creating your own cocoon outside does not have to be complicated. You will notice a recurring theme over the next few images! Layers of warm textural wool and sheepskin comes into it's own at this time of year and transforms our summer alfresco areas into winter retreats.
Using additional props and accessories that you would have inside - such as lanterns, candles, vessels filled with foliage, and wonderful outdoor rugs - all add to the sense of creating a sanctuary for yourself outside.
Of course the inclusion of a fireplace is the ideal way to make the most of your outdoor room. Alternatively a more straightforward option is using a fire-pit to create a similar effect. We touched on this last winter in a previous blog post 'Firepit-Fantasy' here.
One of the most simple pleasures for us is dining outside - a relaxed get-together with family or friends. Fires at each end of the table, plenty of sheepskins and blankets, a great menu with great company - and the scene is set for creating a really memorable (hopefully for the right reasons!) moment even at this time of year!
Will you brave the chilly conditions and recreate your own wintery haven this weekend?!
If you need further inspiration check out our own Pinterest board on Winter Outdoor Spaces here.