It can feel nearly impossible to escape the 24/7 news cycle or social media, and the mental exhaustion that follows. Wellness isn’t just about keeping the body healthy anymore; it’s about keeping the mind and spirit healthy, too.
Research suggests one way of improving our mental health might be as simple as getting outdoors. A recent review from Cornell University found as little as 10 minutes a day of exposure to nature could lead to significant health improvements. These improvements include reduced heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol, improved mood, reduced anxiety, stress, increased creativity, and improved attention spans. With this in mind, try creating a sustainable outdoor living space to promote your health and wellbeing.
Fountains and reflecting pools provide tranquility to a backyard. Small fountains work almost anywhere or those who have more space are adding small streams that run throughout the yard. It’s a bonus if you can view those water features from inside the home, too. To get a spa feel, some homeowners are even installing outdoor showers.
To respond to this trend, we’ve stepped up the relaxation items in-store such as fountains, firepits and new seating collections. The Antler Collection in the Biltmore® by Castelle® line offers an invitation to relax in comfort. In creating Biltmore, George Vanderbilt envisioned a private, peaceful retreat where family and friends could relax and enjoy all the comforts of home—including the refreshing beauty of the natural world. Castelle has partnered with Biltmore to create a series of collections drawn from the classic architectural elements of George Vanderbilt’s endlessly-inspiring estate.
Quality of Quantity
This shift toward quality over quantity is a reflection of how people are increasingly mindful of sustainability and the supply chain of manufacturing - as well as acknowledging that more expensive price tags might mean longer-lasting products. Yet people still want comfort and durability.
We’ve added new items made from Marine Grade Polymer (MGP), a durable material that does not absorb water and is resistant to most chemicals. Unlike metal furniture, saltwater will not cause MGP to corrode or weaken making it the perfect choice for coastal areas. Look for the Newport collection designed to bring you all the rustic style of wood without the risk of rotting. It features dining, seating, and even fire pit tables constructed with this material.
Larger Than Life Accents
Trendsetters agree the larger-than-life look will dominate the garden this season. Designers are simplifying by creating the same amount of impact with larger garden accessories rather than integrating several smaller-scaled elements into the design.
Gardeners are thinking big this season, growing super-sized plants like agaves, conifers, and cannas. From extra-large perennials to gigantic-sized pots, this season, bigger is better.
With outdoor living booming, we are spending more time than ever before in our backyards. Even when the sun goes down, the party stays put -- outside.
Outdoor spaces are now aesthetically pleasing and comfortable for both day and night. Distinctive all-weather wicker and deep seating furnishings can transform backyards into stylish outdoor spaces to entertain friends or relax with a good book. With the increasing popularity of water-resistant furniture and appliances, practically anything goes for the great outdoors and is now built to withstand rain and temperature changes.
From umbrellas to shade you during the day to outdoor floor lamps for those cozy evenings, outdoor rooms provide 24 hours of comfort and enjoyment.
Set The Scene
Many of the spaces we design and build are inspired by the unique characteristics of the land. Designers can customize your outdoor living experience with special order options. Special orders placed in May will arrive with plenty of summer sunshine and family barbecues left to enjoy.
Expanding your living space outside adds extra pleasure and beauty to the outdoors. Not only will it be comfortable, but also convenient and accessible for you and your family. A well planned out and maintained living space outdoors creates a great place for you to enjoy time with your family and entertain visitors.
And to further increase your peace of mind, Homestead Gardens offers several services such as white-glove assembly of all furniture – free of charge, convenient delivery options to work with your schedule and 100 percent satisfaction guaranteed. We stand behind our partnered manufacturers and will process any warranty claims on your behalf.
Come visit us or give us a call to learn more about these trends and how we can help customize your space to your needs.