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If you don't have a backyard of your own, relax at one of Seattle's public parks or gardens. Start with a picnic at the Washington State Arboretum and follow it up with a leisurely stroll through the Seattle Japanese Garden. Image: Cathie Toshach

10 things for a cozy outdoor nest

Ever since I toured Tif Fussell's lovely home, I've been thinking about her backyard deck. It looked like such a cozy place to spend the summer. I can imagine taking time to savor the afternoon by curling up in the hanging chair with a summer beach read, enjoying a late snack, and finishing out the day with a glass of wine or a fun summer drink.
My reality as an apartment dweller with an active preschooler is that relaxing outdoors usually means a public park with a playground or setting up camp at a friend's backyard barbecue. But just because I don't have a permanent outdoor space doesn't mean that I have to miss out!
Here's a list of ten things to help you create your own cozy outdoor nest and enjoy a long, lazy summer day.

  1. This hanging rattan chair by Two's Company at DIGS in Ballard is a great place for daydreaming.

  2. Outfit the rest of your outdoor space with this patio wishlist from Elephantine.

  3. Create your next meal masterpiece on these lovely letterpress recipe cards by Satsuma Press at Mignon Kitchen Co.

  4. Relax with an Il Negroni Cocktail recipe from Alexandra Hedin.

  5. Rest your cocktail on botanical coasters by Rifle Paper Company at NuBe Green.

  6. Pick up a picnic lunch full of international flavor from Uwajimaya's deli.

  7. Use the Beehive Salt Cellar by Farmhouse Pottery from E. Smith Mercantile to store and serve up salt.

  8. Get cozy with Totokaelo's Black Sheep (White Light) Icelandic sheepskin.

  9. Curl up and get inspired with Style & Simplicity by Seattle's Ted Kennedy Watson of Watson Kennedy.

  10. When the sun goes down but you're not ready to go inside, create a warm glow with colorful candles from glassybaby.

You're probably not going to want to take a hanging chair or patio lights to your neighborhood park, but many of the items on this list are portable. Happy relaxing!