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Making even more of the great outdoorsAlfresco entertaining and bringing nature inside have been hugely popular ideas in the past year, for obvious reasons. How do designers see this trend, ahem, taking root?“Front gardens!” is the answer from both landscape designer Charlotte Harris, of Harris Bugg Studio, and Nick Searl, from developer Argent, which was responsible for turning London’s King’s Cross into a series of sociable outdoor spaces. “Back gardens are not communal,” Nick says. “We’ve lost our front gardens – by concreting over them – but as soon as we put green space back, the street becomes a community.”Charlotte agrees, saying she sees any outdoor space, especially in high-density areas, being turned into something more useful or enjoyable.“This time we’re experiencing now will have a deep and lasting impact,” she adds, going on to say that, while residential garden investment has previously been seen as a luxury, people are starting to understand the value of good landscaping.Other emerging trends include sustainable and ethical materials, awareness of wildlife, creating views, undercover areas to keep spaces useable in the rain, and a sense of quiet seclusion.
10. Design a peaceful outdoor placeIn his new book The Art of Simple Living, author and Zen monk Shunmyo Masuno shares how small adjustments can enhance our happiness and tranquillity. One suggestion is to create a spot where you can experience communion with nature. This might take the shape of an elaborate and carefully tended Zen garden, a container garden and burbling fountain on an apartment balcony, or a few potted plants on a window ledge with a seat positioned so you can enjoy the view. The size is not important — what is important is allowing yourself the time and mental space to simply be there. Read more:7 Steps to a Chemical-Free HomeCreate an Irresistible Fitness Zone at HomeTell us:Share your tips with us about how to make a home into a calming, restful and invigorating space.