[Definition] lounge around
The problem with that definition of lounging around is that last part… ‘should be doing something useful‘. I find it difficult to relax if I can see something that should be done.
When I was a kid, I used to read through all the home catalogs and magazines that would come to our house. I would sit and flick through them appraising the furniture, deciding if yes I would have that in my future home or not. I especially loved the Ikea catalogs or my mums copies of ‘Better Homes & Gardens’. Those always showed complete rooms that looked like cosy little places to be. I was very obsessed with a cosy place to hang out in. After all, that is what you tend to do when you’re a kid, lie around relaxing and imagining your future life. Heaven knows you’ve got to have a cosy place to do all that deep thinking stuff in.
The reality as an adult is, that I’m generally too distracted by the small details of life to lounge in the way I would like to. I’m still obsessed with a cosy nook or inviting place to sit with friends and hang out, so I’ve created many spots in my house and garden where you can just sit a while on your own or with the gang. If people come around I make the effort to setup the cosy spot to perfection, but for my own purposes, I just never get to sit there.
I do often wander over and attempt to sit in these spots, but after a few minutes, my mind thinks of things I should be doing. If I’m in the garden, I see weeds that need nuking, or a dead plant or two that need to be removed. Or I think of things inside the house that need tending: boring chores, and people who want my attention. I try to ignore these things, but I have that kind of mind that is always working and making lists of things for me to do. Stupid brain. Sometimes, I miss the point of relaxation completely, and I simply fall asleep in my chosen lounging spot. I don’t think this counts as relaxing, it’s just going off line for a while.
But my ongoing battle with my stupid brain could fill many posts (and probably a few psychologists notepads). What I really wanted to share, was my love of certain pieces of lounging furniture that I’ve admired over the years. These are the best places to be hanging around in with friends. Or on your own, particularly on a warm sunny afternoon, when nothing in particular has to be done, (or your brain has been gagged).
Cape Code Chairs (aka Adirondack chairs)
I wanted a pair of these for as long as I can remember, and waited several years before I finally bought a pair. I bought a kit that you had to put together, which is cheaper, and painted mine hot pink instead of the traditional white. They’re fantastically comfy, but get one with a footstool or else you’ll spend your time in them thinking, ‘what this needs is something for my feet’
Zara Hanging Pod Chair
I also wanted a pair of hanging pod chairs for ages. I bought two of these ‘Zara’ style chairs, and the 4 members of our family fight over who gets to sit in these whenever I pull them out and hang them up. I couldn’t hang them from my back porch unfortunately as there was nothing to attach them to, so I built a small deck down the back garden with an arbor style roof so I could specifically hang these there. (Yes I do go to extremes sometimes for a chill out space)
Dedon Hanging Pod Beds
I would love one of these, but I think if I suggested it to my partner, he would give me a ‘you-are-ridiculous’ stare, considering we already have multiple places to hang out in. What I like most about these, is not that they look gorgeously comfortable and are made of beautiful materials. Nope, what I really love is that there are always pictures of these hanging in ridiculously difficult to access over the water type of places. I mean seriously, how is anyone getting into these. And if you did make it in, you’d get all those lovely cushions and mattress all wet. And while I’m at it, how did they hang them in these places. I mean, kudos to these guys for the effort they went to in styling their stuff.
Soft squishy Eco Outdoor lounges
I’m all about soft and squishy, and wood, wicker and natural fabrics. Eco Outdoor, who do these lounges below, have nailed those looks. I love an afternoon nap on a weekend, and my partner likes to take pictures of me out cold, with my mouth open blissfully unaware, yes, he’s a charmer like that. I think if I had one of these couches, he’d have a library of photos of me catching flies.