While the UK has opened up again – in many places to almost pre-Covid levels – not everything is as it was before, so we’re sort of living in a hybrid world. This mix and match way of life brings its own special challenges, but we’ve chosen to focus on the positives, not least the myriad of opportunities available to enjoy ourselves in summer 2021! So when we came across the article You’re Invited compiled by Cyan Turan, we we’re super chuffed. It said:
Celebrate the summer months by recreating some favourite seasonal events in your own outdoor space. We ask a few experts for their house festival tips:
• Literary Festival. Author Nikesh Shukla says – I like my summer reads to offer different perspectives: to be an imagination window that allows me to live in other people’s shoes and see the world through their eyes. Key items to recreate a literary festival in your home include: A comfy chair or lounger, plenty of cushions and a blanket to ward off the evening chill
• Music Festival: No party? No problem, Vick’s playlist will have you dancing till dawn and includes: Groove Armada, Superstylin; Blackstreet, No Diggity; Mura Masa Ft Charli XCX, 1 Night; MGMT, Time to Pretend; Burna Boy, Ye; Lizzo, Soulmate. Key items to recreate a music festival in your home include: Table for your snacks, chairs and loungers for chilling, a bar, rugs and cushions
• Flower Show: An abundance of planting tips for a rosette-worthy summer garden. Conjure the revelry and magic of a garden festival in your own space by planting bright perennials: orange red-hot pokers, lime green euphorbias and purpose alliums will evoke excitement, while annuals such as zinnias and cosmos can be sown in late spring and early summer for a later hit of colour. String up festoon lights and bunting and place flowers on tables in fun vessels like cans and enamel jugs to create outdoor centrepieces. Finally, a fire pit will keep the mood going long after dark
Futon Company says: What a great idea: recreate your favourite gatherings in the comfort of your own home! And while the article is based around outside spaces, hosting a gathering inside for your nearest and dearest is also an option, even if your space is snug and compact. It’s all about getting into the right mindset. Whether it’s something as simple as creating a festival-inspired playlist to listen to along with your favourite cocktail, investing in faux foliage to brighten up your inside space, or a new lamp to shine a different light on your space, there are multiple ways to create the ultimate home from home festival experience.