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5 Relaxing Outdoor Areas For Long Weekends

Feel like you're on a summer getaway—even when you're in your own backyard

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Photography: Jun Pinzon and Vincent Coscolluela (Main Photo)

Where do you go when you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the city? As much as we would love to drive to the beach every Saturday, we have responsibilities at work and at home that we can't escape from. Don't worry, you can still get your well-deserved Me-Time without having to leave your safe space. No need to pack your bags—with these design ideas, you can transform your outdoor area into the perfect weekend retreat: 

For those who live in the South, set up a spot in your balcony where you can see the lush mountain landscape that surrounds your home. Take in the beauty of nature while chilling out in a Pinoy-inspired bench paired with other wooden accessories.

Can you imagine enjoying a nightcap here? If you want to go for a look with more modern touches, trade in a green space for a Japanese rock garden-inspired backyard. Make sure it is complete with a water feature or a miniature pond and driftwood benches for a true Zen appeal. 

To create the perfect reading spot by the pool, style your gazebo with tropical influences complete with rattan furniture and fresh blooms. Don't forget to keep the area well-lit to avoid straining your eyes when you hangout in the area. 

In this home, the lake was a main consideration in designing the infinity pool. If you live in an area with similar features, consider investing in an infinity pool to create the illusion of the seaside. It will surely be the perfect spot for writing or enjoying long conversations with family and friends.

If Bali has always been on your travel bucket list but you're still saving up for your trip, try decorating your lanai with a distinct Asian feel to get a similar vibe. Accessorize it with bamboo chimes, banig pieces, native floor cushions, and a printed daybed for a cozy napping spot. 

PHOTOS: Jun Pinzon (Main, 2, 4) and Vincent Coscolluela (Main) | Miguel Nacianceno

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