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6 Ways to Bring Cottage Life to Your Backyard

Summer is seemingly synonymous with “cottage season,” and with the warmer weather upon us, many people are packing up and heading to idyllic escapes across Canada. Whether it’s savouring a cup of coffee on a dock, relaxing on the beach, or days filled with water sports, cottages provide a welcome reprieve from our hectic everyday lives. 

But along with the rest of the real estate market in Canada, cottage prices have skyrocketed over the last year. If you don’t have a cottage and aren’t in the market to buy one anytime soon, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the cottage lifestyle without leaving home. Here are six ways to do just that over the August long weekend and beyond. 

1. Get lost in a good book 

Arguably one of the best things about going away is catching up on reading. It’s an unspoken invitation to finally dedicate uninterrupted time to that big stack of books you’ve been meaning to read forever. But there’s no reason you can’t do that on any given summer weekend. Chores can wait!  

So visit the library, load up your e-reader, and peruse your bookshelves for all those books you purchased but haven’t read yet. Pair with your favourite cold beverage and we guarantee you’ll be feeling more relaxed in no time. 
 

2. Find a new favourite playlist 

Music has a powerful impact on our mood and mindset. Hop on your music streaming service of choice, check out all the summery, cottage playlists, and choose one to use as your weekend soundtrack!  

You could even create your own playlist if you’re feeling adventurous. Don’t forget to include some relaxing nature sounds like waves to really amp up the effect.  
 

3. Swap out your décor 

One easy, big-impact way to bring the cottage home is to give your décor a summertime refresh. Think nautical vibes, breezy blues, and bright, happy pops of patterns and colours. Pillows, artwork, and table centrepieces are great places to start.  

Scatter souvenir shells across your table, and fill every vase you have with wildflowers from the garden. Spotting these summery pieces in your environment every day will make your summer days even brighter!  

4. Introduce some new furniture 

Invest in Muskoka chairs and a hammock to conjure up the ultimate cottage mood in your backyard. It’s amazing how these classic cottage pieces can make you feel like you’re somewhere far away from the hustle and bustle of home. You could also consider a fire pit if your local rules allow it – did someone say S’mores? 
 

5. Bring on the summer sports 

What says “the cottage” better than a game of bocce ball? Bring your favourite summer sports to your backyard and soak in the same vibes you experience from playing them anywhere!  

You could also choose ladder ball, badminton, horseshoes – or all of the above! These are all easy games to set up, and they’ll provide hours of summer fun. 
 

6. Embrace slow living 

Another great thing about cottage life is how everything just seems to slow down. Luckily, this is something that’s easy to practice at home too. Make it your mission to consciously slow down and appreciate each moment of your day – no matter how big or how small. Simply making your morning coffee and enjoying it afterwards can be an exercise in slow living.  

You can also take time to immerse yourself in nature in your own backyard and neighbourhood, tend to your garden, and savour every moment of a delicious meal. We also recommend ditching your phone, at least for a few hours, and not cramming your weekend with too many plans to truly embrace slow living this summer.  

The cottage lifestyle doesn’t have to be reliant on a particular place or location. Instead, think of it as a way of life. Put your own spin on bringing cottage life to your backyard and see what you come up with! 

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