Yes, owning a house isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, because let’s face it, the space is bigger than an apartment, and bigger isn’t always better, especially not when it comes to cleaning and maintenance.
Even so, I wouldn’t change it. How else would I get to enjoy a grand outdoor space? Since I love it as much as I love the rest of my house, I wanted the degree of sophistication I have in the interior, so the first thing I did was get myself a charcoal letterbox. It wasn’t an easy choice because the options are plenty and all equally charming!
Often the left out detail of outdoor décor, I wasn’t going to be one of those people who fail to see the style potential of a letterbox. Knowing it’s a piece that is meant to send a message and not just receive it, I started paying letterboxes more attention.
What I love about mine, other than its unique design and how seamlessly it fits in with my house, is the fact I get to customize it with succulents, and it’s exactly the planter box feature that prevented me from buying my primary choice, the flush mounted.
Simple yet elegant, the modern design of the letterbox didn’t stop me from wanting to spice things up the traditional way either. Growing up camping, some of my best childhood memories are around the campfire, so when you don’t have as much time to go bush for adventures, it only seems logical to me to bring them to your home which is what I did thanks to getting my built-in fire pit.
Of course, I also had to go with a more natural look (or should I say wilder?!) with the help of plants, planting them without minding the shapes, combining big ones with small ones randomly, counting on more bushes and some gravel to make it look more like an actual campsite. What’s great about it is it’s all mine and I only have to step out the door to immerse in it!
I still keep my outside mirror, and even though it seems like the outcome would be quite a mess, it’s a nice mix of the old and the new. Now at night I am mesmerised by the magic the fire creates, particularly when the mirror reflects it. It feels like the outdoors can’t get any cosier than that. Who would have thought fire and mirror could set such a tone of sophistication!