A Place Called HomeKids, Sydney
Photography by James Geer
What Houzz contributors are saying:
22. Glamping. Sydney, NSWDesigner: Mr Jason Grant
Be a kid againDo you have childhood memories of being allowed to sleep outside on hot summer nights? A tent, a torch and a bag of midnight snacks, tucked up under a tree in the garden, was a treat for me and my siblings, and I feel quite nostalgic for those cool nocturnal adventures, snug behind a mozzie net within a reassuring ‘cooee’ of our parents. Recreate a childhood ‘camping-out’ occasion in the garden, a screened verandah, or on a deck or balcony.
3. Go glamping Camp out in the comfort of your own backyard. It’s fun, free and easy as leftover pie!4. Play hide and seekAs an added way to keep the kids entertained, grab a spot out of doors, watch them run off and start counting.
Camp out in your backyardCamping in your backyard has its perks. While it may not deliver a true, roughing-it-in-wilderness camping experience, you and your family will still be able to sleep under the stars, toast marshmallows and enjoy all those other popular camping pastimes, but without the hassle of travelling to a campsite, or having to live without common creature comforts, like an indoor toilet, hot shower and stocked-up fridge.More: Gone Camping: 10 Irresistible Tented Havens for Kids
Have outings at homeAn outing doesn’t have to involve driving. It can be as simple as heading outdoors for the morning or afternoon. When the whole family’s onboard, and there’s shade, comfort and good food (not to mention a game of cricket or soccer to look forward to), your kids are likely to remember this over other more expensive and logistically challenging outings and even holidays away.
TRICK 7: Use your imaginationFinally, and on a very comforting note, Grant reveals you don’t need the big bucks to create a home of your dreams.“You are only limited by your own imagination – dream big and decorate with what you love” he tells Houzz. And his book follows suit, ending on this note that had us running for our front doorsteps… “Live every day like you’re on holiday. Use a beach towel instead of a bath towel and drink from a fancy cup. Create your own resort even if it’s just in your mind. Shop smart, use what you’ve got, decorate with things you love to create a happy home – a place to call your own.”A Place Called Home: Creating Beautiful Spaces to Call Your Own by Mr Jason Grant (published by Hardie Grant) is now available online and in book stores nationally.