Daydream Believer

I was a dreamy kid.  I had a special if somewhat hard place up the hill behind our house that I dubbed ‘Thinking Rock.’  I’d sit on this flat boulder with my back against a tree trunk, hidden by the woods in the cool shade and daydream away sultry summer afternoons.  I’m still a dreamer and although the memory of this verdant hideaway is clear in my mind, I have no desire to sit on a rock.  I definitely want to be more comfortable when I while away a summer afternoon.

Dining Pavilion created for NJ Flower & Garden Show

On a recent rainy day, inspired by a small photograph of  a sun drenched cabana in the current issue of Garden Design magazine, I thought I’d look around and see what I might like to replace ‘Thinking Rock’ in my garden.  Several years ago I designed a dining pavilion similar to what I’m thinking about now.  I could build something custom myself, but I’m a member of the ‘if it’s already out there then let’s not reinvent the wheel‘ school of thought.   What I discovered I by poking around at what is available already is that I want something plush and comfortable–preferably wood combined with textiles preferably in white or neutral hues.  Now if my wallet would only cooperate…a girl can dream, can’t she?

Daydream Daybed from Janus et cie
Daydream Daybed from Janus et cie
Balinese Four Poster Bed
cabana_laguna_lg copy
Laguna Cabana from Tucci
Sweetwater Cabana
Sweetwater Cabana
Cocoon Hammock designed by Henry Hall
Cocoon Hammock designed by Henry Hall

Photo credits/links top to bottom: Daydream daybed, Balinese daybed, Laguna Cabana, Sweetwater Cabana, Cocoon Hammock

6 thoughts on “Daydream Believer

  1. Yes, you can dream and so will I. When it comes to my budget, the old adage applies: If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. I love the examples you shared with us! They are inspirational and conducive to dreaming. Love the new site!

  2. Oh to sleep outside… of course these days I would be hard pressed to find a dry night…. need a waterproof cabana! Now I am dreaming…

  3. These are all fantabulous! Ohh, napping outdoors, is there anything lovelier on a summer afternoon?

    It’s been a dream of mine to have something like this one day too: a semi-luxurious outdoor napping spot. At Canada Blooms this year hanging beds with curtains and pillows were all over the place.

    I particularly love the cocoon hammock and the Balinese four poster bed.

  4. They all look nap-worthy 🙂 I have had to settle for a cheaper version- just a simple hammock in the backyard under the big redwood tree. But- it is the best seat in the house 🙂

  5. I have a Balinese day bed in my sub-tropical back yard and it is greatly appreciated.
    But it has realistic fabric clothing the bed covering and pillows.
    If I were to have white fabric on the daybed ( which I did in the beginning ) it stays white for about an hour.
    Then the overhead wisteria (my wisteria blooms all spring, summer and fall – damn vine!) and litters the fabric. Soon little twigs, fallen oak leaves and other natural debris clutter the white fabric making it look like a cleaning rag.

    So a girl can dream, but this particular girl dreams in mutli-hued dark colors when it comes to her outdoor day bed.

  6. Michelle– I guess that’s what happens when dreams become reality. I can’t keep anything white–I don’t know why I think these would be any different.

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