14 Ways to Turn an Interior Room Into an Outdoor Oasis
Winter weather. Pandemic. High-rise urban apartment building. Housing shortage. Correction, affordable housing shortage. These are just a few of the reasons I decided to brainstorm some ways to turn an interior room into an outdoor oasis. I mean, besides dumping 500 pounds of sand onto your living room floor and plopping the beach loungers and a kiddie pool down on top of it.
Though if the people you live with, unlike the She-Ra: Princess of Power I live with, would allow it, that might be my #1 suggestion. Don't forget the ocean waves white noise machine and inflatable palm trees.
Sill, the 14 items I'm suggesting to help bring the outdoors into your home might be a little more appealing because they actually have a place inside. Most of them will even look good there.
Note: All 14 outdoor-themed interior products are priced as they were at printing on February 3, 2022. Pricing, and availability, are subject to change.
Indoor Relaxation Fountain
The Silver Springs Indoor Relaxation Fountain is a 3-tiered tabletop piece featuring a bed of natural river rocks that contribute to the soothing sounds of flowing water you'll get as the waterfalls cascade into a bottom basin. The fountain is also illuminated for additional ambience.
Respira Smart Garden - Hydroponic Plant Air Purifier
Black thumbs and black lungs, the Respira Smart Garden is here for you. A hybrid hydroponic plant wall and air purifier, the Respira merges plants' natural biofiltration process with smart technology to produce a healthy home appliance that is also quite nice to look at.
Respira's plant wall is built into an electronic frame that both enhances its function as an air purifier, and ensures the plants thrive with very little effort on your part. In fact, all you really need to do to care for the plants is pour more water into the Respira reservoir every 10 days or so.
Sunne Solar Light
The Sunne Solar Light promises to bring the sun indoors - after it's retired for the night. The oblong panel hangs in a window of your home, harvesting energy from the sun, and storing it in its integrated battery during the day. Then when the sun sets, you'll have a full evening of solar-powered ambient light to cut through the dark.
Sunne captures, stores, and produces light all by itself, powering up during the day, and gently growing brighter as sunset nears, and then disappears. You can set Sunne's lighting output, via an app, to Sunne Rise, Sunne Light, and Sunne Set, each mimicking the time of day their names indicate.
Trees become...trees in this collection of tree bookshelves from Melda Akar. The unique and handmade wall-mounted units will bring a semi-literal kind of life to your living room, plus give you the chance to show off your semi-literate pursuits.
Just kidding. I only wrote that because it had a nice ring. I'm sure you read voraciously and real good.
Clearview Window Bird Feeder
The Clearview Window Bird Feeder offers a fun way to lure some little birdies inside for observation and enjoyment, while still keeping a barrier of safety between them and you. For them, safety from pets, children, perhaps a high-powered ceiling fan. For you, from the flapping chaos and literal shitstorm of a wild bird accidentally flying into the living room through the chimney, or the master bedroom via a gap in the roof.
Keep your head in the clouds and your heart in the great wide open, even when it's stormy or freezing or otherwise inclement beyond your front door, with a Cloud Chandelier. Or a few Cloud Chandeliers. Or a whole ceiling dotted with Cloud Chandeliers!
Anyone looking to add some cumulus to their home decor can build the effect with cloud chandeliers ranging in size from about 16" to 24" wide. The lampshades are made of a lightweight polymer material that achieves a pretty realistic puffy cloud likeness, right down to my being able to see the head of Lionel Richie in their design.
BloomingTables Living Furniture
Based out of San Diego, BloomingTables designs coffee, console, and side tables, plus desks eager to "bring the beauty of the outdoors - indoors." Their simple glass-topped pine wood frames are plenty suitable for displaying your fine books, propping up your laptops, and holding your beers. But they're also ready to give life as a succulent terrarium. A microgreens garden. A vine jungle. A cactus forest.
CoeLux Artificial Skylights
If it looks like a skylight and emanates like sunlight and makes you feel like you're on a snow white beach in the Mediterranean when you close your eyes, but you know in your heart it's all an illusion of technological trickery, can a CoeLux artificial skylight still bring you happiness on a cloudy day? Energy in a boxed-in meeting room? Total relaxation in the tub?
I'd be willing to give it a shot if someone wants to pony up the $65-ish K it would take to buy and install one in my ceiling.
Green Forest Moss Rug
Who's up for a roll in the...moss? A shag on a shag rug woven into a lush forest floor? These Green Forest Moss Rugs from A Saturday Shop come in a handful of different sizes and shapes, all in Mother Nature-approved shades of green, and all with a high, fluffy pile that will titillate your skin whether you're stepping onto a Moss Rug from the shower, sitting on it to assemble your new BloomingTable, or rolling across it with your favorite forest sprite.
Modern Sprout Growframes - Wall-Mounted Grow Lights
Modern Sprout's Growframes will grow you some modern sprouts indeed. The wall-mounted plant pedestals provide a handsome, minimalist, space-savvy spot to display your herbs and small houseplants, plus incorporate smart grow light tech to help them thrive regardless of your home's lighting conditions.
Korean BBQ Coffee Table
A Korean BBQ Coffee Table almost guarantees you'll throw a spectacular dinner party. And also that you'll ruin your couch, chairs, carpet, and coffee table itself in the process. Spectacularly. But, hey, what's a new set of living room furniture when it comes to being the host and hostess with the most and mostess?
Sunset Projection Lamp
How do you like your sunsets? Orange? Red? Up against the wall of your bedroom? Beaming their fiery rays across your two cats sitting at the piano alongside a portrait you're painting of your dog? Check, check, check, and check, this Sunset Projection Lamp can fulfill your sunset desires every night of the week.
Stepping foot outside not necessary.
tevaplanter Inside-Out Hydroponic Planter
The tevaplanter is a low maintenance inside-out hydroponic planter for outside-in plant growing. The honeycombed cone has a hollow core for holding water, and is made from a proprietary ceramic material just porous enough to let that water slowly seep through it. Awaiting plant roots, now growing on the exterior of their "pot", are then able to absorb their fill of water, achieving hydration without sacrificing aeration, or risking rot-inducing saturation.
Indoor S'mores Maker
Roasting marshmallows and making s'mores over an open flame is such grand fun. At least until someone falls into the burning ring of fire and doesn't live to sing about it like Johnny Cash. Then it's kind of a downer. Avoid burning flesh and downers - plus enjoy a classic campfire activity from the comfort of your dining table or living room - with this Indoor S'mores Maker.