An Ode to Courtyards
It’s interesting that, while many U.S. retailers are declaring bankruptcy or closing altogether, home improvement stores and garden stores say their sales are booming. People are recognizing their homes for what they are: sanctuaries. Your home is a living space, not a storage space. In other words, your home is for people, not just a convenient place for your stuff. Part of creating a sanctuary is to include nature.
If you have a courtyard, consider yourself lucky. Lockdowns, shelters in place, and quarantines have highlighted the importance of personal outdoor space. A courtyard, patio or a veranda large enough for you to sit quietly among plants is a privilege in a dense city.
For many of us who live in cities, our countryside estates, nestled against a vineyard, are faraway dreams. How do we turn our little shelf of concrete into an oasis? If you are lucky enough to have a courtyard, you can turn it into a little sacred space.