Vacation can be as close as your backyard.
This summer, make it your mission to spend more time outside creating memories and taking advantage of all your home has to offer.
You can start by transforming your outdoor space into an oasis you can’t wait to come home to and never want to leave!
Here’s where to begin…
1. Comfort Is Key
If you’re still relying on flimsy plastic folding chairs as your only outdoor seating option, it’s no wonder you’re staying inside! Deep cushioned couches and lounges are affordable, comfy, and here to stay. These pieces are perfect for entertaining groups who love to gather around a fire pit or cocktail table. Don’t forget about the pillows!
2. Don’t Let Design Stop At The Door
Find furniture that meshes with the interior design of your home to create a stylish and seamless transition from indoor to outdoor. You’ll be much more drawn to going outside when it feels like an addition to your home rather than an entity on it’s own. Pay attention to color palates and don’t be afraid to add some accessories for a personal touch!
3. Stay Tech-Friendly
Our laptops, TVs, and video game consoles keep us cooped up inside for longer than we’d like to admit. But it doesn’t need to be a one or the other situation! Get a Wi-Fi antenna to extend your internet’s range into the backyard, invest in a solar charger for your phone, or add some wireless outdoor speakers for sound enhancement. If you really want to go all out, safely install a TV or projector to watch baseball while you barbecue or enjoy movie nights under the stars.
4. Mood Lighting
Outdoor lighting makes it much easier to spend time outside after the sun goes down. Use scones to enhance your designated entertainment areas, solar lights to illuminate walkways, and string lights in the backyard to add an element of whimsy. Not to mention the bonus of increased safety after dark!
5. Make It Your Own
Hone your DIY skills by making your space an homage to all the things you love. Can’t get enough Italian food? Build your own pizza oven. Classic film fanatic? Pave your own yellow brick road. Need an excuse to eat s’mores all summer long? Install a brick fire pit. There’s truly no wrong answer when it comes to this one!
6. Landscape With Plants You Can Eat
Who doesn’t love nearly free food? If you’re willing to put in a little extra time and TLC, you could save a pretty penny on groceries, boost your backyard’s appearance, and increase your time spent enjoying all your home has to offer. Kale blends flawlessly with bright flowers like pink cosmos, blueberry bushes make beautiful hedges, and some have even had success growing sweet potatoes in bushel baskets. Find veggies and herbs that fit your family’s palate and start planting!