Summer Backyard Inspiration!

Real Estate Agent with Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert

Ah, the great outdoors. Don’t you just love the soft wind rustling through your hair and the rejuvenation of a warm, summer breeze? I know it’s fun to go camping at your favorite spot or hiking your favorite trails, but you really don’t need to travel anywhere to experience the freeing calm of nature. Instead, the great outdoors can happen right in your own backyard.

Here are a few ideas for creating an at-home oasis that’s as cozy as it is chic:

  1. Bring your indoor furniture outside. Yep, you read that right. Your outside space should be an extension of your home, so why shouldn’t you bring the inside out? Furniture that works well outdoors should definitely be considered, everything from wicker chairs to eclectic pillows and furniture upholstered in darker shades to avoid mud or grass stains. If something isn't weather-resistant, bring it back inside whenever you're done enjoying your yard al fresco. 
  2. Aim for aesthetics and good vibes. You would not believe how much string lights brighten up an outdoor space (literally and aesthetically)! No nearby outlets for lights? All is good. Using solar lights or battery-powered candles can still set the mood. Adding succulents, bright flowers and statement vases to any outdoor space will also bring color and texture to any yard, porch or patio. 
  3. Offer sitting options everywhere and anywhere. If you've got the space, use it! If you don't have the space, work with it! The key to a large yard is to create intimate nooks and plenty of comfortable sitting spaces. For a smaller yard, consider unique seating options like a hammock, egg chair, large floor pillows or a hanging chair. 
  4. Have fun with it! A backyard is, above all, an oasis, and it should make you feel totally and completely at home whenever you’re there. Maybe that means you replace seating with tree stumps from the lumber yard, hang a tire swing from the tallest tree or bring in a water feature like a fountain or a small pond. Maybe you fill that pond with koi fish, and maybe you sit by the pond each afternoon and watch your fish grow. Or maybe you don’t.
  5. The best part about a backyard is that it’s totally and completely yours.

Comments (5)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kat - why not?  Move the the inside furniture outdoors.  

Jun 18, 2021 05:27 PM
Kat DeLong

Exactly, Michael, why not? ;-)

Jun 22, 2021 01:02 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Jun 19, 2021 02:42 AM
Kat DeLong

Richard, you're so welcome!

Jun 22, 2021 01:03 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Hi Kat! I totally agree. Spending time outside is priceless, and there are ways to do so that don't cost that much money.

Jun 19, 2021 05:40 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Kat- we like to spend as much time outdoors as we can. One of our favorite additions has been our large patio umbrella!

Jun 19, 2021 10:11 AM
Kat DeLong

I love, love, love  being outside.  And I love "fixing" up my outdoor space.

Jun 22, 2021 01:04 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We so appreciate eating dinners on the deck in the evening while appreciating the greenery of our yard.

Jun 19, 2021 10:58 AM
Kat DeLong

Ed; I think spending outdoor time is as good "as apple a day."

Jun 22, 2021 01:05 PM