Whether you’re craving a quick getaway or a slow, laze-about holiday, you don’t have to venture far to make it a reality—one of the best places to get some well-deserved rest and relaxation is your own backyard.
Your space could be sprawling or compact, but whatever your set up, it’s not difficult to transform it into an everyday escape or even the ultimate spot to host dinners for friends and family.
Here’s how, in 5 simple steps:
Step 1: TAKE YOUR LIVING ROOM OUTSIDE
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Think about everything you love about your indoor living room. Now, imagine having these very same elements in your backyard. Voila! You’ve just discovered what you need to create your very own outdoor escape where you can forget the world and take in the gorgeous views around you, all without having to leave home.
Step 2: DECIDE HOW YOU’RE GOING TO USE IT
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Is your idea of unwinding curling up in a cozy nook where you can being quiet and still? Or Maybe it’s having family and friends over for long, intimate chats and barbeques. The first step to creating your perfect, at-home getaway space is to decide what you’d like to do with it so you can bring it to life with the right pieces of furniture and accessories.
Step 3: DESIGN FOR CALM
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If relaxation is your goal, you’ll want to pick a palette that’s fresh and calming. Once you’ve got the right colours in mind, it’s time to think about adding warmth-giving accessories like lighting, cozy cushions and blankets, as well as lush greenery to the picture.
Step 4: GIVE YOUR SPACE PRIVACY
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Depending on how close your space is to your neighbours, you might want to invest in a screen (or two), umbrella, trellis or even walls that will keep your space open but hidden from the view of surrounding homes.
Step 5: USE LIFE- AND WEATHER-FRIENDLY FURNISHINGS
One crucial (read: stress-reducing) element of carving out a calming space outdoors is to design it with furniture that’s made with fabrics and materials that can withstand harsh weather all-year-round, including rain, direct sunlight and snow that you can easily bring inside when the weather turns bad.