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🌞 11 Summer Backyard Ideas

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Every home has a story, and they are as vast and varied as the world is wide. But they all start with inspiration, and inspiration starts with our surroundings. That’s what home is. Family. Friends. A sense of place. An amazing view. It is all part of what makes a space a home because your home is where you truly live. As homeowners ourselves we understand that your best life begins with a home that inspires you.

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You may or may not have neglected your backyard during winter months, but it’s time to bring your outdoor space out of hibernation. After-all what else do you have to do at home in shelter. Backyard projects can be fun and simple. We found a collection of very inspiring projects  from the folks at HGTV that will make any backyard the envy of your neighbors and friends. Check out these easy, DIY updates to get your backyard ready as much as you are for the summer.

1.  Firepits

A firepit is a backyard must (especially if you live in an area with a cooler climate), but they can be pricey. You can still gather around a nice firepit by making your own at a much lower cost. To do this, surround a metal firepit bowl with cinder blocks or pavers in a staggered pattern to mimic the look of a nice stone firepit.

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2.  Colorful Pillows

You’d be surprised at how much pops of color can change the entire look of your backyard. Brighten up your outdoor furniture seasonally with bright pillows for spring and summer and more earth-toned pillows for fall and winter.

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3. A Relaxing Hammock Nook

You don’t have to go far to enjoy a quiet sanctuary; you can create your own little getaway right in your backyard. Set up a hammock, and add pillows, string lighting in trees, blankets and even a plate (or basket) of food for when you get hungry to create a place you can quickly sneak away to enjoy some quiet time.

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4. Mason Jar Lights

To create ambience in our backyard for quiet summer nights, completely fill Mason jars or other glass jars with LED battery-operated string lighting and hang from trees using rope and hooks. They’re reminiscent of fireflies, and you can even keep them up year-round as winter decor against a snowy backdrop.

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5. Backyard Movie Night

Bring movie night home by hanging a large white sheet using rope or zip ties in your backyard. Lay down some blankets and pillows and use a projector (you can get a budget-friendly one that connects to your phone) to watch your favorite movie with friends or family. Take inspiration from Kelly All Day and take your movie night up a notch with twinkle lights, snacks, candles, and a few glasses of vino—beautiful living at its best.

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6. Symmetrical Mirrors

Bring the outdoors in by creating a living space in your backyard. Add a coffee table, comfortable furniture and even hang furnishings like mirrors to bring a welcoming feel. Simple furnishings like mirrors and candles will make your outdoor space feel like an extension of your home like Rocket St. George did here.

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7. Al Fresco Dining

Buying an entire patio set can be really expensive. Instead, you can dress up a budget-friendly picnic table for your next gathering outdoors. Here, Joyful Derivatives dressed up a picnic table with patterned outdoor seat cushions, outdoor-friendly dinnerware and bistro lights hanging from DIY posts set in cement. Lay gravel and add outdoor rugs for a low-maintenance and low-budget patio alternative.

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8. Vertical Lattice Garden

No backyard, no problem. You can still grow and display plants even if you have a small yard or patio. This rustic lattice and wall planters by Wayfair offers  the perfect place to hang potted plants and other decor.

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9. Cozy Curtains

It’s always nice to have some privacy when you’re enjoying the outdoors with a book and a cocktail, but depending on where you live, it might be difficult to get that privacy. If you have a pergola or gazebo, hang curtains (you can even use drop cloths for a more budget-friendly option) 

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10. Day Bed

If you spend almost all your time in your backyard, it’s time to elevate your relaxation experience by creating a napping nook. Use a pallet of wood and add an old futon cushion and bedding for the ultimate place to take a snooze like Pretty Prudent did here.

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11. Ambient Lighting

Lighting can really set the mood, and it’s a budget-friendly way to change the look and feel of a room. Instead of hanging bistro lights across a pergola, hang them down like teardrops for a more whimsical feel. If you don’t have anything to hang them from, go for candles and short strands of twinkle lights draped around your seating area.

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