Create a Backyard Summer Oasis

July 1, 2019 | by stephanie toews


Whether you have an expansive backyard, small patio, or something in between, take some cues from this beautifully designed outdoor space to create an area you never need a vacation from. 

Colorful Throw Pillows

Think beyond the box and bring your space from drab to fab! Don’t just stick with the cushions your patio furniture came with. Mix it up and add instant style with colorful pillows and a coordinating rug. Don’t fret over mixing multiple patterns; just stick to the same color palette. Use the top cushions in another area as these homeowners did for guests to dip their toes in the water beside the pool.

Relaxation Stations

Whether you are working with a large or small space, keep relaxation at the forefront of your design. In this backyard, space allows for several stations: outdoor fireplace, conversation area, and poolside lounging.

Light it Up

Outdoor lighting can completely change the feel of a space. Incorporate it in multiple ways, through string lights, candles, firelight, and solar path lighting. 

Staple Storage

Keep the necessities (sunscreen, bug spray, aloe, first aid kit, and towels) handy by storing them on a cute, colorful cart that ties in with your décor. Don’t forget to hydrate…bright buckets are a great way to store ice-cold beverages, outdoor plants, and even stray pine cones. 

Time for a Change

A small changing area offers convenience and encourages a quick dip. Don’t forget to style this space too. A large decorative mirror, grasscloth walls, and hooks for hanging swimming essentials make this room both practical and stylish. 

Originally printed in the July 2019 issue of Simply Family Magazine

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