Create a Backyard Summer Oasis
July 1, 2019 | by stephanie toews
STYLED SUMMER SPACE
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.
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.
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.
How to Keep Your Home Safe for Your Kids
Your home is a safe haven for your family, or at least it should be. While you may think that your home is a perfectly safe place for your kids, there are many different things that you can do to make and keep your home safe through all of your kids' ages and stages.
Home: Mountain Chalet
Homeowners Paul and Akvilina Rieger and their beautiful daughters Sofia (11) and Savannah (6) love their home. When the couple was searching for a place to live, they were drawn to this neighborhood in Rehberg Ranch Estates for several reasons. Akvilina says, “To me, our house represents Montana really well.”