– This article is sponsored by Long Fence of Frederick –
This time of year is perfect for hosting family and friends for a cookout, relaxing in a hammock and watching the clouds, enjoying a nightcap under the stars, and making s’mores over a firepit. Whether you’re enjoying your backyard all by yourself, or entertaining a crowd, there are plenty of ways to use backyard decor to make an oasis of summer fun and relaxation.
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Light It Up
We love those extra hours of summer sunshine! But the party doesn’t have to end when the sun sets. Keep the ambiance dreamy with string lights, bistro lights, LED candles, or by installing solar lights on your deck rails. You can also find patio umbrellas with built in lights. Or if you’re really craving an evening oasis, you can wire your gazebo or pergola for a ceiling fan with an overhead light!
Ensure Some Privacy
It’s hard to relax when it feels like someone is looking over your shoulder. Make your backyard truly your own by building in some privacy features. Whether it’s a full privacy fence, lattice, an awning, or some tall plants, you’ll feel much more relaxed if you’re not visible to the whole neighborhood.
Take a Seat
Maybe your idea of a blissful day in the backyard looks like dinner on the deck with your family. Or maybe it’s drinks and a cornhole tournament on the patio with friends. It could be a good book in a quiet, pretty corner of the yard. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s a nap in the shade. However you choose to enjoy your backyard, you’ll want to make sure you have a comfortable setup. Think about replacing worn patio furniture, power washing your composite decking, and making sure your patio isn’t crumbling or uneven.
Add Some Interest
Just like accessories complete an outfit, they can also make your backyard decor feel finished. A soothing wind chime, birdfeeders, and potted plants are popular choices for bringing interest to a backyard. You could also create a water feature, a vertical garden, or a place for yard games.
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
If you’re big on entertaining, you’ll want to consider an outdoor kitchen, built-in bar, or chimney. These focal points make your backyard the place to gather with friends and family, and the wow factor is hard to top. What could possibly be better than a summer evening in your own backyard oasis?
Holly Christy is a local small business owner, wife of 20+ years, mother to tweens, and an entrepreneur. She holds an MBA, and uses her talents for writing, event planning, and making connections to grow her own business as well as those of her clients.