Tips and Tricks

Backyard Rescue

May 11, 2016

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An early spring here in the prairies means we’re all ecstatic and spending as much time outside as possible!  Many of us save getting our backyards, patios and gardens ready for summer until the May long weekend, but this year that will put us behind!  So I’ve pulled together some of my favorite ways to get the backyard ready for quiet mornings enjoying coffee and the paper to entertaining friends and family.

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Map it Out

While I’m as eager as anyone to have friends over for margaritas on the patio, taking a moment to map out your space will pay off huge returns.  How do you plan to use the space: lounging and relaxing, eating and entertaining, gardening, pick up games with the kids, all of the above?  Knowing how you most want to use the space will allow you arrange the space accordingly.  If you’d like to have a spot to eat and lounge but are limited on deck space, consider setting up one zone on the grass.

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Ran out of room for a space to lounge?  A hammock is a great solution, all you need are two trees.

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Lighting

Although here in the prairies we’re blessed with longer days in the summer, lighting is still important.  With all the great options available from candles to lanterns to fairy lights and tiki torches, it’s a great way enhance a decor theme.

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Mirror the Indoors

How is your home decorated?  Bold and colourful or calm and monochromatic?  Carry that same theme into your outdoor space, doing so will help to create a cohesive look and help visually extend your living space outdoors.  When putting together an outdoor space use the same touches you would use to make your home cozy – add throw pillows, candles, art and a rug.  There are so many amazing outdoor living options in upholstery, fabrics and accessories, you may find it hard to exercise restraint!

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How do you get your outdoor space ready for spring and summer?

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14 Comments

  • Reply Julia May 12, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I just love the image with the twinkle lights! I live in an apartment so, unfortunately, I dont have any outdoor space to decorate, but will definitely be bookmarking these tips for some day when I do! xoxo
    http://www.sprinklesandsaturdays.com

    • Reply neelam May 13, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Isn’t it lovely! So happy to provide some inspiration 🙂
      xx
      Neelam

  • Reply Linda May 14, 2016 at 6:19 am

    So perfect. I love that very much.

    • Reply neelam May 14, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Thank you Linda. Thanks for stopping by!
      xx
      Neelam

  • Reply Laura Mitbrodt May 17, 2016 at 6:10 am

    These are so amazing, I want to hang out there
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

    • Reply neelam May 19, 2016 at 2:13 am

      Aren’t they! I could happily laze in any one of these spaces. Thanks for stopping by Laura.
      xx
      Neelam

  • Reply Trang Do May 17, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Thanks for your tips! Love this place!
    Xoxo,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • Reply neelam May 19, 2016 at 2:13 am

      You are so welcome Trang. Thanks for stopping by!
      xx
      Neelam

  • Reply ~ carmen ~ May 18, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Mapping things out is definitely a vital. It doesn’t hurt to move things around & see what would work best with what you have. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

    • Reply neelam May 19, 2016 at 2:15 am

      I completely agree! An open mind and willingness to think outside the box are key! Thanks for stopping by Carmen!
      xx
      Neelam

  • Reply Coco May 18, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I love these photos, very beautiful

    • Reply neelam May 19, 2016 at 2:15 am

      Thank you so much Coco!
      xx
      Neelam

  • Reply Ivana @ The Charming Avenue May 18, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Oh how I wish I could have a patio! But since I’m living in an apartment, I have to make do with a tiny balcony – which, by the way, I absolutely love 🙂 I’m planning to give it a little overhaul this month, and I’ll be definitely taking some inspiration from these pictures!

    • Reply neelam May 19, 2016 at 2:17 am

      Good for you! You’re right not to let a small space limit you! Make the best of what you have, and truly there is so much you can do! Happy to offer some inspiration and would love to see how it turns out 🙂
      xx
      Neelam

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