By Donna Vissman

Make your backyard feel like an outdoor oasis by using these ideas to create a space where your family and friends can spend time, have fun, and enjoy the outdoors.

1. Purchase some nice outdoor furniture. This will create an area for your guests to sit and relax. Although plastic chairs are inexpensive, they are definitely not the most inviting. Pick something comfy that your guests don’t mind sitting on. Purchasing pillows to add to your outdoor furniture will also make the space more appealing.

Surround the area with trees, flowers, or even a fence…

2. Surround the area with trees, flowers, or even a fence. This is the key to making your backyard seem more private. Adding a barrier between you and your neighbors will give your space a more enclosed feel.

3. Add a fire pit. This is the perfect way to gather everyone around and make your space feel more like home. From roasting marshmallows to telling stories, a nice fireplace with nice seating will have your backyard going from drab to fab in no time.

4. Adding a hammock can give your space the relaxing and calming feel that every backyard needs. This is perfect for those days and nights when you just need to rejuvenate and recharge.

Having lights in the backyard is the key to making it feel romantic and pretty.

5. Having lights in the backyard is the key to making it feel romantic and pretty. String lights can be all you need to add that little something extra.

6. A pool can be a hefty investment, but if you are really looking for something to make your backyard more inviting, a pool will certainly do the trick. Having a pool brings your friends and family together to enjoy the outdoors.

7. Having a dining table outside will help with summer entertaining. This will make sure everyone is outside enjoying the fresh air and some delicious food. An outside grill or bar can also add an inviting touch.

Donna Vissman

Donna Vissman is one of those former corporate types (Xerox) who wanted to try something new. She went from marketing to blogger and now Style Editor, and is always on the lookout for what’s trending in restaurants, new stores, charity events, and entertainment. To keep up the pace, Donna is usually found drinking at least one Cold Brew coffee a day… or on a busy day make it two.


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