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Backyard Escape

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Every day is a vacation when you create space for relaxation, fun, and entertaining outdoors.

Furnished patio with pergola

Treat Outdoor Space as an Indoor Space

Choose inviting furniture to transform your patio into an outdoor living room. Think about accessories the same way you would indoors -- add blankets, pillows, and lights for color and comfort.

Patio plan with lettered areas

How Do You Spend Your Time?

Create a plan that zones a yard for your favorite outdoor activities. Green space (A) is best for family fun. Add a trampoline or hammock large enough for two (#394301) using a stand (#401943). Design areas to hang out (B) and talk on facing couches (part of #464519 patio set). Add an outdoor umbrella for shade. Accommodate a larger crowd (C) by pairing open patio space for mingling with inviting seating (part of #464519 patio set). Position a few of your favorite chairs (D) or loungers (#464519) in a shady spot to create comfortable, resort-style relaxation.

Planters with herbs

Spice Up Beverages with Fresh Herbs

Plant herbs in richly toned ombré planters (#485059, 485058) on bright red stands (#485163, 485162), and you have fresh herbs on hand for cocktails. Our favorites for budding mixologists include lavender, mint, and basil.

Lanterns with flowers inside

Replace Candlelight with Something Bright

Outfit colored lanterns (#483326, 483328) with an additional burst of color -- fresh flowers. Arrange lanterns of different colors and sizes for maximum impact.

Drink holders made from wire sign holders

Give ’Em a Hand

Enjoy a beverage with this simple but ingenious project. Just bend a yard sign holder (#222126) for an inexpensive yet elegant drink holder.

Serving tray on a plant stand

Stack Up a Serving Station

Place a painted terra-cotta saucer (#94459) on top of a metal plant stand (#485162) for an instant serving or side table that’s easy to move and works indoors or out.

Outdoor living space lighting

Set Summer Nights Alight

Make the most of balmy summer evenings by lighting your yard with this smart lighting strategy. Illuminate walkways and landscaping with path lights. Architectural and landscape features benefit from strategic spotlights. Light doors and stairways with bright bulbs for safety and access. Accent lighting or string lights add drama to overhead structures, such as pergolas. Then create a cozy, welcoming atmosphere with soft lantern lights, fire pots, and candlelight.

Lanterns with candles

Overhead Sparkle

These gorgeous lanterns (#483320) come in a variety of colors and sizes and create a soft light when filled with real or LED candles. Hang several for an attention-stealing display.

Pathway landscape lights

Surrounded in Shine

Use a landscaping kit (#104292) to ring your space in light and create safe, attractive pathways in and out of your yard. Include spotlights to accent your home’s best features.

Ceramic containers

Tabletop Brilliance

To arrange a noteworthy tabletop, choose a trio of objects in complementary colors and shapes. These beautiful ceramic containers (large: #477639; small: #477638) have decorative cutouts that look pretty by day and glow with candlelight at night. A low bowl candle (#477652) echoes the round shapes and creates a pleasing contrast to the taller containers.