Home & Garden

Updating your Backyard Without Breaking the Bank

Spring is on the horizon! Begin setting aside some money to update your backyard, or do a little at a time, beginning now. Having an outdoor space that makes you happy is essential for climbing out of those winter blues.  Here are a few EASY tips to spruce up your outdoor space, without breaking the bank!

  • What better way to be covered outdoors than by nature herself? Vines are classic and might be the piece that brings your entire space together. Grow vines up your existing decking, or cover a pergola with clematis or other flowering vines.

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  • Rethink your patio needs. If you’re thinking of installing a patio,  instead of expensive stone, try gravel. You’ll still have to excavate a little, but stone gravel with floating larger stones is so much less expensive and is easily a DIY.

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  • Use wicker on the patio. If you’re in the market for new outdoor furniture, wicker is a classic choice. Brighten white will soften and brighten your space while brown creates a neutral look to blend with your landscape. Use potted plants, beds and trellis vines to fill blank spaces against your house. Mix it up and don’t hold back on color and variety! Check out Overstock for a deal.
  • Use garden stools. They’re colorful, chic and easy to move around. Three in a row are a great alternative to a coffee table and will serve as extra seating for your party. In the cold weather, these can work indoors as accent pieces, too. We love Hayneedle for their colorful aesthetic.

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  • Splurge on statement pieces like outdoor lighting, fire pits and fountains. These goodies are going to be the difference between your backyard and your place of respite. A fountain or fireplace can serve as a focal point that defines the space, around which you and guests gather for a glass of wine. Lighting and/or fire also make the space that much more useful.

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  • Create shade and do it in style. Umbrellas are not just for the center of the table. Use a patterned umbrella beside your lounging area as well, they’re cheaper than an awning. We love Pottery Barn for their classic, yet modern collection, or check out Pier 1 Imports for an eclectic selection.
  • Add a hammock. This might be close to your backdoor if you plan to use it every day or as a piece of décor. Or, it can in a corner far away from people and reality. If you aren’t lucky enough to put a hammock between two giant oaks, don’t worry–a rustic hammock on a wood frame can look as chic as it feels.

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