Home & Garden

Backyard Beautiful…on a Budget.

Begin setting aside some money to update your backyard without breaking the bank. We have a few great tips modified from Better Homes and Gardens to bring life back to your yard to create a space to entertain and relax. Here are a few tips:

  • 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. Instead of doing a covered pergola, cover it with clematis or other flowering vines.
  • Rethink your patio needs. 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.
  • 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 d
    on’t hold back.
  • 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.
  • Splurge, but only on the  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.
  • 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. We love Pottery Barn for their classic, yet modern collection.
  • 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.