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The Perfect Low-key Backyard Escape

Outdoor garden furniture

Your life is already busy enough without adding the regular maintenance of an elaborate outdoor garden set up into the mix. That’s why, when planning your backyard sanctuary, you’ll want to pick and choose items and accents that virtually take care of themselves. If you have no idea where to start in designing your low-key escape, read on for some convenient tips and tricks.

One of the most important purchases for your backyard set up will be your garden furniture, so this is not where you’ll want to cheap out. Not only will the furniture be one of the first things people will notice upon walking through the space but it will also be the first to show signs of wear and tare. Especially if you are on a budget and want to minimize the time in which it is necessary to purchase new garden furniture, pick materials that are both water and flame retardant and colours that easily mask stains (black and dark grey tones are always a good go-to). To compliment your furniture, you can introduce cozy throws in interesting designs to add a little flavour to a basic outdoor set. Other accents to place near the furniture that could play into your theme and are easy to maintain include interesting candle holders and succulents with unique clay pots or wicker baskets. Simply store these items nearby and bring them out every time the family goes outside to enjoy the garden.

While succulents are a great hassle free living plant, don’t be afraid to utilise artificial plants to your backyard garden as well. Artificial plants are the ultimate winners of low-key backyard sanctuaries and you would be surprised to see how many people are opting towards them for this reason. The artificial variety of plants are a great idea for creating dividing walls and sectionals out of shrubbery. These staples can be quite large and if you were to slack on watering them with a traditional plant, they’d become an embarrassing eyesore and completely upset the atmosphere you’ve worked so hard in creating. Another use for them is in topiaries, which can also be used as a divider, to line pathways, or to make up for empty space. Compliment your artificial plants with a few non fussy succulents and you will be well on your way to the optimal chilled out garden vibe.

Having a barbecue is a backyard staple but if you’re putting all of this work into creating a calming environment, the eyesore you’ve been using for the past couple of decades just won’t do. Decide if the decor you have set out calls for a minimalist charcoal burner or an elaborate three-tiered stainless steel grill-master 3000 and go from there. If you want to get fancy, however, you can craft a grill that truly blends in to your environment. Many people create their own custom barbecues with the art of masonry. Not only is this an elegant touch that will have your guests in awe every time they visit, it will also blend right into its environment instead of being a distractor at the corner of your eye that does not fit in with the rest of your decorating scheme.

If you are willing to shell out the funds, paying a little extra for quality garden accessories will grant you a backyard sanctuary that is basically self-sufficient.



Bring the Cottage to Your Garden

Outdoor Garden & Balcony

Not everyone is capable of purchasing a summer home; and even for those who do own a cottage, it’s not always possible to step away from the every day grind for long enough to get away. So why not take everything that you love about the cottage and bring it to your own backyard? Imagine extending your living quarters by opening up your back door to an outdoor living room. Picture yourself enjoying all of the comforts of home while breathing in the crisp fresh air of the outdoors.

The best thing about a backyard cottage is that there is no downpayment, no mortgage, no traffic, and it can be a fun and gradual project that you can work on slowly but surely until you master the quintessential backyard retreat. Before you know it, you’ll be entertaining guests every weekend with cocktails, marshmallows and storytelling by the fire.

In order to achieve an immaculate outdoor garden sanctuary that will serve as the ultimate point of relaxation for all of your loved ones, there are a few essential items you need to have in place.

It’s no secret, delicious food is a great way to bring people together. So what would a comfortable backyard haven be without a barbecue? A barbecue is essential for entertaining; there’s something about the charcoal grill that everyone seems to love. Perhaps the grill marks bringing the feeling of nostalgia for lost summer nights, maybe it’s the essence of the great outdoors, but whatever the case, this item should be the first on your list (that is, if you don’t have one already).

Next, if you’re going to be serving up food from the barbecue, you’re going to need somewhere to sit! Garden furnitureBarbecue & Garden Setting Outdoors is an absolute must for your outdoor retreat. Make sure to choose a set that will endure the harsh effects of nature. If you live somewhere with a formidable winter, you’ll either need to find a storage area for your cushions, choose a set without fabric, or opt for a fabric that will withstand the pesky ice and snow. When deciding on garden furniture, you’ll also have to consider how many guests you intend on hosting on a regular basis to avoid your guests having to stand while they eat your delectable dishes. Additionally, your outdoor furniture will make a paramount stamp on the overall atmosphere of your retreat, so choose a set that reflects the colour scheme and theme you have intended.

Although there are many elements to the perfect backyard retreat, the final essential component is to properly decorate the space to enhance its atmosphere. Artificial plants are a great adornment for an outdoor garden; they will never die, they can withstand the tests of nature and with today’s technologies, they appear to be more real than ever. Among the many uses of artificial plants are large space dividers, decorative walls, topiaries, bamboo furnishings, palm trees in areas where they are not possible to grow and so many more. With artificial plants, you can have the tropical oasis you always dreamed of without having to pack your bags for the Caribbean. You can turn your backyard into a calming zen paradise. You can shape your space into everything you always dreamed of.

Once you’ve added these three elements to your outdoor garden, you are well on your way to having a backyard that will be the talk of your entire neighbourhood!