Hello Design Lovers!
It is definitely starting to feel like summer after the hot weekend we just had in New Jersey! I hope everyone enjoyed their long Memorial Day weekend. And I hope you took a few moments to remember the reason why we had a long weekend. Let's not forget about the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect ours.
Okay, now that the unofficial start to summer has arrived, I have some ideas to spruce up your backyard! I don't know about you, but I love tackling on a new project in the yard and I'm definitely itching to start one ASAP! Even if it's just a small project, I'm ready to make some little changes.
1. Hide your garden hose
If there's one thing I can't stand, it's seeing a garden hose rolled up and just thrown off to the side. I'm not sure how that doesn't bother people! It looks sloppy and cluttered. I'm also not a huge fan of those tacky, cheap looking contraptions that roll up your hose nicely (yes, they roll up your hose nicely, but your hose is still visible and the contraptions aren't the nicest). So of course there's a way to hide your garden hose that's aesthetically pleasing! If you're willing to take on a little DIY project, build a wooden box. But if not, check out this one from Amazon:
2. Create a fire pit area
It's always nice to have a peaceful fire on those cool summer nights. Think about what areas in your yard would be great to have a bunch of family and friends gather. You might want to consider creating a pathway out of stones that leads to the fire pit area. Maybe even consider doing some pavers or a brick patio to create a more intentional fire pit area.
3. Hang some string lights for a cozy feel
String lights easily transform your patio area or deck during those relaxing summer nights. One fun way to hang string lights is to take some whiskey barrel planters, some sort of wooden post (maybe 8' tall) to put into the barrels, concrete to give the posts some stability, add some C hooks, throw in some potting soil, buy some nice flowers and you're ready to hang your string lights!
One of my clients took on this project in her city yard and it turned out great! I helped her string the lights and we were in business! Her backyard looked so cute for her housewarming party!
4. Create a pea gravel patio area
If you're looking to transform your old patio area on a budget, this could be a DIY project for you! Let's say you have an old patio area that's ugly and starting to crack. Replacing it with a new deck and/or pouring new concrete can be costly. You want a cheaper, easy fix, then consider dumping pea gravel down (of course make sure the cracks in your patio are not that big where they can become dangerous. Check out City Farmhouse's blog post on how they transformed their yard with this easy pea gravel patio!
I hope some of these ideas got your creative juices flowing so you can transform your backyard, one little (or BIG) project at a time! Taking on some of these projects will definitely make an impact on the function and beauty of your outdoor space.