Were you inspired by the backyard rehab featured in the spring issue of A Magazine? Maybe we’ve got you longing to give your own yard a total make-over, but repaving the patio and overhauling the landscaping just aren’t in the cards this year. Never fear, we’ve got a few tips and tricks to help you get your backyard in shape for summer entertaining without calling a contractor.
Pull Up a Chair
An essential element to making guests comfortable is ensuring that everyone has a seat at the table, so to speak. Make sure that each of your guests has a place to get comfy, and everyone will feel welcome. We’ve rounded up plenty of options:
Is there anything more inviting than a hammock? Place one in a shady spot for a regular afternoon-nap spot for yourself and a fabulously relaxing seating area where your favorite guests can make themselves feel right at home.
If you like the gentle sway of a hammock but lack a large enough space, try a hanging rattan chair instead. Natural texture and sleek design fit in with every outdoor aethestic, and adds a bit more novelty than a standard chair.
Soften the Edges
Bare stone, wood, and metal can be attractive but not very inviting. Bring the indoors out in the form of textiles to soften things up a bit.
A rug is an excellent way to define a space within a large open room indoors, and the same is true outside. Use a bright rug to soften the appearance of a concrete or stone patio and to define a cozy seating area.
Have Fun With It!
Comfort is key, but you don’t want guests to show up and take a nap! So add in some playful elements of fun to keep everyone entertained.
For tips on how to put together a low-key poolside hang in your newly made-over yard, check out the summer issue of A Magazine, out now!