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How to Turn Your Backyard into an Oasis


Article by Cate Marian

Photography by Stock Images + Provided

The space outside your door may not be very far away, but you can at least make it feel like it you've been transported to a remote destination. Adding a few key features can transform your backyard from pleasant, to paradise. Here's how to turn it into your own personal oasis.

Create a Magical Yard with Lighting

Lighting is one of the easiest and most impactful ways to add an element of whimsy to your space. From an immaculately landscaped backyard in the mountains, to a small balcony in the middle of the city, here are some ways to add a bit of ambiance for magical summer nights. 

4 Shade Structures for Your Backyard

For a cozy retreat in your own backyard, a freestanding structure can provide privacy, comfort and style. Here, we dive into some of the many options available as you think about how to transform your outdoor space into the perfect sanctuary.

How to Create an Outdoor Kitchen

When the weather’s nice, most of us would rather be sitting outside with a glass of wine than slaving over a hot stove. Yet dinner must be made—so let’s bring the kitchen to you. Here are some DIY ideas to create a special outdoor spot dedicated to cooking and entertaining—even if it’s just for you and your immediate family. 

Why Your Yard Needs a Water Feature

In addition to creating a sense of calm, adding a water feature to your backyard attracts wildlife such as birds, squirrels and frogs, can cut down on noise pollution, and tends to be low maintenance.