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Backyard Bliss

I will start by wishing a happy Canada Day to all of my fellow Canadians and a happy Independence Day to my lovely American friends and fans! 

Summer is here and as Canadians we need to seize EVERY MOMENT of sunshine! In many instances you will have a balcony or a small yard to enjoy during (in my opinion) the best time of year.
In order to fully enjoy these blissful months I have some tips for getting your yard summer ready.
My biggest tip is to consider your backyard, patio, terrace (whatever you have) an extension of your home. Would you have a folding chair with a milk crate in the living room? Then don’t do it on the patio! Your outdoor furniture should follow in the style that you have chosen for your indoor spaces. 

My next tip is to decide how you want to use your backyard. Fancy dinner parties? Lounging with wine on a comfy sofa? Casual backyard BBQ’s? Suntanning on a lounger? Pick your style and purchase the appropriate furnishings to accomplish your summer plans.

Once you have the big pieces chosen its time to decorate! Yes you need to decorate your backyard! The beautiful thing is there are so many products to choose from. 

Here are the 3 areas you can add huge character, ambiance, color and comfort to your outdoor space:

Lighting – As you all know lighting is my favorite design element indoors and I take this philosophy outdoors as well! A chandelier, a well lit pathway or the perfect soft lighting around your outdoor living room set provides the perfect ambiance and is a beautiful and functional touch!

Texture + Color- Add texture and color with throw pillows and an outdoor area rug. Under the dining set, outdoor living room set or under two adirondack chairs in front of an outdoor fireplace (if you are lucky enough to have one!). Use your indoor accent colors outside so your backyard feels like an extension of your home.

Outdoor Art- In a world with endless choices for decor one of the very cool things that has become popular is the use of outdoor art. There are many companies that sell outdoor canvas art to adorn your walls. It will add character and color to your space!I also love an outdoor metal sign or reclaimed wood art piece like the ones below.

I hope you all enjoy summer as much as I do!  I am spending this Canada Day in Kelowna with some of my favourite people on earth!  I hope you all enjoy your long weekend! 


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