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After a long day working or wrangling the kiddos, you probably want to kick your shoes off, have a cold drink, and relax. But unless you’ve mastered the art of teleportation, you probablyyyy don’t have time to make it to the beach. But good news: it’s actually super easy to turn your backyard or porch into a personal retreat! Whether you want an outdoor movie night, an evening by the fire or a wine night with the girls, we’ve discovered four ways you can transform your backyard. 


1. String ‘Em

Adding a few strands of lights can do WONDERS for your new hideaway. String lights are the perfect way to add some night time sparkle to your patio or deck. You can drape them across trees or between fence posts to give you that perfect starry night feeling. Plus, they aren’t too pricey! No outdoor plug for string lights? No problem – just use lanterns or outdoor torches instead.



2. Add Some Comfy Seating

Choosing the right outdoor seating is super important when you’re assembling your outdoor paradise. From comfy cushions to a classic wooden bench, there are tons of great options for furnishing your backyard. Quick cushion tip – look for fabrics that are liquid resistant and deflect UV rays; they last longer! Pair together weather-friendly seating with a small table and you’ll be all set.


3. Get Cozy With a Fire Pit

No outdoor haven is complete without a fire pit – especially when it means you get to roast s’mores with the kids! For all you campfire lovers, a permanent firepit is great to use all year long. Don’t have room for a permanent fire pit? You can choose between free-standing or portable options.

4. Create an Outdoor Theater

Instead of watching the latest rom com on your couch, bring the fun outside! With a bedsheet and projector, you can watch your favorite movies under the stars and still be cozy. Grab your blankets and pillows and make yourself at home! No projector? Try this DIY shoebox projector! Your next movie night will be one for the books.