Backyard Bliss: Savor The Joys Of Summer
It doesn't matter whether you’ve got a sprawling yard, a cozy balcony, a paved patio or a screened-porch she-shed. When the weather’s nice, that outdoor space is an effortless everyday escape, isn’t it? So, why not spend an hour or two elevating it from the everyday? Certain elements make relaxing by the pool or fountain at an upscale hotel a delight. To bring those vacation vibes right to your doorstep, the Sisters From AARP team turned to interior designer Yannette Lebrun, owner of YL Designz. Here are her tips for transforming your space into a five-star oasis.
Shade: Keep Your Cool
When midafternoon rays are intense, seek cover. Got trees? Then it’s free. If not, an umbrella, collapsible canopy or shade sail is a stylish solution.
Water Feature: Go With The Flow
To evoke the welcoming grace of a court-yard or plaza, bring in the tranquil beauty of a fountain or waterfall. Just don’t be surprised if this new feature invites a siesta. The frequency range that includes gentle waterfalls, calm ocean waves and steady rain is called pink noise, and it has been associated, in small studies, with deeper sleep. Similar to white noise in its sound-blocking benefits, pink noise will help muffle the sound of your neighbor’s barking dog.
Seating: Sit Pretty
Weather-resistant furniture, such as a gorgeous floor cushion, ottoman or chairs, will transform your outdoor area into a place where you can spend hours relaxing. Don’t forget the throw pillows!
Flooring: Get Decked Out
Think you need to hire a professional to install an upscale-looking patio or deck surface? You can design a lovely ground scape for far less money by using interlocking tiles made of PVC or a comparable material, Lebrun notes.
Lighting: Shine On
There's nothing like making memories on a cool summer night. Set the mood with candles and with string lights—or go for a lantern with cutouts or filigree, to cast magical shadows and create a transporting ambience.
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This article originally appeared in Luxe & Luminous Collection's mini magazine, Sisters From AARP mini magazine (Summer 2022).