Design Tips to Build Your Backyard Sanctuary

May is the perfect time to start building your backyard sanctuary! With the arrival of spring, everyone feels the familiar urge to spend more time outside in the sun. It’s easy to create an outdoor space as chic and inviting as your brand new home.  

Start with Landscape

Every beautiful backyard starts with a detailed landscape plan – this includes choosing plants, trees, flowers, deck options, sun and shade spaces, living areas, and water features. Fortunately, there are many new apps that can help you navigate the planning process as simply as possible. Some of our favourites are: 

Choose Furniture That Focuses on Flow

Once your landscape plan is solid, it’s time to start picking your outdoor furniture. When shopping for your patio set, consider both comfort and design. Exterior areas should be a natural extension of your interior living environment; bringing your indoor colour scheme and furniture style to your outdoor space will create a seamless flow between both areas. If you’ve chosen a modern interior with shades of greys and neutrals, outdoor sets with similar shades and accent pieces will complement this perfectly. If your home is designed with a more traditional or transitional interior, gravitate towards the same style of furniture for your outdoor space. A perfect backyard includes fun + functional accessories; don’t forget the rug, lighting, accent pillows, towels and heat elements. 

Here are some stylish patio furniture and accessory ideas from our designer to help you prep your outdoor space for those long, warm days lounging outside:  

For the Modernist

Gluckstein Home Lucca 7-Piece Dining Set, The Bay 

Glucksetin Home Lucca 3-Piece Conversation Set. The Bay 

KORHANI Three Piece Berwick Rug Set, The Bay

EAL FLAME Baltic Outdoor Rectangular Propane Fire Table, The Bay 

DYNA-GLO Stainless Steel Pyramid Flame Patio Heater, The Bay,

CORLIVING Deluxe Offset Patio Umbrella, The Bay, 

For the Traditionalist 

ÄPPLARÖ Table + 8 reclining chairs, Ikea 

ÄPPLARÖ 4-seat conversation set, outdoor, Ikea

ÄPPLARÖ Chaise lounger, Ikea

MORUM Rug flatwoven, in/outdoor, Ikea

SEGLARÖ / SVARTÖ Offset patio umbrella with base, tilting. Ikea

BORRBY Lantern for block candle, Ikea

SOMMAR 2018 Cushion cover, Ikea

SOMMAR 2018 Beach towel, Ikea

For the Investor

Majorca Classic Customizable Sectional, Restoration Hardware

Belgian Trestle Teak Rectangular Dining Table, Restoration Hardware

Perennials Heathered Diamond Outdoor Rug, Restoration Hardware

Perennials Palm Beach Pillow Collection, Restoration Hardware

Cardiff Lantern, Restoration Hardware

Ruuci® 8’ Square Bay Master Cantilever Satin Aluminum Umbrella, Restoration Hardware

Amalfi Beach Towel Collection, Restoration Hardware

Infrared Floor Telescoping Patio Heater, Restoration Hardware

Start designing your space today and you’ll have the ideal outdoor living area to enjoy with your family and friends all summer long.