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While summer trips can be exciting, you don’t always need to travel far and wide to get into a holiday mood. Chances are, the weather is fine right where you are this time of year -- and with a little effort, you can make your own outdoor space into a relaxing retreat. Read on to find out how to turn your backyard into a spot you’ll want to spend all summer long in.

Lay Out a Colorful Rug

Adding a rug to your outdoor space will instantly make it feel more welcoming. This vibrant rug mimics the look of mediterranean floor tiles while providing a soft fabric surface to lounge around on. Perfect for outdoor use, this durable polypropylene rug can simply be hosed down when it’s time to clean.

Sink Into Plush Seating

Ensure your backyard is just as comfortable as the living room with this plush, outdoor bean bag chair. With its overstuffed lounge chair shape, this bean bag will make your outdoor space difficult to leave. Available in four colors and with a weatherproof and UV-resistant slipcover, this chair will hold up to outdoor use.

Hang a Hammock

With a hammock at the ready, your Saturday afternoon plans are already set. Wide enough for two, this rainbow striped, cotton hammock is the perfect spot to read or nap the in the sunshine. A carrying bag is also included, so you can bring the best part of your backyard to the park, beach or wherever you go.

Decorate with Throw Pillows

Toss some cheerful pillows into your outdoor seating area and watch it become a plush, welcoming spot to lounge the day away. This set of two bright yellow throw pillows are perfect for adding comfort and a dose of color to your backyard. Made of polyester, they are resistant to fading and outdoor wear, so your backyard will stay stylish all summer long.

Gather Around the Fire

Light up this compact fire pit and enjoy roasting marshmallows, hot dogs or simply sitting around the fire with company. This fire pit comes with a heat resistant mesh fire screen, a wood grate, cooking grate and screen lift tool. Effortlessly portable, this fire pit can be folded up and put in its carrying bag so you can bring the party along with you.

Make S’mores

Who says s’mores can only be eaten while camping? Invoke the feeling of summer camp in your own backyard with this eight-piece set of roasting forks. The perfect accompaniment to a backyard fire pit, these roasters feature colorful, retro wooden handles for comfortable marshmallow roasting.

Recline in the Sun

There’s no better way to soak up the sun with a book or drink in hand than from a lounge chair. This classic sling chair has an adjustable wooden frame with arms and a padded headrest, for ultimate comfort. Available in four different shades, this chair will add a welcoming splash of color and style to your outdoor space.

Keep Drinks on Hand

Stock up this rolling bar cart with an ice bucket, glasses and your favorite summer beverages -- and you can enjoy uninterrupted time in your backyard all day. The bottom shelf includes bottle storage and the top shelf can be lifted off and used as a picnic tray. Made from eucalyptus hardwood, this cart is resistant to outside wear and tear, and will hold up to damp conditions.

Go Bold with Accent Lanterns

Create a dramatic effect once the sun goes down with this boho globe lantern. Hang this delicately woven lantern from a tree or post and relish in the relaxed, summery vibe it gives your space. Equipped with a solar panel, one AAA rechargeable battery and dual white LED lights, this lantern will use the energy from sunny days to light up your summer nights.

Lighten Up the Mood

Decorate a tree, umbrella or awning with this garland of starry string lights to set the tone for a festive evening. Powered by a separate solar panel, these lights can be placed in the shade and will still automatically light up when night falls. With a rechargeable battery and no wiring required, these lights offer an effortless way to create a cheerful evening atmosphere in your backyard.

Swing Into Summer

Even better than drinking iced tea on the porch, is drinking iced tea from a porch swing. Give your backyard a classic look with this cypress wood porch swing and enjoy swinging the days away. This porch swing comes ready to hang with steel welded chains, for easy assembly.


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