Just because most of 2020 was canceled doesn’t mean those wonderfully lazy days in your own backyard are, too.
In fact, with summer concerts and vacations and festivals off the calendar, that’s all the more reason to spend the time (and the money you would have paid for those Coachella tickets) on your own backyard oasis instead.
But where, oh where, to start? Whether you want to spruce up your outdoor space for a few socially distanced friends—or whether you just want a retreat away from the home office and the screaming kids—we’ve got you covered.
As we do every week, we scoured Instagram to bring you inspiration for the hottest outdoor designs, plus everything you need to steal the look. From chic pergola lounges to rustic farm table dining spaces, this list has something for every style.
1. Pergola lounge
If you’re looking for an upscale way to relax at home this summer season, look no further than this pergola lounge featured by @firsthouseonfinn.
“Many people are looking to create an outdoor getaway in their own backyard,” says Natasha Nicolaou of NatNico Designs.
“If you want something that will completely elevate your space, look into purchasing—or building—a pergola. This simple structure can be customized to create the luxury look that will make you feel like you’re far away from home.”
2. Patio pendant
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Move over, boring outdoor lighting! You’re getting replaced by stunning patio pendants, like this one featured by melissarobertsinteriors.
“Like a bold piece of jewelry, a statement piece provides an eye-catching focal point on a surprising canvas like the patio,” says Vicki Liston of On the Fly DIY.
“Just make sure your piece of choice is either weather-resistant or has ample coverage and protection from the elements.”
Get the look: Check out this Anderson Mill oil rubbed chandelier from Wayfair to give your patio some eye candy.
3. Perfect tank pool
In-ground pools are a PITA, and inflatable ones tend to lack a certain je ne sais quoi. But stock tank pools?
They’re perfect for cooling off and getting that summertime aesthetic—just like this one from @littlesuburbanfarmhouse.
“From soaking pools to creating outdoor ponds, there are so many possibilities with these,” says Nicolaou. “If you’re looking to create a backyard oasis, one of these pools is a must. They’re easy to install and maintain, and a lot less expensive than traditional ones.”
Get the look: Find your perfect stock tank at Behlen Country.
4. All-white fire pit
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We’ll never stop loving outdoor fire pits, and this season they’re getting a makeover in all white—like this one from @the_simple_farmhouse.
“Snuggling up by a fire pit on a cool summer night will never go out of fashion, and an all-white fire pit is a modern upgrade to a classic metal or stone one,” says Nicolaou.
“With more and more outdoor furniture going sleek and modern, it’s nice to finally see fire pit designs catching up.”
Get the look: Upgrade your old fire pit with this modern Urth concrete one from Wayfair.
5. Rustic farm table
We all miss outdoor dining. But fortunately, it’s one of those summer activities you can still enjoy at home, especially with a rustic farm table like this one featured by @houseandhens.
“I love the look of an outdoor farm table—a homey alternative to the typical patio table. Plus, you can totally see the entire family sitting around it for summer dinners,” says Liston.
“Ensure your farm table is generously treated with an exterior protectant so it lasts season after season.”
Get the look: Shop this Della Outdoor Acacia wood table from Overstock to steal the look for your perfect summer evenings.