It’s summer time.  The birds are chirping.  The bees are buzzing.  The kids are out of school.  It’s time to enjoy the great outdoors, and by the great outdoors, I mean your backyard.  Here in Southern California, backyards can be enjoyed year-round, but summer allows for even more outdoor time.  Welcome family and friends to an inviting backyard, whether it’s a sprawling space or an intimate patio.

The key to backyard entertaining is to have multiple seating areas that allow for intimate gatherings. Bistro sets, benches, chairs and sofas can all be used in strategic places to encourage group gatherings.

Yellow Bistro

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Another must-have component is lighting.  Candles in jars, tiki torches, fire pits, lanterns and string lights all help to create an inviting backyard atmosphere.

Mason Jar candles


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String lights

Lastly, keep it casual, light and fun.  Incorporate colors and textures into your backyard.  Add potted plants and flowers to liven up the space.  Hang a hammock.  Set up an outdoor movie theater.  Roast marshmallows.  Or, kick back and just relax!


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Need help creating your backyard retreat?  

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©Alicia Paley Home Interiors

Environmentally-Friendly Interior Design in Thousand Oaks, CA

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