Around the House — June 19, 2015 at 5:00 am

6 Ways to Bring the Beach to Your Backyard

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backyardbeach1It would be nice to wake up to the sound of the pounding surf every morning but for the majority of us, that just isn’t happening. That being said, there are plenty of great ways to bring the shore to you, regardless of your proximity to the ocean. From patio furniture to decorative touches, we’ve got you covered when it comes to creating the ultimate beach escape, no matter where you live.

Set Up a Fire Pit
Nothing says ‘summer night’ like a beach bonfire but since dragging driftwood into your yard and setting it on fire is generally frowned upon, you’ll have to move on to the next best thing. Backyard fire pits come in a range of sizes and prices, from portable bowls to more complicated concrete installations. Before forking over your hard earned cash, make sure that there are no regulations against having a pit on your property. Once you get the go ahead, get ready for hot dog roasts, s’mores, and some seriously stellar summer memories.

Furnish Fabulously
With some of the amazing patio furniture options out there, chances are you’ll never want to leave your backyard again. Luxurious loungers, poolside bars… why bother with crowds and parking hassles when you’ve got such a top notch set up? The Leeward Islands natural teak relax chair is the perfect place to kick up your heels after a long day, especially if you like kicking up said heels in ridiculous comfort. Looking to replicate the most fabulous beach resort experience? Anything from the Atlantis collection fits the bill perfectly. Just don’t be surprised if your guests never want to leave.

Add Some Greenery
There’s just something about long grasses swaying in the breeze that makes even the most hectic urban setting seem decidedly more chill. Direct yourself to your local nursery and have a chat with an expert on which plants are most likely to thrive in your environment. By adding a potted palm, some beach grass, or even an easy to care for ground cover, you’re going to notice a marked difference in the way your outdoor space looks and in the way that you feel.

Stay Refreshed
No beach day is complete without a cold drink or three so why would your backyard escape be any different? Setting up the ultimate outdoor bar is the perfect way to keep cool even when the sun is shining at its strongest. Something like the Island Cove woven slatted pub set is the perfect way to ensure that your favourite libation is always within arm’s reach. As an added bonus, the bartender will always know your name!

Light It Up
As any self-respecting beach goer will tell you, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Keep the party going well into the wee hours by setting up a stellar lighting system. Go high tech with professionally installed outdoor lights or keep things simple by stringing up some fairy lights along your fence or in your trees. A couple of inexpensive garden lamps help create a dreamy atmosphere, as do some votives set on the table or bar.

Spoil Yourself
It’s amazing how a few added touches have the ability to transform your basic backyard into a beachy paradise. Simple things like keeping some fluffy towels within arm’s reach or stocking your sun care stash with top notch products makes your space feel like a fabulous beach retreat that you never have to leave. Keep a basket filled with sunscreens, tanning oils, and after-sun care to ensure that your skin looks as amazing as you feel.

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