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Everything You Need To Create a Cozy Backyard for Summer

04.23.21 | By
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Now that the days are longer and the weather is warmer, it’s the perfect time to consider refreshing your backyard set up so that it’s primed for future cozy hang outs with your family and friends, or even just for a party of one. There are lots of elements that make up a great outdoor space. From furniture and lighting to pools and pillows, we’ve gathered 14 items that will dress up your backyard so that you can spend all day (and all night) outdoors.

Helios Firebowl by Skagerak
Nothing says cozy like starting a fire and gathering around for late night chats, night cap drinks, and s’mores for the little ones (okay, most adults too). This cast iron firebowl is both a fireplace and a grill (it’s designed to provide optimal air flow for both firewood or charcoal) so it eliminates a piece of outdoor furniture in your backyard.

FireGlobe Log Holder by Eva Solo
Speaking of fires, keep all your firewood neatly on hand with this sculptural log holder that adds a modern element to your space.

Slowdown Studio Pool by Mylle
Mylle’s pools always sell out and we understand why. The punchy prints add an artful focal point to the backyard while providing a fun way to cool down for everyone during those really hot days. Trust us, think ahead and get yours ahead of the crowd!

By Your Side Table by Skagerak
Keep your drinks, phones, board games, appetizers – anything at all, really – close by and off the ground with a convenient side table, like this aluminum one that’s made for both outdoors and indoors.

Frio LED Ice Bucket with Speaker by Koble
This ice bucket will be the life of your next party. It keeps your drinks cool and provides music by connecting to your smart device. Did we mention the color changing settings? Mood lighting, drinks, music – you’re all set!

Uma Mini Light and Speaker by Pablo Designs
You could also add lighting to your party with this dimmable modern lantern that features 360° high fidelity surround sound. I personally use mine all the time, outdoors and indoors, because the sound quality is excellent and I like being able to adjust the lighting depending on how far into the evening the party is going.

Outdoor Color Block Pillow by Jillian Rene Decor
Add a two tone pop of color to your outdoor furniture with this pillow cover design. Handmade using premium outdoor fabrics, it’ll have minimal wear and tear as you cozy on up to it night after night.

Overlap Table and Bench by Skagerak
I love a good dining table and bench situation because it feels less formal and more intimate. Made with powder-coated steel and red cedar (a wood that’s naturally durable and resistant to rot and pests), the Overlap set features a modern set of legs that’ll look timeless through the seasons.

Atlas Hanging Cork Planter
Hanging planters don’t have to be relegated to the indoors. Find a permanent space for one outside so that you have some greenery extra close by the party as natural decor.

18” Circle Hanging Planter by NewMade LA
We also love this one for its graphic design that will pop against any background…

Geometric Wall Planters by Ohio Workshop
…or this one for a modern way to display your air plants or succulents!

Rooftop Soirée Peony + Suede Candle by Anecdote Candles
Lighting candles for your tabletop is another way to add mood lighting and this scent perfectly describes the occasion.

Cable Knit Blanket by Obakki
When the night starts getting cooler, have a few blankets on hand for yourself and your guests so that you don’t have to move the party inside.

Stein Rug by Heymat
Once you do move the party indoors though, this outdoor rug inspired by nature and Japanese Zen gardens can be used like a doormat to keep the dirt outside.

>>> Looking for more outdoor decor and furniture? Check them all out here! <<<

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Vy Yang enjoys contributing to Design Milk, playing fetch with her goldendoodle Conan, and occasionally writing on her blog It’s After Five, her creative outlet to let loose on after she has left her regular 9-to-5 for the day.