One of the first things we bought when we moved into our new house last summer was a conversation set for the backyard. Priorities right? Half the summer was already over and I wanted to be able to enjoy our new backyard for as long as possible. We did not end up using the backyard set as much as I thought, for reasons I will get into in a big post coming up about how we completely remodeled the backyard and grew some luscious grass.
This summer, I really wanted to make the gazebo a cozy oasis so we’d spend more time out there and really enjoy it. I had most of the supplies already including this sweet (non-functional) chandelier I got off Craigslist several years ago. I DIYed it into a purely decorative piece by super gluing beads to the arms and flowers where the light bulbs would normally go and spray painting it red. It sort of just sat in our old apartment as a decor item, but I thought it would be perfect to add a bit of whimsy to our backyard setup.
We already had some globe lights but I knew we would need more so I got some inexpensive frosted lights off Amazon, along with this oriental-style outdoor rug. I love decorating with teal. It’s such a rich and dreamy colour. I already had a number of colourful scarves and embroidered cushion covers that I used to just add pops of colour and interest. I love adding tons of textiles to a space when I decorate. It really makes it instantly cozier!
I also brought out some small decorative items from inside. Candle holders and an oil lamp, corralled in this gold tray, really help to add those little bohemian touches and extra ambiance to the space. I also got some hanging planters pre-filled with flowers and greenery from Canadian Tire to hang off the fence, which added even more bright pops of colour and cheer.
Have you set up your backyard oasis yet? What are some of your favourite ways to make it cozy and fun?