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I think summer is my favorite season of all.
Growing up, we summered every year on Cape Cod. We would walk along the coastline.....watching the sailboats drift by in the distance, listening to the squawk of the seagulls and watching the lobster buoys bob up and down with the drifting waves.
It was an oasis.
A true getaway.
I can still see the winding gravel road leading to the beach and its endless rows of jetties. When you rounded the bend.....you could hear the roar of the waves crashing against the shore and smell the salt air.
That winding road always took us away from the cares of everyday life......
....and to the beginning of a summer oasis.
Miles from the beach and looking to create an oasis? Here's a few design ideas to create a getaway in your own back yard.
1. Create a retreat
Create a retreat of your own with natural fibers and textures.
Add a natural fiber outdoor rug to ground your space and compliment it with stylish outdoor seating with texture like a set of rattan chairs or a reclining chaise lounge.
Relax with a good book and a cool glass of lemonade on a lazy summer afternoon.
2. Add soothing colors
Nothing says summer like lemon and sherbet.
Create an oasis with fun pops of color using indoor/outdoor rugs and patterned pillows.
Light the way with colorful LED party lights or paper lanterns.
A colorful back porch is perfect for homemade ice cream while the crickets chirp as the sun sets in the sky.
3. Relax under the stars.
Why not spend a lazy summer night with your guests under the stars?
Use a tent or a gazebo to create a backyard oasis, or on a clear night bring a table out under a canopy of trees.
Create a welcoming oasis with indoor/outdoor fabrics and pillows or a cozy throw.
Nibble on dessert by the light of decorative lanterns amidst the laughter of friends.
This summer.....as the days get longer and the balmy summer breezes float in....take time to enjoy every moment.
Relax and sip lemonade or make homemade ice cream or listen to the crickets chirping.
With a few simple steps, you can create a backyard oasis of your own.....
.....the perfect place to relish the lazy days of summer.
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KariAnne writes the lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farm from the back porch of her turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. Thistlewood Farm was awarded Country Living Decorating blog of the year as well as named one of the top 10 decorating blogs by Better Homes and Gardens. KariAnne loves to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture, walk hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining armor as the sun sets over the river and drink sweet tea with lime during a thunderstorm. And she has never met a decorating project she didn't like. Follow KariAnne on Google+
Loved the various summer settings and fun lights. I've not heard of your company except through a redirect via the blog I read by the author KariAnne. I will check out your site. Thank you!!
Oh thank you Karianne. The first one is my inspiration. I want to know how to weave grass or even our Florida Longneedle Pine leaves into a mat........ I am now on a mission!
Love all your ideas. Love your blog too.