Aug 9, 2012

The Perfect Backyard Retreat

By Belinda Romano

Getting away for the weekend or jet-setting off into paradise is always nice to do, but sometimes we just can't find the time, or simply don't have the time to do it. Now this doesn't mean you should never make time for a little rest and relaxation; after all, you can do this in the comfort of your own home! Whether you've been wanting to give your patio a makeover or have never really known what do to with your outdoor space, we've rounded up some great patio basics to create your very own getaway retreat at home with the perfect back yard patio.


Create a stunning patio layout with a decorative pergola, which can be left as-is or covered with flowers and wild vines. Outdoor Living Today Breeze Cedar 12 ft. x 12 ft. Pergola, $2,999, available at The Home Depot.

Patio Conversation Set

Sit back and relax in the comfort of your own outdoor living room with the perfect conversation set. City Center 4-Piece Wicker Patio Conversation Furniture Set, $799, available at Target.

Outdoor Rug

A large outdoor area rug is perfect for bringing your entire outdoor space together. Biscayne Pecan 9'x12' Indoor-Outdoor Rug, $265, available at Crate & Barrel.

Decorative Pillows

Get even cozier and add a splash of color to your patio retreat with some decorative pillows. Outdoor Reversible Square Toss Pillow Set, $60, available at Target.

Throw Blanket

For those cool evenings and nights, a cozy throw blanket is nice to have on hand. Scene Weaver Divine Kaleidoscope Throw in Tan and Khaki, $55, available at Amazon.

Citronella Candle

Even in paradise you're bound to encounter a bug bite, or two. Keep the bugs at bay and add some mood lighting to your outdoor space with an outdoor candle. Northern Lights Five-Wick Metal Garden Bucket Candle, $36, available at Amazon.


Want to really add ambiance? Warm up next to a nice little fire and roast marshmallows, or simply enjoy the flickering flames. Blue Rooster Sun Ray Chiminea, $190, available at Woodland Direct.


A few extra flowers never hurt to have around, and with these pretty planters surrounding your patio retreat, it'll feel like you're in your own secret garden. Lexington Planter Square, $70, available at Target.

  • The Perfect Backyard Retreat
  • Pergola
  • Patio Conversation Set
  • Outdoor Rug
  • Decorative Pillows
  • Throw Blanket
  • Citronella Candle
  • Chiminea
  • Planter
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The Perfect Backyard Retreat
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