My Great Outdoors: Rebecca's Small City Backyard

My Great Outdoors: Rebecca's Small City Backyard

Rebecca Orlov
Jun 22, 2009

Name: Rebecca Orlov

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Type of space: Small city backyard behind our quad-plex.

Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: When we moved into our new apartment last winter, we gained some square footage and what I call a "city" backyard (no grass, just cement). We love to entertain and knew that we wanted an outdoor room vibe as a place to hang with friends and BBQ. However, we didn't want to spend more then $100 on the space. We decided to use some decor accents we already had in our home and bring 'em outside.

How did you create it? We wanted a lot of seating and decided to create two distinct areas - a table area and a more loungy area. We also wanted it to feel like a real room so we got an outdoor rug, placed floor cushions on the ground and hung up a large canvas to complete the look.

Recommended store, site, product or resource? Since we were on a budget, we used Craigslist to find a few things, like the patio table and terra cotta pots. We bought the reversible outdoor rug and string lights at Target and the tables and folding chairs from Ikea. Our fave find - palm plants at Costco for only $10 each.

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