What Are Your Backyard "Must Haves"?

What Are Your Backyard "Must Haves"?

Alysha Findley
Jun 10, 2011


As the sun and warm weather have begun to grace us with their presence here in Seattle I find myself making every excuse I can to spend time in my backyard. I even go so far as to take my food outside to prep each night. Not being a home owner, having a backyard has always been a luxury that I try to take full advantage of.

My home in Los Angeles was too small for a dining area indoors, but I had two of them outside. Ahhh, the California life. Needless to say I obtained quite a bit of outdoor furniture including a swing, hammock, umbrella, two dining sets and a fire pit. After becoming accustomed to year round outdoor living I was not willing to give up my new found outdoor furniture upon moving to Seattle, and my one contingency was that we had to have a yard.

I find backyards to be a very unique and personal part of the home; I love seeing how people choose to design them. Do they dedicate this space for relaxing, entertaining, gardening, barbecuing, exercising? I think it tells you a lot about a person and how they like to kick off their boots. What are your "must haves" that turn that backyard space into your perfect oasis?

Images: Chair, Umbrella, Picnic Table, Lounge, Hammock, Planters, BBQ, Planter Dog House

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